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Alzheimer’s breakthrough hailed as ‘turning point’

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Brain, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The discovery of the first chemical to prevent the death of brain tissue in a neurodegenerative disease has been hailed as the “turning point” in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. More work is needed to develop a drug that could be taken by patients. But scientists say a resulting medicine could treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and other diseases. In tests on mice, the Medical Research Council showed all brain cell death from prion disease could be prevented. Prof Roger Morris, from King’s College London, said: “This finding, I suspect, will be judged by history as a turning point in the search for medicines to control and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.” He told the BBC a cure for Alzheimer’s was not imminent but: “I’m very excited, it’s the first proof in any living animal that you can delay neurodegeneration. “The world won’t change tomorrow, but this is a landmark study.” Cells starve The research team at the Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit, based at the University of Leicester, focused on the natural defence mechanisms built into brain cells. When a virus hijacks a brain cell it leads to a build-up of viral proteins. Cells respond by shutting down nearly all protein production in order to halt the virus’s spread. However, many neurodegenerative diseases involve the production of faulty or “misfolded” proteins. These activate the same defences, but with more severe consequences. The misfolded proteins linger and the brain cells shut down protein production for so long that they eventually starve themselves to death. This process, repeated in neurons throughout the brain, can destroy movement or memory or even kill, depending on the disease. This process is thought to take place in many forms of neurodegeneration, so safely disrupting it could treat a wide range of diseases. The researchers used a compound which prevented those defence mechanisms kicking in and in turn halted neurodegeneration. Analysis It is rare to get cautious scientists keen to describe a study in mice as a turning point in treating Alzheimer’s. It is early science, a lot can go wrong between a drug for mice and a drug for humans and the only published data is for prion disease, not even Alzheimer’s. So why the excitement? It is the first time that any form of neurodegeneration has been completely halted, so it is a significant landmark. It shows that the process being targeted has serious potential. If this can be successfully developed, which is not guaranteed, the prize would be huge. In Parkinson’s the alpha-synuclein protein goes wrong, in Alzheimer’s it’s amyloid and tau, in Huntington’s it’s the Huntingtin protein. But the errant protein is irrelevant here as the researchers are targeting the way a cell deals with any misfolded protein. It means one drug could cure many diseases and that really would be something to get excited about. The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, showed mice with prion disease developed severe memory and movement problems. They died within 12 weeks. However, those given the compound showed no sign of brain tissue wasting away. Lead researcher Prof Giovanna Mallucci told the BBC news website: “They were absolutely fine, it was extraordinary. “What’s really exciting is a compound has completely prevented neurodegeneration and that’s a first. “This isn’t the compound you would use in people, but it...

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Interview of Dr. Robert O. Becker by Dan Rather on CBS’ 60 Minutes (13 February 1977)

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Brain, Energy Frequencies, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Interview of Dr. Robert O. Becker by Dan Rather on CBS’ 60 Minutes (13 February 1977)

Way back in 1977, the late visionary scientist Robert O. Becker was expressing his concerns that the electrical frequencies around us might be causing human health problems.  Here’s a transcript of some historical footage that is very relevant today, as we wrestle with the complex, energy-related illnesses of the 21st century. Dan Rather: You may have heard of it—a Navy project called Seafarer. The original name was Sanguine. It’s a $700,000,000 submarine communications system that for the past decade has been a very expensive idea in search of a home. In every part of the country where the Navy has set foot talking Seafarer, there has been an uproar. Homefolks, politicians, scientists—they all turn out to have at it. Will Seafarer ruin the scenery? Will it be a major target for enemy warheads? And most important, what about reports that it could be harmful to the people who would have to live with it?… Captain Charles Pollack is the man in charge. Capt. Pollack: The antenna would have about 2400 miles of antenna cable. If you draw a line around the extremities of that antenna-arrayed layout, it would encompass about 4000 square miles. Dan Rather: So, somewhere in the good old U.S. of A., Pollack has to string out 2400 miles of antenna cable, buried a few feet underground. It would look something like this—a pattern resembling loose strings in a tennis racket. The intersecting lines would be about 3½ miles apart, and the whole thing would cover 4000 square miles of field and forest—some of it along existing right-of-ways, like roads and powerlines, some of it through newly cleared paths. Is it safe? Capt. Pollack: Yes, absolutely. Dan Rather: Absolutely? Well not to people like this scientist. Are you telling me there’s a possibility that electric current, generated in a fashion such as this, could possibly cause heart disease and/or stroke? Dr. Becker: Yes. Dan Rather: You have to know that that’s a mind-blowing thought for a lot of people, including me? Dr. Becker: I’m aware of that. Dan Rather: Dr. Robert Becker is Chief of Orthopedic Surgery and a medical investigator for the Veterans Administration in Syracuse, New York. We have to pause here for a bit of explanation. Historically, the scientific community, almost in its entirety, has maintained that, to be harmed by electricity, you had to be shocked or burned; that the low-level doses surrounding us most of the time—from electrical appliances in the home, from power transmission lines or from the Navy’s Seafarer project—could do us no harm. That’s the Navy’s argument. Now, are you telling me it’s fair to say, accurate to say, that a housewife is exposed to more low frequencies in her home in the course of doing her day-to-day chores than she would be from Seafarer? Capt. Pollack: Many, many times more. Dan Rather: You’re certain that is a scientific fact? Capt. Pollack: That is a scientific fact. Dan Rather: Dr. Becker wouldn’t disagree with that. What he’d say is that you may not be safe, even in your kitchen. For twenty years, he and his staff have been experimenting on the effects, if any, of low-level radiation on living things. He is one of a small, but growing group of scientists around the world who are turning up information...

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A MitoSynergy Case Study: Max’s Story

Posted by on Oct 6, 2013 in Case Studies, Mitochondria, Uncategorized | 0 comments

A MitoSynergy Case Study: Max’s Story

From the desk of Dr. Gerald E Gomm DC, Appleton, WI: The young man in the X-rays is a twenty four year old patient of mine.  His first name is Max. He came to my clinic in March of 2012.  This was his first initial x-ray. This X-ray shows he was suffering with Hyperlordosis of the lumbar spine.  When Max walked in on the first visit he needed to support himself with a cane because of severe lower back and neck pain, fallen arches, muscle weakness, paresthesia as well as many other maladies listed on his symptom chart. At that time Max had just started taking Mitosynergy.  He had no previous  diagnoses that we could work off of because of lack of insurance and no previous doctor visits for many years.  Max was tested for Lyme Disease on his first visit which resulted in a positive test. The second X-ray is of Max’s lower back nine months later.  With continued chiropractic treatment and Mitosynergy Max showed remarkable improvement within months in his skeletal structure and muscle strength.  Lymphatic massage therapy and Moor Mud baths for detoxing were incorporated and added to Max’s health regimen. Max’s overall heath status has been improving from day one on Mitosynergy and he has been able to maintain his chiropractic corrections to his spine without surgery or drugs. I recommend it...

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New Tick-Borne Illness Could Be Worse Than Lyme Disease

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in Lyme, Uncategorized | 0 comments

New Tick-Borne Illness Could Be Worse Than Lyme Disease

Doctors May Not Even Know To Look For Borrelia Miyamotoi Infection A new disease spread by deer ticks has already infected 100,000 New Yorkers since the state first started keeping track. As CBS 2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported, the new deer tick-borne illness resembles Lyme disease, but is a different malady altogether – and it could be even worse. The common deer tick is capable of spreading dangerous germs into the human bloodstream with its bite. However, Lyme disease is one of many diseases that ticks carry. The latest disease is related to Lyme, and an infected person will suffer similar symptoms. “Patients with this illness will develop, perhaps, fever, headache, flu-like symptoms, muscle pains — so they’ll have typical Lyme-like flu symptoms in the spring, summer, early fall,” said Dr. Brian Fallon of Columbia University. “But most of them will not develop the typical rash that you see with Lyme disease.” Fallon, a renowned expert on Lyme disease at the New York Psychiatric Institute, said the importance of the new bacterium – called Borrelia miyamotoi — is that it might explain cases of what looked like chronic Lyme disease, but did not test positive for Lyme. “The problem is that the diagnosis is going to be missed, because doctors aren’t going to think about Borrelia miyamotoi because they don’t know about it. And number two, if they test for Lyme disease, it will test negative, and the rash won’t be there,” Fallon said. “So they are not going to treat with the antibiotics, so the patient will have an infection staying in their system longer than it should. While there is no test yet for the germ, the good news is that it appears the same antibiotic that kills Lyme disease also works – if it is given in the right doses and started early in the infection. Remember, it takes a tick bite to get Lyme disease or the new bug, and the tick usually has to feed on your blood for at least 24 hours. If you have been outdoors, have someone else do a full body check, Gomez advised. Ticks are small – only about the size of a sesame seed. READ...

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DNA Can Be Reprogrammed by Words and Frequencies

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Brain, Genetics, Uncategorized | 0 comments

DNA Can Be Reprogrammed by Words and Frequencies

Only 10% of our DNA is used for building proteins, while the other 90% are called “Junk DNA” Russian researchers have joined linguists and geneticists in a venture to explore those 90% of “junk DNA.” Their results, findings and conclusions are astounding. THE HUMAN DNA IS A BIOLOGICAL INTERNET, and superior in many aspects to the electronic one.  Russian scientific research may explain phenomena such as clairvoyance, intuition, spontaneous and remote acts of healing, self healing, affirmation techniques, unusual light/auras around people such as gurus and spiritual masters, humans influencing weather patterns and much more.  In addition, there is evidence for a whole new type of medicine in which DNA can be influenced and reprogrammed without cutting out and replacing genes. Only 10% of our DNA is used for building proteins.  It is this subset of DNA that is of most interest to western researchers..  The other 90% has been traditionally considered “junk DNA.”  Russian linguists Grayna Fosar and Franz Bludorf recently joined geneticists in a venture to explore those 90% of “junk DNA.”   Their results, findings and conclusions are simply revolutionary.  According to their research, our DNA is not only responsible for the construction of our body but also serves as data storage and in communication.   Fosar and  Bludorf found that the genetic code, especially in the apparently useless 90%, follows the same rules as all our human languages.   To this end they compared the rules of syntax (the way in which words are put together to form phrases and sentences), semantics (the study of meaning in language forms) and the basic rules of grammar.  They found that the alkalines of our DNA follow a regular grammar and do have set rules, just like our languages. Their conclusion is that human languages did not appear coincidentally but are a reflection of our inherent DNA. The Russian biophysicist and molecular biologist Pjotr Garjajev and his colleagues also explored the vibrational behavior of DNA.   Their conclusion: “Living chromosomes function just like solitonic/holographic computers using the endogenous DNA laser radiation.” Garjajev managed to modulate certain frequency patterns onto a laser ray and with it influenced the DNA frequency and thus the genetic information itself.  Since the basic structure of DNA-alkaline pairs and of language (as explained earlier) are of the same structure, no DNA decoding is necessary.  One can simply use words and sentences of the human language. This, too, was experimentally proven.  Living DNA substance reacts to language-modulated laser rays and even to radio waves, if the proper frequencies are being used. This finally and scientifically explains why affirmations, autogenous training, hypnosis and the like can have such strong effects on humans and their bodies. It is entirely natural for our DNA to react to language.  While western researchers cut single genes from the DNA strands and insert them elsewhere, the Russians enthusiastically worked on devices that can influence the cellular metabolism through suitable modulated radio and light frequencies and thus repair genetic defects. For example, Garjajev’s research group succeeded in proving that with this method, chromosomes damaged by x-rays can be repaired. They captured information patterns of a particular section of DNA and transmitted it onto another, thus reprogramming cells to another genome.  Remarkably, they were able to successfully transform frog embryos to salamander embryos, simply by transmitting...

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Laser Light Zaps Away Cocaine Addiction

Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 in Brain, Light Therapy, Toxins, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Laser Light Zaps Away Cocaine Addiction

By stimulating one part of the brain with laser light, researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at UC San Francisco (UCSF) have shown that they can wipe away addictive behavior in rats – or conversely turn non-addicted rats into compulsive cocaine seekers.  “When we turn on a laser light in the prelimbic region of the prefrontal cortex, the compulsive cocaine seeking is gone,” said Antonello Bonci, MD, scientific director of the intramural research program at the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), where the work was done. Bonci is also an adjunct professor of neurology at UCSF and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. Described this week in the journal Nature, the new study demonstrates the central role the prefrontal cortex plays in compulsive cocaine addiction. It also suggests a new therapy that could be tested immediately in humans, said Billy Chen of NIDA, the lead author of the study. Any new human therapy would not be based on using lasers, but would most likely rely on electromagnetic stimulation outside the scalp, in particular a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Clinical trials are now being designed to test whether this approach works, Chen added. The High Cost of Cocaine Abuse Cocaine abuse is a major public health problem in the United States today, and it places a heavy toll on society in terms of lost job productivity, lost earnings, cocaine-related crime, incarcerations, investigations, and treatment and prevention programs. Antonello Bonci, MD The human toll is even greater, with an estimated 1.4 million Americans addicted to the drug. It is frequently the cause of emergency room visits – 482,188 in 2008 alone – and it is a top cause of heart attacks and strokes for people under 35. One of the hallmarks of cocaine addiction is compulsive drug taking – the loss of ability to refrain from taking the drug even if it’s destroying one’s life. What makes the new work so promising, said Bonci, is that Chen and his colleagues were working with an animal model that mimics this sort of compulsive cocaine addiction. The animals, like human addicts, are more likely to make bad decisions and take cocaine even when they are conditioned to expect self-harm associated with it. Electrophysiological studies involving these rats have shown that they have extremely low activity in the prefrontal cortex – a brain region fundamental for impulse control, decision making and behavioral flexibility. Similar studies that imaged the brains of humans have shown the same pattern of low activity in this region in people who are compulsively addicted to cocaine. Altering Brain Activity with a Laser To test whether altering the activity in this brain region could impact addiction, Chen and his colleagues employed a technique called optogenetics to shut the activity on and off using a laser. First they took light-sensitive proteins called rhodopsins and used genetic engineering to insert them into neurons in the rat’s prefrontal cortex. Activating this region with a laser tuned to the rhodopsins turned the nerve cells on and off. Turning on these cells wiped out the compulsive behavior, while switching them off turned the non-addicted ones into addicted, researchers found. What’s exciting, said Bonci, is that there is a way to induce...

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Change Gene Expression and Increase Glutathione with Relaxation Techniques

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Brain, Genetics, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Change Gene Expression and Increase Glutathione with Relaxation Techniques

Dr. Herbert Benson did a study comparing 16 people who have regularly evoked “the relaxation response” to 19 people that didn’t use these techniques.. Roughly 2,000 genes differed between the groups. Many genes that triggered inflammation and cell death were turned off in the group that regularly practiced relaxation techniques.

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Jeffrey Smith interviews Dr. Stephanie Seneff about Glyphosate

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Toxins, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Jeffrey Smith interviews Dr. Stephanie Seneff about Glyphosate

This is an amazing, technical interview about the dangers of Roundup with Dr. Stephanie Seneff, one of the smartest scientists we know. In case you don’t have time to watch, here’s a synopsis, by Becca, over at Wyebrook Farm.

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Brain waves play Pong, but not for long

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Brain, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Brain waves play Pong, but not for long

Researchers at the University of Washington sought help from epileptics who had electrodes temporarily implanted in their brains as part of a medical treatment aimed at curing their seizures. They asked volunteers to play a simple computer game from the age of Pong: raise or lower a cursor that is cruising slowly from left to right on a computer screen, and make it touch an object above or below it. But the participants could not move. They had to raise it by imagining themselves executing some kind of motion, and lower it by “resting” from that act of imagining. A quadriplegic has used thought to make a robotic hand feed her chocolate. A monkey moved a computer cursor using brain waves. But how the brain “learns” to control something without sending the signal through a spine and nerves remains a mystery. It turns out we learn to move a robotic arm or computer cursor with the same neurons we use to learn to ride a bicycle or catch a ball. On a neurobiological level, that deceptively simple truth could have profound impact on how future devices could help those who have suffered a stroke or paralysis. The seven subjects were able to change the trajectory of the cursor. From an engineering perspective, they modulated a narrow frequency of electrical impulses recorded across the primary motor cortex. “From their perspective, what they’re doing is they’re either imagining the movement of their hand or their tongue if they want the cursor to move up, or they’re relaxing when they want the cursor to move down,” said Jeremiah Wander, a bioengineer at the University of Washington whose study was published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. As the subjects saw more success on the screen, however, activity waned in the areas associated with learning a new task, the researchers found. That change in brain activity corresponds to a familiar moment for anyone who has played a video game or learned to touch-type: you’re no longer concentrating on all the motions that come between intention and execution. You shift from cognitive to automatic. The brain reorganizes. “What’s really neat about it is, as people get better and better at this they tend to stop thinking about: ‘OK, I’m imagining moving my hand,’ or ‘I’m imagining resting,’ ” said Wander. “They just think about making the cursor move up and down. Oftentimes, when you ask people, ‘So, what were you thinking about?’ they say: ‘Well I don’t know; I was just thinking about the cursor going up.’ ” The experience, as Wander can testify, can be freaky. “Honestly, people think it’s pretty cool,” he said. “I’ve done it myself, using non-invasive signals, and it’s really intriguing. It’s different from the way you interact with the world.” Connecting brain waves with computerized robotics has long captured the public imagination. Perhaps the most famous device, used by renowned physicist Stephen Hawking to communicate, is not really a computer-brain interface. It reads and interprets facial movements from the scientist, who suffers from amyotropic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. A bioengineering firm in San Diego last year fitted Hawking with a type of headband, called the iBrain, that will read his electronic brain signals in an attempt to create a more direct...

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Incredible light-controlled proteomics could revolutionize both medicine and research

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Light Therapy, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Incredible light-controlled proteomics could revolutionize both medicine and research

Researchers have taken a particular protein-protein interaction involved in endocytosis, studied the sequences involved, and designed photo-switchable inhibitors to selectively turn a physiological process on and off. What’s truly amazing about this study is the process they used to get there. In studying endocytosis, the researchers have given us a path to control any number of protein-protein interactions.  If you know enough about the components involved, with enough work you could design versions of these small proteins, so-called “Traffic Light” peptides, to reversibly give that interaction a control switch. The most important discoveries in science are sometimes those of direct application — penicillin, the transistor — but more often than not they are the ones that simply facilitate more, or better research in the future. Nobel Prizes have gone to the creators of graphene, despite a near total lack of practical applications as of yet. An earlier Nobel went to researchers investigating a tiny, fluorescent jellyfish protein, seemingly useless at the time, and today that protein is foundational to thousands of papers in genetics. A similar sort of attention is beginning to fall on the field of optogenics, the control of single neurons, despite its continuing infancy as a practical technique. We understand that the real work comes in flinging open a door, even if it ends up being someone else who actually steps through it. The primary form of optogenics right now uses pulses of light to induce particular neurons to fire at the precise moment we desire. It’s an incredible breakthrough, and though it’s incalculably more elegant and precise than what came before it (caveman stuff like burning out whole neurons forever) it’s still a fairly blunt process. All it really does is grow neurons with a particular type of ion channel that changes shape under blue light — blue light goes on, channels open, neuron fires. That’s a huge step forward, but it’s one dimensional; there aren’t too many other processes that work so reliably based on a simple open-close dynamic. But what if even complex tasks, interactions between more than one protein, could be controlled in much the same way? This month, the German chemical journal of reference Angewandte Chemie will give its coveted Very Important standing to a paper detailing how to do just that.  The researchers have taken a particular protein-protein interaction involved in endocytosis, studied the sequences involved, and designed photo-switchable inhibitors to selectively turn this process on and off. This is an important pathway in the cell, one with implications for everything from diabetes to cancer, but it’s only the beginning. As discussed, what’s truly amazing about this study is the process they used to get there. In studying endocytosis, the researchers have given us a path to control any number of protein-protein interactions. If you know enough about the components involved, with enough work you could design versions of these small proteins, so-called “Traffic Light” peptides, to reversibly give that interaction a control switch. Pay no attention to the foreign walk signals. What you see here is an important breakthrough in our ability to control the behavior of cells. The applications here are almost literally endless. Perhaps, rather than relying on a geriatric’s unreliable memory for strict dosage self-monitoring, we could keep circulating blood levels high and let a computer...

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