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Graced by Healing

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One of my favourite books has to be Ian Gawler’s biography “the Dragons Blessing”. In it he says scathingly of so called ‘spontaneous remission’  that there was nothing spontaneous about it! He worked bloody hard at it! Here’s a story for him to add to “REMARKABLE RECOVERIES”Surviving cancer against the odds. What are the chances? How is it done? Public address given by Dr Ian Gawler OAM at the launching of the book Surviving Cancer by Professor Chris O’Brien May 2008 http://iangawler.com/info/articles/Remarkable%20Recoveries.pdf

If you are not familiar with his story Ian was a vet who collected on his life insurance as he was at the end of conventional western therapies including having his leg amputated for osteosarcoma. Using this money he embarked on a world journey investigating meditation and other techniques that led to his ultimately healing from this – he was a trail blazer. Decades later Natascha who is english and had bone and brain mets from primary breast cancer by 2012, is  in a lucky position to be very well supported in her “personal journey with cancer” doctors, nurses and family and friends, even though she had refused conventional treatment at diagnosis in 2009 – and journey it was including shamans in the amazonian rainforest – ultimately being graced with remission at home with her mind and the help of her osteopath.

Recorded in November at https://forestrowlocal.co.uk/community-event/a-personal-journey-with-cancer/ and first came to my attention via bisforbananascisforcancer.wordpress.com/2017/01/02/happy-2017-and-a-video-natasha-laing-from-stage-4-breast-cancer-to-remission/#more-4908

Enjoy – this is a joyous presentation throughout. It’s not just an approach to cancer – it’s about an approach to life!

A quick google shows the research into ‘spontaneous regression of cancer’ is gaining momentum exponentially with our increased understanding of immunity and the brain-body feedback loops, signaling molecules and the importance of the cells environment – the matrix. I was lucky enough some years ago to hear Mina Bissell lecture on stemcells in person. She too knows that cancer is not about ‘fighting for peace’ and killing a bunch of civilians you were trying to save in the process. Respect Thy Neighbor: Why We Will Not Cure Cancer by Treating Only the Cancer Cells https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-FLuMKNBSA and if that’s too complex try the short peppy TED talk version https://www.ted.com/talks/mina_bissell_experiments_that_point_to_a_new_understanding_of_cancer 

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Curing peanut allergy

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A melbourne outfit led by Mimi Tang recently cured some kiddies of their peanut allergy combining a probiotic and a kind of homeopathic therapy – escalating doses of peanut allergen ( in homeopathy the sicker you are the LOWER the dose ) It is a double blind study, the kids are  photogenic so everyone is happy, especially Prof Tang (who is crowing about being the first to do this though I she isn’t. US and UK doctors have done it before without the probiotics – http://homeopathyplus.com.au/peanut.html )

Abstract of the research ( done with Murdoch money ) : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25592987?log$=activity and an earlier review of the topic by Mimi Tang here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3448073/

So being nut allergic and having an allergic kid I immediately went hunting and fortunately the probiotic is common – Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG. It’s in vaalia yoghurt. Plan – do the math and then go buy a straight probiotic dose of L actobacillus GG from Ethical Nutrients ( who can label it as helpful for eczema) – “100 grams of Vaalia Yoghurt contains a minimum of 100,000,000 colony forming units of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG or LGG®. ” “Vaalia Innergy for immunity contains 10 times the amount of Lactobacillus GG compared to Vaalia probiotic yoghurt.” http://www.vaalia.com.au/products/product-faqs/

Yoghurt is interesting – it will often make allergies WORSE because it’s a high histamine food ( all fermentations produce histamine ). Certainly I personally found eating kefir was a problem. I was most dismayed to find my allergies worsening because I loooved the stuff although it wasn’t until I read the Low Histamine chef’s articles and found out a large fresh juice ( its the oranges) and leftover prawn pizza = instant sneezing that the penny dropped. Certain strains of lactobacillus make histamine – others don’t. A common one L. casei is a culprit. The Bulletproof Executive has a fully referenced write up of the topic www.bulletproofexec.com/why-yogurt-and-probiotics-make-you-fat-and-foggy/

Histamine Intolerance and Which Bacteria to Avoid

Disturbance in gut biome also plays a significant role in creating the recent rise in histamine intolerance. Histamine intolerance is the result of an imbalance between the breakdown of histamine and its buildup in the gut. This is generally caused by a deficiency in the DAO enzymes (found in intestinal mucosa) that helps metabolize and breakdown dietary sources of histamine.

A histamine overload leads to increased inflammation and many other symptoms including: skin irritation, hives, throat tightening, increased heart rate, nasal congestion, migraines, fatigue, heartburn, reflux, and weight gain.4 Unlike other food allergies and sensitivities, the response from histamine intolerance is cumulative and not always immediate, so it is harder to pin point right away.

Another excellent review is ” Helpful Bacteria – Should you take probiotics” by David Schardt, Centre for Science in the Public Interest ( US based http://www.cspinet.org/new/pdf/nah_probiotics.pdf ).

Should You take Probiotics?

Caveat: – an intact mucosal barrier of the skin both outside and inside is likely needed as it is part of the initiating problem. I will have to ask if kids with eczema were screened out of the peanut trial.

“Animal experiments have confirmed that repeated topical contact with allergens through skin whose barrier function is disrupted could promote allergic sensitization and airway hypersensitivity and prevent oral tolerance induction (6–13)” In fact the peanut patch is another way of inducing immune tolerance ( i guess it’s bit like those expensive injections )

Reccomendations from scientific experts these days are changed more often than I repaint the house. Time magazine reports experts are now backpedalling on avoiding nuts to prevent later allergies “Based on recent findings, the AAP in 2008 changed its advice and now does not say parents should avoid feeding their babies peanuts.” http://time.com/3719341/peanut-allergy-cure-treatment/

and whyeee is modern medicine putting the boot into homeopathy when the underlying tenet ‘like cures like’ in teensy doses obviously works wonders applied to the immune system? There has been a recent escalation of  attempts to discredit this therapy and ban it in the UK, USA and Australia. I am sure they will just have to backpedal on that too as the scientific (versus the much older observational and intuitive) understanding of the immune system increases. Current state of play in Australia here: NHMRC Statement on Homeopathy and NHMRC Information Paper – Evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy for treating health conditions – https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/health-topics/complementary-medicines/homeopathy-review

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Do perinatal epigenetic changes affect child health?

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The expression of the genetic code of our DNA is normally altered several times before conception, and during pregnancy, childbirth and later throughout life. This takes place through the natural switching on and off of genes in response to signals received from the child’s own cells and from the environment. This is called ‘epigenetics’. Although epigentic changes do not act by altering the sequence of the genome directly, if say a tumour suppressor gene is switched OFF, then the rate of mutations in cellular DNA can increase.

Hannah Dahlen, professor of midwifery University of Western Sydney, and founder of the group EPIIC (Epigenetic impact of Childbirth) talks about the research on epigenetic influences during the actual process of normal labour and childbirth in the movie we are screening on 20th Sep called Microbirth.

“In the EPIIC hypothesis, we propose that physiological labour and birth have evolved to exert eustress (a healthy, positive form of stress) on the fetus, and that this process has an epigenomic effect on particular genes, particularly those that program immune responses, genes responsible for weight regulation, and specific tumour-suppressor genes.

Reduced or elevated levels of the hormones cortisol, adrenalin, and oxytocin which are produced during labour may lead to fetal epigenomic remodelling anomalies which exert influence on abnormal gene expression. This reprogramming could manifest in a range of diseases and behavioural problems in the neonate and later on in the adult.”  http://theconversation.com/can-caesarean-sections-increase-susceptibility-to-disease-12334

more about epigenetics and health http://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/Epigenetic-Influences-and-Disease-895

Medical Marijuana in Australia

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Missed it by that much!  After being rebuffed from starting a clinical trial  of medicinal marijuana in Tasmania with UTAS, Tasman Health Cannabinoids  has given the growlight by Norfolk island. They hope to fill a 1,000 kilo preorder from Canada. The chief executive officer Troy Langman  said “We dearly look forward to the day when we can supply Australian patients, but in the meantime we have substantial export opportunities, such as to Europe and Canada, where medicinal cannabis is legal,”  Understandably Troy who had agreed to come up and talk to Astro about the technical issues, is now a bit too busy oversease.    7:30 report video http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-01/medicinal-cannabis/5642690

Troy is still looking for an oncologist to head up an australian trial – all those in Tasmania have said no! Unbelievable. This ABC interview which featured Troy and Ulverstone cancer patient Natalie Daley erupted the airwaves a week after I contacted him – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-27/medicinal-cannabis/5556578

Thanks Michael Ferguson! Thanks Jeremy  Rockliff! He may have to do a backflip after earlier saying ‘not moving ‘ ‘that is our final answer’ on the position of medical cannabis and and putting words into the mouth of his father’s poppy industry. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-03/tas-rejection-of-medicinal-cannabis-trial-a-missed-opportunity/5569802 

Cancer – $eriou$ Bu$ine$$

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Did you catch Stateline last Friday? Troy Langman of Tascann will be along to talk to Astrotas about Medical Marijuana soon. Local lady Natalie Daly speaks out
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-27/medicinal-cannabis/5556578

And finally ““The Burzynski Research Institute, Inc. (BRI) announced today that U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified the company that its partial clinical hold on its IND for Antineoplastons A10/AS2-1 Injections has been lifted.  The FDA has determined that under its IND the Company may initiate its planned Phase 3 study in newly diagnosed diffuse, intrinsic, brainstem glioma.  The Company is continuing discussions with the Agency in an effort to finalize additional details of the phase 3 study protocol for the potential clinical trial.”

to honor the FDA lifting its ban on Burzynski, “Burzynski: Cancer Is Serous Business, Part II” is available to watch for FREE online, anywhere in the world, until July 15th: https://vimeo.com/69209285

You can also see part one online which was screened at Astrotas in 2011. Shontelle Hiron, the aussie Burzynski patient I contacted for more information before screening at Astrotas is not in either movie but she has her old Current Affairs TV clips online. Read more about her remarkable story here – http://wp.me/p18qSp-3C

The fight to allow any patient access to his treatment is far from over. It shocked me to learn that at the time my schoolfriend’s mother died of a similar tumour Shontelle was in Texas receiving this potentially curative treatment.