Saturday, 26 March 2016

He Is Risen!

From the Bible –

Isaiah 53 v 6 –

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Matthew 28 v 1 – 6 –

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

John 3 v 16 –

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


A poem from “Echoes of Eternity” by Michael R Abbott; used with permission.

A Vision Of Calvary

How black my heart would seem if I
Could see my Saviour raised on high:
Upon the cross, just hanging there,
As He my every sin did bear.

How silent would my tongue remain,
When tempted to cause others pain,
If I could hear that loving plea,
"Father forgive!" He made for me.

How often would I flee from sin,
Instead of harbouring it within,
If I could see my Lord impaled
As to that cross His hands they nailed.

How quickly would my feet refrain
From walking in the by-path lane,
If I should know that gift of love
Which came to Calvary from above.

How soon mine eyes would fill with tears
If to my heart and eyes and ears,
This scene should testify that I
Had caused my Saviour there to die.


And a hymn –

Christ, the Lord, is ris'n today;
Hallelujah!
Sons of men and angels say
Hallelujah!
Raise your joys and triumphs high;
Hallelujah!
Sing, ye heav'ns, and earth reply:
Hallelujah!

Love's redeeming work is done;
Hallelujah!
Fought the fight, the battle won.
Hallelujah!
Death in vain forbids Him rise;
Hallelujah!
Christ hath opened Paradise.
Hallelujah!

Lives again our glorious King;
Hallelujah!
"Where, O death, is now thy sting?"
Hallelujah!
Once He died our souls to save:
Hallelujah!
Where's thy victory, O grave?
Hallelujah!

Soar we now where Christ hath led,
Hallelujah!
Foll'wing our exalted Head;
Hallelujah!
Made like Him, like Him we rise;
Hallelujah!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies.
Hallelujah!

Charles Wesley, 1707-1788


Tuesday, 15 March 2016

The Truth About Vaccinations – History and Hoax


By Ty Bollinger

Many modern health “authorities” credit vaccines for the decline in disease and assure us that vaccines are safe and effective. But is that true? Take a close look at the following graphs and you will see the reduction in deaths from pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, polio and measles.




Notice that these diseases were virtually wiped out before the introduction of their respective vaccines! Rather the decrease in these childhood maladies weren’t due to vaccinations (as you may have been told), but were mainly the result of improved public health and hygiene (including sanitation and cleaner drinking water) during that time.

An interesting side note concerning polio involves some “shady” behavior by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC); in 1958, after the introduction of the live polio vaccine, they changed the definition of “polio.” Cases of inflammation of the membrane that protects the brain and spinal neuron cells, causing muscular weakness and pain (but not paralysis) were no longer classified as “polio”;  they were now to be referred to as aseptic meningitis, even if the polio virus was present.

Reported cases of aseptic meningitis went from near zero to thousands, and polio cases dropped the same amount. Then, later in 1958, the CDC changed the definition of “polio” again!! All cases with classic polio paralytic symptoms were to be called acute flaccid paralysis. In 1960, the CDC triumphantly declared large parts of the world as “polio free,” while the newly created acute flaccid paralysis “mysteriously” became quite common.

In 1977, Jonas Salk, the creator of the polio vaccine, testified before a Senate subcommittee that “all polio outbreaks since 1961 were caused by the oral polio vaccine.” In 1985, the CDC reported that 87% of the cases of polio in the USA between 1973 and 1983 were caused by the vaccine and most of the reported cases occurred in fully immunized individuals.

Despite indisputable proof that vaccines do nothing to prevent disease, brainwashed pediatricians insist that it is unwise and a health risk to have unvaccinated children. Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that vaccines have been a hoax from their inception. Edward Jenner, known as the “father of vaccines,” was not a scientist but a huckster and Louis Pasteur, the father of the germ theory of disease, was nothing more than a charlatan out to make a buck. I have heard these two men referred to as the “Barnum & Bailey” of medicine.

Contrary to popular belief, the scientific community is not 100% behind mandated vaccination laws in the US. Thus you have a consensus of thought rather than solid scientific evidence supporting vaccine mandates. . . which, for lack of a better term, translates into “junk science.” Real scientists and real science tell us that artificial immunity (aka vaccination) is “an emperor with no clothes on.”

As far as real science is concerned, there is no evidence that you should vaccinate yourself or your children, ever, for any reason. I am well aware that vaccines are considered “sacred” to most physicians. As a matter of fact, questioning them is tantamount to blasphemy. I can assure you that I would not challenge the efficacy and safety of something as “holy” as vaccines unless I were certain, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I am accurate when I state that vaccines are not safe (unless you change the definition of “safe” to include death, numerous diseases and brain damage).

The greatest lie ever told is that vaccines are safe and effective.
-Dr. Len Horowitz

But don’t take Dr. Horowitz’s word for it! Check out the statistics for yourself; from 1990 to 2008, the US Government recorded 238,755 vaccine related injuries and deaths, according to the VAERS database. Since the FDA estimates that 90% of vaccine reactions go unrecorded, we can extrapolate that during the past 18 years, there have actually been almost 2.4 million vaccine related injuries and deaths!!

But that’s not surprising, considering the toxic ingredients in most vaccines. Oftentimes described as “toxic cocktails,” many vaccines contain XE “toxic cocktails” which are live and dead animal viruses that have been cultured in monkey kidney tissue, cow tissue, goat tissue, pig tissue, and even aborted human fetuses. Vaccines contain any combination of the following: thimerosal (a mercury derivative), aluminum, formaldehyde (carcinogenic embalming fluid), phenol, ethylene glycol (antifreeze), live viruses, bacteria, and acetone, among other things.

What if I were to take some mercury, formaldehyde, aluminum, antifreeze, and live viruses cultured in dead animal tissue, then mix them together with some peanut butter and spread it on a piece of bread for my children to eat for a snack? Would you think I was a good parent? What if I were to tell you, “This will keep them from getting sick”? Would you question my sanity? The odds are that I would be arrested for child abuse. However, when doctors inject our kids with the same ingredients (minus the bread and peanut butter) and tell us, “This will keep them from getting sick,” most of us don’t even give it a second thought.

What if you call your family physician and tell him you are going to inject your baby with mercury, aluminum, and formaldehyde and that you are wondering what the “safe dosage” was for these ingredients? Well, right after he calls CPS, he will probably call the police! You see, there is no safe dosage because these are all lethal substances that are also potentially carcinogenic. But mercury derivatives, aluminum, and formaldehyde are ingredients in most vaccinations. How is it possible that they are safe?

The answer depends upon who is injecting them. If you or I inject our child with mercury or formaldehyde, we are going to jail. But if a pharmaceutical company and a doctor inject the same toxic poisons, then they are perfectly safe. What’s wrong with this picture? Unfortunately, most Americans follow the masses, believe what we’re told, don’t ask questions, and place blind faith in our doctors.

What about Autism?

In the 1970s, only 1 child in 10,000 was autistic. In the 1990s, there was a “stepped-up vaccine schedule” where the amount of thimerosal was drastically increased in most childhood vaccines, including the MMR and DPT. Now, in the year 2009, autism affects 1 in 67 children! It is a well-established fact that exposure to mercury can cause immune, sensory, neurological, motor, and behavioral dysfunctions – all similar to traits defining, or associated with, autism. My cousin’s second boy is autistic and he first showed autistic behavior less than 24 hours after receiving the MMR vaccine. The evidence linking vaccines to autism is overwhelming.

Interestingly, in March of 2008, the U.S. government conceded that childhood vaccines were responsible for the autism in 9-year-old Hannah Poling. This unprecedented concession was in response to one of three test cases that allege thimerosal caused autism in children.

I am no longer “trying to dig up evidence to prove” vaccines cause autism. There is already abundant evidence…. This debate is not scientific but political.
—Dr. David Ayoub, M.D.

I know we were all taught to blindly trust our doctors, but the fact is that they no longer deserve that trust. Physicians take an oath to “First, do no harm,” but today, what gets injected into your child is being decided not by physicians but by multinational pharmaceutical companies which have a financial incentive to sell as many vaccines as possible. Only by keeping people in the dark can they continue their absurd profiteering from the vaccine industry. We assume that because vaccines are mandated by US law that the government is verifying their safety and effectiveness. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Every day, millions of children are lined up and injected with toxic, putrid substances called vaccines. Before they begin first grade, children can get as many as 36 vaccines! There are about 200 more vaccines in the pipeline. Scenarios for the future even include consuming vaccines in nose sprays, ointments and fruits and vegetables. This “Vaccine Obsession” has gone beyond what anyone can possibly defend on scientific grounds. Pumping more vaccines into our precious children borders on the criminal.

With every child on the planet a potential “required recipient” of multiple vaccines, and with every healthcare system and government a potential buyer, it is little wonder that billions of dollars are spent nurturing the vaccine industry. Without public outcry, we will see more and more new vaccines required of us and our children. And while profits are readily calculable, the real human costs are being ignored. According to Dr. James R. Shannon, former director of the National Institute of Health reported in December, 2003 that “the only safe vaccine is one that is never used.”

Keep this in mind when you’re attempting to make up your mind “to jab or not to jab.”

God bless.

—Ty M. Bollinger

Concerning the preceding article, I must give you the following FDA mandated warning and disclaimer:

I am not a doctor. The article above is for educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, or advice of a qualified, licensed medical professional. The facts presented in the following pages are offered as information only, not medical advice, and in no way should anyone infer that I am practicing medicine. My statements regarding alternative treatments for cancer have not been evaluated by the FDA.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

ME Association to fund fourth study into the role of the mitochondria in ME/CFS


We are pleased to announce that our Ramsay Research Fund is about to start funding another research study relating to the role of mitochondria in ME/CFS. This research grant has been given to Dr Karl Morten and Professor Joanna Poulton at the University of Oxford.

The following description of the background to the Oxford research and what will it involve has been prepared by Dr Karl Morten:

Is aberrant mitochondrial function a major player in CFS/ME?

Mitochondria are well known for their role as the ‘power house of the cell’. But they also have a diverse range of other functions.

These include a role in programming cell death, synthesis of cellular building blocks, cell-signalling and more recently a potential role in cellular immunity (West et al 2015).

Control of mitochondrial number, quality and structure is a highly regulated process varying between cells and tissues.

The fatigue seen in CFS/ME patients and the post-exertional malaise observed in the majority of patients has led to the proposal that a failure in the energy generation/supply system at a cellular level may play a role in the disease.

Over the last 20-30 years, attempts by researchers using techniques successfully applied to identify mitochondrial defects in patients with genetic defects in the mitochondrial respiratory chain have consistently failed to identify mitochondrial abnormalities in CFS/ME patients.

Between, 2009-2013 a series of papers by Booth/Myhill et al [2-4] have demonstrated an interesting correlation between the level of mitochondrial dysfunction in a specific type of white blood cell called a neutrophil and the severity of disease in ME/CFS patients.

In addition to measuring total cellular energy in the form of a chemical called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) the authors use novel approaches to measure the ability of mitochondria to regenerate ATP following depletion of mitochondria ATP with the electron transfer chain (ETC) inhibitor sodium azide.

Such an approach is claimed to be a major advance on current approaches which just measure steady state levels of ATP and adenosine diphosphate (ADP) in isolated organelles or whole cells.

As steady state ATP levels are a consequence of supply and demand they do not always reflect the ability of mitochondria to generate ATP.

MEA project grant (5 months):

Establishing protocols to assess mitochondrial function in Neutrophils and Monocytes from ME/CFS patients.

The current pilot study is to set up the tests required to assess mitochondrial function in blood samples from ME/CFS patients.

For this we will use cell models with known mitochondrial dysfunction and bio-energetic impairment to both validate and improve on the tests developed by Acumen [2-4].

Our goal is to develop a method to assess mitochondrial function compatible with the widely used Seahorse Biosciences metabolic flux analyzer and plate based fluorescent probe oxygen and pH measuring platforms.

This will make the blood tests more globally accessible to a wide range of researchers allowing a more universal validation of the findings of Booth/Myhill.

Other MEA RRF research involving mitochondria in ME/CFS.

The MEA Ramsay Research Fund has been funding, or co-funding, three other research projects involving mitochondrial function and testing mitochondrial function:

1 COMPARISON OF RESULTS FROM A COMMERCIAL AND NHS BLOOD TEST TO ASSESS MITOCHONDRIAL FUNCTION

This study is comparing the results of a commercial blood test for mitochondrial function that has been developed by Dr Sarah Myhill and colleagues with the results from an international and widely accepted test of mitochondrial function that has a long and successful track record in clinical diagnosis and research of muscle disease particularly in the UK.

The aim is to determine the efficacy of each set of tests in relation to ME/CFS. In the exciting case that a synergy between the two diagnostic approaches exists, it is hoped that this preliminary study will promote an investigation into a more inclusive and highly resolved analytical technique for metabolic testing of people with ME/CFS.

Lead researcher: Dr Sarah Jayne Boulton

RRF investment = £21,305


2 ABNORMALITIES IN MITOCHONDRIAL FUNCTION IN SKELETAL MUSCLE (CO-FUNDED WITH THE MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL)

Employing new technology, this research aims to demonstrate that skeletal muscle mitochondria are dysfunctional and cause the muscle fatigue experienced in ME/CFS:

‘The dysfunctional mitochondria then activate a process which leads to a chronic, low grade inflammation, commonly reported in patients with CFS, which in turn results in further mitochondrial abnormalities and the establishment of a vicious circle of events. Understanding the processes by which muscle fatigue occurs will lead to optimal interventions that break this vicious circle and improve muscle function and wellbeing of individuals.’ Extract taken from: MRC CFS/ME Current Projects

Preliminary results from the study were published in a recent paper: ‘The Role of Cytokines in Muscle Fatigue in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’, The FASEB Journal, April 2015.

The authors recruited 100 untreated patients with CFS and 100 age and sex matched healthy controls, and concluded:

‘…a sub-group of patients with CFS may have low level inflammation and analyses are underway to further characterise other inflammatory markers in serum and muscle of these patients and to determine whether such changes could affect indices of muscle function or central fatigue.’

Lead researcher: Professor Anne McArdle

This research is being jointly funded with the Medical Research Council

RRF investment = £30,000

3 PATTERNS OF MITOCHONDRIAL DNA VARIATION

This is an 18-month study that began in May 2014 and seeks to determine if patterns of mitochondrial DNA variation in ME/CFS are different than in healthy controls.

At the launch of the initiative, Dr Joanna Elson commented:

“Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell, and mitochondrial DNA provides the codes for proteins that are essential for energy production. We want to see if patients with ME/CFS have different patterns of mitochondrial DNA variation that could affect a person’s chances of succumbing to ME/CFS, or act as a barrier to recovery.”

Lead researcher: Dr Joanna Elson

This research is being funded by Action for M.E.

RRF donation = £5,000

More information on the work of the MEA Ramsay Research Fund:


Easy-to-understand information on mitochondria and mitochondrial disease:


References

1. West A.P., Khoury-Hanold, W, Staron M, Tal M.C, Pineda C.M, Lang S.M, Bestwick M, Duguay B.A, Raimundo N, MacDuff D.A, Kaech S.M, Smiley J.R, Means R.E, Iwasaki A and Shadel G.S. Mitochondrial DNA stress primes the antiviral innate immune response. Nature. 2015 Apr 23; 520(7548):553-7

2. Booth, N.E., S. Myhill, and J. McLaren-Howard, Mitochondrial dysfunction and the pathophysiology of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). Int J Clin Exp Med, 2012. 5(3): p. 208-20.

3. Myhill, S., N.E. Booth, and J. McLaren-Howard, Chronic fatigue syndrome and mitochondrial dysfunction. Int J Clin Exp Med, 2009. 2(1): p. 1-16.

4. Myhill, S., N.E. Booth, and J. McLaren-Howard, Targeting mitochondrial dysfunction in the treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) – a clinical audit. Int J Clin Exp Med, 2013. 6(1): p. 1-15.

Dr Charles Shepherd
Hon Medical Adviser,
ME Association


Saturday, 5 March 2016

11th Invest in ME International ME Conference 2016


Welcome to London for the IIMEC11 International ME Conference for 2016.

Invest in ME Research is a UK charity facilitating and funding a strategy of biomedical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME or ME/CFS) and promoting better education about ME.

IIMEC11 is the eleventh annual CPD-accredited biomedical research conference organised and hosted by the charity and now attracts presenters, researchers, physicians, patient groups and journalists from twenty countries around the world.

This allows unique networking opportunities and increase the potential for one of the charity's main objectives - international collaboration between researchers.

Below one will find a description of the conference, how to register, the venue and details of the presenters.

Research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis has emerged into the mainstream of research and is receiving increasingly more attention from both major research institutes in several countries as well as national health organisations.

The IIMEC11 conference will show some of the major initiatives and research taking place to set up a collaborative strategy for biomedical research into ME to make progress in understanding and treating this complex but exciting area of research.

Download the conference leaflet - click here.


Tuesday, 1 March 2016

OMEGA! Dr Sarah Myhill will be at the Oxfordshire group’s AGM on Saturday, 5 March 2016


Private M.E. medical practitioner Dr Sarah Myhill will be the guest speaker at the OMEGA Annual General Meeting in Oxford on Saturday, March 5.

OMEGA – otherwise known as there Oxfordshire M.E. Group for Action – have invited Dr Myhill, from Knighton in Powys close to the Welsh borders, to speak on the diagnosis and management of ME/CFS at their meeting in the Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel, Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PS.

The meeting in the hotel’s ground-floor Cranmer Room will be held between 2 and 4pm.

There will be a break for refreshment and a chance to ask the speaker questions.

There are plenty of parking spaces, and there are bus stops near to the hotel and it is a five minute taxi ride from the train station. (The bus stops are New Hinksey, Lake Street).

The hotel is about 1.5 miles south of Oxford on the Abingdon Road A4144 – about one mile from the ring road at the Kennington roundabout.

If you intend to be there, please email enquire.omega@gmail.com or phone 01491 838 727.