Wednesday, 25 May 2011

The Dangers of Low Blood Cholesterol

I would recommend reading this article on the Second Opinions website.

The article begins -

We have all heard the claims that a high blood cholesterol level is harmful: it increases the risk of a heart attack. We hear and see this message in news bulletins, magazine articles, advertisements for cholesterol-lowering foods — even breakfast cereals — and drugs several times every day. But is the evidence so clear?

Cholesterol is an essential chemical in our bodies with a wide range of uses and application. Just as our body temperature is held within very fine limits for the whole of our lives, so are hundreds of other processes and chemicals. We don't need to measure and 'correct' even one of them; our bodies can and do regulate these automatically within fine limits and with great accuracy. Unlike body temperature, cholesterol rises naturally as we age and the idea that everyone, young or old, male or female, should all have exactly the same amount of cholesterol in their blood is, frankly, ridiculous.

So, isn't it conceivable that if cholesterol isn't available in sufficient quantity, that deficiency could have catastrophic effects? Or that changing our levels of cholesterol artificially might be detrimental to our health?

Please click on the above link to read the full text.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Secular Humanists seek to ban origins debate in the UK education system - CrISIS campaign is launched against discussing creation

by Andrew Sibley; Published: 17 May 2011

I would recommend the above article to you; it is on the Creation Ministries International website.

Another poem from "Echoes of Eternity" by Michael R Abbott; used with permission –

The Glories Of Creation

Through the woodland hear the echo
Of the birds that sing all day
And at dusk, amongst the shadows,
See the fox and cubs at play;
Badgers from their setts appearing
As the darkness veils the glade:
See the glories of Creation
In the creatures God has made.

In the garden in the morning,
As the buds burst into flower,
Bees collect the precious nectar,
Toiling on from hour to hour.
Spiders spin their webs of silver,
Architects and builders too;
Butterflies clothed in their beauty,
Decked by God with every hue.

Wolves and bears, and lions and tigers
Live in lands beyond the seas,
But the God who made the rabbit
And the little mouse made these.
Elephants that pull their burdens,
Camels crossing desert sand;
All of these, for His good pleasure,
In His wisdom God has planned.

Fishes in the seas and waters,
Creatures from the ocean deep,
Shark and dolphin, seal and turtle,
Each their place in nature keep.
Mighty whales with spouting fountains,
Swimming out so far from land:
All are part of His Creation,
All were fashioned by His hand.

Witnesses of the Creator,
Formed by His divine decree;
By His word brought into being,
Simply He said, "Let there be".
Thus beholding God's Creation,
Let us give Him all the praise;
Worship Him in awe and Wonder,
Now and through eternal days.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Petition: NO MORE psychiatric research into ME/CFS

Target: 5,000

Sponsored by: Caroline Davis, Patient

What is this petition about?

ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) or, as the media and many doctors term it 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome' (CFS), is a complex neurological condition leading to severe disability in many cases. About 250,000 people in the UK have this condition; up to 4 million in the USA and as many as 17 million worldwide.

Why are we petitioning?

For 30 years, the UK and American research establishments have either refused to fund research into ME/CFS in any meaningful way, or consistently funded research by psychiatrists who believe that ME/CFS has a 'biopsychosocial' basis (ie that it is psychosomatic, or all in our heads) the same thing they used to tell patients with diabetes and MS.

As any ME patient can tell you, you only have to spend a week with this condition to know it is not imaginary. Some patients have lived for more than 30 years severely disabled, unable to move, speak, think clearly and participate in any of the activities that make life worthwhile. Nobody would want to live this life, because a life with ME is no life at all.

Despite monopolising Government research budgets, the psychiatrists have failed to prove that ME is a psychological (or 'biopsychosocial') condition, or that their suggested treatments are effective.

Worse, ME/CFS has become a dustbin diagnosis for patients with all kinds of illnesses where chronic fatigue is one of the symptoms. This means that, not only are real ME patients not getting research funding for causes and treatments, but those who are wrongly diagnosed are not getting appropriate treatment either.

What needs to happen?

While the UK and USA Governments, research and medical establishments continue to ignore the problem, scientists around the world have produced some 4,000 peer-reviewed, published scientific papers which show clearly that there are systemic, biological changes in the bodies of ME/CFS patients. This is the research direction that is most likely to lead to finding a cause - and a cure.

Who are we petitioning, and what do we want?

So far, every study funded by Britain's Medical Research Council (MRC) into this condition has had a psychiatic basis. It is time the MRC stopped funding psychological research into ME.

In January, the MRC announced £1.5m funding for research into the causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). Applications for funding must be made this June, and the MRC will make its decisions on which proposals to fund in November 2011.

It is important that ALL of this funding is focused on biomedical research. It must not be wasted going over old ground or down any more blind alleys. It must capitalise on the work already done by such eminent scientists and physicians as Dr Jose Montoya of Stanford University, Dr Judy Mikovits of the WPI, Dr Harvey Alter at the NIH, Dr Nancy Klimas of the University of Miami, Dr Gwen Kennedy and her team at the University of Dundee and many others.

250,000 patients in Britain need to know they are no longer being ignored, sidelined or labelled as psychiatric cases. They need answers; they need treatments and they need them without any further delays.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

WPI remains convinced - retrovirus linked to CFS

May 9, 2011

While WPI researchers continue to review the data presented by Dr. Singh, we believe that it is important to correct and clarify information regarding this study. Several individuals were consented to participate in this study as positive controls to enable Dr. Singh to develop assays to detect multiple variants of XMRV. Of these, only three were from the original Lombardi et al. cohort, two of whom were among those positive for a XMRV. A XMRV was isolated from one of those patient's PBMCs, cloned and fully sequenced (GenBank® accession number GQ 497343 as identified in the NIH geneticsequence database). Sequence data demonstrates that this virus is clearly distinct from XMRV (vp62)and 22Rv1. A budding virus particle from that sample was pictured in an electron micrograph in Lombardi et al. Virus from that patient sample was also transmitted both from the PBMCs and plasma to an uninfected indicator cell line, LNCaP. Finally, these results were supported by a separate lab using serological methods as reported by Lombardi et al.

Twelve additional samples from individuals not included in the Lombardi et al. study were independently collected by a third party and sent directly to Dr. Singh’s lab. Some of these subjects were positive for highly related sequences, including the polytropic and modified polytropic sequences identified by Lo et al., as determined by the WPI prior to the publication of the Singh study. Many of those subjects were also positive for ENV antibodies to a XMRV (vp62 and other XMRV family members), indicating that these patients had an immune response to a XMRV.

In addition, WPI investigators and others have provided evidence of sequence diversity between a XMRV (vp62), other similar XMRVs detected by WPI (designated internally with a number corresponding to a clinical isolate), a XMRV (p variant), and other related human gamma retroviruses. Therefore, we believe that it is vitally important that investigators interested in furthering the understanding of blood borne XMRV as a human pathogen use a proven positive clinical isolate as the control when developing tests to detect this newly discovered human retrovirus.

WPI and the U.S. clinical laboratory performing XMRV tests pursuant to a license agreement with WPI have extensive controls in place to prevent and detect contamination. Approximately three thousand tests have been performed on patient samples to date using clinically validated tests; about one third have been found to be positive. Multiple sequences from these three thousand samples have been submitted to GenBank® and are awaiting publication. It is critical, in light of these findings, that all treatment decisions are left to physicians and their patients, including the use of antiretrovirals.

While WPI researchers acknowledge that there is still much to be learned about the lifecycle and in vivoreservoirs of this family of human gamma retroviruses, we remain confident in the results reported in Science by Lombardi et al. Most importantly, we are committed to human gamma retroviral research in neuro-immune disease and will continue to offer our help to the medical and scientific community when requested.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You

Having previously read “The Great Cholesterol Con” by Dr Malcolm Kendrick, I fairly recently came across this book by Dr Uffe Ravnskov and would certainly recommend it.

Product Description -
Do you know
...what REALLY causes heart disease?
...that heart patients haven't eaten more saturated fat than other people and stroke patients have eaten less?

...that people with low cholesterol become just as atherosclerotic as people with high?
...that high cholesterol is not a risk factor for women or diabetics?
...that high cholesterol is not a risk factor for old people although by far most heart attacks occur after age 65?
...that old people with high cholesterol live longer than old people with low?
...that the lipoproteins protect us against infectious diseases and probably also against cancer?
The author is a scientist himself and has published more than 80 papers and letters in the scientific press critical to the cholesterol campaign, for which he has won two international awards. In his new book, which includes updated and simplified sections from his previous one (The Cholesterol Myths), Ravnskov also presents his own idea about the cause of heart disease, an idea that explains all the findings that do not fit with the present view.
From the Back Cover -
Did you know?
...that cholesterol is not a deadly poison, but a substance vital to the cells of all mammals?
...that your body produces three to four times more cholesterol than you eat?
...that the internal production increases when you eat only small amounts of cholesterol and decreases when you eat large amounts?
...that heart patients haven't eaten more saturated fat than other people?
...that stroke patients have eaten less?
...that people with low cholesterol become just as atherosclerotic as people with high?
...that high cholesterol is not a risk factor for women?
...that high cholesterol is not a risk factor for old people although by far most heart attacks occur after age 65?
...that many of the cholesterol-lowering drugs are dangerous to your health and may shorten your life?
...that the cholesterol campaign creates immense prosperity for researchers, doctors, medical journals, drug producers and the food industry?
I would also recommend the article “The Dangers of Low Blood Cholesterol” on Barry Groves’ “Second Opinions” website; this is not the kind of thing the medical world wants us to know about! See