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Oh no, not another cure for cancer. It’s not another laetrile is it?
It was April Fools’ Day 2007 and an op-ed article published by The New York Times entitled “Patents Over Patients” by Ralph Moss, noted critic of the cancer industry. But there was no fooling about what Mr. Moss wrote about. He chastised the cancer industry for ignoring an off-the-shelf molecule initially produced in the 1940s called 3-bromopyruvate (3-BP) that had been found to dramatically reduce the growth of human tumors implanted in animals and has produced remarkable cures in a small number of human cases but had yet to be tested in a human trial. That was seven years ago. The initial animal lab discovery was published in 2004. That was 10 years ago.
A decade has passed since that first animal lab experiment and humanity is still waiting for a human trial to commence in what may be The Cure for cancer.
Washington, D.C. – An article in the Washington Post reports that as part of the spending bill passed by Congress to avoid government shutdown and fund the government until the end of September, $3 million will be allocated to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) program to reach out and educate consumers about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in an effort to counter what they consider misinformation about the dangers of GMOs. In an April 18 letter 50 agriculture- and food-industry companies urged the House Committee on Appropriations to fund such a measure, but critics consider this program a state-sponsored propaganda campaign for the biotech industry.
The U.S. government spends billions of dollars a year subsidizing American farms, providing massive benefits for some farmers and dispersing the costs among millions of taxpayers. Once all the costs and benefits of lobbying and paying for the subsidies are tallied up, it turns out that they make the country worse off. One tangible result seems to be that these subsidies increase the prevalence of certain sorts of unhealthy foods, like soybean oil and corn syrup, in our diets.
So why do we have them?
It’s because the farmers who receive thousands – and sometimes millions – of dollars in subsidies have a huge incentive to lobby for the subsidies, while individual taxpayers have little incentive to actively oppose the subsidies, which only cost them a few dollars each. Politicians favoring the subsidies win the support of “Big Ag” without losing the support of anyone else.
The Faustian Myth, Google, and You
By Richard P. Huemer, M.D.
Faust was a 16th-Century practitioner of arcane magical arts who reportedly sold his soul to the Devil to gain youth, knowledge, and (implicitly) immortality. I learned all that by Googling his name. Google’s mantra used to be “Don’t Be Evil,” but lately it has morphed into something more like “Don’t Make Waves.” Google doesn’t like its boat rocked, now that it’s steaming full-speed ahead in a Calico craft toward a Faustian bargain with the Prince of Darkness himself. Google’s insiders, in common with other Silicon Valley billionaires, wish to become immortal. Problem is, they’ve already paid Lucifer handsomely by instituting an intellectually constraining corporate monoculture; but Beelzebub, being a mythic entity, will never deliver.
Do We Have a Cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease?
(Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
By Bill Sardi
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease after this famous baseball player died of the disease in 1941), is a disease without a known cause or cure. It progressively disables motor neurons and often a victim dies by choking to death or cannot expand their lungs and succumbs by asphyxiation.
Researchers writing in the Annual Review of Biochemistry have been investigating SOD1—superoxide dismutase 1 – an internally made enzymatic antioxidant and ALS. When the human body is biologically stressed, SOD-1 is produced from zinc-copper precursors. Somehow in the development of ALS, zinc-copper SOD1 becomes toxic, destroying motor neurons (nerves used for movement).
By Dr. Betty Martini, D. Hum
On November 15, 2016, the California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Heath Hazard Assessment's (OEHHA), Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) met to decide whether to list aspartame as a carcinogen. Just to be clear, no listing decisions are made at meetings such as this one; instead, the CIC members “prioritize” the substance and that then determines whether or not the substance at issue has a chance at being put on California’s “Prop 65” list of known carcinogens.
Remember, Proposition 65 (or “Prop 65” as it is now popularly called) was the referendum measure passed into law by California voters in November 1986, thirty years ago. Prop 65 requires, among other things, that all known carcinogens be declared (usually on food and drink labels) to consumers. It is so pervasive that even residents in other States will often see Prop-65 warnings about carcinogenicity on food and drink labels or on websites when ordering.
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