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Relief for Type 1 Diabetes?

The new pancreatic islet cryopreservation method could help type 1 diabetes patients be less dependent on ...

The new pancreatic islet cryopreservation method could help type 1 diabetes patients be less dependent on insulin injections

People with type 1 diabetes have to live with daily injections of insulin. As researchprogresses in this field, scientists are looking into new methods that can free, or at least partially free, patients from regular doses.

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A Father Takes a Stand Against the Culture of Death

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I’m sure most of us remember the heart-wrenching saga of Terri Schiavo in Florida. In March of 2005, Terri, after doctors pronounced her to be in a permanent vegetative state, despite the fact that she required no life support in the form of breathing tubes or such, her estranged and total bag of crap husband petitioned for and received permission from a judge to pull her feeding and hydration tube so he could collect on her insurance policy. It took 13 days for Terri to finally succumb in rather agonizing fashion. This past March, on the tenth anniversary of her death, Rush Limbaugh declared her death “the day our country hit rock bottom.”

Despite Terri’s family’s willingness to take her home and care for her, the judge still granted the gruesome death sentence. It reminds me of a couple of articles I wrote in 2013 entitled, “Grim Reaper on Wheels” and “Euthanasia Isn’t a Death Penalty…Apparently.”

In them I chronicled the rise of roving death squads in the Netherlands which traveled the countryside euthanizing its citizens and that the practice was gaining traction in other European countries. The Dutch government’s view was that for some who, according to authorities, were suffering – it was for the sufferer’s own good and the good of society. In 2013, “1 in 30 deaths in the Netherlands are [were] from euthanasia.” As of 2013, Holland had six full time “Death Squads.” read more

Nanoparticles Attack Infections

The researchers were able to break up bacterial biofilms, making them much easier to treat

The researchers were able to break up bacterial biofilms, making them much easier to treat (Credit: Shutterstock)

Researchers at Australia’s University of New South Wales (UNSW) have come up with a new way of tackling harmful biofilms. The non-toxic method, which combines targeted nanoparticles with heat, could have a wide range of applications. read more

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Reducing pancreatic fat can be highly effective in the treatment of diabetes
Reducing pancreatic fat can be highly effective in the treatment of diabetes (Credit:Shutterstock)

A new study at Newcastle University in the UK has improved our understanding of Type 2 diabetes, providing a new insight into the positive effects that weight loss can have on sufferers. According to the researchers, reversing the condition can be as simple as losing a single gram of fat in the right place. read more

The VA System Was Always Corrupt

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Most everyone, except politicians and those who profit from it (often, one in the same), agree that the Veterans Administration is broken and frankly doesn’t appear to even give a crap about our men and women who have sacrificed in the defense of this country.

Yet I’ve heard that like a lot of “broken” government programs – welfare, social security, etc. – its degradation has been decades in the making and so therefore it just can’t be fixed overnight. It will take time and money (the dreaded “investment”) to fix problems, but constant delays and cost overruns have hampered efforts to provide more care facilities.

To this many, including Ben Carson, have said we simply need to scrap the V.A. and its system of hospitals. Conservatives have been saying, no shouting, that if you want to see the future of Obamacare, of the top down government run healthcare of our future, we need look no further than the VA system.

Carson has suggested it be replaced with a system of health savings accounts “that would allow veterans to obtain treatment at any medical facility instead of restricting them to government-run hospitals. The VA would then be turned into a specialty hospital to care for traumatic injuries such as loss of limb or severe brain injuries.”

Others say no, that you can’t throw the baby out with the bath water. That sure, there are some bad hospitals, some bad administrators, but it’s not all bad – that it wasn’t always this way.

Well, to that I say bunk! Unlike other government organizations, the VA system didn’t get as bad as it is over time. It’s been bad and it’s been corrupt from its conception – when it began as the Veterans Bureau in 1921. read more

Doctor Says It’s Our Way or the Highway

by: the Common Constitutionalist

You may not have ever heard of the company Supreme Greens, or the product by the same name. It is advertised as a “a powerful Mega-Food formulation of organically grown grasses and vegetables, sprouted grains, blood purifying and immune enhancing herbs, and antioxidants synergistically blended with MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane).

Well, the Company and its owner Alex Guerrero are under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for claims in can cure cancer and concussions, amongst other things.

So what, you may say. There are lots of bogus products on the market. What makes this one different?

Well, really nothing, except the greatest quarterback ever to play the game, Tom Brady, is not only a client but a business partner of Gurrero’s at Brady’s Sports Therapy Center, TB12.

Yesterday morning while driving to my office, I was listening to a Boston sports radio morning show called Dennis & Callahan.  Although Brady is not involved in this FTC investigation (sorry all you Brady haters), it’s obviously news. Up here, if Brady sneezes, it’s news.

The FTC got involved after Guerrero produced an infomercial claiming his product produced some miraculous results. At his California clinic,  “He said he’d conducted ‘clinical studies’ of 200 patients who’d been diagnosed as terminally ill. They were suffering from ailments such as cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. And eight years later, all but eight had survived.”

Enter a guest of the morning show, Dr. Barrie Cassileth. Dr. Cassileth has a PhD in medical sociology and founded the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She’s helping the FTC investigate Alex Guerrero and his company Supreme Greens.

She told the Dennis & Callahan Radio show that she got involved in the Guerrero case because, “I have been working most of my career, which is quite lengthy, to not only help cancer patients and provide useful services, but also to get rid of scam approaches, which abound, and this is simply one of them.” She explained that this industry of miracle cures is a $40 billion business “in totally useless scam products.”

Cassileth said her real complaint about Guerrero, and others like him, is the danger to the patient. She explains that patients may say to themselves – maybe I’ll try one of these plant products instead of going in for a traditional cancer treatment and see how that goes first. read more

A Patch Can Repair Your Heart

A protein patch has been shown to regenerate heart tissue in animals (Credit: Shutterstock)

A protein patch has been shown to regenerate heart tissue in animals (Credit:Shutterstock)

Though sufferers of heart attacks may survive the initial event, they cause permanent damage to the organ in the form of scar tissue, which affects its ability to pump blood. Scientists around the world are working on this problem, with hydrogels, human stem cells and even bioengineered tissue that sticks together like Velcro all offering possible solutions. read more

Total Selfie Fail!

A Southern California man who picked up a rattlesnake to pose for a photograph was badly hurt when the reptile bit him on the hand.

Alex Gomez, 36, was bitten on Monday by the 4-foot rattler in a field at his family’s ranch in Lake Elsinore, a community about 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles, according to TV station KCBS, which showed a picture of the man holding the snake around his neck.

Alex Gomez’s mother, Deborah, told KCBS on Tuesday that her son might lose his hand because of the bite wound to the extremity.

The man’s hand swelled up after the bite, and he was taken to a local hospital and treated with anti-venom, according to the station.

May lose his arm: Alex Gomez, 36, is hospitalized in Lake Elsinore, California, after he picked up a 4-foot rattlesnake and tried to take a selfie with the killer reptile
May lose his arm: Alex Gomez, 36, is hospitalized in Lake Elsinore, California, after he picked up a 4-foot rattlesnake and tried to take a selfie with the killer reptile

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Our Fiscal and Physical Health Depend upon Illegals Staying Here

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Last week the Fiscal Times posted an article in favor of illegal immigration, or as the left likes to say – undocumented workers, or now – residents. And what is the argument in their favor this time?

Well, they write that, “Back in April, a study of the fiscal implications of illegal immigration may be notable finding that millions of undocumented workers were paying billions of dollars in state and local taxes and that considerably more revenue might be generated if President Obama succeeded in protecting many of them from deportation. The 50 state analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy found at about 8.1 million of the 11.4 million illegal immigrants who were employed paid in excess of $11.8 billion state and municipal taxes in 2012.”

Did you catch that? That’s right – “might” (or might not) generate more revenue. Not “will” generate more revenue. They tried to sneak that one by us.

Question: How are all those illegal immigrant children that Obama is protecting from deportation “generating” any revenue? I thought we had child labor laws. Another question: The numbers tabulated by the Institute are awfully specific considering no one can give us an accurate accounting of how many illegals are even here. For the past several years the number has remained the same at around 11 million. Maybe they use the same government accounting method that allows the national debt to remain the same for approaching 200 days.

Anyway, the objective of the Fiscal Times exercise was to convince us that illegals are not “freeloaders.” In other words – believe the Fiscal Times, and not the obvious – that they will cost much more than they will ever contribute. read more