Cholesterol treatment may be effective against cancer

Cholesterol treatment may be effective against cancer There may be a link between lower cholesterol levels and prostate cancer prevention, researchers from Boston have announced.

A team of scientists from Children’s Hospital fed mice a high fat/high cholesterol "Western" diet and found that high cholesterol level promoted prostate tumor growth.

They then tested an anti-cholesterol medication on the mice and found that it blocked the cholesterol-induced growth of new blood vessels (angiogenesis).

According to the researchers, this suggests that reducing cholesterol levels may inhibit prostate cancer growth specifically by inhibiting tumor angiogenesis.

"We are in the process of working with clinicians to translate these findings into potential human studies," says Dr. Michael Freeman, senior author of the study.

He adds, "If we can demonstrate the effects noted in our pre-clinical studies in human patients we may be able to save lives and improve the quality of life."

Besides anti-cholesterol drugs, there are also numerous natural methods that can help patients at risk, including regular exercise and nutritional supplements.

Such supplements include niacin, omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil and red yeast rice extract, many of which have the dual benefit of reducing LDL, the "bad" cholesterol, and increasing the levels of the healthy HDL.

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Report: Political contributions prevented Wall Street regulation

Political contributions prevented Wall Street regulationA new report issued by Essential Information and the Consumer Education Foundation concluded that multibillion-dollar contributions to Washington politicians have resulted in deregulatory decisions that led to the current financial crisis.

Sold Out: How Wall Street and Washington Betrayed America reveals the financial sector hired some 3,000 lobbyists over the last ten years and invested more than $5 billion to buy political influence.

The report also found that 142 of the lobbyists the financial industry employed from 1998-2008 were previously high-ranking government officials.

"Congress and the executive branch responded to the legal bribes from the financial sector, rolling back common-sense standards [and] barring honest regulators from issuing rules to address emerging problems," says Robert Weissman of Essential Information.

He adds that the contributions also prevented enforcement of the existing rules leading to an erosion of regulation that opened the door to the bad loans and bets that now litter the financial landscape.

"Washington systematically sold out to Wall Street," concludes Harvey Rosenfield, president of the Consumer Education Foundation. "Americans were betrayed, and we are paying a high price – trillions of dollars – for that betrayal."
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Screening, exercise and diet key to colon health

Screening, exercise and diet key to colon healthAs we mark the National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, experts have offered advice on screening and proposed some simple steps that may enhance colon health into old age.

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy says that colon cancer is one of the most preventable diseases if pre-cancerous conditions are diagnosed and treated in time, and intense awareness campaigns in recent years have had a clear impact.

"The good news is that death rates are declining from colorectal cancer,” says Dr. John L. Petrini, the society’s president, "The bad news is that only about half of those who should be screened are doing so."

Meanwhile, Dr. Kim Turgeon, a gastroenterologist at the University of Michigan Health System, has drawn attention to diverticulosis, a benign condition affecting as many as one in three Americans over the age of 65.

While not dangerous in itself, diverticulosis, if not controlled, may lead to inflammation which in turn increases the risk of developing colon cancer.

According to Dr. Turgeon, lifestyle changes, such as exercise, can go a long way towards preventing or relieving symptoms associated with diverticulosis.

Moreover, people can reduce complications by keeping bowels moving well by drinking lots of fluids and making sure that their diet is rich in fiber.

For those who are unable to achieve proper fiber intake from food, nutritional supplements may be a good option.
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Probiotics an increasingly popular alternative to medications

Probiotics an increasingly popular alternative to medications Doctors have suggested that not all digestive problems are related to food consumption and not all of them need to be treated with medication. Meanwhile, a new study has found that the number of products containing probiotics has grown substantially in the past year.

A study conducted by Datamonitor, a market research firm, has found that more than 200 new food products now contain probiotics, the bacteria that normally live in the digestive tract and help improve digestive health.

Probiotics can also alleviate symptoms association with irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea.

They can be found not just in yogurts but also in other dairy and non-dairy products and even sauerkraut, according to the Des Moines Register.

Meanwhile doctors from Baylor University Medical Center have suggested that not all digestive problems are related to food intake. They can also stem from factors such as stress.

For this type of digestive discomfort, they say, lifestyle chances such as exercise as well as natural remedies may be the best option.

Similarly, for those who are too busy to derive probiotic benefits from their diet, pills containing the nutritional supplement may be a good solution.

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Obama tax hikes may total $2.2 trillion

Obama tax hikes may total more than two trillionThere has been no shortage of critical voices in response to President Obama’s new budget proposal, and one organization claims there may be more than a trillion dollar in hidden taxes.

According to Gassfire.org, an organizing center for activists for traditional and conservative values, the official level of new taxation at $1 trillion may overlook as much as $1.2 trillion due to items such as carbon tax being passed off as "climate revenues."

The organization has estimated that the $645 billion in carbon taxes pushes the total tax increases in President Obama’s budget to at least $1.64 trillion.

Referring to a recent speech by President Obama, Steve Elliott, president of Grassfire.org, said, "The president is right that a ‘day of reckoning’ is coming, but that reckoning will take the form of citizens who are fed up with politicians expanding the tentacles of government deeper and deeper into our lives and our pocketbooks."

On February 26, President Obama unveiled his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2010 which predicts that government spending will reach 24.1 percent of GDP, financed by $5 trillion in new debt and $1.4 trillion in new taxes.
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Prostate Cancer—Treatment Do’s and Don’ts

Men who have prostate cancer have autoimmune disease. This means that the body begins to view the prostate as foreign and so the body attacks its own prostate. The prostate specific antigen (PSA) test reveals this self attack or malfunction of nature.

The Random House Unabridged Dictionary (2nd Edition, 1993) defines autoimmune disease as “a disease resulting from a disordered immune reaction in which antibodies are produced against one’s own tissues, as systemic lupus, erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis.” And we add BPH, or benign prostate hypertrophy, possibly leading to prostate cancer.

These are inflammatory diseases and doctors usually treat with immunosuppressive drugs and steroids, and yes, surgery.

So what do we “rational beings” do? Our immune system attacks our prostate and so we attack the prostate also with surgery, radium, androgen-blockage, etc. Yes, medical orthodoxy blocks testosterone production. This is in every way against prostate and cardiovascular health.

It is not our prostate’s fault so why make all out war on it?

Royal Lee, M.D., developed a product that he named Prostate Protomorphogen or Prostate product PMG. This is a uniquely formulated nucleoprotein-mineral that promotes healthy cellular division, function and growth. This product does not attack the prostate but neutralizes the attacking antibodies.

This is not a nutritional product. Its designed function is to stop the immune antibodies from attacking the prostate thereby lowering the PSA.

However the prostate does need specific nutrition such as Cataplex F, Zinc Liver Chelate, Calcium Lactate and Organic Iodine.

Vitamin D protects against prostate cancer. In one study involving 1,029 men with prostate cancer, researchers analyzed the men’s blood looking for several factors including levels of vitamin D. They found that the men with the highest levels of vitamin D had significantly lower overall risk (45 percent) of prostate cancer, including aggressive prostate cancer.

Concerns over drug companies’ political donations

Concerns over drug companies' political donationsConsumer Watchdog (CS) has revealed that politicians in Washington have received multimillion dollar donations from drug and health insurance companies.

According to CS, a nonpartisan and non-profit organization, the health industry contributed more than $5 million to the top 10 recipients in Congress during the last two election campaigns.

The organization’s breakdown shows that those recipients received $2.2 million from health insurers and $3.3 million from drug manufacturers.

Altogether, health insurers and drug manufacturers have contributed more than $24 million to the current members of the Senate and House of Representatives since 2005.

The top recipient is democratic Senator Max Baucus, a leading proponent of health care reform and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. He received $183,750 from health insurance companies and $229,020 from drug companies.

"When the engineer of the health care reform train is getting more fuel from the HMOs and drug companies that any other Democrat on Capitol Hill, you have to wonder who is really driving the train and whether average Americans will be tied to the tracks," says Carmen Balber, Director of Consumer Watchdog’s Washington D.C. office.

She adds, "HMO and drug company money will sour the President’s plan for affordable, accessible health care if these industries’ backers on Capitol Hill allow their financial interests to drive the debate."
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President lifts stem cell research ban

President lifts stem cell research banOn Monday, President Obama signed an executive order reversing the Bush administration’s ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

Scientists have hailed the reversal as the dawn of new hope for those suffering from currently incurable diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or spinal cord injuries.

Others, however, have called the move a triumph of politics over science and ethics.

Prior to the signing, Obama talked about the promise such research offers doctors, patients and their families. To allay the fears of his critics, he also underscored the strict ethical guidelines the administration would enforce which will prevent any abuses of the science such as human cloning.

Obama also stressed the promise of new medical technologies as an engine of economic growth.

However, not everyone was convinced. Many Republicans, conservative organizations and church representatives expressed their dismay with the policy reversal.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (Republican – Ohio) said in advance of the signing that focus should be on developing promising stem cell techniques that do not destroy human embryos.

Meanwhile, Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council called the new executive order "deadly."

The new directive supersedes the one signed in 2001 by President George W. Bush that prevented the National Institutes of Health from funding research on embryonic stem cells beyond the 60 cell lines that existed at the time.

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Justice Department releases foreign policy memos

Justice Department releases Bush's foreign policy memos Under pressure from civil liberties groups, a government agency has released documents vital to the understanding of the Bush administration’s prosecution of the war of terrorism.

The Justice Department has released nine secret memos and opinions that authorized some of the Bush administration’s national security policies, including a memo written by a department’s lawyer John Yoo that argued the Fourth Amendment does not apply to military activities inside the United States.

"These memos essentially argue that the president has a blank check to disregard the Constitution during wartime, not only on foreign battlefields, but also inside the United States," commented Jameel Jaffer, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project.

He added, "We hope today’s release is a first step, because dozens of other OLC memos, including memos that provided the basis for the Bush administration’s torture and warrantless wiretapping policies, are still being withheld."

According to the ACLU, the full release of requested documents will help bring an end to "a lawless era."

In addition to the ACLU’s request for the memos, a coalition of human rights groups – including ACLU, Amnesty International USA, Human Rights First and Human Rights Watch – wrote to President Obama to request access to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

And a number of political and community leaders have called on President Obama to create a commission to investigate the detention, treatment and transfer of detainees during George W. Bush’s administration.

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