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Saturday, December 29, 2012

QUEENS (NY) COLLEGE SQUEEZES BY LADY BULLDOGS 72-71 IN DOUBLE OVERTIME




FLUSHING, N.Y. – Sophomores Bria Robinson and Channell Mackey combined for 30 points but it was Queens (N.Y.) College's Bria Jackson's 49 points that keyed the Knights to a 72-71 come from behind double overtime victory over the Lady Bulldogs.
Queens, outmanned from the start, with only eight players in uniform, fell behind early as the Lady Bulldogs jumped to 13-2 lead over the first eight minutes of game action.  Bowie State pushed the lead to as many as 16 points when senior Cortney Baynard hit a pair of free throws at the 3:32 mark of the first half to make the score 33-17.  Bowie State led at the half, 35-25.

The Knights began to chip away at the deficit early in the second half as Jackson scored Queens’ first four points of the period to narrow the BSU lead to 36-29.  Queens got as close at two points, at 36-34, when Marie Byrnes notched the first of two foul shots at 15:05.  From there, Bowie State (3-5) built its lead back up to eight points when Robinson netted one of her team-best 17 points, to make the score 51-43, with just over five minutes remaining in regulation.

Queens (4-5) used a 12-4 run over the final five minutes to force overtime and Jackson was personally responsible for all 12 of those points, with none bigger than three-point field goal as time expired to tie the score at 55-all to force overtime.

The first overtime opened with Robinson giving Bowie State the lead with a pair of foul shots.  Kristen Korzevinski promptly evened the score with a layup for Queens.  About two-and-a-half minutes later, the Knights took their first lead since 2-0 on a pair of free throws by Maria Byrnes at the 2:42 mark of the first overtime period to make the score 59-57, Queens.

The closing seconds of the first overtime saw the Lady Bulldogs take a one-point lead as senior Jasmine Jacobs sliced through the paint for a layup.  The Knights responded by getting the ball to Lisanne Comeau who made one of two free throws with four seconds remaining to force a second overtime.

Mackey (13 points) gave Bowie State a little breathing room at 67-64 with 3:24 left.  A layup by Joya McFarland on the very next Queens possession pulled the Knights back within a point at 67-66.  BSU’s Mackey responded with a pair of free throws and a 69-66 lead. However,  Jackson closed out the game with a pair of buckets and two foul shots to ensure the one point win for the Knights.

In terms of team stats, Bowie State shot 24-of-59 from the floor (41 percent) compared to 22-of-75 from the floor (29 percent) for Queens. The Lady Bulldogs shot a blistering 63.2 percent in the first half (12-of-19) and were led in the first 20 minutes by junior Brooke Miles with nine points (12 overall). The Knights out-rebounded the Lady Bulldogs 54-41 and forced BSU into 21 turnovers.

Bowie State returns home to open conference play on Thursday (January 3), hosting Livingstone College as part of a doubleheader with the men. The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Blue Bears will tip at 5:30 pm in BSU’s A.C. Jordan Arena.

UDC Women's Basketball Defeats Felician, 67-51


 
December 29, 2012

Stingy Defense Sends Firebirds to 67-51 Victory Over Felician

WASHINGTON, DC – The Firebirds led wire-to-wire as they used a strong defensive effort to push past non-conference foe, Felician College, 67-51 on Saturday afternoon in the second game of the D.C. Winter Classic hosted by the University of the District of Columbia.
Earlier in the day, No. 18 Shaw University handed No. 26 Assumption College a 63-44 loss in the first game of the tournament. Tomorrow features No. 18 Shaw vs. Felician at 1 p.m. and host District of Columbia vs. No. 26 Assumption at 3 p.m.
The Firebirds (6-5) held the Golden Falcons to 29-percent field goal shooting and forced 32 Felician turnovers. The Golden Falcons, who had won three of their last four, fell to 4-8 overall this season.
Senior guard Janelle Junior (Administration of Justice – Riverside, CA/La Sierra HS) led three Firebirds in double-figures, scoring a game-high 15 points on 7-of-10 from the field. Also, sophomore guard Denikka Brent (Mechanical Engineering – Chesapeake, VA/Booker T. Washington HS) came off the bench to register 11 points, a game-high five steals and four rebounds, and junior guard Julissa Anderson (Criminal Justice – Greensboro, NC/Southeast Guilford HS) scored eight points in the second half to finish with 10. Junior point guard Teara Shaw (Health Education – Bronx, NY/John F. Kennedy HS) also had a very productive offensive day with nine points and a game-high eight assists.
Jac'Quel Saunders was the only Golden Falcon to score in double-figures as she scored 13 points to lead Felician. Sierra McDuffie led the team in rebounds with eight.
Five different Firebirds scored during an 11-2 march to start the game over the first 3:35 of action, including a game-opening three-pointer by Junior. Felician would answer with a 7-0 spurt to cut the deficit to two after a jumper by Eliana Scanlon at the 15-minute mark, and later, a conventional three-point play by Saunders would bring the Falcons within one, 13-12 at the 13:07 mark. Leading 18-16 nearing the 11-minute mark, District of Columbia used an 8-0 run over the next four minutes to take a 26-16 advantage. Twice, Felician cut that lead down to five, but the Firebirds ended the first half on a 5-0 run to take a 36-26 lead into intermission.
The Firebirds took their biggest lead of the afternoon, 44-26 when they held Felician scoreless for nearly the first five minutes of second-half play as they went on an 8-0 surge. The Falcons did not go away though, as they mustered an 11-1 run over the next 4:23 to pull within eight (45-37) on a pair of Ashley Morris free-throws. District of Columbia regained a 12-point lead after a layup by junior forward Robin Keke (Biology – Bowie, MD/Bowie HS) and a pair of free-throws by Shaw, but Felician answered right back with a 5-0 run to shrink that lead to seven at the 7:13 mark.  A three-pointer by Anderson at the 6:26 mark put the Firebirds up by 10, and they would maintain a double-digit lead the rest of the way before ultimately winning by a final score of 67-51.
District of Columbia out-shot their guests 41-percent to 29-percent from the field and was far better in assist/turnover ratio (14/21 to 7/32). The Firebirds turned the 32 Felician turnovers into 32 points compared to just 17 points off turnovers for the Falcons, and they outscored Felician, 24-8 in points in the paint.

Queens (NY) 72 - Bowie State 71 (2 OT) (WOMEN'S Bb FINAL)


FLUSHING, N.Y. - Bria Robinson and Brooke Miles combined for 29 points but it was Queens (N.Y.) College's Bria Jackson's 49 points that keyed the Knights to a 72-71 come from behind double overtime victory over the Lady Bulldogs.

In terms of team stats, Bowie State (3-5) shot 24-of-59 from the floor (41 percent) compared to 22-of-75 from the floor (29 percent) for Queens. The Knights dominated on the glass as well, out-rebounding the Lady Bulldogs 54-41.

Complete story and stats to come later

Bowie State vs Queens (NY) (12/29/12 at Fitzgerald Gym - Flushing, NY)



Box Score
Play-by-Play
1st Half Box Score

Official Basketball Box Score


Official Basketball Box Score Bowie State vs Queens (NY) 12/29/12 1:00 pm at Fitzgerald Gym - Flushing, NY -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VISITORS: Bowie State 3-5 TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 1 MACKEY,Channell..... 4-11 1-2 4-7 1 2 3 2 13 3 0 0 2 17 3 BAYNARD,Cortney..... g 2-4 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 3 6 1 1 0 4 41 5 BURLEY,Alisha....... 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 11 DAVIS,Sandra........ f 0-2 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 22 22 MILES,Brooke........ g 4-7 3-6 1-2 0 4 4 4 12 1 4 0 2 30 23 McINTOSH,Jasmine.... 2-10 1-4 0-0 2 3 5 3 5 0 3 0 0 32 24 JACOBS,Jasmine...... 3-4 1-1 1-3 0 6 6 1 8 0 2 0 0 21 32 ROBINSON,Bria....... f 6-12 1-3 4-5 0 7 7 5 17 2 4 0 2 37 34 FLORES,Alessandra... 1-3 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 1 1 0 0 9 55 GOODMAN,Moriah...... c 1-5 0-0 2-2 1 3 4 5 4 0 3 1 0 39 TEAM................ 1 6 7 2 Totals.............. 24-59 8-18 15-23 6 35 41 24 71 8 21 1 11 250 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-19 63.2% 2nd Half: 7-28 25.0% OT: 5-12 41.7% Game: 40.7% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 6-10 60.0% 2nd Half: 1-6 16.7% OT: 1-2 50.0% Game: 44.4% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 5-6 83.3% 2nd Half: 5-11 45.5% OT: 5-6 83.3% Game: 65.2% 4 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOME TEAM: Queens (NY) 4-5 TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 05 Comeau,Lisanne...... g 0-4 0-1 3-4 3 2 5 2 3 1 3 0 3 25 11 Jackson, Bria....... g 14-27 5-13 16-18 0 11 11 2 49 4 3 0 1 50 13 Pastor,Catherine.... f 0-4 0-1 1-4 4 5 9 2 1 2 2 0 1 38 22 McFarland, Joya..... 2-8 0-2 0-0 2 1 3 2 4 3 2 0 0 35 33 Korzevinski, Kristen f 2-12 0-6 0-0 1 4 5 3 4 1 1 0 0 44 34 Byrnes, Marie....... c 2-13 0-5 3-4 3 4 7 5 7 0 3 0 0 31 44 Fearon, Tara........ 2-6 0-0 0-2 4 4 8 2 4 0 4 0 1 27 TEAM................ 4 2 6 Totals.............. 22-74 5-28 23-32 21 33 54 18 72 11 18 0 6 250 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 9-32 28.1% 2nd Half: 9-32 28.1% OT: 4-10 40.0% Game: 29.7% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-15 6.7% 2nd Half: 4-11 36.4% OT: 0-2 0.0% Game: 17.9% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 6-8 75.0% 2nd Half: 8-12 66.7% OT: 9-12 75.0% Game: 71.9% 5 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Officials: Reginald Fowler, James Grillo, Fran Forenza Technical fouls: Bowie State-None. Queens (NY)-None. Attendance: 100 Score by Periods 1st 2nd OT OT2 Total Bowie State................... 35 20 7 9 - 71 Queens (NY)................... 25 30 7 10 - 72 NEXT BOWIE STATE GAME: Thursday (1/3/13) vs. Livingstone - 5:30 pm Points in the paint-BSU-W 28,QUEW 28. Points off turnovers-BSU-W 26,QUEW 18. 2nd chance points-BSU-W 2,QUEW 12. Fast break points-BSU-W 6,QUEW 4. Bench points-BSU-W 31,QUEW 8. Score tied-6 times. Lead changed-8 times. Last FG-BSU-W OT2-00:03, QUEW OT2-00:48. Largest lead-BSU-W by 16 1st-05:04, QUEW by 3 OT2-00:22.

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Great Heart Bypass Scam

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

This Normalizes High Blood Pressure Without Drugs or Side Effects

Cancer Defeated Publications

Since 1900 There Has Never Been A High Blood Pressure Medication Without Dangerous Side Effects... And There Never Will Be
If you take medications for high blood pressure
you're rolling the dice on your life
Dear Friend and Subscriber,High Blood Pressure
The first medication to control high blood pressure was called sodium thiocyanate, created back in 1900. It's actually a compound mixture of salts and cyanide. It was found to dramatically reduce blood pressure, but also came with a price - life threatening side effects.
Today, over 50,000 Americans die every year because of hypertension (high blood pressure). And now, more than ever, high blood pressure medications are being doled out to us like children touring a candy factory. These meds appear to have come a long way since 1900...but have they?
Not cyanide, but...
It's a drug called Nitropress® . It's a far removed cousin of the old sodium thiocyanate. And it too has been shown to significantly lower blood pressure...
But some of the side effects of this injection drug are:
  • Confusion and tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Gasping for a breath - or breathing that stops altogether
  • Extreme light-headedness - even while horizontal
  • Fainting
  • Hyperventilating, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and possible seizure

If you don't take this clearly dangerous injection, then you're safe...or are you?
Fact is, there has never been a high blood pressure medication without dangerous side effects - and there never will be...
Where do you turn when the cure is just as deadly as the disease?
Warning: the following information can be shocking. If you have any reservations about knowing the truth regarding Big Pharma blood pressure medicines, please skip ahead to the next section
You want to be able to trust that your health care professional has your best interests in mind...for you and your family. Truth is, Big Pharma plays a major role in how much "care" they can offer you.
See, the medical industry is governed by the FDA and the pharmaceutical companies that produce the drugs designed to save lives. Looks good on paper...
But the fact of the matter is there are Big Bucks to be made from suffering.
And they know it.
That's why they make the drugs that do - in fact - serve to reduce illness and diseases. That's the good news. The bad news is these medicines come with a price higher than their astronomical cost - dangerous, even life-threatening side effects. Especially when you take multiple drugs for multiple health problems.
When they give you the warnings about drug interactions and possible debilitating side effects - pay close attention! They tell you this for a reason. All too many folks just like you regard these warnings as necessary disclaimers and go through life thinking it can't happen to them. Think again.
Here are just a few things you need to worry about when taking the most common high blood pressure medicines:
→  Diuretics -  these seemingly harmless "water pills" cause an increase in urination and are designed to lower blood pressure by eliminating excess water and salt in the urine. This makes it easier for your heart to pump. They carry the common names of Zaroxolyn and Esidrix. The problem is that they deplete your body of much needed nutrients that also flow out when you urinate. These drugs produce undesirable side effects like frequent urination, dehydration, lethargy, cramps and weakness. More serious (and dangerous) to your health are fever, sore throat, dizziness, blurred vision and arrhythmia (abnormal heart beat).

→ Beta Blockers -
 designed to block the flow of adrenaline, they can successfully lower blood pressure by opening the blood vessels for easier blood flow, and can reduce the speed and force of your heartbeat. Some common side effects are dizziness, feeling faint, and cold or swollen hands and feet.  In patients with diabetes, these can also "block" the warning signs of low blood-sugar levels. Less common, but all too real, are wheezing and shortness of breath. Beta Blockers can narrow air passages, making it difficult to breath. If you're taking Propanolol, Acebutolol, Metaprolol, Bisoprolol, or Nebivolol - you're at risk.

→  Alpha Blockers - Flomax®, Cardura®, Uroxatral®, and Hytrin® are all Alpha Blockers. They lower your blood pressure by blocking chemical messages sent by blood vessels. They can also cause hair loss, runny nose, dizziness, pounding headaches, extreme weakness, weight gain, and can surge bad cholesterol, putting your heart at risk of failure. Also, a sudden drop in blood pressure caused by these medicines brings the warning against driving or "performing dangerous tasks" until you know how they will affect you.

→Vasodilators - high blood pressure is marked by a contraction of the blood vessels, inhibiting blood flow and making your heart work harder to perform. So it makes sense to use a dilator to relax those smooth muscles and open up the passages. However, the usual problems are associated with their use - dizziness, headaches, nausea and vomiting. But these can also cause diarrhea, and loss of appetite (which they swear is temporary). More serious are the side effects they want you to see your doctor for: unusual change in appearance - rashes, skin tone changes - fainting, fluid retention, pain in joints or back, weakness, unusual bleeding, abnormal heart beat, mood changes, and weight gain.  
Most of these drugs are prescribed together. Many times, one is prescribed to cancel out the dangerous side effects of another. Do you really want to put that kind of stress on your body?
Seems not much has changed since that fateful day back in 1900 when the first high blood pressure "cure" was invented. At least , not until now...
Blood Pressure Medications
Luckily, you don't have to rely on a myriad of drugs to lower your blood pressure while altering your body's natural chemistry. Meet Joe Barton... He publishes the secrets to healthy living that lower your blood pressure - naturally.
Because Joe Barton is renowned for his deep-rooted passion in natural cures of common diseases - and, whenever possible, avoiding unsafe, modern medicine. Joe knows first-hand about the dangers of conventional treatments. Joe's father almost died from severe acid reflux after a botched ulcer surgery. 
That fateful event lead Joe on a mission to discover and publish the information that unlocks the secrets of truly healthy living...with no dangerous drugs and their side-effects.
See, Joe discovered that high blood pressure affects 1 in 4 adults and if left untested, can be one of the deadliest "silent" killers in the world. From past experiences, Joe knows what ill health can do to a family and he could never imagine leaving his wife and children alone.
He knew through extensive research about the dangers of Big Pharma meds to control this killer...so he looked for a better way. What he found is that you can lower your blood pressure and keep it right where it needs to be completely by combining the right healthy foods - no harmful drugs or dangerous "pill popping." Sounds too good to be true; but, thankfully, it's not.
  Joe made it his personal mission to avoid the cure that's worse than the disease.
   One glorious day he discovered a solution that can shave 50 points off your blood pressure numbers with nothing but natural remedies and treatments - and no financial extortion by the Big Pharma Mob.
    All at once he realized - his discovery could help thousands, if not millions of people, just like you.
   So he decided to share his secrets...to help keep others healthy, happy, energetic and more important - around for many joyous years. To spend time with friends and loved ones - not worrying which day would be the last...
Today, he's giving you the opportunity to beat high blood pressure for good, avoid the costs and dangers of drugs, and live life to the fullest - without worry
Life is busy. And you don't want to miss out on Joe's incredible story or the life-changing information he has for you. Simply click here and watch this short video presentation before you get sidetracked and forget that you're rolling the dice on your precious life.
You don't need drugs to treat and control your blood pressure. Putting that kind of stress on your body by taking in a handful of expensive chemicals that counter the side effects of the others is just ridiculous! Even if they were effective, they open you up to a whole list of additional side effects! Does it make sense to chemically alter your body like that?
Back in 1900, they didn't know any better...today, we do know better. Why repeat the patterns of the past and expect different results? Isn't that the definition of insanity?
Watch this video right now and unlock the door to a roomful of all-natural secrets that will lower your blood pressure and keep it where it needs to be - for the rest of your life. You have nothing to lose... and your life to regain..
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Half of all doctors admit they lie about this

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Has Your Doctor Ever Fooled You
with Fake Medicines?

    You go see your doctor and he writes you a prescription…

    You fill it, pay for it, bill it to insurance, and take it as prescribed. Several months later, you realize the pills aren't doing a thing for you.

    So did your doctor misdiagnose you — or lie to you?

    The truth is darker than you may imagine…

Continued below. . .

Hidden epidemic picking off
Baby Boomers in their prime
    Leg cramps that wake you up out of a sound sleep.

    Fingers so cold you're embarrassed to shake hands at church.

    Unsightly circles under your eyes--no matter how much sleep you get.

    Bruises that appear after the slightest bump...and take WEEKS to go away.

    These aren't just minor annoyances. They're the first signs of the hidden epidemic picking off Baby Boomers like flies. So deadly, it claims another new victim every 30 seconds. And yet--most M.D.s are completely overlooking it.

    Which is why it's absolutely critical for you to watch this special presentation right now. It will tell you everything you need to know about this sweeping threat. Including the solution so stunningly simple, it puts modern medicine to shame. Please, don't miss it.

    If your doctor prescribed "Obecalp" or "Cebocap" to calm your headache, reduce your stomach upset, or relieve your pain… did it help?

    Probably not.

    Obecalp and Cebocap are placebos — a fancy name for a fake drug. Obecalp is "placebo" spelled backwards. "Cebocap" is a pill made from sugar.
Does your doctor pass this off as real medicine?
    This isn't exactly new news, but that doesn't make it any less disturbing.

    An international survey reported that more than half of all doctors in the U.S. regularly prescribe placebos to their patients — without telling them, of course.

    Ditto for doctors in England, Israel, New Zealand, Sweden, and Denmark.

    A study of all Chicago area primary care doctors saw 45% of them admit they prescribed placebos for their patients.

    So, how do they manage to dismiss their patients with the brush of a hand and a fake med?
  • 34% introduce placebos to the patient as "a substance that may help and will not hurt" (technically, this is true; many people do experience relief from placebos)
  • 19% said, "It is medication."
  • (Only) 9% called it a placebo.
    One-third of doctors gave their patients other info such as, "This may help you but I am not sure how it works."
Your doctor may even think you're the fake
    Doctors admit to prescribing placebos to try to find out who's faking their symptoms, or who's a hypochondriac.

    This is worse than ironic — you doctor lies to you to see if you're lying.

    The doctor might say something like, "This is a medicine not typically used for your condition but [that] might benefit you." It sounds like an off-label use of a prescription drug, but it's a placebo.

    This is particularly common for pain med prescriptions. The chronic pain disorder fibromyalgia has had doctors baffled and flustered for years because many of them think it's psychosomatic (i.e. it's all in your head). So they prescribe dummy pills and send the patient off into the wild blue yonder.

    Shockingly, a recent study in the British Medical Journal showed that nearly two-thirds of all doctors thought it was permissible to give fake medicine without telling you.

    The website HealthDay quotes a Stanford psychiatrist as saying, "The basic rule is: First, do no harm. If there is no toxicity and it does some good, evidence supports its use… You can tell people that the treatment might benefit them."
Your doctor's hired accomplice
    Not surprisingly, your doctor could never pull this off without a willing accomplice. And they have just the partner they need — your pharmacy. And behind them, the major drug companies.

    Can fake meds really be prescribed and purchased from your local pharmacy? You bet! CVS, Walgreens and others have them listed.

    With half the doctors pushing fake meds and using pharmacies as their accomplices you have to wonder — has YOUR doctor done this to you?

    This atmosphere of distrust between doctors and their patients exposes an insidious problem in Western medicine. Wouldn't you rather your doctor told you he had to do a little more research and get back to you about an issue, instead of just telling you to pop a sugar pill?

    Maybe we should ask our doctors about their thoughts on these issues…
  • How do they expect your health to improve with fake sugar pills?
  • Does absence of toxicity justify them lying to you?
  • If your doctor can't diagnose your problem, does he default to thinking your symptoms are in your head?
  • What if you really are having a heart attack but get sent home with a fake prescription?
  • Are they liable for malpractice if they misdiagnose or fail to diagnose, and you die?
    In my opinion, placebo prescriptions are a medical cop-out, and do nothing to help trust between doctors and patients.

    True, sometimes they help a patient. But whether real or imagined, pain is pain, and ALL symptoms should be looked into… not just cast aside as inconsequential or all in the head.

    But as I said…
Some placebos really help patients
    Even when no real medicine is consumed, some patients feel better. Their pain or symptoms do go away.

    In carefully controlled studies with placebos as a control, certain patients progress just because they think they're getting real medicine.

    That's why "the placebo effect" is now front and center in discussions on the mind-body connection popularized by Eastern medicine. Even many adherents of Western medicine are starting to embrace the mind-body connection for its therapeutic value.

    I love one study we came across: Researchers gave runners tap water, claiming it was oxygenated. The runners with this "special" water ran faster and longer than their counterparts.

    Does that make the "placebo effect" legit?

    An estimated one third of all people can improve via the placebo effect…

    Studies now show that sugar pills work as well as antidepressants to beat depression. And with far fewer side effects!

    Even sham knee surgery was equal to the real thing! In this rare surgery-related placebo study, 180 participants were randomly assigned to have arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis, or sham surgery with incisions.

    Tests of knee function showed that those who had the placebo surgery reported feeling just as good as those getting the real operation. While the surgery worked for many people, the sham did also.1

    Upon discovering these startling results, one of the doctors involved said, "I hate to tell you this, but surgery may have the biggest placebo effect of all."

    This is rather amazing testimony to the power of your thoughts to bring about healing changes in your body. Just think how much money you'll save replacing a $5,000 surgery with your brain's healing power!

    In fact, brain scans do suggest the placebo effect is the work of endorphins — your body's natural pain killers.
But some people experience the opposite. . .
    Sometimes you get the reverse effect — unpleasant "side effects" like headaches, nervousness, nausea, or constipation, to name a few. The improvement is called the "placebo effect". The reverse is the "nocebo effect".

    Researchers think the nocebo effect can be partially explained by a substance that sends messages through your nerves to your brain. When you're anxious, this substance is activated, making you feel more pain than someone who's calm.

    The resulting nocebo effect shows up in brain scans too. Brain imaging studies suggest your pain is more intense when you expect more pain versus if you expect less pain.

    Together they comprise the expectation effect... what you expect will happen. You expect to feel better, so you do. Or you get this giant pill and imagine it's a very strong medicine, so you get "side effects".

    I find it very easy to understand the nocebo effect because I've experienced side effects from quite a few drugs and supplements. The most common for me are feeling hyper and having trouble sleeping. So I tend to be nervous and to anticipate a problem when trying a new supplement, and my fears may bring on the problem.

    In controlled studies ALL drugs and supplements induce side effects in some of the participants. The most common side effect is stomach or intestinal upset. I suspect that in most cases it's all in the patient's head — the result of feeling nervous or apprehensive about taking a substance.
Conventional medicine and placebos
    According to the medical literature, placebos do not cure, at least permanently. In fact, the placebo effect doesn't last very long for most patients, and they go back to experiencing the same symptoms that got them to go to the doctor in the first place. (Yet doctors willingly lie with placebos on the grounds that they "help." Hmmm…I guess short term relief is better than none.)

    In studies on tumor shrinkage, placebos seem to have little or no effect (conventionally speaking)… but may still offer symptomatic relief, calm the patient's anxiety, reduce pain, and improve sleep.

    Some people think placebos work because certain illnesses improve over time without treatment. Or maybe people take better care of themselves while they think they're receiving a doctor's care…
Can "remembered wellness" heal you?
    Certain research shows your brain may also respond to an imagined scene as it would to something actually seen. Your imagination may help you recall a time before symptoms, evoking a chemical change — a theory called remembered wellness.2

    Some doctors call alternative therapies placebos. In reality, what you believe in can help for awhile and sometimes for a long while.

    Certain health problems may also improve on their own — including the so-called Stage Zero Breast Cancer.
So, can you talk yourself into getting well?
    Some people get the placebo effect without any pills, shots, or procedures, just by visiting someone they think can help.

    Incredibly, scientists now believe patients can benefit from sham drugs even when they'retold there are no active ingredients in them. Meaning doctors can skip the deceit.

    To test these limits, Harvard Medical School ran a test3...

    They divided 80 patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) into two groups — one received no treatment and the other got dummy pills twice a day.

    The "dummy pill" group was explicitly told:
  • They were getting placebo pills with no active ingredient (sugar pills)…
  • That these pills were clinically proven to give significant improvement in IBS symptoms through the mind-body self-healing process…
  • That they didn't have to believe in placebo effect at all — just take the pills…
    And the word "placebo" was even printed on the bottle!

    The patients were monitored for three weeks. Here are the amazing results, published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE.
  • The placebo group experienced improvement both at the midpoint and end point compared to the non-treatment group.
  • By the end point, nearly twice as many placebo patients had adequate symptom relief compared to the non-treated group.
  • Patients in the placebo group doubled their average rate of improvement compared to those given the most powerful IBS medications.
    The researchers were surprised and encouraged, and hope it'll discourage deception in clinical practice. However, they also warn that more study is necessary due to limitations in the size and length of this study.

    Lead author Prof. Ted Kaptchuk says, "…these findings suggest that rather than mere positive thinking, there may be significant benefit to the very performance of medical ritual... Placebo may work even if patients know it is a placebo." (Emphasis mine.)

    Makes me think of primitive shamans or medicine men or "witch doctors": just performing an elaborate ritual can make a patient feel better.
The bottom line
    The mind-body connection and the placebo effect are hot topics in medicine today. As for hard and fast answers, we're not there yet. But still, here's what you can do today:
  1. Don't throw out the baby with the bath water. Your brain is very powerful, and just because we don't know "everything" doesn't mean a placebo can't work for you. However…
  2. Your key strategy is always to stay as healthy as possible so you don't need the placebo. Eat organic raw foods daily, exercise 30 minutes a day, slash stress… and all the basics you've heard before. Oh, wait! Maybe those are all placebos. . .
  3. If your doctor prescribes medicine, ask if it's a placebo. Look it up online or in thePhysicians' Desk Reference to be sure it's "real". Then ask your pharmacist if it's a placebo. This isn't a carte blanche approval for prescription meds, but a plug for honesty in medicine.
  4. Become a better informed medical consumer. Aggressively research and evaluate your own medical care — or find a trusted person to help you. No one cares more about your health than you do. Not even your doctor!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

More Powerful than Fish Oil, Resveratrol and Chlorella

Cancer Defeated Publications

More Powerful than Fish Oil,
Resveratrol and Chlorella
Dear Nathan,
You may have heard how “superfoods” like chlorella, acai berries and resveratrol can help you lose weight, reverse aging and feel energetic all day long.
Well –
Scientists have recently discovered a nutrient that is 100 times more potent and powerful than all these superfoods... combined.
This one nutrient gives the body a jolt of pure, natural energy like nothing else you've tried before.
But that's not all --
It also has the power to “stimulate” your body to create trillions of healthy, new cells… clears your body of toxins… feed you hundreds of essential nutrients…
After 30 years of research -- and tens of millions of dollars invested -- a team of European doctors, microbiologists, and marine scientists have discovered a species of micro-algae (out of hundreds of thousands that exist in the ocean) that contains...
The Highest Nutritional Values of any Food on Earth!
This amazing new discovery is a special strain of marine phytoplankton called Nannochloropsis gaditana.
This unique variety contains more than 100 nutritional properties, including all the essential amino acids, all the healing essential fatty acids (omega 3's -- EPA/DHA), plus a wealth of vitamins, key minerals and trace elements, rare antioxidants, phospholipids, electrolytes, nucleic acids, enzymes, and co-enzymes.
This is Pretty Amazing by Itself, But...
Researchers report that this particular strain contains all of these nutrients in the ideal proportions, making it uniquely effective in aiding the human body in the repair and regeneration of cells.
They report that each of these "nano-sized” nutrients is able to go directly inside a human cell and nourish it at a mitochondrial level. (The mitochondria are a cell's energy factories. A substance that nourishes them directly is priceless.)
DNA Rocket Fuel Power Packed in Every Cell
In addition, this plankton's cell wall is instantly digestible in the human body, so it immediately releases all these nutrients at the cellular level providing your cells with rocket fuel at the DNA level.
This newly-discovered cell is so tiny that it would take five of them to equal the size of one red blood cell. Yet there's an incredible concentration of life energy stored in every single cell (more than 10 billion cells in a single drop)!
Heals Chronic Illness?
And this nano-quality makes it ideally suited to aid the healing process.
According to Dr. Jerry Tennant, founder and director of the Tennant Institute of Integrative Medicine, who has treated thousands of people with chronic diseases...
"Because these marine phytoplankton are so microscopically tiny, they immediately enter a sickened digestive system or liver, and are able to begin restoring neurochemicals and minerals immediately ...often producing significant results within days.”
A "Super” Source of Omega-3
In addition, Nannochloropsis gaditana is the richest source of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) there is.
Its EPA is converted to DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) by the human body as needed. (EPA and DHA are crucial for brain function and vision).
Over the last three decades, researchers have determined that EPA is the most important part of omega 3.
According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, marine phytoplankton is the "parent source” of omega-3 fatty acid in fish oil -- and "the most important food supplement you can take.” (Fish eat phytoplankton and transform it into omega-3-rich fish oil.)
Dr. Oz has publically stated that he prefers to get his omega-3 from "the source” (meaning phytoplankton).
And You Can Too
Now, with just a few drops in a glass of water or juice, you can get all of these health-boosting nutrients at one time, instead of swallowing a handful of separate supplements.
1. This is a live food. It isn't freeze-dried (like spirulina, barley greens, chlorella, and other green foods). Freeze-drying destroys much of the potency of these green foods.
2. It isn't harvested from the oceans. As you know, many of the harvested forms of fish oil (except squid-based products) upset the food chain in the ocean, robbing entire species (such as whales and dolphins) of their primary food supply. This form of marine phytoplankton doesn't -- because it's "farmed” in tanks on land.
3.  There's no worry about ocean toxins (such as mercury and PCBs) and other pollutants, because this phytoplankton is bred in FDA-approved fresh-water tanks.
The Only Source of Live Marine Phytoplankton
As of this writing, there is only one source of living Nannochloropsis gaditana phytoplankton.
It's from Ocean's Alive
As you might imagine, there's much more to the marine phytoplankton story.

Monday, December 24, 2012

New study finds female athletes rarely used as ad spokespeople


By Michele Barrett  //   Friday, August 24, 2012  
As athletes and fans celebrated new world records, international milestones and personal bests during the 2012 London Olympic Games, one story that repeated itself was the prominent role female athletes played in fueling U.S. Olympic success and medal count. The U.S. women won 58 medals, a tally better than the overall medal count for all but three countries (China, Russia, Britain) participating in the games. Some might say endorsement deals for these impressive female athletes are a sure bet.
Yet, soon-to-be-published research in the Journal of Brand Strategy suggests otherwise.
A new study, co-authored by Rick Burton, the David B. Falk Professor of Sport Management in the Falk College, and John Antil and Matthew Robinson, faculty members in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware, found that American companies rarely employ female athletes as spokespeople, and when they do, they don’t do it well.
Athletes promoting and endorsing brands is a common corporate sales and marketing strategy that dates back to the late 1800s, when tobacco brands used baseball celebrity cards to boost sales. A few decades later, the popularity of baseball heroes like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb resulted in companies signing baseball stars to endorsement contracts, which familiarized Americans with seeing sports celebrities used for commercial or sponsorship purposes. However, the use of female athletes (i.e., tennis star Suzanne Lenglen in 1934; Babe Didrikson in 1935) lagged by almost five decades until Didrikson was involved in a variety of endorsements for Wheaties, Dodge cars and Wilson golf clubs.
According to Burton, male-controlled companies were slow to recognize the influence and buying power of women and slower still to consider female sports heroes (there were very few prior to the advent of Title IX’s enactment in 1972) as legitimate endorsers for brands.
“By the 1920s, you saw brands starting to use motion picture or stage stars, but there were very few opportunities for female athletes to secure recognition for their sporting prowess," says Burton. "The Olympics had initially banned women when the modern Olympic Games were started in 1896, and there was still a strong desire to ban them by Olympics founder Baron de Coubertin in 1912.”
Researchers noted many advertisers have often focused on youth and sex appeal versus characteristics like athletic ability when using women as spokespersons. During nine focus groups, participants reacted to ads and shared their perceptions. The ads focused on an athlete’s attractiveness more often than not elicited negative responses for female participants. When an endorser was much younger than the consumer, the significant age difference made it challenging for female consumers to relate to them. In these instances, both the credibility of the young female athlete endorser and the product suffered.
Ads highlighting sex appeal impacted consumers negatively, especially when female consumers compared themselves to the spokesperson. The authors suggested that highlighting the similarities between the endorser and the targeted consumer might be a more effective strategy.
“It appears,” says Burton, “although more research is needed, that males embrace heroic athletes like Michael Jordan or Michael Phelps and are not put off by their appearance or achievement. Gatorade grasped this when they created their ad campaign 'Be Like Mike.' But female consumers appear to react differently to heroic endorsement by their own gender.”
The study cited Sports Illustrated’s 2011 list of the 50 highest-earning American athletes. Not a single female appeared on this list. And researchers noted in developing a list of well-known female athletes, the selection of female athletes was far more difficult to generate than anticipated. For the researchers it begged the question of ‘why’ and a concern that perhaps female athletes or their agents need to rethink their approach with companies that use product endorsers. Were popular female athletes possibly endorsing the wrong products or allowing themselves to be miscast in contemporary advertising?
This year, for the first time, the number of women competing on the American Olympic teams surpassed the number of men. And, since the introduction of Title IX, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, the number of female athletes continues to escalate. Is it likely that these historical figures will play out in advertising campaigns elevating women to more prominent roles? There were many female athletes featured in ads during the Olympics, but the researchers wonder whether that trend will continue. They also hope they’ve seen the end of female athletes posing provocatively as sex symbols. Preliminary research suggests it doesn’t work on female consumers and even if they aren’t the target, those very same women may dictate a household’s spending patterns.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

First steps to take if they tell you it's cancer

Cancer Defeated Publications

So You Have Cancer.
What's the Next Step?


    Most people are at sea when they get a cancer diagnosis. It's no wonder. Cancer is a completely life-changing experience.

    An avalanche of questions begins almost as soon as you're told you have it. Where should you go for treatment advice? Who should you trust? What can you even afford? What works? What's proven? What natural alternatives do you have? Glad you asked. I have a few ideas about where to go for answers. . .

Continued below. . .


The Best Cancer Treatment on Earth
Just Got Better!
    Hi. I'm Lee Euler, the editor of Cancer Defeated. On a recent tour of top cancer clinics with my colleague Andrew Scholberg, we learned about some remarkable new cancer treatments. In spite of all the information we already knew, these treatments were brand new to us. They're important discoveries.
  • A maverick doctor cured his last four "terminal" brain cancer patients, using laser blood therapy developed to keep Russian cosmonauts healthy in space. That's right: four out of four patients got well.
  • Several of the doctors we interviewed told us about a new cure for prostate cancer. It takes only one week -- and no surgery or drugs are required. If I had prostate cancer, this treatment would absolutely be my first choice. It gets rid of enlarged prostate too - totally, in just one week!
  • A painless treatment for liver cancer has cured more than 300 patients. When it first came to light decades ago, the New York Times reported that this revolutionary procedure may have "solved the cancer problem"! Yet it disappeared and conventional doctors don't know about it. Now it's been rediscovered at one of the top clinics we visited, and it's working cancer miracles. You need to know about the handful of maverick doctors who offer it.


Is there such a thing as too much health responsibility?
    I started thinking about the question "What do you do first?" after seeing recent research on women with early-stage breast cancer. More than one in five felt they had too much responsibility for treatment-related decisions. The study also said those women were more likely to end up regretting the treatment choices they made.

    There are a couple issues at play here. First, there's our cultural hang-up where doctors are seen as gods and medical technology is miraculous, even though that's hardly the case. I'll concede that most doctors are truly committed to healing, and our medical technology is remarkable.

    But taking charge of your own health is still critical. No one's going to hold your hand and walk you through every possibility out there. At least, no one in the modern medical system. As nice as it might seem to hand off all the decision-making to an expert, that's just not an option with cancer.

    There's also the problem that money and power have too much influence within the medical system. So even if your doctor has the best intentions, he may have been courted (and bribed) for so long by Big Pharma that his perspective is distorted. I've written in these pages how many oncologists make most of their money from marking up the chemotherapy drugs, not from the actual services they provide.

    So the first thing to do is roll up your sleeves and start learning.

    After that, you need someone who advocates your right to choose your treatment. And then you need to put your treatment plan into action.
Here's what I recommend ...
    Now more than ever, doctors are able to tailor their treatment recommendations to individual patients. That's especially true of alternative treatments, where there's a dazzling variety of treatments that work.

    Just as there's no textbook cancer case, there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all treatment. So here's what I recommend by way of cancer health literacy:
  1. Make it your number one priority to get better. A cancer diagnosis isn't the time to play the blame-game with yourself, or anyone else. Just focus on healing.
  2. Pick some trusted sources where you can learn more about the disease. If you start searching for cancer info on the Internet, you're bound to scare yourself into a panic that won't do a bit of good in the long run. I recommend our own website, first of all:www.CancerDefeated.com. Also good are www.CancerTutor.com, created by my friend Webster Kehr, and Bill Henderson's site, www.beating-cancer-gently.com. All three have large, searchable databases of valuable free information. I also recommend the nonprofit www.cancercontrolsociety.com.
  3. Choose an advocate. And never see the doctor without your advocate. He or she is your best friend in your fight against cancer (even if you have to pay them!)Your main job is to get well. It takes a lot of energy to filter information and weigh the pros and cons of different treatment options. Rely on someone else to support you and help you navigate the complicated medical system. Your spouse or a close friend are good choices, or you might turn to a neighbor or even a paid advocate. Whomever you choose, make sure you're comfortable bringing this person to doctor's appointments with you.
  4. If you don't feel up to making all the decisions, it's fine to choose the right medical provider for you and THEN give that person a lot of decision-making responsibility. But even then you have to choose the provider for yourself. And believe me, it had better be an informed choice — NOT the nearest conventional oncologist. Once you've found the right doctor, tell him or her how much responsibility you're comfortable taking. You'll have fewer regrets later on.
  5. Get rid of whatever is causing stress in your life — and be ruthless about it. If you have a boss who thinks you should put in a 70-hour week or an adult child who won't grow up, now is the time to grow a backbone and tell them you have to put your own needs first. Period. As Ann Landers used to say, "No one can take advantage of you without your permission." This is a good time to stop carrying the whole world on your shoulders.
  6. Learn the details of your diagnosis. Find out the specifics, like the size and location of your cancer. Then ask about treatment options. Don't hesitate to get a second opinion. Don't allow yourself to be rushed into chemotherapy or surgery. Frankly, cancer is rarely a rush where every day counts. You've got time to think things over and learn about your choices.
  7. There's a world of difference between late-stage and early-stage cancer. When it comes to late-stage cancer, conventional treatments are a failure for most types of cancer and should be rejected. But for early-stage cancer, conventional chemotherapy, radiation and surgery have a decent success rate, at least with certain kinds of cancer. And of course mainstream medicine's got the published statistics — the proof, if you will -- to tell you how good your chances are. Don't be shy about asking your doctor to show you the survival stats and what you can expect for the treatment he urges on you. Remember, conventional doctors like to brag about being "evidence-based." So, demand the evidence — or just get online and look it up. In many cases, what they offer the late-stage patient is only a few more weeks or months of life, in horrible discomfort, at great expense. And even that's doubtful, because often the studies have been manipulated. I've talked to people in that situation who turned to alternatives and gained a lot more time (without the misery of chemo). And I've also talked to people who got completely well.
  8. I have confidence in alternative treatments and they would be my first choice. For late-stage cancer, alternative medicine is the ONLY option as far as I'm concerned. But just be aware that no one can give you the Las Vegas odds on whether an alternative treatment is going to work. Nobody can tell you whether 10%, 30% or 80% of patients with "X" type of cancer survive more than five years. The evidence is mostly based on case studies — anecdotes. As I've written before, a reasonable choice is to have conventional surgery first, to get rid of most of the tumor, but then choose alternatives rather than accept the chemo that your doctors will almost surely push on you.
  9. If you decide on conventional cancer treatment, at least choose an oncologist you feel comfortable with. Someone who listens to your concerns and answers your questions in detail.
  10. Pace yourself. A cancer diagnosis might mean your energy level takes a hit, so be prepared to rest more and cut back on tasks that keep you constantly busy. I recommend a daily nap. Reach out to family and friends. Plenty of studies correlate survival with social contacts. Even a pet can help. You know the saying, "If you want a friend, get a dog."
"Cancer concierge"
    The good news is we're starting to see models for cancer health literacy cropping up to help sufferers, like the nonprofit service called Connect Inc. that opened recently in Wisconsin. The center is run by sisters Kimberly Demeny and Jennifer Hickey. Demeny's husband, sadly, passed away from a brain tumor.

    The service had been the long-time vision of Demeny, her husband, and their friends and family. The goal is to teach people in their area about available cancer resources so they can make informed decisions about their treatment plans and future quality of life.

    The organization helps new patients better understand their cancer diagnosis as well as what treatment options are available. They also provide information about clinical trial results, care standards, second opinions, support groups, and therapy options.

    The center even helps cancer patients find help with things like childcare and pet care services, along with incidentals like house cleaning, food delivery, and lawn care. They even locate palliative and hospice care providers when needed.
Bottom line: You're in charge
    Never just meekly submit to what your conventional doctor tells you to do. It's a good idea to inform yourself BEFORE you find out you're sick and go into a panic. Weigh your options with a cool head, ahead of time.

    I started this newsletter to inform people about alternatives that few doctors know about — conventional OR alternative. I've seen too many of my own loved ones suffer from cancer, and I want to make sure anybody else facing the disease knows about all the promising options out there.

    Just remember, it's up to you to be responsible for your own healthcare decisions. It doesn't matter how much money you make, how many years in school you finished, or what you've done with past health decisions. You deserve to have just as much say in your own cancer treatment as any medical professional.