Stem Cell Scam Caught on Camera Posted on September 27th, 2010
If you thought a snake oil salesman was a thing of the past, you haven’t heard of Dr. Frank Morales or Larry Stowe, partners in a phony stem cell operation in Southern California and Mexico.
Tragically, patients with ALS (Lou Gerigs Disease) multiple sclerosis and cancer are lured by the “cure” of stem cell therapy at an enormous cost. Then 60 Minutes caught up with the pair in a “sting” operation that exposed the expensive, $100,000 dollar treatment for what it is – nothing.
There are legitimate clinics and research facilities offering stem cell treatments. I believe that stem cells do hold promise for the chronic degenerative diseases of the future. Posing as real doctors, types like Morales and Stowe unfortunately tarnish the benefits of legitimate alternative treatments. People who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses are open prey to con-artists and charlatans. Watch out. Don’t be duped into believing that one miraculous treatment will cure your malady. Healing is more likely a combination of many therapies and strategies both alternative and conventional working together. As one of the greatest healers of all said,” Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing.”
Dr Oz’s Shocking News Posted on September 24th, 2010
Imagine the news when guru-doctor Memet Oz showed abnormal results in a routine colonoscopy. The ultra healthy talk show host was shocked to learn that he is at high risk for colon cancer. A routine colonoscopy filmed for the Dr Oz Show, turned up an adenomatous polyp, a growth that can develop into colon cancer. For a guy who lunches on bulgur pilaf and green drinks, you have to wonder why he doesn’t have the healthiest colon in the world. Oz who eschews junk food in all forms and unhealthy habits of all kinds shows none of the usual risks associated with colon cancer, a disease that affects 143,000 people in the US each year. The Dr Oz diagnosis is a wake-up call for people to have a colonoscopy screening done as part of a routine checkup. When I turned 65, I had one done. The attending physician pronounced that I had the colon of a 17 year old! Think about drinking more water, increasing your vegetable intake and to keep the bowels regular, mix a little goat yogurt with oat or rice brand and sprinkle with walnuts. In doctor Oz’ case, I can’t help thinking that his almost-vegetarian diet may have created a nutritional deficiency that predisposed him to this precancerous condition. An extensive blood test could determine what’s missing.
Michael Douglas has Throat Cancer Posted on September 21st, 2010
Oscar winning dramatic actor Michael Douglas has been diagnosed with throat cancer. Douglas’ unmistaken baritone voice is under siege as he undergoes an arduous regime of high dose chemotherapy and radiation treatments. According to doctors his prognosis is good. This is not the sort of cancer you fool around with. Many people might consider the alternative route but in his case I believe he has made the right decision. However, I would employ a top alternative physician or naturopath to augment conventional treatment. Specific nutrients and intravenous vitamins can support the immune system during these grueling treatments. Why did Douglas develop cancer? According to reports he is a long-term smoker and heavy drinker. HPV or human papilloma virus was also found to be a factor in Douglas’ case – I am sure he has enjoyed plenty of oral sex over the years. And again there are the emotional reasons, the heartbreaking sentencing last April, of his son Cameron for drug dealing and possession. All of that anger gets stuck in the throat. Couple this with the air pollution in New York City – breathing poor quality air on a daily basis, adds up to an assault on the throat and body. But Michael Douglas is a tough fighter. After all, he’s the iconic Gordon Gekko of “Wall Street” fame and now he’s playing the toughest role of his life.
Demise of Dictionary Print Edition Posted on September 16th, 2010
Can you believe it, the demise of the print dictionary? Sure why not, seems logical because everyone now has “spell check” built right in to their computer. I still have my thesaurus and dictionary from high school. As an aspiring writer years ago, where would I be without consulting Roget’s? This is another solid brick disappearing in favor of technology. Well maybe it is not a bad thing.
The 2010 Emmys Go To Posted on September 13th, 2010
With the 2010 Emmys ably hosted by the funny Jimmy Fallon, it was no surprise that two of my favorite shows won awards. If you’re not already a fan of Mad Man, the unique televised portrayal of the ins and outs of the NYC advertizing business in the 1060’s take a look. Like me, you’ll get hooked in no time. The steely role of dramatic actor Jon Hamm and the cool, sophisticated January Jones, feature in this dark but entertaining saga of winners and losers on Madison Avenue. My other TV favorite – Nurse Jackie staring Edie Falco, portrays a prescription drug user with a big heart and a cryptic tongue. Follow the escapades of Nurse Jackie and Mad Man in whose roles, the truth is never revealed but the lies, cover-ups and masks are cleverly portrayed. What is so intriguing about deception?
Hurricane Katrina 5-year Anniversary Posted on September 10th, 2010
Who could comment on what it would have been like to survive Hurricane Katrina? Imagine being there with the howling winds, water pouring over the levees, people dying, lost pets and possessions representing lifetimes – destroyed. I visited New Orleans earlier this year and 5 years later there is still destruction. But the people live on. They are survivors and we heard stories of the catastrophe and were amazed at what it must have been like during that time. The people are wonderful and the spirit of New Orleans lives on as hurricane season is upon the gulf again.
Salmonella Egg Recall Posted on September 7th, 2010
The old adage, one rotten egg can destroy a whole barrel holds true with this massive egg recall. My mother used to keep eggs on the back porch. In Europe, they keep eggs in a wire basket in the kitchen – remember Julia Child and her egg basket on TV. These are different days. These are times where a spinach salad in a restaurant or a raw egg can harbor deadly e-coli bacteria. Again, know your source. Don’t buy cheap food. This egg producer at the center of the e-coli scare is obviously negligent about cleanliness, sterile procedures with feed and cages. They are probably too big to notice – too involved in the bottom line to take a look at their operation. My advice: Look for organic and locally grown. Eggs are fine but cook them well and find a local egg producer you can trust. My step-daughter raises chickens and has fresh eggs every day from her backyard in Portland Oregon. That’s local and fresh.
Glenn Beck Rally – Really Posted on September 3rd, 2010
Really now! How could anyone, prominently placed in the media, not know that the date picked for the Glen Beck Rally would coincide with the Martin Luther King Anniversary? Really – where is the decorum and appropriateness of holding such a rally on this date? Really – how are we ever going to get beyond race, creed and color when people who should know better are not thinking with consciousness and awareness but thinking with malice and unfairness?