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On Disease

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Diseases, except where they are very dangerous, should not be irritated by drugs. For every disease has a structure that resembles in a certain manner the nature of living creatures. For the composition of these living creatures has prescribed periods of life for the species as a whole.  It is the same with the constitution of diseases; whenever anyone destroys this by drugs, contrary to the allotted period of time, many serious diseases are wont to arise from those that are few and slight. Consequently, so far as leisure permits, one should control all such diseases by regimen, instead of irritating a troublesome evil by administering drugs.  — Plato

Breakthrough Brain and Muscle Rejuvenating Drug?

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This is early phase research, but Researchers at UC Berkeley have discovered a drug that rejuvenates old stems in the brains and muscles of mice.

You can read about this on Science Alert: Scientists have identified a drug that rejuvenates ageing muscle and brain tissue

Or the UC Berkeley Press release: Drug perks up old muscles and aging brains

Or from the journal article itself in Oncotarget: Systemic attenuation of the TGF-β pathway by a single drug simultaneously rejuvenates hippocampal neurogenesis and myogenesis in the same old mammal

From the press release:

We established that you can use a single small molecule to rescue essential function in not only aged brain tissue but aged muscle,” said co-author David Schaffer, director of the Berkeley Stem Cell Center and a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. “That is good news, because if every tissue had a different molecular mechanism for aging, we wouldn’t be able to have a single intervention that rescues the function of multiple tissues.

The Future of Medicine?

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As strange as it feels to be referring an article about medical innovation from Fox News, the story is too interesting not to share.

It’s about a medical student who gets leukemia, receives treatment, and the leukemia eventually comes back.  He ends up having his entire genome sequenced which results in a gene abnormality being discovered.  This discovery becomes the indication to use a particular drug known to target the specific gene he has in higher than average amounts.  This was with the assistance of IBM’s Waston supercomputer and their genomic analytics.

This used the stuff of science fiction.  But it’s achievable now.  It’s not clear how many years it will take before this kind of technology is available to the average person, but clearly this is a promising direction.  It doesn’t eliminate the need for us to detoxify our environment or make healthy diet and lifestyle decisions.  But we must be open to the explorations and findings from modern health studies.

You can read more on the article page: How IBM’s Watson supercomputer is battling cancer with advanced genomics

Vitamin and Mineral Consumption

The following 2013 study,

Mensink G.B.M. et al. Mapping low intake of micronutrients across Europe. British Journal of Nutrition, October 2013

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23312136

Tested Europeans for 17 different basic micronutrients and found a significant number of deficits.

There are many reasons why people do not get adequate vitamin and mineral consumption, with industrial food production methods, poor food choices, and lack of organic foods being chief amongst them.

The seriousness of micronutrient deficiencies should not be underestimated.   One of the best books on this subject is by Paul Bergner:

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The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients and Trace Elements

You can enjoy robust health without relying on a lowfat diet or bottles full of nutritional supplements. You don’t even have to give up meat. The secret lies in “The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients, and Trace Elements. From calcium and iron to the essential fatty acids and beyond, minerals are the hard-working dietary necessities that supply the body’s building materials, affect digestion, and perform other tasks crucial to health and fitness.Modern farming and food processing rob food of valuable nutrients. But respected nutritionist, herbalist, and researcher “Paul Bergner explains, item by item, how to restore 22 important minerals and other nutrients to your diet. You will learn how much of each you need and which foods can provide it. Find out just how easy and enjoyable good nutrition be!

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Fever-reducing Medications may aid the Spread of Influenza and Increase Illness and Death

Holistic practitioners support rather than suppress fever. Seeing the picture from the population level adds more perspective to the issue of fever management.

Population-level effects of suppressing fever:

http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/281/1778/20132570

Abstract:

Fever is commonly attenuated with antipyretic medication as a means to treat unpleasant symptoms of infectious diseases. We highlight a potentially important negative effect of fever suppression that becomes evident at the population level: reducing fever may increase transmission of associated infections. A higher transmission rate implies that a larger proportion of the population will be infected, so widespread antipyretic drug use is likely to lead to more illness and death than would be expected in a population that was not exposed to antipyretic pharmacotherapies. We assembled the published data available for estimating the magnitudes of these individual effects for seasonal influenza. While the data are incomplete and heterogeneous, they suggest that, overall, fever suppression increases the expected number of influenza cases and deaths in the US: for pandemic influenza with reproduction number Graphic, the estimated increase is 1% (95% CI: 0.0–2.7%), whereas for seasonal influenza with Graphic, the estimated increase is 5% (95% CI: 0.2–12.1%).​

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Growing Number of Chemicals Linked with Brain Disorders in Children

See: http://www.sciencenewsline.com/articles/2014021622330016.html

And referring to the following study: “Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity,” Philippe Grandjean, Philip J. Landrigan, Lancet Neurology, online February 15, 2014.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422(13)70278-3/abstract

Toxic chemicals may be triggering the recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children—such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia—according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The researchers say a new global prevention strategy to control the use of these substances is urgently needed. — From the first link listed.​

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