Adolescent Obesity linked to increased Bowel Cancer


A study recently published in the journal Gut, Adolescent body mass index and erythrocyte sedimentation rate in relation to colorectal cancer risk, links adolescent obesity with an increased colorectal cancer risk.  Specifically, a 2.08 and 2.38-fold higher increase was found based on weight levels.

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Major Finding: Direct Link from Brain to the Immune System


While the traditional systems of health have always had a holistic view of the interaction of different parts and organs of the body, Western science has long utilized reductionistic, atomistic, and fragmented approaches to physiology.  This to a certain extent was necessary and appropriate in the development of science but when the limitations of this approach are not seen it leads to all kinds of incoherence.

Mainstream medicine has only postulated indirect and mediated mechanisms for a connection between the brain and the immune system.  Now, a study in Nature titled:

Structural and functional features of central nervous system lymphatic vessels

has suggested that the brain has a direct connection to the immune system via meningeal lymphatic vessels.

From the abstract of the study:

One of the characteristics of the central nervous system is the lack of a classical lymphatic drainage system. Although it is now accepted that the central nervous system undergoes constant immune surveillance that takes place within the meningeal compartment the mechanisms governing the entrance and exit of immune cells from the central nervous system remain poorly understood. In searching for T-cell gateways into and out of the meninges, we discovered functional lymphatic vessels lining the dural sinuses. These structures express all of the molecular hallmarks of lymphatic endothelial cells, are able to carry both fluid and immune cells from the cerebrospinal fluid, and are connected to the deep cervical lymph nodes. The unique location of these vessels may have impeded their discovery to date, thereby contributing to the long-held concept of the absence of lymphatic vasculature in the central nervous system. The discovery of the central nervous system lymphatic system may call for a reassessment of basic assumptions in neuroimmunology and sheds new light on the aetiology of neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases associated with immune system dysfunction.

Monsanto Faces Resistance in Germany

The ministers of Germany’s state consumer protection agency are calling for an EU-wide ban on the pesticide Glyphosate.

The WHO has categorized Glyphosate as probably carcinogenic.

Interesting to see Germany taking a lead on this.

One of favourite papers on Glyphosate, although not directly related to the subject of this post, is Todd Caldecott’s Glyphosate causes celiac disease?

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Patient Harm Associated with Hospital Care


A 2013 study from the Journal of Patient Safety attempted to revise previous estimates of how many Americans die each year from medical errors (98,000 was the figure).

Based on their review of studies published from 2008 to 2011, they established a number of 210,000 deaths per year, as a lower limit, were associated with preventable harm in hospitals.

We are taking this to be a conservative estimate.

You can view the study here: A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care

Documenting Traditional Medical Knowledge

Ryan Abbot, M.D., J.D., M.T.O.M has prepared an interesting 52 page document titled Documenting Traditional Medical Knowledge.

From the Executive Summary:

Many problems associated with the protection of traditional medical knowledge lack clear solutions.  In attempting to protect traditional medicine, traditional knowledge holders are confronted by a confusing and diverse group of national and international policies, regulatory systems designed primarily to accommodate pharmaceutical medicines, safety and efficacy concerns, and challenges to ownership.

This text is designed to assist traditional medical knowledge holders, government representatives and third-party collaborators to think about issues of intellectual property law specifically related to traditional medical knowledge. It is not intended to provide legal advice, but rather to help stimulate thinking about traditional knowledge and to provide illustrative case studies.

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Thunder God Vine / Leigongteng


Thunder God Vine entered the spotlight recently for a successful study of weight loss in mice.

From the senior author Umut Ozcan:

The message from this study is that there is still hope for making leptin work, and there is still hope for treating obesity. If Celastrol works in humans as it does in mice, it could be a powerful way to treat obesity and improve the health of many patients suffering from obesity and associated complications, such as heart disease, fatty liver, and type 2 diabetes.

Weightloss is a meaningful pursuit, it’s far too soon to suggest this herb is right for this purpose in humans.

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Mind Is Very Powerful


Mind is very powerful. The mind suggests that you are bound and you accept it. This is the creation of samsara. Then the mind suggests to be free from samsara, and then the practice starts. This is all a concept! Nirvana is only a concept, a trap of the mind. So how do you escape this trap? When you call it a ‘trap’ you are out of it. You know by a special spontaneous knowledge that all this is just a trap of the mind. Then you understand that there is nothing to do and nowhere to go. Just be. You have come from nowhere and you will never go anywhere. — Papaji

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Intelligence is Only Possible when there is Real Freedom from the Self


Most of us think that intelligence is the outcome of acquiring knowledge, information, experience. By having a great deal of knowledge and experience we think we shall be able to meet life with intelligence. But life is an extraordinary thing, it is never stationary; like the river, it is constantly flowing, never still. We think that by gathering more experience, more knowledge, more virtue, more wealth, more possessions, we shall be intelligent. That is why we respect the people who have accumulated knowledge, the scholars, and also the people who are rich and full of experience. But is intelligence the outcome of the `more’? What is behind this process of having more, wanting more? In wanting more we are concerned with accumulating, are we not?

Now, what happens when you have accumulated knowledge, experience? Whatever further experience you may have is immediately translated in terms of the `more’, and you are never really experiencing, you are always gathering; and this gathering is the process of the mind, which is the centre of the `more’. The `more’ is the `me’, the ego, the self-enclosed entity who is only concerned with accumulating, either negatively or positively. So, with its accumulated experience, the mind meets life. In meeting life with this accumulation of experience, the mind is again seeking the `more’, so it never experiences, it only gathers.

As long as the mind is merely an instrument of gathering, there is no real experiencing. How can you be open to experience when you are always thinking of getting something out of that experience, acquiring something more?

So the man who is accumulating, gathering, the man who is desiring more is never freshly experiencing life. It is only when the mind is not concerned with the `more’, with accumulating, that there is a possibility for that mind to be intelligent. When the mind is concerned with the `more’, every further experience strengthens the wall of the self-enclosing `me’, the egocentric process which is the centre of all conflict, please follow this. You think that experience frees the mind, but it does not. As long as your mind is concerned with accumulation, with the `more’, every experience you have only strengthens you in your egotism, in your selfishness, in your self-enclosing process of thought.

— Jiddu Krishnamurti (You can read the whole talk at J. Krishnamurti Online: Life Ahead Part One Chapter 19)

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The Arrogance of Preventive Medicine


David Sackett, who has been affectionately called the father of evidence-based medicine, died on May 13, 2015 at age 80.

While still adhering to many aspects of allopathic medicine and the reductionist paradigms of modern science, praise must be given for his willingness to challenge the main stream of medicine and its methodology when it did not base its findings on evidence, especially in the form of randomized clinical trials.

We would like to share a short paper of his to give a taste for his approach: The Arrogance of Preventive Medicine

I place the blame directly on the medical “experts” who, to gain private profit (from their industry affiliations), to satisfy a narcissistic need for public acclaim or in a misguided attempt to do good, advocate “preventive” manoeuvres that have never been validated in rigorous randomized trials.

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