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Cryotherapy, cupping and TMS: New forms of alternative medicine treatment in St. George – The Spectrum

Sometimes, pills and medications just don't cut it for people with serious illnesses of both the mental or physical variety.

Depression, pain and inflammation are just a few of the ailments that plague millions of Americans every single day.

For those that are tired of medicating to get rid of their problems or feel like they have been ineffective, there are new alternative therapy treatments to testout.

Cryotherapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation and cupping are three techniques now availablein St. George where people can treat their bodies in an effort tofeel like their natural selvesagain.

Weston Ivison tries out the cryotherapy chamber at Cool It! Cryotherapy and Massage in St. George(Photo: Terell Wilkins/The Spectrum & Daily News)

Developed in Japan in 1978 as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritisand brought to the United States in the late 2000s, cryotherapy is a cooling treatment that involves exposing the body to extremely cold temperatures in order to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

"Liquid nitrogen is used and my machine will pull the liquid into it and then convert it to a gas and then we're just surrounding a person withthe gas." said Jody Wright, owner of St. George's sole cryotherapy location, Cool It! Cryotherapy.

Temperatures in the chamber are reduced anywhere from-200 to -250 degrees for up to threeminutes.

The nitrogen bursts are circulated around the chamber and directed away from the skin of the patient to prevent them from freezing but maintaining the temperature that gives cryo its therapeutic effects.

Ten-second nitrogen bursts with 20-30 seconds between them keep the ambient temperature withinrange of being helpful to the patient, according to Wright.

"If you've ever been in a cold-weather climate that's what it's like so imagine being in Cedar City standing out with a breeze almost totally naked and standing there for three minutes," Wright said. "It's not as extreme as jumping into an ice bath but it's still cold, you'll feel it."

Wright jumped on the cryotherapy wave early after it gained popularity in Dallas with a man named Mark Murdock.

Murdock, a Division II basketball coach for 17 years, tried the treatment in 2009 and liked it so much that he created a company called CryoUSA that does cryotherapyand has become a vendor for cryo chambers.

Murdock met Wright while in Las Vegas and invited him back to Dallas to try it out for himself.

"I got this guy on my phone, Mark Murdock, who was the guy that installed them for Tony Robbins and he was visiting Vegas on an expo sohe told me to come to Dallas and he said 'we will feed you lunch, we'll tell you all about cryo businesses and you can try everything at our facilities'," Wright said. "He and his buddy had heard about a Russian salon in Dallas that had this machine. He was a basketball coach so he tried it out, loved it and they ended up getting a machine and started working with the Dallas Mavericks."

The Mavericks were the first team to use cryotherapy consistently and their NBA championship in 2011 opened people's eyes to just how beneficial the treatment can be to physical performance.

Wright took his experience in Dallas back west to Southern Utah and opened Cool It! in 2015 in St. George.

Spectrum writer Jud Burkett stands in a cryotherapy machine Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (Photo: Chris Caldwell / The Spectrum & Daily News)

He says he has plenty of clients with a wide range of ailments from local marathon runners to people who have had injuries and use cryotherapy to maintain their lifestyle.

"It's all relative so I have a guy that broke a bunch of bones from a work injury who comes in every day, I have a little older lady who has bad arthritis and she comes in every day that she can," Wright said. "I have athletes who will come in when they're in heavy training mode to recover too so some people just do it consistently and some less often, it depends on how they feel individually."

Wright says that he does hear from cryotherapy skeptics but stays firm in his beliefthat henever forces anyone to trustthe science behind it. All he asks is that people try it out for themselves and decide on their own whether it works for them.

"I'm not going to try and convince anybody because usually people are convinced one way or another," Wright said."I just say that I'm not making medical claims and I have people that do it just because it makes them feel good and sharpens the senses."

A close look at the transcranial magnetic stimulation machine at TMS Success that helps patients treat depression and a few other mental conditions.(Photo: Terell Wilkins/The Spectrum & Daily News)

One of the newer forms of alternative treatment comes in the form of transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS.

"We use a magnet to help stimulate people's neurotransmission processes andthose processes are where we as humans produce chemicals that make us feel good like dopamine and serotonin," Janis Hatch, who works at TMS Success, said. "When we are depressed, we don't produce these naturally so usually a person would take anti-depressant medications and those medications work but only because they're supplying with the chemicals that it's lacking."

Anti-depressant medications bring the necessary chemicals to curb depression for a short time,but they don't do anything to help teach the brainhow to produce those chemicals themselves.

"You're giving the brain dopamine and serotonin but you're not teaching it how to create them on it's own," Hatch said. "It's like the story of taking a man to fish versus teaching him how to fish for himself."

According to Hatch,transcranial magnetic stimulation does not just solve briefly solve depression, it brings your brain the knowledge of how to produce the chemicals to keepit away effectively.

The transcranial magnetic stimulation machine at TMS Success in St. George.(Photo: Terell Wilkins/The Spectrum & Daily News)

The magnet on the machine consists of pulses that, when put on a person's scalp, taps on their head to stimulate the brain.

The treatment takes place over a six-week period where patients come in Monday through Fridayfor 18minutes a day.

"Usually people will just squeeze it in, either in their lunch breakor after work but we do whatever time is best for them during the day," Hatch said. "They come in and we just strap them up to the chair and it's nice because they can be on their phone to listen to music or podcasts or whatever they want so it goes bysuper fast."

The magnetitself has two bumps that tapthe left side of the head and pulse over 3,000 times in the 18-minute treatment session, a feeling that Hatch says is uncomfortable at first but not painful.

"People on their very first day will tell me it is uncomfortable because it's new but by about the third day, you get used to it and it doesn't ever really hurt at all," Hatch said. "It goes pretty fast but there's no pain involved it's just awkward at first."

Most insurance providers docover the cost of the treatment, which is important because that price tag is not cheap.

"It's good that insurance companies do cover this treatment because it is prettyexpensive, it costs $10,000," Hatch said. "That's for six weeks so it is kind of steep but insurance does pay forit if you meet the criteria. As in, you're diagnosed with depression, anxiety disorder and things like that."

TMS Success is one of two locations in St. George where people can get TMS treatment for their depression and has been around for about a year now.

Though it is a relatively new treatment, Hatch says its effects are undeniable in the patients she has gotten to observe.

"What is great about TMS treatment is that a year after people finish their treatment, their success rate is higher sothey have better results a year later than they had even at the end of the six week mark," Hatch said. "Their brains just kept working and working and itstarted developing those healthy chemicals on it's own."

A look at the cups and suctions used in different cupping techniques at Synergy Massage & Personal Fitness in St. George.(Photo: Terell Wilkins/The Spectrum & Daily News)

Made popular in the mainstream by Michael Phelps using the technique during the 2016Olympics before his meets, cupping is a massage technique that involves using tiny cups and suction to utilize negative energy.

"With cupping, the difference between a massage and cupping is that with a massage there is positive pressure so someone is pushing down and massaging but with cupping, there is a negative pressure so it pulls things up and out of your skin," saidJacque Heaton of Synergy Massage and Personal Fitness in St. George.

Heaton likens cupping therapy to sucking out all of the toxins in your skin and bringing them to the surface so they can be cleaned out.

"When you take chicken skin away and you see that white fiber material underneath, that's in our bodies and it basically acts like fiber optics so it goes in all different directions," said Jacque Heaton of Synergy Massage and Personal Fitness in St. George. "Well when that gets tangled up, then communication from the brain to other parts of the body slows down or stops. So your brain is like this fabulous communication systemand our bodies are meant to heal themselves, but when you get these clogs, that's where inflammation and pain comes in."

Instead of force being applied to iron out all the kinks in our bodies in a traditional massage, cupping straightens it out through suction and leaves the dark circles suction marks that Heaton calls "cup kisses" behind for about a week or so.

"We do have people that will say negative things or they think it's broken capillaries but it's not broken capillaries, it's just bringing things up to the surface so your body can get rid of it," Heaton said."We have found out through cupping that actually just that negative pressure does the job so we just use suction and there's no heat to it."

United States swimmer Michael Phelps swimming with dark circles on his shoulders as a result of his cupping therapy during the 2016 summer Olympic Games.(Photo: David Eulitt/Kansas City Star)

In the same way that the Dallas Mavericks put cryotherapy on the map, Michael Phelps did it for cupping.

The dark circles seen on his body while he swam his way to five gold medals led to general curiosity and an increased belief that the practice of cupping does have its benefits.

"I just tell people they need to come experience it and see. Expect that it's going to leave rings and they're going to have some cup kisses but just come and try it and see because it really is positive," Heaton said."Especially if you like massages already, you'll find a definite benefit to cupping."

Follow reporter Terell Wilkins on Twitter,@SpeedyVeritas, call himat 252-367-8463or email himat twilkins@thespectrum.com.

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Group of physicians in Carrboro aims to provide alternative to conventional medicine – The Daily Tar Heel

Susan Delaney, a naturopathic and homeopathic physician, has been at Ray House since it opened its doors in 1994. She said she believes there has been a shift in popular culture when it comes to peoples views on alternative medicine.

When people think about herbal medicine or homeopathy they think, Oh, you know, this is California woo-hoo, foo-foo. But this is a form of medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years, she said.

Delaney said this craving for change in healthcare options is echoed in the student body, too. Many of the patients she already sees at the Ray House are UNC students.

Conventional science is trying to embrace and open its doors as much as they can to natural medicine because the culture has changed," she said. "People want something different.

Even those who are not familiar with the work of the Wellness Alliance, like Thomas Harley, a first-year chemistry major at UNC, are intrigued by the new possibilities that their work presents.

Ive always been interested in sort of finding new and different ways to treat illness, Harley said.

After a visit to Campus Health last week left him uncertain of what actions he should take to craft a healthier lifestyle, Harley found himself more open to the idea of alternative medicine.

Maybe if there was another course of treatment available, I wouldve felt more comforted by it. I want more options.

Those options are exactly what Delaney and the practitioners at Ray House aim to provide, along with further ways to inform the population about the different methods that she and her colleagues use to promote health and wellness in her community.

Delaney said she is excited about the growth of alternative medicine, claiming there has been a shift in public and scientific opinion on the fields she and her colleagues specialize in.

Who knows," Delaney said. "Maybe in five years student health at UNC will have some of these services for you. Wouldnt that be nice?

The Wellness Alliance will celebrate its 25th anniversary in December and hopes to continue to serve the community at large for many years to come.

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In Talks: Dr. Ravinder Singh at The Last Bookstore on 10/14 – Patch.com

Acclaimed Neurologist Dr. Ravinder Singh will be appearing at The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, this coming Monday, October 14th, to talk about his newest book release "Not Tonight I Have a Headache."

Dr. Ravinder Singh, a board-certified neurologist, a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), is on the board of Complementary and Alternative Medicine branch of the American Headache Society (AHS) and is consulted by physicians all over the United States and internationally in his approach to headache treatment. You will benefit greatly from the wisdom and insight Dr. Singh brings to the topic of headache management. "Not Tonight I Have a Headache" is here to help you make the transition from headache sufferer to life lover.

Amazing insights for control of and freedom from headaches await you within these pages. You will understand the problem and its solutions like never before, with non-technical and easy to understand language written with wit, heart, understanding, and compassion. His book, "Not Tonight I Have A Headache" is a best-seller in migraine and stress mastery. He has extensive research experience in the acute treatment and prevention of stroke. He was part of the initial thrombolytic (clot-busting drugs) trials using TPA for stroke, and has past and current participation in multiple stroke treatment and prevention trials. In addition, Dr. Singh has extensive research experience in the pharmacological treatment of epilepsy. He has participated in clinical trials of many anti-epileptic drugs.

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Zanzibars traditional healers: How alternative medicine is growing in Tanzania – The Independent

Zanzibarstraditional healers, with their toolkits of herbs, holy scriptures and massages are being registered by authorities keen to regulate the practitioners who treat everything from depression to hernias.

About 340 healers have been registered since Zanzibar, a region of Tanzania, passed the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act in 2009. An estimated 2,000 more healers, or mgangas, are hoping to register, saysHassan Combo, the government registrar at the council that records them.

Mgangas must be aged at least 18, have at least three years of experience and have a recommendation letter from a trained mganga. A council of 11 members that can include birth attendants, respected healers, village elders and lawyers approve applications each month.

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While the government does not dictate healers methods, it tries to work with them on quality control. Doctors are linked up with traditional healers to give them some medical education on diseases like hypertension, diabetes and pregnancy while the mgangas share information about patient statistics and needs.

Some healers use herbs. Others use scriptures from the Muslim holy book, the Koran. Most use both. Belief in supernatural spirits like djinns features strongly.

Fatawi Haji Hafidh, manager at Makunduchi Hospital, the second largestgovernment-run hospital on Zanzibars main island, says overstretched doctors and nurses may not have the time to see patients or the diagnostic equipment.

Patients may also be unable to afford the medicine prescribed or they may stop taking it before the course is finished, leading them to relapse and adding to their suspicion of government-run facilities, he said.

Many simply believe djinns are the problem.

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Type 2 diabetes: Adding this ‘superfood’ to your breakfast could lower your blood sugar – Express

Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the body cant control the amount of glucose in the blood. The body doesnt respond to insulin properly, and may not produce enough, causing a persons blood glucose level to become too high. If blood sugar stays too high and the condition is left untreated, a number of complications can occur, including kidney failure, nerve damage, heart disease, foot ulcers and stroke. So what can you do to control blood glucose levels?

Regularly eating a poor diet can increase a persons risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Bupa explains: This might be a diet that doesnt contain much fibre, for example.

A high glycemic index (GI) diet may also make you put on weight, which in turn, increases your risk of type 2 diabetes.

So eating a healthy diet is one way to help manage blood sugar levels.

The NHS advises: Theres nothing you cannot eat if you have type 2 diabetes, but youll have to limit certain foods.

You should eat a wide range of foods - including fruit, vegetables and some starchy foods like pasta and keep sugar, fat an salt to a minimum.

The health body adds the importance of eating breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, and not to skip meals.

When it comes to the first meal of the day, breakfast, what foods are considered best?

Rising in popularity over the last few years and dubbed a superfood, turmeric - a bright yellow spice commonly used in Asian food - has been proven to have a positive impact on blood sugar levels, and may be the perfect addition to your morning meal.

Scientists believe turmeric may have properties that help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress - factors that appear to play a role in diabetes.

For this reason, its believed turmeric may be useful for people with diabetes.

Turmerics blood sugar-lowering properties have been attributed to its curcumin content - most research to date has focused on curcumin rather than whole turmeric.

Authors of a review published in the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative medicine compiled more than 200 research papers on the connected between diabetes and curcumin.

The results found curcumin can help people with diabetes in different ways, including improving insulin resistance and cholesterol levels.

A study in Diabetes Care also found people with pre diabetes who took cur cumin for nine months were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those taking a placebo.

Turmeric can be added to eggs and oats - both of which have also been shown to have a positive impact on blood sugar levels.

When it comes to the last meal of the day, enjoying a certain drink before bed may help lower blood sugar.

Other ways to control blood sugar levels include regular exercise and losing weight if youre overweight.

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Orthorexia: When ‘Clean Eating’ Become An Unhealthy Obsession : The Salt – NPR

Orthorexia occurs when people become so fixated on the idea of eating "cleanly," or choosing only whole foods in their natural state, that they end up imperiling their physical and mental health. Sometimes this means missing critical nutrients or not getting enough calories. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

Orthorexia occurs when people become so fixated on the idea of eating "cleanly," or choosing only whole foods in their natural state, that they end up imperiling their physical and mental health. Sometimes this means missing critical nutrients or not getting enough calories.

Whether it's gluten-free, dairy-free, raw food, or all-organic, many people these days are committed to so-called "clean eating" the idea that choosing only whole foods in their natural state and avoiding processed ones can improve health.

It's not necessarily a bad thing to eat this way, but sometimes these kinds of food preferences can begin to take over people's lives, making them fear social events where they won't be able to find the "right" foods. When a healthful eating pattern goes too far, it may turn into an eating disorder that scientists are just beginning to study.

Alex Everakes, 25, is a public relations account executive from Chicago. As a kid, he struggled with being overweight. In his teens and 20s, he tried to diet, and he gained and lost and regained about 100 pounds.

When he moved to Los Angeles after college, he took his diet to a new level. He started working out twice a day. At one point, he ate just 10 foods "Spinach, chicken, egg whites, red peppers because green peppers make you bloated spaghetti squash, asparagus, salmon, berries, unsweetened almond milk, almond butter," Everakes says.

He went from 250 pounds at his heaviest, down to 140. He posted pictures of his six-pack abs and his "clean" diet online and was praised for it. He felt virtuous, but at the same time, he was starving, tired and lonely.

"My life literally was modeled to put myself away from destruction of my fitness," Everakes says.

He became afraid to eat certain foods. He worked at home to avoid office parties where he'd have to eat in front of others. He didn't go out or make friends because he didn't want to have to explain his diet.

It turns out Everakes was struggling with something called orthorexia nervosa.

Orthorexia is a fairly recent phenomenon. Dr. Steven Bratman, an alternative medicine practitioner in the 1990s, first coined the term in an essay in the nonscientific Yoga Journal in 1997. Many of his patients eschewed traditional medicine and believed that the key to good health was simply eating the "right" foods. Some of them would ask him what foods they should cut out.

Whether it's gluten or dairy, many people avoid certain types of foods. Sometimes food avoidance can turn into fear, obsession and even veer into an eating disorder that scientists are just beginning to study. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

Whether it's gluten or dairy, many people avoid certain types of foods. Sometimes food avoidance can turn into fear, obsession and even veer into an eating disorder that scientists are just beginning to study.

"People would think they should cut out all dairy and they should cut out all lentils, all wheat ... And it dawned on me gradually that many of these patients, their primary problem was that they were ... far too strict with themselves," he says.

So Bratman made up the name orthorexia, borrowing ortho from the Greek word meaning "right" and -orexia meaning "appetite." He added nervosa as a reference to anorexia nervosa, the well-known eating disorder which causes people to starve themselves to be thin.

"From then on, whenever a patient would ask me what food to cut out, I would say, 'We need to work on your orthorexia.' This would often make them laugh and let them loosen up, and sometimes it helped people move from extremism to moderation," he recalls.

Bratman had no idea that the concept of "clean eating" would explode over the next two decades.

Where dieters once gobbled down no-sugar gelatin or fat-free shakes, now they might seek out organic kale and wild salmon.

The rise of celebrity diet gurus and glamorous food photos on social media reinforce the idea that eating only certain foods and avoiding others is a virtue practically a religion.

Sondra Kronberg, founder and executive director of the Eating Disorder Treatment Collaborative outside New York City, has seen a lot of diet trends over the past 40 years.

"So orthorexia is a reflection on a larger scale of the cultural perspective on 'eating cleanly,' eating ... healthfully, avoiding toxins including foods that might have some 'super power,' " she says.

Now, Kronberg and other nutritionists applaud efforts to eat healthfully. The problem comes, she says, when you are so focused on your diet that "it begins to infringe on the quality of your life your ability to be spontaneous and engage." That's when you should start to worry about an eating disorder, she says.

"In the case of orthorexia, it centers around eating 'cleanly' and purely, where the other eating disorders center around size and weight and a drive for thinness," she says.

Sometimes these problems overlap, and some people who only eat "clean" foods miss critical nutrients from the foods they cut out or don't consume enough calories. "It could become a health hazard and ultimately, it can be fatal," Kronberg says.

The rise of celebrity diet gurus posting food photos on social media has reinforced the idea that eating only certain foods is a virtue. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

The rise of celebrity diet gurus posting food photos on social media has reinforced the idea that eating only certain foods is a virtue.

While people with these symptoms are showing up in clinics like Kronberg's, scientists don't agree on what orthorexia is.

Dr. S.E. Specter, a psychiatrist and nutrition scientist based in Beverly Hills who specializes in eating disorders, notes that there are only 145 published scientific articles on orthorexia. "For anorexia nervosa, there are 16,064 published studies and for eating disorders in general, there are 41,258. So [orthorexia] doesn't stack up in terms of the knowledge base so far," he says.

A 2018 review of orthorexia studies published in the journal Eating and Weight Disorders finds no common definition, standard diagnostic criteria, or reliable ways to measure orthorexia's psychological impact.

Orthorexia is not listed specifically in the DSM the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders but that doesn't mean it's untreatable.

"I just think orthorexia is maybe a little bit too hard to pin down, or it's looked at as a piece of the other related disorders the eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and general anxiety disorder as well," Specter says.

To treat it, "we have to look at the thought process and try to disentangle the beliefs that a person has. They become very entrenched," he says.

"It's a very kind of gradual process for ... many in terms of trying to back out of a need to always check to see that, you know, locks are locked or that a food is not going to be harmful to them cause their skin to break out or increase their risk of cancer," he says.

Alex Everakes has been in treatment for two years. While he's still significantly underweight, he says he's happier and learning to see his diet a little differently.

Everakes eats more freely on the weekends now and tries to add a new food every few days. He's made some friends who don't restrict their eating.

For Everakes, taking control of his orthorexia is "knowing that your world isn't going to come crashing down if you have like, a piece of pizza."

He's managed this by taking baby steps. Instead of going right for a slice of standard pizza, he started with cauliflower crust pizza. He ordered frozen yogurt before going for full-fat ice cream.

Eating disorders can strike anyone. Roughly 1 in 3 people struggling with eating disorders is male, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. And these disorders affect athletes at a higher rate than the rest of the population.

If you think you have orthorexia or any eating disorder, it's important to seek professional help and friends who support you, Everakes says.

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Goa CM Pramod Sawant Stops Convoy for Injured Tourist, Takes Her to the Hospital – News18

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Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday stopped his convoy to provide assistance to a woman tourist who had met with an accident, by first examining her and then taking her to the nearest hospital in one of his escort vehicles.

On his way back from the Dabolim international airport, after returning from an official visit to the national capital where he met several BJP leaders as well as Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, he stopped the convoy at the Zuari bridge to enquire after the woman who was knocked down in a hit and run case.

Sawant, who is a doctor in alternative medicine, examined her wounds and then facilitated her visit to the nearest hospital in a car from his convoy. The video of Sawant rendering help to the injured tourist was uploaded to the social media by an eyewitness.

"The Chief Minister also enquired whether the injured lady had noted down the number of the vehicle which had collided with a two-wheeler," an official attached to the Chief Minister's Office said.

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Alternative medical treatments and compassionate use – Lexology

Patients who are beyond treatment under the standards of conventional medicine often seek help from alternative medical treatments; however, these methods pose not only medical risks for patients, but also legal risks for doctors.

Facts

A surgeon with qualifications in vascular, heart and thorax surgery treated seriously ill patients using an innovative method. The patients suffered from morbus Parkinson, multiple sclerosis, various forms of myatrophy and paralysis, traumatic spinal cord injuries, macular degenerations or psychiatric impairments such as autism. All of the patients were beyond treatment under the standards of conventional medicine. The surgeon treated them with stem cell therapy.

First-instance and appeal decisions

In April 2014 the Viennese Administrative Authority fined the surgeon under Section 49(1) of the Act on the Medical Profession for failing to observe patient welfare namely, for not evaluating the side effects and counterindications of using stem cell therapy to treat the abovementioned conditions.

In July 2015 the Viennese Administrative Tribunal(1) partly confirmed this decision. The tribunal ruled that potential health risks cannot be withheld from patients.

Supreme Administrative Court decision

On appeal, the Supreme Administrative Court(2) overruled the Viennese Administrative Tribunal's decision. The court held that the administrative tribunal had accused the surgeon of regularly using autologous stem cell therapy as a new treatment, even though clinical studies had yet to determine its benefits and risks.

According to the court, stem cells fall within the definition of medicinal products under Section 1 of the Medicinal Products Act.(3) The court could therefore revert to the doctrine and precedents on the off-label use of medicinal products. In its view, the tribunal had not shown that the treatment was clearly prohibited. Further, without a prohibition on the off-label use of medicinal products with marketing authorisation, such a prohibition cannot be based on the Medicinal Products Act. Therefore, an infringement of "compliance with existing rules according to sec 49 (1) Act on the Medical Profession" was not obvious.

The use of medicinal products or treatments that have not been clinically evaluated in terms of benefit-risk ratio for certain (new) indications is referred to as 'compassionate use'. The Declaration of Helsinki on ethical principles for medical research involving human subjects states as follows:

Unproven interventions in clinical practice

37. In the treatment of an individual patient, where proven interventions do not exist or other known interventions have been ineffective, the physician, after seeking expert advice, with informed consent from the patient or a legally authorised representative, may use an unproven intervention if in the physician's judgement it offers hope of saving life, re-establishing health or alleviating suffering. This intervention should subsequently be made the object of research, designed to evaluate its safety and efficacy. In all cases, new information must be recorded and, where appropriate, made publicly available.

According to legal literature, compassionate use is a deviation from medical standards in special treatment situations, either because the standard is unhelpful or no standard for the special treatment is available. Unlike clinical studies, it refers to individual cases and not to a clinical sample.

Under Section 49(1) of the Medical Profession Act physicians must observe the rules of medical science; however, these rules are only guidelines with respect to patient welfare insofar as it is possible to go beyond conventional medicine. Therefore, Section 49(1) does not prohibit compassionate use for patients who are beyond therapy under conventional medicine if they are comprehensively informed and the compassionate use makes objective sense.(4)

There is no legal definition of 'compassionate use' and no Supreme Court precedents in this regard. On 13 February 1956 the German Federal Court ruled(5) that a method of treatment is a clinical study and not a compassionate use if the method is applied not primarily in the interests of treating a patient, but in the interest of scientific research. A new method of treatment may be applied if the responsible medical evaluation and comparison of the expected benefits and risks of the new method with the standard treatment under consideration justify its application.(6)

New methods may be used only on patients who are fully informed that said methods imply unknown risks. Further, patients must be able to evaluate and consent to (or not) said risks.(7)

In the case at hand, all of the surgeon's patients were beyond treatment such that, according to the medical standard, no successful cure could be expected at the time of the treatment.

The Viennese Administrative Tribunal failed to establish that the applied treatment had posed a danger to the patients; rather, it stated only that health risks cannot be excluded without clinical studies. The tribunal reproached the applicant for integrating the method of treatment into regular clinical operations. Compassionate use that is legitimate in individual cases becomes illegitimate if it is adopted in regular clinical operations, as it becomes a regular treatment with an unverified method. This further implies that the person administering the treatment has applied it in multiple cases. It is unclear whether the application of a new therapy on a larger number of patients excludes the qualification of the treatment as compassionate use.

Insofar as the Viennese Administrative Tribunal questioned the surgeon's claim to have evaluated the risks of stem cell therapy in each case, the tribunal lacked evidence to evaluate the types of risk that would prohibit compassionate use. Further, the tribunal failed to establish the circumstances and specific patient information that would prohibit compassionate use. Therefore, the Supreme Administrative Court set aside the Viennese Administrative Tribunal's decision.

Comment

The Supreme Administrative Court's decision appears to favour a liberal approach to new therapies and compassionate use and enhances the possibilities for developing new therapies and alternative medicines in future. However, patient welfare remains paramount for qualifying a new method as compassionate use.

Endnotes

(1) VGW-001/047/26739/2014-28.

(2) 24 April 2019, RA 2015/11/0113.

(3) Kopecky, Stammzellenforschung in sterreich, 2008, 269.

(4) Resch and Wallner, Handbuch Medizinrecht (second edition), 2015, 222.

(5) III ZR 175/54.

(6) German Federal Court of Justice, 13 June 2006, VI ZR 323/04.

(7) German Federal Court of Justice, 13 June 2006, VI ZR 323/04 and Federal Court of Justice, 27 March 2007, VI ZR 55/05.

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Cushing’s DiseaseMonthly Injection Is Good Alternative to Surgery – EndocrineWeb

with Maria Fleseriu, MD, FACE, and Vivien Herman-Bonert, MD

Cushing's disease, an uncommon but hard to treat endocrine disorder, occurs when a tumor on the pituitary gland, called an adenomathat is almost always benignleads to an overproduction of ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone), which is responsible for stimulating the release of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone.

Until now, surgery to remove the non-cancerous but problematic tumor has been the only effective treatment. Still, many patients will require medication to help control their serum cortisol levels, and others cannot have surgery or would prefer to avoid it.

Finally, a drug proves effective as added on or alternative to surgery in managing Cushing's disease. Photo; 123rf

Now, there is good news about long-term positive results achieved with pasireotide (Signifor)the first medication to demonstrate effectiveness in both normalizing serum cortisol levels and either shrinking or slowing growth of tumors over the long term.1,2 These findings appear in the journal, Clinical Endocrinology, showing that patients followed for 36 months as part of an ongoing study had improved patient outcomes for Cushings disease.2

"What we knew before this extension study wasthe drug will work in approximately half of the patients with mild Cushing's disease," says study author Maria Fleseriu, MD, FACE, director of the Northwest Pituitary Center and professor of neurological surgery and medicine in the division of endocrinology, diabetes and clinical nutrition at the Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Medicine.

Pasireotide also offers good clinical benefits," says Dr. Fleseriu who is also the president of the Pituitary Society, which includes improvements in blood pressure, other signs and symptoms of Cushings symptom], and quality of life.2

Among the signs and symptoms of Cushings disease that are lessened with treatment are:3

The accumulation of adipose tissue raises the risk of heart disease, which adds to the urgency of effective treatment. In addition, many individuals who have Cushings disease also complain of quality of life issues such as fatigue, depression, mood and behavioral problems, as well as poor memory.2

As good as the results appear following the longer term use of pasireotide,2 Dr. Fleseriu admits that in any extension study in which patients are asked to continue on, there are some built-in limitations, which may influence the findings. For example, patients who agree to stay on do so because they are good responders, meaning they feel better, so theyre happy to stick with the study.

Fortunately, for the patients who have responded to pasireotide initially, this is a drug that can be continued as there are no new safety signals with longer use," Dr. Fleseriu tells EndocrineWeb, "and when the response at the start is good, very few patients will lose control of their urinary free cortisol over time. That's a frequent marker used to monitor patient's status. For those patients with large tumors, almost half of them had a significant shrinkage, and all the others had a stable tumor size."

What Are the Reasons to Consider Drug Treatment to Manage Cushings Symptoms

The extension study ''was important because we didn't have any long-term data regarding patient response to this once-a-month treatment to manage Cushing's disease," she says.

While selective surgical removal of the tumor is the preferred treatment choice, the success rate in patients varies, and Cushing's symptoms persist in up to 35% of patients after surgery. In addition, recurrent rates (ie, return of disease) range from 13% to 66% after individuals experience different durations remaining in remission.1

Therefore, the availability of an effective, long-lasting drug will change the course of therapy for many patients with Cushings disease going forward. Not only will pasireotide benefit patients who have persistent and recurrent disease after undergoing surgery, but also this medication will be beneficial for those who are not candidates for surgery or just wish to avoid having this procedure, he said.

This long-acting therapy, pasireotide, which is given by injection, was approved in the US after reviewing results of a 12-month Phase 3 trial.1 In the initial study, participants had a confirmed pituitary cause of the Cushing's disease. After that, the researchers added the optional 12-month open-label, extension study, and now patients can continue on in a separate long-term safety study.

Those eligible for the 12-month extension had to have mean urinary free cortisol not exceeding the upper limit of normal (166.5 nanomoles per 24 hour) and/or be considered by the investigator to be getting substantial clinical benefit from treatment with long-action pasireotide, and to demonstrate tolerability of pasireotide during the core study.1

Of the 150 in the initial trial, 81 participants, or 54% of the patients, entered the extension study. Of those, 39 completed the next phase, and most also enrolled in another long-term safety studythese results not yet available).2

During the core study, 1 participants were randomly assigned to 10 or 30 mg of the drug every 28 days, with doses based on effectiveness and tolerability. When they entered the extension, patients were given the same dose they received at month.1,2

Of those who received 36 months of treatment with pasireotide, nearly three in four (72.2%) had controlled levels of urinary free cortisol at this time point.2 Equally good news for this drug was that tumors either shrank or did not grow. Of those individuals who started the trial with a measurable tumor (adenoma) as well as those with an adenoma at the two year mark (35 people), 85.7% of them experienced a reduction of 20% or more or less than a 20% change in tumor volume. No macroadenomas present at the start of the study showed a change of more than 20% at either month 24 or 36.2

Improvements in blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference continued throughout the extension study.1 Those factors influence CVD risk, the leading cause of death in those with Cushing's.4

As for adverse events, most of the study participants, 91.4%, did report one or more complaint during the extension studymost commonly, it was high blood sugar, which was reported by nearly 40% of participants.2. This is not surprising when you consider that most (81.5%) of the individuals participating in the extension trial entered with a diagnosis of diabetes or use of antidiabetic medication, and even more of them (88.9%) had diabetes at the last evaluation.1

This complication indicates the need for people with Cushings disease to check their blood glucose, as appropriate.

Women typically develop Cushings disease more often than men.

What else should you be aware of if you and your doctor decide this medication will help you? Monitoring is crucial, says Dr. Fleseriu, as you will need to have your cortisol levels checked, and you should be on alert for any diabetes signals, which will require close monitoring and regular follow-up for disease management.

Another understanding gained from the results of this drug study: "This medication works on the tumor level," she says. "If the patient has a macroadenoma (large tumor), this would be the preferred treatment." However, it should be used with caution in those with diabetes given the increased risk of experiencing high blood sugar.

The researchers conclude that "the long-term safety profile of pasireotide was very favorable and consistent with that reported during the first 12 months of treatment. These data support the use of long-acting pasireotide as an effective long-term treatment option for some patients with Cushing's Disease."1

Vivien S. Herman-Bonert, MD, an endocrinologist and clinical director of the Pituitary Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, agreed to discuss the study findings, after agreeing to review the research for EndocrineWeb.

As to who might benefit most from monthly pasireotide injections? Dr. Herman-Bonert says, "any patient with Cushing's disease that requires long-term medical therapy, which includes patients with persistent or recurrent disease after surgery." Certainly, anyone who has had poor response to any other medical therapies for Cushing's disease either because they didn't work well enough or because the side effects were too much, will likely benefit a well, she adds.

Among the pluses that came out of the study, she says, is that nearly half of the patients had controlled average urinary free cortisol levels after two full years, and 72% of the participants who continued on with the drug for 36 months were able to remain in good urinary cortisol control .1

As the authors stated, tumor shrinkage was another clear benefit of taking long-term pasireotide. That makes the drug a potentially good choice for those even with large tumors or with progressive tumor growth, she says. Its always good for anyone with Cushings disease to have an alterative to surgery, or a back-up option when surgery isnt quite enough, says Dr. Herman-Bonert.

The best news for patients is that quality of life scores improved,1 she adds.

Dr Herman-Bonert did add a note of caution: Although the treatment in this study is described as ''long-term, patients will need to be on this for far longer than 2 to 3 years," she says. So, the data reported in this study may or may not persist, and we dont yet know what the impact will be 10 or 25 years out.

Also, the issue of hyperglycemia-related adverse events raises a concern, given the vast majority (81%) of patients who have both Cushings disease and diabetes. Most of those taking this drug had a dual diagnosishaving diabetes, a history of diabetes, or taking antidiabetic medicine.

If you are under care for diabetes and you require treatment for Cushings disease, you must be ver mindful that taking pasireotide will likely lead to high blood sugar spikes, so you should plan to address this with your healthcare provider.

Dr. Fleseriu reports research support paid to Oregon Health & Science University from Novartis and other 0companies and consultancy fees from Novartis and Strongbridge Biopharma. Dr. Herman-Bonert has no relevant disclosures.

The study was underwritten by Novartis Pharma AG, the drug maker.

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Google Censors, Shadowbans, and Blacklists Alternative Health News – The Epoch Times

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What if I told you that social media platforms are manipulating you, steering you toward health information that they think is right, rather than letting you evaluate content for yourself?

Accredited professionals, meanwhile, who stand for health freedom and who criticize BigAnything, are losing posting privileges, getting banned, being buried, finding themselves deranked, and getting digitally assassinated.

Content is literally disappearing from the Internet along with our health choices.

It sounds conspiratorial because it is. Independent journalists and health experts are blowing the whistle. But its become a silent one.

The censorship that is being applied to alternative health is nothing less than demonic, saidZach Vorhies, 39, who worked as a Google software engineer for eight-and-a-half years before coming out as a whistleblower. That may seem extreme, but Ive been following the happenings in the new cures that are being suppressed.

According to Vorhies, in the last three years, Google has rolled out changes that purposely down-rank independent health websites, even extremely high-quality and independent medical articles that are written by credentialed health care professionals.

At the same time, establishment, big corporate pharma websites like WebMD are monopolizing the first page of results, added Vorhies.

He continued, Whats terrifying is that many of these establishment medical articles landing on the first page do not even have a stated author and make assertions that are contradicted by science.

Consider that people use Google to search for about1 billion health questions a day, states author and health professionalJoe Cohen. Eighty percent of Internet users have searched for a health-related topic online,according to a recent study.

High-quality online health sites that have been negatively affected includeGreenmedinfo,Dr. Axe,Erin Elizabeth of Health Nut News,SelfHacked,Dr. Joseph Mercola, andHoneyColony(my website).

Censorship and freedom of speech vis a vis politics is being discussed, but no one in the mainstream media is covering the impact on the health space.

As Vorhies reminds us, Googles stated mission statement was to organize the worlds information and make it universally accessible. But in the last three years, it has betrayed those values by intervening in the search algorithm to tunnel users toward big corporate establishment players, he said.

In late June 2019,Project Veritaswith the assistance of Vorhies proved that Google is indeed manipulating search results,filtering content, and dubbing information news based on Googles agenda. Vorhies released 950 pages that insinuate that the search engine secretly boosts or condemns content on a platform that was supposedly neutral.

A document entitled news blacklist site for Google now singles out nearly500 websitesto be hidden from users of Google Now, an Android application that was phased out in 2016 and replaced by the Google Feed.

The stifling of natural remedies in favor ofpeddling pharmaceuticalsand monetizing medicine isnt new. We gave our health over to thefaux faithof maligned science and technology ages ago, back in 1910, when a teachernot a doctorwrote the so-calledFlexner Report. Since World War II, thepharmaceutical industryhas steadily netted increasing profits to become the worlds second-largest manufacturing industry after war toys.

Over100 years ago, the powers-that-be created a gatekeeper who would help influence legislative bodies on state and federal levels to create regulations and licensing red tape that strictly promoted drug medicine while stifling and shutting down alternative, inexpensive natural remedies, according tohealth journalist S.D. Wells.

Whatisnew and novel is that now Big Tech is collaborating with Big Pharma to suppress free speech. As if Big Pharma doesnt do enough harm, Big Tech is harnessing their power to modify search algorithms to align and appease an arguably sick agenda in the name of the supposed safety and protection of the public.

Jason Erickson, a writer forNaturalBlaze.com,wrote:

Evidently, the fact that a level playing field of informationwhich is exactly what the Internet was promised to beis skewing toward anti-vaccination (and other holistic healing)must be worrying to those who rely on the financial support of Big Pharma and establishment medicine.

Consider that alternative medicine empowers the patient and that the supplement industry is an approximately $32.5 billion business, according to the Nutrition Business Journal.

Googles latest trick? Autosuggestions. Its bad enough that Google is effectively scrubbing previously high-ranking sites from their search results, now they are actually suggesting what you should search for.

Heres Googlesofficial statement:

Autocomplete is designed to help people complete a search they were intending to do, not to suggest new types of searches to be performed. These are our best predictions of the query you were likely to continue entering.

From a psychological point of view, autosuggestions are arguably the simplest yet strongest tool for mind control. Incredulously,Google statesthat the autosuggestions are actually predictions, not suggestions.

Tsk, tsk, Google, who made you resident psychic?

For instance, when I searched for supplements are on Sept. 1, the suggestions were bad, useless, not regulated, and so on. In the past few weeks, Google has peppered in some positive keywords: amazing and healthy.

Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedinfo, a reputable health site,writes:

Google is auto-completing the search fields of billions of users with false information (topics ranging from natural health to candidates for election), based not on objective search volume data, but on an extremely biased political and socio-economic agendaone that is jeopardizing the health and human rights of everyone on the planet.

The articles we publish atHoneyColony.comall reference studies published in the peer-reviewed scientific literaturethe commonly recognized gold standard for research. But that doesnt matter now that Big Pharma propaganda is disseminated via Google.

Dont believe you are being bamboozled?View the disparitiesin volume yourself by going to Google Trends. Compare the actual search volume with Googles amazing new predictions feature.

These actions trump the principles of truth and justice. Its called social engineering. Human experimentation even. What it isnt is a search engine synonymous with looking for and finding objective answers. The Project Veritas video was promptly removed by YouTube (owned by Google) and then by Vimeo.

Many of these acts can be classified as technofascist.

Four years ago,Chet Bowers, a now-deceased author, lecturer, and environmental activist, described technofascism as an increased reliance upon computer-mediated learning at all levels of education [to spur] conformity of thinking.

As Bowers put it, the populace assumes they are being given accurate information and over time are only able to digest short explanations. In addition to conformity, fascism necessitates the loss of historical memory and a perceived crisis or endpoint that requires the collective energy and loyalty of the young and old.

The Internet has certainly shorten[ed] peoples attention spans to the point where slogans and sound bites conveniently serve as the basis of political decision-making. Masking disinformation as models of factual accuracy and objective reporting, the prevalence of disinformation and fake news facilitates the ability to condition millions of Americans to accept ideologically driven propaganda, which further reduces the likelihood of mass resistance to the techno-fascist agenda.

While the moral foundations of techno-fascism align with the values of market capitalism and the progress-oriented ideology of science that easily slips into scientism, its level of efficiency and totalitarian potential can easily lead to repressive systems that will not tolerate dissent, especially on the part of those challenging how the colonizing nature of techno-fascism promotes consumerism that is destroying the environment and alternative cultural lifestyles such as the cultural commons, wrote Bowers.

Its 2019. Or wait, is it 1984?

Social media platformstoxins for the mind and intellectnow feed the masses processed manufactured information while omitting or fudging whatever doesnt jive with Big Healthcare, aka Sick Care.

The future is now. The zombies are here.

Were being reduced to robots obsessively gazing at blue-lit screens, like in a twisted version of the Greek myth of Narcissus where we never recognize who we truly are: a magnificent species worthy of complete health and vitality. But alas, in this rendition, were too busy engaging in palatable online vitriol and trollism and ingesting toxic lies.

Instead of debating the subjects at hand with civilized decorum, were being polarized and were engaging in red herrings and ad hominem attacks. For instance, you begin talking about the negative impacts of 5G and someone on social media calls you a tin hat-wearing loon and discredits you, instead of focusing on all the experts that have spoken up and shared scientific evidence against this technology.

In this balkanization, we become part of sub-tribes, making it easier for corporations and government to manage and manipulate us.

Smoke and mirrors. Cloak and daggers. Crowd control.

All sickness. No health.

In 2006, Google became so popular that the Oxford English Dictionary officially turned the company into averb. Their role, we hoped, was not to take sides on a debate but to give the world access to information on an unprecedented scale. Knowledge is power.

Thirteen years later, Google is no longer an unbiased platform; theyre a publisher with an agenda. And theyre not only the most powerful search engine; theyre also a drug company. Google is a beautifully crafted Trojan horse for Big Pharma.

Simply put, Googles parent company,Alphabet, owns pharmaceutical subsidiaries. In 2013, Google foundedCalico.Calicos mission is to understand the biology that controls lifespan and to treat age-related diseases. Two years later, Alphabet foundedVerily LifeSciences(previously Google Life Sciences). Both pharma companies are partnering with others and having babies of their own.

Verily joined forces with the European pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, one of the worlds leading vaccine manufacturers. They formed a new drug company,Galvani Bioelectronics.

In January 2019, BusinessWirereportedthat Mary Ellen Coe, Googles president of customer solutions, was joining Mercks board of directors. Merck is another huge vaccine producer.

But the real clincher is that GV, the venture capital arm of Googles parent company, Alphabet, has also invested inVaccitecha companydescribedas the future of mass vaccine production.

Founded by scientists at Oxford University, Vaccitechs end goal is to develop a vaccine that would be the first in the world to fight all types of flu.

If all goes well, Vaccitechs shot could potentially be ready for launch in 2023. The potential developmenta so-called universal flu vaccine that elicits immunity against parts of the virusthat do not change from year to yearhas been described as a Holy Grail.

The Vaccitech trial marks the first time a universal flu vaccine has progressed beyond phase one clinical testing, wroteThe Independent.

Yet to others, a one-size-fits-all flu shot sounds like a disastrous future on several levels. According to a 2018 Department of Justice report, the annual flu shot is the most dangerous vaccine in the United States.

This invention doesnt take into account or respect biodiversity. Not every body system reacts to medicine in the same way.Not to mention that we are sovereign humans; we should be able to choose what we do with our bodies, not be forced to subject ourselves to questionable medicine.

Is it just coincidence that vaccine safety has become so maligned in the media as of late? Were being divided by design. People are being ostracized like never before for merely questioning alternative views. Its to pave the way for what is comingmandatory vaccines, not only for children but for adults, too.

Vaccines are a billion-dollar business. In 2012 alone, theworlds 11 top pharmaceuticalcompanies generated $700 billion-plus in profits on vaccines.

Stated another way: Google and Friends stand to earn a lot of money from vaccinating whomever they can stick a needle into, multiple times over. And letting people have access to valid questions about vaccine safety might damage their bottom line.

Commenting on the United States National Vaccine Plan, Dr. Sherri J. Tenpenny,wrote:

It lays bare the incestuous public-private relationship between the pharmaceutical vaccine manufacturers, the U.S. government and the World Health Rulers.

Furthermore, the objectives in Healthy People 2020 represent the massive expansion of a nanny-state government, intent on taking over every area of a persons life and eliminating health choices,Tenpenny added.

Did you know that partners from all over the world came together with a global commitment to vaccination,declaring20102020 the Decade of Vaccines? Meanwhile, in January 2019, the World Health Organizationin perfect timingstressed the importance of getting your child vaccinated to protect them, and others, from deadly diseases. Not doing so poses a global threat.

Check, please.

How about the$4 billion-pluspaid out to those who have been impacted by vaccine injuries? The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was started as a result of a law passed in 1986, giving pharmaceutical companies total legal immunity from being sued due to injuries and deaths resulting from vaccines, according to Health Impact News.

Said another way, Big Pharmacan create as many shots as they wantwith no accountability involved. Its a liability-free market.

Given whats in the pipeline, isnt it a bit odd that simply engaging in an educated conversation/exploration, or presenting opposing evidence, results in being 86d from the Internet? Oftentimes, opposers do not have informed arguments nor are they scientifically literate. And if you use intuition on whats best for your own body? Fuhgeddaboutit.

One health influencer I spoke to pointed out that other platforms like Vimeo and MailChimp are also helping to shut down the discussion.

In early July,Vimeo announcedthat it will no longer publish sites critical of vaccines, or sites that question vaccine safety.

Facebook, whose committee members include former Big Pharma employees, hasalso censoredlegitimate scientific inquiry and debate regarding vaccine safety.

No matter what your view is on vaccines, the point Im illustrating here is that Big Pharmas tentaclesfull of suction and swaynow extend to Big Tech, and that prohibiting the sharing of (health) informationa tenet of the Netis wrong. Unless you do not believe in the First Amendment.

If you bother to look, the conflicts of interest are obvious. Google has a clear agenda that serves pharmaceuticals, and its success is now directly built into its search algorithms.

Back in the good ole days, organic search results closely matched the users search query. The algorithm was based on relevance and popularity unless you paid Google extra to get listed on top as an obvious ad.

Until recently, popular search terms helped connect Googlers with the information they were actually looking for. This, in turn, spurred writers to pivot and employ search engine optimizationsuch as keywordswhen crafting content online.

By June 2016, our online magazine and marketplaceHoneyColonywhose mission is to empower you to be your own health advocatewas getting about 500,000 unique visitors a month, according to Google Analytics. We were genuinely and organically garnering interest and offering value withsolid well-researched articles.

Until we werent.

What happened?Google changed its algorithms.

Updates on Google arent new. The company has gone through thousands of updates throughout its existence. And every once in a while, it rolls out a majoralgorithmic update. But until now, theres been nothing as sinister as the recent changes, which apparently are powerful enough to do serious damage to a health-oriented sites revenue, alongside the sites organic traffic. Especially if Google doesnt agree with what theyre saying.

In the past, Google claimed their updates were actually beneficial to pages that werent getting as many views. But its becoming clear that Google has other aimsto control what information is most accessible to searchers.

In August 2018, traffic toHoneyColony.comdwindled 30 percent. We proverbially scratched our heads during marketing meetings, wondering what we were doing wrong, based on Googles standards. And then, we learned we had been impacted by what would be referred to as the Medic Update.

According toSearch Engine Land, the focus of the changes made under the Medic Update centered around the medical and health space, as well as the areas referred to as Your Money Your Life, defined by Google as:[T]ypes of pages [that] could potentially impact the future happiness, health, financial stability, or safety [of users].

When asked how to ensure their sites dont lose traffic, a Google employee named John Mueller said in a Webmaster Hangout, There is no specific thing where wed be able to say you did this and you should have done that and therefore were showing things differently.

This kind of vagueness and evasiveness is something Ive encountered when interviewing government or big corporate lackeys who excel in the language of gobbledygook (or in this case, Googlygook) who speak from pre-approved PR texts.

Google claims that sites can improve their rankings by improving their EAT: Expertise, Authoritativeness, and Trustworthiness. But what criteria are they using to decide these?

Joe Cohen of the reputable and detailed siteSelfHacked, another site that has found its traffic plummet,says, The thing is, no matter who I ask, theyve all told me thatSelfHackedis already authoritative, trustworthy, and displays expertise. You can look at any of our posts and judge for yourself.

Were witnessing a slow, sneaky purge where crowdsource relevance is now seemingly irrelevant. The definition of what constitutes credible has drastically changed.

Then, inJune 2019, Google rolled out yet anotheralgorithmic change.

Sites impacted in previous core updates were once again affected. On average, the impact was smaller than the August Medic update, as measured byMozCast.

While one source says the impact was smaller than the August Medic update, many would disagree. Devastating may be a more appropriate word than smaller, depending on if youve personally experienced content go from page one of a Google search to being buried on page six.

The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth, said George Orwell in 1984.

The new updates make it so searchers have to know the site name to find us. Unless you add HoneyColony.com, or Mercola.com to a key term, you wont find the content our sites publish.

Even skipping .com will minimize your search results,wroteMercola, whose Google search results had been topping the charts organically for years. Since these updates, Mercolas site traffic has been slashed by about 99 percent.

Shadow-banned. Ostensibly scrubbed.

Google used to rank pages based on whether an author could prove his/her expertise, on how many people visited a page, or on the number of other reputable sites that linked to that page. How about when an author has a degree? Doesnt seem to matter anymore.

Google now buries expert views if theyre deemed harmful to the public, explains TheSEM Post:

There has been a lot of talk about author expertise when it comes to the quality rater guidelines. This section has been changed substantially. [I]f the purpose of the page is harmful, then expertise doesnt matter. It should be rated Lowest!

But who decides? What qualifications do Google quality checkers possess? Who is deciding whats harmful?

Who exactly defines fake news at Google?According to Vorhies, If one was expecting an open and transparent group then they would be wrong: It turns out its the hyper-partisan left-wing groupMedia Matters.

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Kidney transplant alternative research gives transplant patients on the waiting list new hope – KARE11.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. New research reveals thousands of donated kidneys are thrown away or left unused each year, many of which could be used to save lives.

Currently nearly 100,000 Americans desperately need organs on the transplant waiting list. Experts say 12 people die every day waiting for a kidney transplant. So, why waste the organs?

Researchers say doctors dont want to risk using lower-quality kidneys even though they may be better than keeping a patient on dialysis.

Right now a Minnesota company is working to develop a kidney transplant alternative. Its a one-of-a-kind solution to end the transplant waiting list as we know it. Using a breakthrough process developed at the University of Minnesota, Eden Prairie-based Miromatrix Medical Incorporated is creating transplantable human organs out of pig organs.

Dr. Jeff Ross, Miromatrix CEO, said Minnesota researchers are leading the regenerative medicine race. Were creating human organs out of discarded pig organs. We take what nature designed, a fully functioning liver, kidney or heart and with our patented technology, which was developed at the University of Minnesota, we remove all of the cells from the organ. Whats left is a scaffold.' All of the organs natural design and architecture remain. Then from the inside out, we seed or implant new, human cells back into it, ultimately creating a completely functional, transplantable organ that could save a life, explained Dr. Ross.

Scientists and bioengineers are making strides every day in the field of regenerative medicine, and its very exciting," said Dr. Ross. "At Miromatrix, were aiming for our first human clinical studies to happen in the next three years. Our mission is to dramatically reduce the number of patients on dialysis, as well as save millions of lives by eliminating the kidney transplant waiting list."

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Jaguars Have Only Themselves to Blame for the Jalen Ramsey Situation – Bleacher Report NFL

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Jalen Ramsey's medical condition is so serious that Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone started laughing when asked about it during his Wednesday press conference.

The Jaguars cornerback missed practice earlier in the week with an illness, missed practice again on Wednesday because he is "a little banged up" with lower back and hamstring injuries, per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, and has apparently been under the weather for various reasons since the trade talks that would get him out of Jacksonville broke down last week.

Right. "Cough-cough. Ouch-ouch." (Holds thermometer over lightbulb until it reads 101). "Sorry, Coach, can't practice today."

Per Rapoport, Ramsey's agent said he had been receiving treatment for his aches and pains since last week. Fair enough: Half the NFL is getting treatment for something right now. As for Ramsey's inability to practice, Marrone has probably come to the same diagnosis as the rest of us. Ramsey's condition is called I-don't-want-to-play-for-this-team-anymore-itis, compounded by a chronic case of I-want-to-get-paid syndrome.

The Jaguars can cure Ramsey's condition at any time with a disgruntled-superstar-ectomy. They could also manage the condition with treat-your-players-like-professionals therapy, which is considered a controversial new-age alternative medicine in some old-school football circles, but which has been known to work.

They have chosen to do neither of these things, though, for the simple reason that they are a poorly run organization. Poorly run organizations are like old guys who won't cut down on the steak and scotch and start watching their cholesterol. Their stubbornness takes any bad situation and makes it worse.

The Jaguars and Ramsey began actively pursuing a trade early last week after the All-Pro cornerback got into a heated sideline confrontation with Marrone during a loss to the Texans over the way he is being used in the defense. But the contentious relationship between Ramsey and the team dates back almost to his arrival in Jacksonville.

Michael DiRocco of ESPN wrote a concise timeline of Ramsey's tenure with the Jaguars last week. Let's stick to the highlights here: Ramsey, the fifth overall pick in the 2016 draft, openly criticized coaches at the end of his rookie year, then voiced his frustrations again after the AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots at the conclusion of the 2017 season. So complaints about defensive game plans are nothing new for him.

Ramsey was also suspended for "conduct unbecoming of a Jaguars football player" after a dustup with a sideline camera crew and the subsequent exchange of tweets with a reporter during 2018 training camp, and of course, his trash talk-laden 2018 GQ interview wasn't the sort of thing that makes NFL employers giddy with delight.

Ramsey trade speculation began last November, when he began referring to his Jaguars career as if it were already in the rearview mirror. "When I'm gone from here, y'all gone miss me," he posted on Twitter after a loss to the Colts. Both the Jaguars and Ramsey tamped down that speculation a few days later. But in April, when executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin indirectly criticized Ramsey and others for not attending voluntary offseason team activities, Ramsey responded via Twitter that the activities were, in fact, voluntary.

Ramsey then told NFL.com's Nate Burleson on a podcast last week that his trade request was not precipitated by the conflict with Marrone but had been brewing for a while and was brought to a head by "some disrespectful things" said to him by a team official. Odds are that official was Coughlin, who is the archetype against which all other old-school football guys are judged.

Trade talks heated up throughout last week, then fizzled amid multiple reports that the Jaguars are seeking a Khalil Mack-sized cornucopia of first-round picks. Ramsey responded with what appears to be a case of the blue flu. Marrone sees the humor in the situation, but Coughlin and others in the organization probably aren't laughing.

The Jaguars have a 1-2 record right now and are pinning their hopes on rookie quarterback sensation Gardner Minshew to keep them competitive until Nick Foles returns from a broken clavicle. It's hard to tell at this point whether Minshew is a legit prospect or just an internet meme come to life, but the Jaguars reached the AFC Championship Game two years ago with Blake Bortles: Anything is possible if their defense is playing up to its potential. For that to happen, they need a healthy, happy-to-be-there Ramsey, though. As for trading Ramsey for top picks and rebuilding, that would have made sense in the offseason, before they signed Foles and maxed out their salary-cap ledger for 2020.

The Jaguars don't seem to know if they are trying to be the Chicago Bears and clobber opponents with a devastating defensein which case they need to learn to cope with mercurial mega-talents like Ramseyor to build some sort of Coughlin-approved military-academy culture. By digging in their heels with Ramsey, they are doing neither, which only makes the whole situation worse.

If this all sounds familiar, it's because it is all taken from page one of the dysfunctional organization playbook: mishandle a temperamental or otherwise frustrated superstar until the conflict is irreparable, then procrastinate past all logical trade windows, then take whatever you can get when you finally stop grandstanding and start doing what's best for the franchise.

That's what the Texans did before trading Jadeveon Clowney to the Seahawks for a fraction of what they could have gotten if they had leveraged his franchise-tag status properly. It's what Washington is still doing with Trent Williams, who is holding out over issues with the team's medical procedures, not money. It's what the Steelers did with AntoniOK, maybe nothing would have worked with Antonio Brown. But ignoring an escalating situation for months or years before trading the player on the cheap the way the Steelers did never had a chance of working.

There's no doubt Ramsey can be an organizational migraine. Players of his caliber often are. The Jaguars' potential suitors know he is, and any team that eventually trades for Ramsey will have one of the remedies the Jaguars refuse to swallow cooked up: a man-coverage scheme tailored to his gifts, or a coach/defensive coordinator with a "Go sic 'em, fellas" attitude, or a locker room full of stronger personalities.

Potential trade partners also know that Ramsey expects (and deserves) a market-setting contract extension that the Jaguars would be hard-pressed to fit under the cap even if they wanted to. And of course, teams will want Ramsey's services before the playoff race heats up. The longer the Jaguars wait, the weaker their position will get.

Ramsey is almost doing the team a favor by calling out sick and bringing this fever to a head. The organization can't pretend everything is fine when Ramsey is in Ferris Bueller mode, so they'll be motivated to finally make a deal they should have made long ago and then (maybe) start asking themselves serious questions about what kind of team they want to be.

In the meantime, Ramsey has an unassailable reason to miss some work. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday night that he's traveling to Nashville for the birth of his second child. Not even Coughlin can blame him for that.

Congratulations, Jalen. And, you know, get well soon (wink).

As for the Jaguars: Guys, you might want to get that cholesterol checked.

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$3 million in Grants Given to Study Cannabinoids as Opioid Alternative – Weedmaps News

The federal government has awarded $3 million in grants for research into the therapeutic benefits of ingredients in marijuana other than THC, emphasizing their potential as alternatives to prescription opioids.

In a notice published on Sept. 18, 2019, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) explained why the studies were necessary and listed grant recipients and the subjects they will investigate. That includes research into the use of cannabidiol (CBD) for arthritis pain, which will be led by New York University School of Medicine.

The treatment of chronic pain has relied heavily on opioids, despite their potential for addiction and overdose and the fact that they often don't work well when used on a long-term basis, Helene Langevin, director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), said in a press release. There's an urgent need for more effective and safer options.

A total of nine grants were issued, with the NIH stating that the funds will help identify alternative treatment options for pain and provide information about the impact of consuming cannabis compounds such as CBD and other lesser-known cannabinoids as well as terpenes found in the plant.

The cannabis plant contains more than 110 cannabinoids and 120 terpenes, but the only compound that's been studied extensively is THC, the press release said.

But while THC is known to treat certain forms of pain, the NIH is concerned that its intoxicating effects limit its medical applicability.

THC may help relieve pain, but its value as an analgesic is limited by its psychoactive effects and abuse potential, said David Shurtleff, deputy director of the NCCIH. These new projects will investigate substances from cannabis that don't have THC's disadvantages, looking at their basic biological activity and their potential mechanisms of action as pain relievers.

The NIH first announced that it would be issuing grants for studies into minor cannabinoids and terpenes in 2018.

Federal health agencies aren't the only institutions interested in learning about marijuana compounds other than THC. On Sept. 18, 2019, a Senate committee issued a spending report that called for research into CBD and cannabigerol (CBG) while also criticizing the federal drug scheduling system for inhibiting such research.

Featured Image: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded $3 million to New York University School of Medicine and other research institutions to study how cannabidiol (CBD) and other non-THC cannabinoids can alleviate pain. (Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)

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How to heal your mind when your body won’t recover – The Independent

An incurable disease, by its very nature, sounds like an issue that cannot be solved. But perhaps the solution is less about a cure, and more about the willingness to accept the disease, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Accepting disease, or any of lifes problems, is fraught with mistakes and backward steps. But LaMoret, the subject of a new Netflix documentary about her chronic cystic fibrosis (CF), says its vital to fuck up along the way.

After graduating from the University of Southern California, Moret, 23, decided to embark on a journey to explorealternative healing methods inCentral and South America, convincing her best friend, Camille Shooshani, 24, to accompanyher. The film, La and I, documents their three-month journey, exploring medicines that could help treat Morets chronic illness.

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CF is a genetic disorder that causes the body to produce too much mucus. It can build up in the lungs, digestive system and other organs, causing breathing problems and nutrient malabsorption in the gut. It also makes sufferers far more susceptible to infection.The condition worsens with age and, according to the NHS, only half of those with CF will live past the age of 40.

Acupuncture: Practised for thousands of years in China, the technique has become increasingly popular around the world, with over 4 million sessions provided in the UK a year. Treatment involves sticking hair-thin needles in different pressure points on the body to alleviate physical pain, reduce nausea and boost mental wellbeing.

Reiki: A Japanese method for stress reduction and relaxation, derived from the words rei,soul, spirit, and ki,vitalenergy, from the late 1800s. The treatment involves laying hands on a patient and letting energy flow from the healer. It is used to treat conditions from cancer to depression. Millions of people in the US and abroad have tried reiki in the past year.

Ayurveda: A 5000-year-old Indian medicine system that is based on writings that reference a natural and holistic approach to healing. It includes natural medications made with plants, change in diet and exercise. It became popular in the Western world in the 1960s, with rising popularity through the 70s and 80s. However, discovery of toxic metals in imported medicines reduced its popularity in the mid-2000s.

Forty is an age associated with career security, having young childrenand, typically, still being physically fit. For most in this age bracket, death still looms far in the distance. ForMoretand other chronic illness sufferers, death and life are intertwined.

Moret has spent much of her life in denial about her illness. As she was leaving home for the first time to attenduniversity, age 17, she had started taking less and less medication. This was partly inspired by her first experience with alternative medicine.

When she was 16, she and her mother travelled to Mexico to visit a biomagnetist. The method of usingmagnets to heal the bodydates back to the ancient Greeks. Magnets were and by some still are believed to draw illness out of the body. Despite no scientific research supporting their efficacy, Moret believed the magnets had healed her.

Five years later, as the film begins,Morethas again tested positive for pseudomonas, a common bacteria found in people with CF.Remembering her healing, Moret sought out another biomagnetist. The only one in California was in Upland, 30 minutes outside Los Angeles.

The film shows Moret andShooshaniarrive at a strip mall. The office they enter looks more like someones living room. Moret asks the biomagnetist if heknows what CF is. As he says yes,the camera cuts to him typing cystic fibrosis into Google Translate.

Moret in hospital in France she needs to visit every three months to have her lung function checked(Camille Shooshani)

This scene, and countless more throughout the film, raise the question: how much can you trust someone to heal you, especially when there is no evidence to back up their claims?

Moret tells me that believing doesnt mean beingblind. Alternative therapies, as much as they seek to heal the body, require you to give yourself up completely to them. Though that may be easier said than done, for those with diseases that have no cure, theyre willing to put aside their ego for the sake of healing.

When she was just 11 years old, Corinne Olson, now 24, was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. It was a long and bumpy road to diagnosis. Initially, doctors thought it could be Lyme disease, and prescribed a cocktail of medications that included an immunosuppressant, steroids and antibiotics. Olsonlost a lot of weight very quickly and began noticing her hair falling out. She tells me: When I returned to [the doctor]and recounted the medications shed put me on, she was shocked and exclaimed that shed forgotten about which drugs I was taking at the same time, telling my mother and I that this combination was very dangerous.

Her jointsstill swollen and in serious pain, the experience left her feeling helpless. Like Moret, it wasonly when she moved to Coloradoto attend universitythat she became aware of andbegan to experiment with alternative medicines. Cannabis had just become legal herefor recreational and medicinal use and Id heard the buzz about CBD, so I began taking it in oil form. I immediately noticed the difference in my pain levels, but the most miraculous aspect was the significant improvement in my swelling. For years, my knees had looked like water balloons half the time and now they didnt. Finally, her disease was under control. The experienceinspired her to study medicinal healing.

Morets breathing treatments involve blowing into a plastic mechanism that measures lung capacity (Camille Shooshani)

When I met Moret nearly two years ago, I had no idea she suffered from CF. As Shooshani says while filming her,La isnt most people. She doesnt talk about cystic fibrosis. She refuses to take antibiotics. She almost never does her breathing treatments. La smokes.

Indeed, the film shows Moret smoking a cigarette, and more than once. Though the sight is jarring, given what we know about her disease, the shots are carefully placed. They illustrate her humanity and what it means to not be perfect, andshowthe joy of momentarily forgetting what separates her from anyone else her age. As Moret says, you dont have to be hyper-serious about the disease all the time. It doesnt invalidate what youre saying, it makes it more grounded. Shes definitely not trying to be the spokesperson for CF.

The film also seeks to ground the audience in their expectations of what the documentaryis going to be about.The majority of the film shows Shooshani filming Moret. Yet itis called Laand I, and its only at about 24 minutes in thatwe get to see who Iis. The camera turns back on Shooshani and in this moment, we not only see her, but ourselves, as if weve joined them in Peru. Moret likes this moment, because though we might think its all about her and her CF, theyreinviting us to look at our own problems, and what we might need healing. From this point on, were more connected with them, and it comes at the perfect time.

Olsons experience with alternative medicineinspired her to study it (Corinne Olson)

The crux of the film lies in the ayahuasca ceremony. All her other attempts at medicinal healing (biomagnetism and a brief trial with peyote, a psychedelic cactus) haveled up to this moment,for its mystery and reputation as a powerful hallucinogenic. Ayahuasca isa medicinal Amazonian tea brewed from a blend of two plants: the ayahuasca vine and leaves from a shrub called chacruna, which contains the psychoactive chemicalDMT.

DMT is sold as an illegal recreational substance in the UK and other countries. Unfortunately, this draws drug tourists to the Amazon seeking a high, not healing.

In fact, Moret and Shooshanileft their first location for the ceremony for this exact reason. Pisac, which lies in the Sacred Valley, is known as the alternative medicine capital of Peru. The streets are lined with shaman shops and billboards for ayahuasca ceremonies, often run by foreignersrather than locals. Shooshani saysit feels like a way to get something without having to commit yourself to the tradition and respect it.

Taking time to consider their participation in the market for ayahuasca, the women ultimately chose a ceremony run by an Amazonian shaman, where the profits went to his family and village. Additionally, Moret was going there to heal, to usethe plant in the purest intention. Inthis way, they were followingtradition.

At the start of the ayahuasca ceremony, the shaman, Ricardo Amaringo, describedthe nature of the plant, and how it heals. He told themthat since the start of humankind, there have been only two afflictions that have plagued us: blocks and psychological traumas. To overcome these, one must look inwards: When you take ayahuasca, you have to have in mind only one idea,the idea of your intention: I will see my body. I want to look at my body. I want to look at my stomach. I want to look at my trauma.

La and I is filmed as though the viewer is a third party on the trip (Johannes Heff)

One key difference between western doctors and alternative therapists is how they view the body. From what shes learnt, Moret tells me that healersview the body as a 3D object and theres no distinction between spiritual and physical illness, basically they are the same thing; its just that they manifest on three different planes,on an emotional level, a spiritual level and a physical level.

Western medicine focuses on the corporeal and often discounts the psychological trauma of illness. Emily Goddard, 35, suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS); her diagnosis was sudden. In November 2017, I woke up one morning and I couldnt move the right side of my body. I went to the hospital and they thought Id had a stroke when you have paralysis thats the first thing that people think. I was in hospital for a week having loads of tests done and they looked at the MRI of my brain and saw I had lots of damage which was historic, meaning it had to be something neurological. She was diagnosed in January 2018, and for three monthsshe was unable to move her right side. Her doctors told her she may regain movement, butit would dependon her type of MS, and they were unable to give her an exact prognosis.

Goddard was diagnosed with MS last year (Emily Goddard)

Goddardregained full movement.When I spoke with her, like Moret, her condition had no obvious outward presentation. Though her hands quivered ever so slightly and once she forgot a word, these could be attributedto someone perfectly healthy.

Like Moret, Goddard has found it difficult to accept her condition. In fact, when she recovered from her paralysis, she carried on with her life as normally as possible, living in a state of denial that she even had the illness. Though she suffers problems every day because of MS, she says, most of the time Idont think I have an illness.

Despite the physical ailments, she says the hardest part for me has been coming to terms with it mentally. To combat the mental struggle she faces, Goddard has decided to take psychedelic mushrooms this October. Extensive research has been done on the positive effects of mushrooms on mental health, and inspired her to try them. She feels that her diagnosis has made her feel like a more negative person, and that in a way, its stunted her personal growth. In some ways its made me really bold in other ways its made me afraid of everything.

Though shes never been a drug user, Goddardfeels that mushrooms can offer something western medicine cant. They allow you to connect more deeply with your body and mind. She feared that by going to a psychologist, they would prescribe her antidepressants. All antidepressants do is numb you and Idont want to be numbed. I dont want to have any sensations taken away from me because MS takes that away from you anyway. Shed rather be present and fully experience her mental health problems rather than try to stifle them. While western medicine focuses on taking away painful sensations, alternative therapies delve deeper into the discomfort, to solve it from within.

For those without chronic disease or pain, it can be easy to forget that theyrenot perfect.Most of us assume our bodies are always going to do what we need them to. When this sometimes isnt the case, it can change your view on things.Like shaman Amaringo says: you must look at your body.

At the end of Laand I, were left wondering what happened with Morets disease. Did the ayahuasca heal her? Well, it depends on your definition of healing. By the end of the film, that will have likely changed.

Though she did not experience lasting physical changes, during the ceremony, Moret reacted to the medicine differently. Everyone was throwing up, butI was actually coughing which was really weird because Inever threw up in the sixtimes I took it. In one ceremony, she saw no visions, but her body shook uncontrollably. I was just coughing, coughing, coughing more than any time Ive done my breathing treatments. The plant was making me shake. The breathing treatments for CF are vibrational therapy, which helps the body cough up mucus. Shooshani couldnt believe that ayahuasca had done the same thing.

Her CF may be unchanged physically, but Morets mental state has shifted.Her biggest takeaway from the experience wasto accept whatever comes to you. For me the hardestone was accepting the illness. Because I couldnt accept it I couldnt accept a lot of other things. Ayahuasca showed her how to accept it. She was able to see the life she was given as her path and that she was lucky to have received her life and all the struggles that come with it. She believes that it is through this acceptance that you can take on all problems in your life, physical or otherwise.

The six day-long ayahuasca ceremony caused Moret to cough and shake (Camille Shooshani)

As much as the film is an exploration of healing, it is more an exploration of the self. Moret and Shooshanidont seek to prescribe, and thats important to note. Rather, they assert that healing is incredibly, deeply personal. Everyones path is different

They dont want you to watch this film and take ayahuasca. Rather, they say, if youre meant to take the plant,it will call you.

Olson, who studies medicinal plants, saysplants can offer benefits that traditional medicine simply cant: Their phytochemicalmakeupsare like complex symphonies of molecular interaction which work in synchronicity with each other and with the bodys chemistry. Western medicine has discovered the most potentphytochemicals in these plants, isolated them, synthetically replicated and mass-produced them as pharmaceuticals distributed to the public. But honestly, its just the violin, just the melody, instead of a whole orchestra creating something that is biologically designed to work with and metabolise in the body. Life recognises life.

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Arthritis, 19 Other Treatment Packages To Be Covered Under PM Health Scheme – NDTV News

"A proposal for inclusion of 19 Ayush packages has been finalised and submitted": Officials

The Ayush Ministry has proposed the inclusion of 19 Ayurvedic, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) treatment packages in the cashless health insurance scheme Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), Union Minister Shripad Naik said on Tuesday.

The proposal to treat neurological diseases, arthritis among others has been submitted to the National Health Authority, AYUSH Secretary Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha said.

The packages include treatments through Panchakarma, cupping therapy and Varmam therapy, the secretary said.

"A proposal for inclusion of 19 Ayush packages has been finalised and submitted to the National Health Authority," said Mr Naik, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, while enumerating the achievements of his ministry in the last 100 days.

Mr Naik also said the guidelines for expanding insurance to additional Ayush treatments has also been finalised. He said funds of Rs 325 crore have been released to states for activities under National Ayush Mission (NAM) based on scrutiny of proposals.

In collaboration with NITI Aayog and Invest India, a Scheme for Integrated Health Research (SIHR) has been finalised with an outlay of Rs 490 crore, Mr Naik said, adding that this would address the untapped potential of integration of AYUSH systems with modern medicine.

In the past hundred days, the Central Research Councils of Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha have validated 110 classical formulations for 60 conditions, by generating evidence on clinical safety and efficacy, he said.

As of now, while a patient availing modern system of medical treatment (alopathy) is eligible for medical insurance under the world's largest health scheme, PMJAY, the health cover is unavailable to the person who opts for alternative medicine system AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy).

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Impact of Mind on Body – – RushPRnews.com

Patients tend to avoid sharing emotions and problems from their personal lives with their doctors. However, recent insights show that stress, anxiety, and many other feelings may impact physical health.

The mind-body connection has been a popular topic for decades. Still, its prominence existed only in the alternative medicine field. Luckily, though, doctors started incorporating the emotional state into the treatments regarding the body.

Stress is the number one indicator of the power of mindsets. Most people see stressful situations as debilitating, although theyre unavoidable. Still, studies show that stress can enhance the function of the mind and body, though, if a person thinks about it.

Its crucial that people, especially those who live in hectic environments, learn that stress can be helpful. It allows us to grow stronger.

Besides, when it comes to treating anxiety and illnesses related to it, sedatives are out. Sapien Medicine believes in an alternative approach that could really take off.

Findings discovered how stress, depression, and other undesirable mental states alter the functions of organs. They proved that there is a real basis for psychosomatic illnesses in brain anatomy.

Scientists discovered a large number of neural networks that connect the cortex and glands.

The most significant influences come from motor areas and those involved in effect and cognition. When these areas are affected, we can see the physical impacts of mental illnesses.

Last, but certainly not least, a poor state of mind can weaken the bodys immune system. Emotionally challenging times make people more prone to colds and infections.

The reasons behind this are to blame partially on the person. After all, stressed and upset people dont feel like taking care of themselves. They may also go to alcohol, drug, or tobacco abuse to cope. Yet, not all symptoms can be attributed to careless behavior.

Those include:

If a patient notices these symptoms unrelated to a medical cause, their mental health could be to blame. Treatments include more traditional ones such as psychotherapy, but there are also unconventional approaches.

Nowadays, theres growing popularity in working towards transcending the issues and connecting to a higher force through enlightenment, which, in turn, helps people resolve their emotional and mental struggles.

Doctors and patients have been aware of the relationship between mind and body for centuries now. Still, with the new studies shedding more light on the finesses that come with it, we may see progress in the way illnesses are cured in the future.

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No bond for Radford alternative medicine therapist – Roanoke Times

RADFORD More details of the allegations against an alternative medicine therapist were outlined during a Tuesday court hearing, including that he approached his female assistant while naked and asked her to practice her massage technique on his groin.

Circuit Court Judge Joey Showalter declined to set a bail for Martin V. Riding, 67, saying he posed a danger to the community and would remain in jail as he awaits trial.

Riding, who for years operated the Renew For Life holistic medicine clinic, faces 73 charges. They include 32 felony and 32 misdemeanor counts tied to performing invasive procedures without a state license, seven felony counts of animate object sexual penetration, one felony count of taking indecent liberties with a minor, and one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure.

This is a diabolical predatory scheme done under the guise of a healthcare provider, Commonwealths Attorney Chris Rehak said.

Rehak described incidents such as the massage request to Ridings assistant and episodes where Riding allegedly put his fingers in the vaginas and rectums of women to gauge if cancer was in remission.

At an earlier hearing in the case, Rehak said the investigation of Riding was prompted by his assistants complaint to police that he had made her digitally penetrate a woman without wearing gloves. The assistant described cameras set up in dressing rooms and pictures of naked women on Ridings computer, according to search warrants.

Until his arrest in June, Riding ran his clinic at his home on Radfords 8th Street. Riding is not a medical doctor, but called himself a family alternative therapist and offered services that included massage, breast exams and thermographic imaging, treatment with hot stones and tuning forks, and counseling.

In court Tuesday, defense attorney Chris Collins of Roanoke described Ridings practice in religious terms and said Riding was motivated to help others by his own experience of overcoming prostate cancer through alternative treatments.

Hes not a predator He had a ministry going out at his house, Collins said.

Collins said that he still is searching for alleged victims and that some of them have said they want to testify in Ridings defense.

Collins said that his client may have been unaware of some licensing requirements but said that he had not tried to harm anyone.

Addressing some of the incidents Rehak described, Collins said that while it was ill-advised for Riding to ask his assistant for a massage, it had been an entirely consensual encounter.

Regarding the incident during which Riding allegedly asked the assistant to put her finger inside a womans body, the assistant only voiced her discomfort afterward, Collins said, adding that Riding had then apologized for telling her to do it.

Above all, Collins said, Ridings clients had signed consent forms saying they knew he was not a medical doctor and that they agreed to his exams. Some of Ridings clients had cancer, and some of them were in sensitive areas of the body and he had to feel them, Collins said.

Asked by the judge if there had been consent forms, Rehak said not in every instance, and that the forms did not cover what Riding actually did.

Riding closed his clinic in June after his initial arrest, which was tied to the licensing charges. Released on bail, he was arrested again Friday after a grand jury indicted him on the sexual penetration and other charges.

Riding is scheduled to be back in court on Nov. 4 to schedule proceedings on one batch of charges, and on Dec. 13 for the other. Collins and Rehak said it was still to be determined whether there would be one trial for all the charges.

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RADFORD, Va. (WSET) -- An alternative medicine therapist in Radford, already facing 64 indictments for practicing without a license, has been indicted on nine ...

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Radford alternative medicine therapist, facing 70+ charges including sex crimes, denied bond – Lynchburg News and Advance

RADFORD Details of allegations against an alternative medicine therapist were outlined during a Tuesday court hearing, including that he approached his female assistant while naked and asked her to practice her massage technique on his groin.

Circuit Court Judge Joey Showalter declined to set bail for Martin V. Riding, 67, saying he posed a danger to the community and would remain in jail as he awaits trial.

Riding, who for years operated the Renew For Life holistic medicine clinic, faces 73 charges. They include 32 felony and 32 misdemeanor counts tied to performing invasive procedures without a state license, seven felony counts of animate object sexual penetration, one felony count of taking indecent liberties with a minor, and one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure.

This is a diabolical predatory scheme done under the guise of a health care provider, Commonwealths Attorney Chris Rehak said.

Rehak described incidents such as the massage request to Ridings assistant and episodes where Riding allegedly put his fingers in the vaginas and rectums of women to gauge if cancer was in remission.

At an earlier hearing in the case, Rehak said the investigation of Riding was prompted by his assistants complaint to police that he had made her digitally penetrate a woman without wearing gloves. The assistant described cameras set up in dressing rooms and pictures of naked women on Ridings computer, according to search warrants.

Until his arrest in June, Riding ran his clinic at his home on Radfords 8th Street. Riding is not a medical doctor, but called himself a family alternative therapist and offered services that included massage, breast exams and thermographic imaging, treatment with hot stones and tuning forks, and counseling.

In court Tuesday, defense attorney Chris Collins of Roanoke described Ridings practice in religious terms and said Riding was motivated to help others by his own experience of overcoming prostate cancer through alternative treatments.

Hes not a predator He had a ministry going out at his house, Collins said.

Collins said that he still is searching for alleged victims and some of them have said they want to testify in Ridings defense.

Collins said his client may have been unaware of some licensing requirements but said he had not tried to harm anyone.

Addressing some of the incidents Rehak described, Collins said that while it was ill-advised for Riding to ask his assistant for a massage, it had been an entirely consensual encounter.

Regarding the incident during which Riding allegedly asked the assistant to put her finger inside a womans body, the assistant only voiced her discomfort afterward, Collins said, adding Riding had then apologized for telling her to do it.

Above all, Collins said, Ridings clients had signed consent forms saying they knew he was not a medical doctor and they agreed to his exams. Some of Ridings clients had cancer, and some of them were in sensitive areas of the body and he had to feel them, Collins said.

Asked by the judge if there had been consent forms, Rehak said not in every instance, and the forms did not cover what Riding actually did.

Riding closed his clinic in June after his initial arrest, which was tied to the licensing charges. Released on bail, he was arrested again Friday after a grand jury indicted him on the sexual penetration and other charges.

Riding is scheduled to be back in court on Nov. 4 to schedule proceedings on one batch of charges, and on Dec. 13 for the other. Collins and Rehak said it was still to be determined whether there would be one trial for all the charges.

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