Chemo Drugs Proven to Cause Cancer Growth

***THIS IS IMPORTANT***

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/03/06/1401160111

 

“Significance

In this article we report a large-scale chemical screen in adult Drosophila to find inhibitors of stem-cell–derived tumors. To our surprise, we found that some Food and Drug Administration-approved chemotherapy drugs have the dual property of reducing growth of stem-cell–derived tumors while also stimulating hyperproliferation of their wild-type counterparts. Since hyperproliferation is one of the hallmarks of cancer cells, this side effect could contribute to refueling the growth of the very tumors that these chemotherapeutics are intended to inhibit. We show that this side effect is driven by the evolutionarily conserved Janus kinase-signal transducers and activators of transcription (JAK-STAT) inflammatory pathway, raising the possibility that the JAK-STAT pathway may also be activated in humans who are treated with some chemotherapeutics.”

“These results reveal an unanticipated side effect on stem cells that may contribute to tumor recurrence.”

Stewardship versus Ownership

Stewardship (responsibility for the upkeep of things around you)

versus

Ownership (claim the right to tear it up if you want)

This may break your bubble, but if you can’t take it with you when you die, it was never really yours.

As a human, you have stewardship over the material world while you are here, but when you try to “own” physical stuff, you waste your precious time defending that claim.

Your time cannot be saved for later and is at the center of all that matters.

Spend it wisely in stewardship of all that surrounds you.

Holiday Hours

I hope everyone is enjoying the awesome weather this summer.  I just wanted to let you know I will be out of the office next Thursday and Friday, July 4th and July 5th.  I will be available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week to help you prepare for your holiday adventures.  Please call Christina at 436-9355 to reserve your spot.

Thoughts on Equality

I so look forward to getting to work each morning. I revel in the opportunity to help people recover from serious health problems.

My thoughts this morning are again on equality. Can two individual human beings be equal? I like to split the human experience into four parts. Which of these parts can be brought to equal across a group of people?

Time (24 hours/day)                    - Time (24 hours/day)
Talent (10,000 different skills)   – Talent (different cluster of natural skills)
Training (compounds over time) – Training – (different paths lead to different places)
Treasure (hand-me-downs)         – Treasure (more debt than treasure)
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Success (fulfilled and generous)    -Failure (fearful and dangerous)

These factors carry varying weight and can shift as time passes.

Notice the only part of this equation that is actually equal on both sides is time.

Time is where we are equal.

What we each do with our time as it passes creates separation or understanding between us. Then the beat goes on….  Each pulse we all loose time, gain experience, face challenges, and live on.

I am grateful and cautious

A moment in humble gratitude for the opportunity of another day.

My thoughts go out to the suffering around the globe.

Massive earth quakes, blizzards and acts of war are challenging the hearts of man.

Fear not, you must not cover your love.

Tell someone you love them today, and mean it.

Any action steps conceived with fear in our hearts will only paralyze our progress to the benefit of the status quo.

Conceive your response to tragedy in gratitude and love and you will help all of us heal and improve.

The living puzzle we call our body.

As always, I am constantly trying to come up with the wording to help people understand the difference between what I do and what happens at a typical medical doctors office.

This morning the following analogy came to mind.  I would love your input.  Does this help explain things, or does it just make it more confusing?

Your body is made up of trillions of cells.  These cells are arranged into tissues, organs and organ systems that work together to perform the various activities needed to keep the community (body) alive.  Think of it as a complex moving puzzle.  

When you go to a typical medical doctor with a problem s/he is going to perform a series of exams that may include blood work, xrays, sonograms, MRIs, and other tests.  The purpose of these exams is to take the puzzle apart and look at the smaller pieces more closely to try and determine what exactly is causing your discomfort.  Their entire system is based on this reductionist model of the body.  Their preferred treatments are based on taking over for what ever piece of the puzzle isn’t working right with external chemical or surgical interventions. 

What i do is interview you to see where you’ve been, where you are now, and where you want to go with the remainder of your life.  I perform a few orthopedic and neurological tests to get your body to show me what it is dealing with.  Then I set about restoring things to a more natural configuration, allowing the innate intelligence of the body to regenerate itself into a more vigorous and happy formation moving forward.  

Sometimes aggressive intervention is necessary.  But I have found over the years, most of the time, my methods are much more likely to produce a happy outcome in both the short and long term with far fewer side effects and subsequent illness.