1. Evaluating Approaches to Discovering Origins of Diseases: A Conversation with a Medical Doctor
We need to be very careful about what we become convinced is the truth of a subject of interest to us. What we buy into must be proven and valid, not anecdotal.
The whole point of getting to the root causes of disease is to prevent them from happening at all, like scurvy or death in childbirth due to unwashed hands of doctors. Most of these insights have not come from the mainstream in any generation, unfortunately.
12 Book Reviews
These book reviews explore alternative ways of discovering the origins (and potential cure, prevention, or eradication) of various diseases. Books reviewed include this one:
Never Be Sick Again: One Disease, Two Causes, Six Pathways, by Raymond Francis.
Thesis: The basic thesis of this book is that all diseases at the foundation are due to cellular malfunction. When cells malfunction, body systems become disrupted. Cellular malfunction arises from two causes: deficiencies (cells not getting what they need) and toxicity (cells poisoned by something they do not need). We are healthy when all of our cells are functioning optimally. We become sick through deficiencies and toxicity which come through six primary pathways: 1) Nutrition, 2) Toxins, 3) Psychological responses, 4) Physical activities, 5) Genetic assault, 6) Medical intervention. To prevent or reverse disease, and to restore health, regardless of the trigger, toxins must be removed from the body and nutrition must give the cells what they need. Infectious agents (bacteria, mold, etc) almost all kill by toxins.
Author: The author, Raymond Francis, chemist and graduate of MIT, turned to research of the basis of health, after almost dying and suffering years of debilitating heart and health problems. He decided to work with the body’s amazing capacity to heal, and get rid of anything that worked against that. He has a website called Beyond Health News: http://www.beyondhealthnews.com/wpnews/index.php/2016/01/beyond-health-our-story-the-present/
2. A Growing Awareness about Disease
For years I became increasingly puzzled by the amount of pain, suffering, tragedy and death in the world. From the smallest animals to the largest, all seem to live lives fearful of predators whether animal or human or bacterial. Did God devise vicious animals, destructive parasites, and deadly germs?
Then my wife contracted terminal cancer. I immediately turned a great deal of energy and study into this new situation. I noted the perfectly enormous expenditures society is making in the medical world. However, I was surprised to discover that this enormous expense is almost entirely focused on healing the sick not seeking the source of the sickness.Full Text html
3. Fighting Back against Disease in God’s Name
Excerpts from a couple of Greg Boyd’s articles explain disease in terms of spiritual warfare.
Care for creation was our first command: “Fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground” (Genesis 1:28). Fighting back against the evil effects on this war-torn creation is a means of obeying this original command and demonstrating God’s will on earth as his representative (Boyd 2009, 292).
We are doing spiritual warfare when we fight disease. This is more than just prayer. Anything we do to push back the harmful effects of nature is a step toward reclaiming nature, toward rebuking the curse. We have a spectrum of viruses and diseases that we have to fight against: AIDs, Ebola, leprosy, malaria. There have been times in history where large segments of the population were wiped out by the plague. In the Middle Ages, 30-40% of the world’s population was killed by the plague (Boyd 2009, 292).Full Text html
The Roberta Winter Institute is dedicated to investigating and discussing evidence of an intelligent evil having a destructive influence on God’s good creation and the implications that notion would have on disease eradication efforts. Disease is a major cause of underdevelopment in many countries around the world, and so this discussion is extremely pertinent to the WCIDJ.Full Text html
5. Phyto-Bioactive Food Pyramid©: A Healthy Dietary Plan for Preventing Certain Common Cancers
Originally published in Volume 3, Issue 4: Agriculture, Food and Health
by RICHARD GUNASEKERA WITH RESEARCH ASSOCIATES, J ASIA, B AIG, S IVA, S OMASUNDARAM, & CAROLYN OATES
STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT DIETARY PHYTOCHEMICALS PLAY A DECISIVE ROLE in breast and prostate carcinogenesis by influencing their biological processes such as cell-cycle control, programmed cell death (apoptosis), inflammation, and DNA repair. Prostate and breast cancers are the most commonly diagnosed forms of cancers among both men and women in the United States and continue to be a major source of cancer-related mortalities around the world. Their pathogenesis includes the effects of environmental factors such as diet that may trigger the initiating of cancer in those who are predisposed genetically and epigenetically. Dietary phytochemicals can act as blocking agents by obstructing the initiation phase of carcinogenesis or they can act as suppressing agents by hindering the promotion and progression phases of carcinogenesis. My team has designed a food pyramid based on phytochemical bioactive molecules (PBAM) that will provide consumers, survivors, and cancer patients with information on bioactive foods that contain PBAM for cancer prevention. Ranked via a hierarchy-based system, the pyramid will inform users about which healthy foods contain phytochemicals that have cancer/disease preventive properties. The pyramid is created electronically linking data mined from the scientific literature, epidemiological databases, and medical information on diet, nutrition, and cancer-preventive phytochemicals. It is structured to help an average consumer make an informed choice of foods, based on good nutrition, specific to their subjective needs. Consumers will be able to buy foods based on rankings ranging from most beneficial to least beneficial for cancer prevention. Each food is ranked via a point system based on an algorithm that includes the concentration of the phytochemical and the amount of PBAM it provides. This phytochemical pyramid will give consumers the assurance and confidence to choose foods from grocery stores and restaurants that will help fight cancer and certain other diseases. It will be particularly useful for people who are genetically prone to prostate and breast cancer.Full Text html
Medical Doctor: I’m curious whether or not the Polio Global Eradication Initiative is something ISOD would support/encourage: http://polioeradication.org/news-post/circulating-vaccine-derived-poliovirus-type-2-confirmed-in-syria/?utm_source=Global+Health+NOW+Main+List&utm_campaign=15d9ecdf55-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_06_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8d0d062dbd-15d9ecdf55-8946
Biblical Scholar: This is certainly an example of active efforts to finish the eradication of a particular disease by going after its origins. It also demonstrates the deviousness of an enemy’s work—strains of viruses mutating in order to avoid eradication. My biblical studies of the Johannine Epistles, which were written in the same tradition as the Gospel of John, have led me to apply to disease issues the position taken in 1 John 5:19, that “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” I believe the free will choices of both humans and fallen angels are responsible for diseases such as polio.Full Text html
7. Genetic Origins of Autism?
As a biochemical geneticist, I’m very interested in two recent reports about genetic research into the origins of autism. The first one comes through a professional email list, with permission from the sender to quote her in this blog. The second report is from Vox.com.
The medical community is getting closer and closer to finally zeroing in on the cause. One of the most promising areas of research on the disorder is about recent advances in grasping how particular genetic mutations change the biology of the brain in ways that cause autism symptoms.Full Text html
8. Insight into Autism and Genetic Links
The New York Times summarizes the technical study reported in the journal Nature showing that how we look at other people’s faces is strongly influenced by our genes. Scientists have reported new research that may be especially important for understanding autism because it suggests that people are born with neurological differences that affect how they develop socially.
Despite evidence that autism is among the most highly heritable neuropsychiatric conditions with a majority of genetic risk attributable to common (polygenic) factors, its neurobiological mechanisms remain unknown. Autism is instead defined behaviourally, by atypical trajectories of social development that can result in profound impairments in social-communicative function and poor inclusion into wider societies that are often less than tolerant. Atypical social visual
engagement is observable within the first six months in infants that are later diagnosed with autism and continues through later life.
9. Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment
The New York Times reported on July 12: A Food and Drug Administration panel opened a new era in medicine on Wednesday, unanimously recommending that the agency approve the first-ever treatment that genetically alters a patient’s own cells to fight cancer, transforming them into what scientists call “a living drug” that powerfully bolsters the immune system to shut down the disease. If the F.D.A. accepts the recommendation, which is likely, the treatment will be the first gene therapy ever to reach the market. Others are expected.Full Text html
The Roberta Winter Institute’s Facebook page recently posted an excerpt from The Economist about epigenetic therapies that can stop cancer cells from growing without having to kill all its cells.Full Text html
Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017
Scientists presented new findings on #Alzheimers at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017, held July 15 - 20, 2017 in London, England. MedicalNewsToday reports that scientists have found two new risk genes for Alzheimer’s. This new research moves us closer to understanding some of the causes of this devastating disease.Full Text html
Alzheimer’s: Genetic Origins and Possible Cure?
“An Ancient Cure for Alzheimer’s?” asks an opinion article in the New York Times. Studies in a remote Bolivian tribe may lead to understanding genetic and parasitic or infectious links to the origin and possible cures for the Alzheimer’s “plague” in Western countries.
“There is really no cure yet for Alzheimer’s,” Dr. Trumble told the NY Times writer. “We have nothing that can undo the damage already done.” Why, he wondered, had billions of dollars and decades of research yielded so little? Perhaps major clues were being missed.
The article hints at the need for inter-disciplinary research, which is one of the goals of the Institute for the Study of the Origins of Disease founded by Ralph D. Winter.Full Text html
A biochemcial geneticist gives a short introduction to help clarify the types of genetics involved in research into the origins (and potential cures) of disease. He writes: when we consider genetics there are at least 2 (to 3) major different types that geneticist usually refer to in genetic disease, including studying the origins of autism.Full Text html
Phyto-BioActive Food Pyramid app
Announcement on Monday, May 18, 2015:
Phyto-BioActive Food Pyramid app
Now In Prototype Form: Phyto-bioactive Food Pyramid App
The Theology of Disease and Our Role in Its Eradication
This article was presented on October 10. 2014 at a Roberta Winter Institute symposium.
Today I would like to discuss the theology of disease. There are several ways this topic can be approached, and I do not intend to touch on all of them, but merely touch on two aspects: what we believe about God’s design of nature in relationship to disease, and what we believe we should do about disease as a result.
All of the life forms on our planet appear to have amazing built-in mechanisms both for ongoing growth and for the replenishing of damaged or old cells. They also have mechanisms for correcting things that have gone wrong and, to some extent, for fighting off the invasion of destructive micro-organisms.
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