Aspartame and its connection to MS

Aspartame is an intense sweetener, approximately 200 times sweeter than sugar, which has been used in soft drinks and other low-calorie or sugar-free foods throughout the world for more than 25 years. It is also referred to as E951.

As well as the general requirement for foods to carry a list of food additives and other ingredients, products containing sweeteners such as aspartame must show the statement 'with sweetener(s)' on the label close to the main product name. It thus misrepresents the true nature of the sweetener to the undiscerning eye especially youngsters who are most likely to be affected by the soft drinks they consume.

The word "sweetener" should help confirm that there may be Aspartame or some other artificial sweetener in the food or drink you may be about to consume You may want to stay away from any such food or drink.

In spite of reassurances from the Food Standards Agency I am not convinced by their decisions to continue allowing such additives in our food and drink supply. Aspartame may be found in over 9000 consumable products and thus difficult to avoid.

It is virtually calorie free. When ingested and metabolised, it breaks down into three substances:

  1. Phenylalanine: (50%), one of the amino acids needed for the production of neurotransmitters essential to brain function. While this sounds OK but some people with PKU (phenylketonuria) are missing the enzymes to break down this amino acid and may end up with an excess that causes brain damage. For susceptible people, phenylalanine is neurotoxic and might cause seizures;
  2. Aspartic acid: (40%), which can cause brain damage in fetuses;
  3. Methanol: (10%), an alcohol which turns into formaldehyde, a known toxic substance used, among other things, as embalming fluid.

In 1991, the National Institute of Health listed 167 symptoms and reasons to avoid the use of aspartame.

Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death. "Diet" products containing aspartame can have multiple neurotoxic, metabolic, allergenic, fetal and carcinogenic effects. This is perhaps why Dr Mercola says that "Aspartame is, by far, the most dangerous substance on the market that is added to foods."

Aspartame use can produce the following symptoms:

Numbness and tingling of extremities
Burred vision, other eye problems and even blindness
Memory loss
Slurred speech
Hearing Loss and ringing in the ears
Mild depression to suicidal tendencies
Anxiety attacks
Hyperactivity
Heart arrhythmias, tachycardia (fast heart beat)
Oedema or swelling
Gastrointestinal disorders
Skin lesions
Muscle cramps and spasms
Joint pains
Fatigue
Menstrual irregularities
Chest pain
Stomach disorders, Increased appetite

And the following serious problems:

Brain tumours
Birth defects
Epilepsy/seizures
Migraines

Can produce symptoms which mimic illnesses/syndromes  like:

Diabetes
Multiple Sclerosis
Parkinson's
Alzheimer's
Fibromyalgia
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Can actually cause obesity:

Artificial sweeteners can actually increase appetite because the sweet taste causes the pancreas to produce insulin into the bloodstream. As there is no actual sugar, the insulin lowers the blood sugar and appetite increases. In this manner, artificial sweeteners can contribute to hypoglycemia and excess eating. Despite abundant evidence to the contrary, many people still see aspartame as a safe diet aid -- even though it has been demonstrated that the use of this product causes people to consume more food and actually become obese.

Aspartame use causing 'MS' like symptoms can easily lead to a patient being diagnosed with 'MS' and prescribed anti Immune drugs with a risk of serious life threatening adverse events. (I need not go very far as I do have a 12 year old patient under treatment presently who has had such an erroneous diagnosis)

Eliminating artificial sweeteners from your diet would go a long way towards improving your health.

Here are some important links to study:

The Deadly Neurotoxin Nearly EVERYONE Uses Daily (VIDEO)

Dr Mercola writes:
The Case Against Artificial Sweeteners

Sweetener lesson 101: Avoid artificial sweeteners like the plague. While the mechanisms of harm may differ, they’re all harmful in one way or another. This includes aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (Sweet'N Low), acesulfame potassium, neotame, and others.

Twenty years ago I wasn’t sure, but now there's little doubt in my mind  that artificial sweeteners can be far worse for you than sugar and fructose, and there is plenty of scientific evidence to back up that conclusion. In fact, there’s enough evidence showing the dangers of consuming artificial sweeteners to fill an entire book -- which is exactly why I wrote Sweet Deception.

Aspartame is perhaps the most dangerous of the bunch. At least it’s one of the most widely used and has the most reports of adverse effects. There are also hundreds of scientific studies demonstrating its harmful effects.

This is why it’s so frustrating to see big companies like Coca-Cola Company purposely deceive you on this issue, which is exactly what they’re currently doing with their “public service” announcement-type ads, in which they “affirm” aspartame’s safety and benefits.

Center for Science in the Public Interest’s (CSPI) Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson issued the following statement in response to Coca-Cola’s new ad:

“Aspartame has been found to cause cancer — leukemia, lymphoma, and other tumors—in laboratory animals, and it shouldn't’t be in the food supply. We certainly want Coca-Cola to shift its product mix toward lower- and no-calorie drinks, but aspartame’s reputation isn’t worth rehabilitating with this propaganda campaign.

The company would be better off phasing out its use of aspartame and accelerating its research into safer, natural sweeteners such as those extracted from the stevia plant.”

Sugar Substitutes—What’s Safe and What’s Not
Artificial Sweeteners -- More Dangerous than You Ever Imagined
Why Splenda® Nutrasweet® & the FDA may be hazardous to your health
Coconut tree
Coconut Oil and Heart Disease

by Dr. Alexander Rinehart, MS, DC, CCN

Can the “Tree of Life” help you prevent heart disease?

"Four to five thousand years ago, Ayurvedic practitioners in India used coconut from the coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) for its medicinal purposes. Knowledge about the use of coconut was passed between generations of families as well as through traders traveling coast to coast in the islands of Polynesia, Philippines, and Sri Lanka.

The coconut tree was to these populations like the buffalo was to the Native Americans in North America. They used every part of the tree for food, shelter, weaponry, boats, medicine, religious rituals and more. The tree became known culturally as the “Tree of Life”."

In related news, Florida researchers are looking into whether coconut oil might be of benefit against Alzheimer's. Three years ago, Dr Mercola's website published Dr. Mary Newport's theory that ketone bodies, an alternative fuel for your brain that your body makes when digesting coconut oil, might offer profound benefits in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

General Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

As per Dr Mercola, coconut oil offers a truly impressive array of health benefits when included in your daily diet. In addition to its antimicrobial properties, coconut oil is beneficial for:

  • Promoting heart health;
  • Supporting proper thyroid function;
  • Promoting healthy brain function;
  • Strengthening your immune system;
  • Providing an excellent “fuel” for your body and supporting a strong metabolism that can aid in weight loss;
  • Maintaining healthy and youthful looking skin.

Presently many are using coconut oil for "oil pulling" technique of cleaning teeth.

The complete protocol is not to initially swallow the melted coconut oil as the teeth are being brushed, but reserve it in the mouth so that when finished brushing, the saliva and coconut oil mixture can be used to swirl around and between the teeth like a mouthwash. Then the whole mixture can either be spit out or swallowed.

Evidently raw coconut oil has all sorts of natural antibiotics and natural healing powers. It seems to leave the healthy flora alone while destroying all the infectious bacteria.

Saturated Fat Does NOT Promote Heart Disease

"Most recently, an editorial in the British Medical Journal titled: From the Heart, Saturated Fat is Not the Major Issue has garnered much media attention as it sends a contrary message by saying it’s time to bust the myth that saturated fat consumption causes heart disease.

The avoidance of saturated fat actually promotes poor health in a number of ways, compounding the health risks of following this completely outdated and dangerous advice. As stated by the author, Aseem Malhotra, an interventional cardiology specialist registrar at Croydon University Hospital in London:

“The mantra that saturated fat must be removed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease has dominated dietary advice and guidelines for almost four decades. Yet scientific evidence shows that this advice has, paradoxically, increased our cardiovascular risks...."

Statins and the harmful use of science

By

27 Oct 2013

"The late Jacob Bronowski, in his influential collection of essays Science and Human Values, described “the fundamental and defining ethic” of the scientific enterprise as “the habit of truth”. This certainly should be the case - but the contrary holds where the surest way of promoting false theories is by dressing them up in the garb of science."

World Renowned Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease:

"We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.

I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.”  Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol."

Overlapping conditions among patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), and Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJD)

Leslie A. Aaron, PhD, MPH; Mary M. Burke, MD; Dedra Buchwald, MD

Arch Intern Med. 2000;160:221-227.

Background Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), and temporomandibular disorder (TMD) share many clinical illness features such as myalgia, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and impairment in ability to perform activities of daily living as a consequence of these symptoms. A growing literature suggests that a variety of comorbid illnesses also may commonly coexist in these patients, including irritable bowel syndrome, chronic tension-type headache, and interstitial cystitis.

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This is an interesting article and its full text is available at the AMA Web site.

Comment:

Our experience however, shows that CFS or FM are actually the consequences of a misaligned jaw often together with a misaligned Atlas vertebrae and not diseases as such.

All the symptoms which can number more than 40 can be anatomically and neurologically explained as due to these asymmetries. When corrected the symptoms resolve.

Genetically Modified or Genetically Poisoned?

Genetically engineered organisms are created by taking one or more genes from one species and forcing them into the DNA of another species. Often times, the gene is “piggy-backed” on a virus, or part of a virus, in order to activate the gene.

Examples include inserting spider genes into goats to produce goat’s milk that contain spider web proteins used to make bulletproof vests.

Cow genes have been inserted into pigs in order to produce pigs with cowhides. Human genes have been inserted into corn to produce a spermicide. When it comes to GMOs in our food supply, there are two main categories:

Herbicide-tolerant crops, designed to withstand otherwise lethal doses of chemicals. Roundup Ready crops are in this category. In June, ground breaking research was published detailing a newfound mechanism of harm for Roundup. The finding suggests that glyph os ate may actually be the most important factor in the development of a wide variety of chronic diseases.

Pesticide-producing crops, designed to produce a toxic protein inside the plant itself, which kills bugs that eat the plant by causing their stomachs to rupture. These are the so-called Bt crops.

A study published in February 2012 shows that this Bt toxin is capable of breaking open human cells, and that it might cause the same kind of disruption in the gut of humans as it causes in the insects it kills. Consuming Bt corn or soy could potentially cause gut permeability ("leaky gut"), which can predispose you to all sorts of health problems.

Please read more at Mercola.com

A recent study published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology debunks yet another lie of the biotechnology industry concerning genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). According to an analysis conducted by researchers from the University of Sherbrooke Hospital Centre in Quebec, Canada, 100 percent of pregnant women and their unborn babies tested positive for GMO toxins in their blood, proving that transgenic materials are not effectively broken down and eliminated during digestion as we have all been told.

100 percent of the pregnant women and their unborn babies tested positive for 3-methylphosphinico propionic acid (3-MMPA), a metabolite of gluphosinate, while 93 percent of maternal blood and 80 percent of fetal cord blood tested positive for the Bt toxin Cry1Ab.

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3kings

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
................Albert Einstein

Not all lucid dreams are useful but they all have a sense of wonder about them. If you must sleep through a third of your life, why should you sleep through your dreams, too?
Stephen LaBerge

Never be bullied in silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life: define yourself.
Harvey Fierstein .

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what I had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
Henry David Thoreau

"A human being who lives in a world where he thinks he is always being watched is a human being who makes choices not as a free individual but as someone who is trying to conform to what is expected and demanded of them."
Glenn Greenwald

"Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

THE INVITATION
Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Indian Elder

t doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are, I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide or fade it or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own: if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being a human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you're telling me is true, I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself, if you can bear the accusations of betrayal and not betray your own soul. I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore be trustworthy. I want to know if you can see the beauty even when it is not pretty everyday, and if you can source your life from IT'S presence. I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the moon, “Yes”!

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children.

It doesn't interest me who you are, or how you came to be here, I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

The Goose Story

Next fall, when you see Geese heading South for the Winter flying along in a 'V' formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way:
As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a V formation the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are travelling on the thrust of one another.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.
If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way as we are.

When the Head Goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs with people or with geese flying south.

Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
What do we say when we honk from behind?

Finally, and this is important, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshots, and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with the goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly, or until it dies; only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

Angeles Barren, based on work of Milton Allison.

Crossroads

Once more I write a line to you,
While darker shadows fall;
Dear friends of mine who have been true
And steadfast through it all.
If I have written bitter rhymes,
With many lines that halt,
And if I have been false at times
It was not all my fault.
To Heaven's decree I would not bow,
And I sank very low -
The bitter things are printed now,
And I must let them go.
But I feel softened as I write;
The better spirit springs,
And I am very sad tonight
Because of many things: -
The friendships that I have abused,
The trust I dared betray,
The talents that I have misused,
The gifts I threw away.
But I have done with barren strife
And dark imaginings,
And in my future work and life
Will seek the better things.

On Listening..............

Listening is a rare happening among human beings.
You cannot listen to the word another is speaking if you are preoccupied with your appearance or with impressing the other, or are trying to decide what you are going to say when the other stops talking, or are debating about whether or not what is being said is true or relevant or agreeable.
Such matters have their place, but only after listening to the word as the word is being uttered.
Listening is a primitive art of love in which a person gives himself to another's word, making himself accessible and vulnerable to that word.

William Stringfellow.

On Mediocrity............

It is remarkable how much mediocrity we live with, surrounding ourselves with daily reminders that the average is acceptable. Our world suffers from terminal normality. Take a moment to assess all the things around you that promote you being “average”. These are the things around you that keep you powerless to go beyond a “limit” you arbitrarily set for yourself.

The first step to having what you really want is the removal of everything in your environment that represents mediocrity, removing those things that are limiting. One way is to surround yourself with people who ask more of you than you do.

Stewart Emery

These are important concepts which characterise the balance we must seek as individuals but perhaps a more easily understandable and tangibly relevant model is found in the hemispheric differences of our brain. As stated most succinctly by Noble Prize Winner Roger Sperry, “The main theme to emerge… is that there appear to be two modes of thinking, verbal and nonverbal, represented rather separately in left and right hemispheres respectively and that our education system, as well as science in general, tends to neglect the nonverbal form of intellect. What it comes down to is that modern society discriminates against the right hemisphere.”

“…in a world of constant change, you need to try to connect with the environment around you any way you can; by sweeping your eyes, by opening your mind to uncomfortable ideas, even by trying to sympathise with historically noxious figures. Only then could you improve your chances of not missing the signs that something, something important, was about to change.”
Joshua Cooper Ramo

Meditation......

Imagine you are walking along a crowded platform in a train station.

You know that where you want to go to is the other end of the platform where your train is waiting. You don't stop and talk to anyone on the way. If you did you would be delayed. You would fail to arrive at your train if you interacted with everyone on a platform that is continuously filled with new people. Meditation is exactly like this. Just as you cannot empty the platform of people just because you have a train to catch, you cannot just empty your mind of all thoughts just because you want to get to the destination (goal) or seat of your inner peace. Not at least until you are able to practise meditation correctly.

Remind yourself that you are not your thoughts, you are not your feelings, you are not your memories, you are not any of the voices in your head. You are the creator and they your creation, but they are not you. In fact they represent a platform of absolute strangers.

The power of the right conversation:

Many years ago I bought a small toy music keyboard for my twins who were about 8. I soon noticed that they were very adept and were very quickly producing some tunes with it. I was pleasantly surprised, I arranged to see the piano teacher at school and told her about what I had noticed and requested if she would give them some piano lessons. The next day I heard from her. “I have checked your twins out. They have zero musical ability and as such I cannot take the on”. I just went silent.

I disregarded her comments and continued to praise their abilities. I dropped all thought of trying to get another teacher because I did not want to disappoint them or myself again.

In short, many years on they are the most brilliant, electric and classical guitarists, pianists, drummers, keyboard players and regularly hold concerts. They never had a lesson! They are also dental surgeons. You can see their videos below.

Are they musical prodigies or the way they were reared in a very positive, encouraging and loving environment?

We possess immeasurable brain power, imagination and possibility. At the very same time we are also prone to be very feeble and get affected with the slightest adverse comment; sometimes for life.

It appears that your whole life could be molded as an outcome of a malevolent look or a spoken word exercised by someone in your direction, when you were perhaps only 4 years old.

This is so aptly described in Maya Angelou’s very first lines in her book, “I know why the caged bird sings”

“What you looking at me for?
I didn’t come to stay…..”

She recites this many years on; from a mean experience at a tender age.

Just looks can kill.

You look back with a frown.

They say something evil.

You give them what they deserve.

They get physical.

You give them back as good, if not better.

You could have taken it all.

And shriveled into a cocoon forever.

Because we are so feeble we can only survive by fighting back, rebelling, opposing, consternating; or, shriveling into our cocoon.

We want to attract and be attractive. We want to love and be loved. We want to belong and be belonged.  We want to be the dreamer, the falcon, the poet, the writer, the champion of all things anew; and why not?

How dare anyone shatter our aspirations, our dreams?

Shifting our momentum to what it might be.

Resolve to keep dreaming.

Someone has to look at you in an unfriendly way and you can be gripped with a weakening sometimes felt at the knees.

A smile from someone gives immediate inspiration and you smile back.

We are all extremely sensitive no matter who one is.

Our brain responds to the slightest negativity to bring on a physical weakness in our whole system.

Contrarily, it also responds to positivism by strengthening one physically and mentally.

As demonstrated throughout this book, we have to remain in strength so that all our systems are working optimally. Think of it like an aeroplane flying but this aeroplane also has an emotional component upsetting which can bring the plane down to a crash landing.

One cannot allow the slightest negative influence to disrupt this “strength”.

Another analogy is the workings of a computer. If you type “A” the screen shows “A” Whatever you type prints on the screen. Our brain behaves exactly like that. If you say to yourself “I cannot do this or that” That is the instruction the brain has just been given. It is not that you do not have the ability; you just told the brain you cannot do it - It listens to you.

If you say to your child “You never do your homework”. You have just given the child’s brain the instruction that he never does his homework!  
That is then what he does – does not do his homework.

If the teacher says to a child “You are no good, you will never make it” -  that is exactly what is going to happen. Forget illegalizing corporal punishment. Much greater harm can be done through what the teachers, any other person or you yourself say to the children.

How can you or the person affected combat this:
First of all do not ever say anything negative to your children. Conversations should be like “you are so good you always do your homework”, “My Billy is so good he always keeps his room clean” -  saying this within earshot of Billy.
Do not let anyone else talk down to your children or look at them in a derogatory manner.
Socialise only with people who encourage, praise and guide you or your child without obviously letting ones guard down in the presence of predators.

And just watch everyone grow; really grow.

M. Amir

Scientism versus science

“Scientism is not the same thing as science. Science is a blessing, but scientism is a curse. Science, I mean what practicing scientists actually do, is acutely and admirably aware of its limits, and humbly admits to the provisional character of its conclusions; but scientism is dogmatic, and peddles certainties. It is always at the ready with the solution to every problem, because it believes that the solution to every problem is a scientific one, and so it gives scientific answers to non-scientific questions. Owing to its preference for totalistic explanation, scientism transforms science into an ideology, which is of course a betrayal of the experimental and empirical spirit.”

Leon Wieseltier, Perhaps Culture is Now the Counterculture: A Defense of the Humanities, 19 May 2013; www.newrepublic.com/article/113299/leon-wieseltier-commencement-speech-brandeis-university-2013 [Wieseltier self-describes as a humanist.]


Jamie Amir, BDS (London) DDS, MS (Florida)
Board Certified by the State of Florida

Jamie Amir DDS, MS

Periodontology:

Jamie graduated in the UK with his Bachelors degree in dentistry and later did his Masters in Periodontology at the University of Florida. He received further training in dental implant and reconstructive surgery at the University of Florida as well as comprehensive training in all aspects of periodontal care including minimally invasive periodontal plastic surgery, preventive treatment and advanced techniques for nonsurgical periodontal therapy.

He passionately believes in preventive care and adopts a conservative philosophy when prescribing periodontal therapy. Extensive patient education in disease prevention forms a strong part of his treatment philosophy. He enjoys educating school children about dental disease and methods to help them keep their teeth and gums healthy in his free time. He is an avid musician. enjoying performing the Spanish guitar and also joining his identical twin brother. Dr. Simon Amir, in a rock band.

Jamie playing Moonlight Sonata
Jamie playing Asturias

Simon T. Amir, DMD
Christie Dental of Ocala Central

Simon T. Amir, DMD

“My dad is a dentist, and I was always interested in what he did. I love making people comfortable, by really showing I care for them, and working with my hands to create beautiful smiles.”

Dr. Simon Amir was born in London, England. He has an identical twin brother, who is also in the dental field. Dr. Amir received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida in 2000. He continued his education at the University of Florida earning his Doctorate in Dental Medicine in 2003.

Upon graduation, Dr. Amir began his career in a private practice in Hawthorne, Florida. He later joined Christie Dental Affiliations in 2007.

When Dr. Amir is away from the office, he enjoys hobbies such as playing the guitar, drums, composing and recording music. He also enjoys studying and learning more about nutrition health and wellness.

Simon and our dearest Lila - Jamie's daughter
Lila and Simon
Margaux Lily our first grand daughter
Margaux
Jasmine 8 months and Lila 3 years
Lila and Jasmine

Simon with his son Tristan Alexander age 2 months
Lila age 4
Lila at age 4 on the beach in Melbourne, Florida
Lila age 4
Simon and Jamie - August 2013.
Simon and Jamie band

Dr. Simon Amir - Windows to the soul by Steve Vai
Dr. Simon Amir - Tender Surrender by Steve Vai
Lila learning the piano
Simon and Jamie in their group Whiplash

Watch Simon’s Solo at 4:35
Plagiocephaly

Newly born children may have their heads deformed which should be attended to very early before they are 1 year old. This is known as Deformational Plagiocephaly, which literally translates to “oblique head” is characterised by the back and the side flattening of the infant's skull secondary to prebirth or after birth external constraints.

This deformation results not only cosmetic issues such as lower jaw misalignment but also developmental delay in the form of language disorders, learning disability, attention deficits (ADHD) , and a delay in achieving walking milestones.

The flattening of the baby skull due to baby's head positioning is known as positional plagiocephaly. This is a widespread problem among the young babies nowadays.

The skull asymmetry does not resolve naturally. Treatment options for this positional plagiocephaly need helmet therapy.

Laser scanning and lately digital scanning methods are used to record the progress towards symmetry.

Treatment

Early education about positional plagiocephaly and proactive preventative measures like 'tummy time', and change newborn's head positions are critical in reducing the chances of developing flat head syndrome.

Most of the skull flattening manifest in the first 3 months of life when the skull is most malleable AND when the baby spends majority of the time lying on his back. Baby may also develop positional plagiocephaly in the prenatal period due to positioning in the womb.

Preference to look at one direction (positional preference) is the strongest link to flat head syndrome. It is important to prevent young babies from developing preferred head position and encourage them to look in all directions equally.

Positional plagiocephaly is preventable and treatable
Baby pillow

Supervised tummy time can effectively help to prevent positional plagiocephaly and promotes earlier development of motor milestones.

Mimos baby plagiocephaly pillow is effective in reducing and redistributing pressure.

http://lillakuddisbabypillows.co.uk/shop/

Babies sleeping on their backs are more prone to head misshaping, so move the baby often. Do not always use the same position.

If you get up at night to check your baby, place him or her as follows:

  • 1/3 of the time on their back;
  • 1/3 of the time on their right side;
  • 1/3 towards the left.

plagio brachy brachic Scaphocephaly

If your baby has any of these head shapes it is imperative that you try and get the treatment from a trained specialist. Treatment involves the provision of a custom made head band which is provided by specialist companies.

headband

One of the examples is the DOC Band®

The DOC Band, a 6-ounce device, consists of an outer plastic shell with a foam lining. Each DOC Band is different and made specifically for each child by the experienced Cranial Technologies manufacturing team in Tempe, Ariz. They use a digital scanning system to scan the babies head and use the measurements to manufacture an individually tailored head band. The light weight of the DOC Band is important because it doesn't’t interfere with a child’s balance or daily activities.

If plagiocephaly appears

At 3 - 4 months of age, depending on the severity of the condition, the use of an orthopedic band may be deemed necessary. This treatment has most effect in the period between 3-4 and 12 months of age. Older babies do not respond very well to the treatment.

http://www.cranialtech.com/ (Tempe, Arizona)

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The Multiple Sclerosis débâcle
Before we go into any details here is a modern interpretation Hippocratic Oath of the Hippocratic Oath as written by Dr. Louis Lasagna in 1964:

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of over treatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.

I will not be ashamed to say "I know not", nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given to me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

[and as a supplement Dr. Amir adds - I shall not help bilk the system for billions of pounds for big pharma.]

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

Typical early treatment for MS patients usually involves the administration of a large dose of steroids as per the following quote:

"Initial treatment of MS conventionally usually starts during the acute relapse.......

A typical regimen is 500 to 1000 mg. of intravenous methylprednisolone followed by a tapering dose of oral prednisone over several weeks. [1][2] "

[1] Milligan NM, Newcombe R, Compston DAS. A double-blind controlled trial of high dose methylprednisolone in patients with multiple sclerosis: 1. Clinical effects. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 1987, 50: 511-516.
[2] Sellebjerg F, Frederiksen JL, Nielsen PM, Olesen J. Double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study of oral, high-dose methylprednisolone in attacks of MS. Neurology. 1998, 51: 529-534.

I however came across these two articles which raise very serious concerns about the use of steroids:

"Bone damage from steroid treatment in MSers

Epub ahead of print: Sahraian et al. Avascular necrosis of the femoral head in multiple sclerosis: report of five patients. Neurol Sci. 2011 Dec 31.

Femoral Head necrosis (Content on the Physiopedia site is freely available for reuse under the GNU Free Documentation License.)

Osteonecrosis (death of bone due to blockage of blood vessels) of the femoral head (top of thigh bone) is a severe complication of steroid use, which may lead to more disability in MSers....... The exact dose and risk period of steroids which cause the necrosis are not clearly known. The aim of the study was to enhance the attention of clinicians to leg pain in MSers with regard to steroid therapy.

This is a report of five MSers with femoral head necrosis who had RRMS and received different doses of methyl prednisolone. The cases consisted of 3 females and 2 males. The duration of disease varied between 1 and 3 years. The least interval between the last pulse of prednisolone and diagnosis of avascular necrosis was 6 months. 2 of them received one pulse of 5 g of methyl prednisolone. All 5 patients had delayed diagnosis because the signs and symptoms were attributed to MS [and not Steroids], which indicate the necessity of further focusing attention to early evaluations.

Avascular necrosis (AVN) is a serious complication and when it involves the femoral head it usually requires a joint replacement. MSers need to know that the final outcome from a relapse (recovery or non-recovery) is the same whether or not the relapse is treated with steroids. All that steroid treatment does is hasten the recovery period; you only recover about 2 weeks earlier, on average, if you receive steroid therapy.


Cerebral venous thrombosis after high dose steroids in MS

Hippokratia. 2013 Jan;17(1):88-90.Brain sinus drainage
Cerebral venous thrombosis after high dose steroid in multiple sclerosis: a case report. Gazioglu S, Solmaz D, Boz C.
Source: Department of Neurology, Karadeniz Technical University
Medical Faculty, Trabzon, Turkey.
Abstract

Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) is a clinical condition which is caused by the partial or complete occlusion of the dural sinuses and cerebral veins. Cases of associated CVT and multiple sclerosis (MS) have been reported and CVT development has been attributed to the previous lumbar puncture (LP) in majority of these cases.

We report a case of 32-year-old woman with no previous history of recent LP, who developed CVT after high dose intravenous methylprednisolone and discuss the possible role of high dose steroids in development of CVT in MS patients."

The two studies above are very alarming. Let us see what a senior neurologist in the UK has to say:
Dr G. from MSReseach writes:

"Uncommon but serious adverse events due to high dose steroids.

“In general I try and avoid high-dose steroids to treat acute relapses simply because of the potential complications. This case report is a reminder of one of the rare complications of this treatment; i.e. a clot in one of the venous sinuses that drain blood from the brain of an MSer. I have seen this complication myself and it can be life threatening; I have seen people die as a result of a venous sinus thrombosis The more common serious adverse event linked to high-dose steroids is avascular necrosis of the hip; this is when the blood vessel that supplies blood to the hip becomes blocked and the hip dies. I will never forget one of my first MSers I looked after when I was completing my training at Queen Square; he was a 23 years old and developed bilateral avascular necrosis of the hip after his first course of high dose steroids (1g methylprednisolone x 3 days). He subsequently required bilateral hip replacements. Since then I have seen several other MSers with unilateral AVN from steroids. The other serious adverse event that scare the hell out of me is psychosis; thankfully I have only had one MSers under my care that had to be sectioned because of psychosis.”

“Please remember that high-dose steroids only hastens the recovery from a relapse and does not affect the final outcome at 6 months. In fact all it does is bring forward the final recovery by a period of approximately 2 weeks. If you are going to take steroids they should be given within the first 3 weeks of a relapse; there is little evidence they work outside of this window. Therefore if your relapse is mild, or even moderate I would ride it out rather than opting for steroids with its long list of side effects and serious adverse events.”

A response by a contributor on the same forum reads:
Dr. Dre Sunday, January 27, 2013 1:33:00 pm

"Wow, The Great Professor G is actually speaking out against a drug for multiple sclerosis? Do my eyes deceive me?

I bet early in his career he talked up steroids as much as he does alemtuzumab, but now he's had a change of heart. What are the chances he will be writing a post of this nature about alemtuzumab in 12 years time?

Surely if you can avoid taking any medicine for MS then that is the most responsible plan of action, is it not? Somebody just commented on this blog about how the drugs they were put on made them sexually psychotic. That's a scary confession, enough to suggest drugs for MS are messing sufferers up in ways that are dangerously ignored by neurologists.

Until you can demonstrate that re myelination and restoration in the CNS is achievable, you're committing serious malpractice by pushing toxic drugs in the name of good medicine. Until then all MSers should hope for the best but plan for the worst. Drugs don't fix MS, neither does CCSVI. A good attitude and healthy lifestyle goes much further than both."

He goes on later to say:
Dr. Dre Sunday, January 27, 2013 8:44:00 pm


"Hmm, has the rate of MS actually declined since the 19th century? Is the rate of disability brought about by MS decreased in the DMT era? Are MSers today likely to give up work within a decade of diagnosis as a result of ill health caused by MS?

I think your answers will be an adequate exemplar as to why your polemic is ill-informed at best, desperate at worst.

One of the reasons why we are living longer in the 21st century is better living standards, yet that does not negate the actuality that untreatable illnesses are at their highest rate ever. Living longer and living a quality life are not the same thing. I think it is the greedy pharmaceutical companies and their minion neurologists that are ignorant and uncaring, not I."

Further postings by Dr Dre: on MSResearch Blog Spot 05/04/14

"This is when the harsh realities of multiple sclerosis hit home: It's a playground for corrupt pharmaceutical billionaires engaging in the most despicable propaganda imaginable. It is abhorrently shameful that [a drug company] has commissioned a series of cute animations to inure vulnerable MSers into feeling a terrifying sense of insecurity for not being on one of its toxic products. They literally animate a scenario which demonstrates what will happen if you don't get on one of its patented drugs: drugs that in no conclusive way prove an ability to effectively treat MS. This vignette is appalling and disgraceful. It exists to scare people, to make them feel fear but it's done with adorable anthropomorphic characterisations, thus masquerades its true intentions. I would love for [this company] to commission another clip showing the character of Candy actually suffering from fatal consequences as a result of being on emerging DMTs, as has happened to some MSers that were on Gilenya. But they won't do that, will they?

"MSers on this blog are essentially sheep brainwashed into thinking that there are medicines that will abolish their incurable disease. The propaganda – well funded and all encompassing – has done its trick. I was pleased to read MouseDoctor II: Revenge of the Nerds remind readers that Campath-1H is not a panacea for MS and only tends to work in those with immediate clinical signs of MS. I don't believe that Campath-1H actually works at all because the data showing treated patients slipping into SPMS speaks for itself, but even if it was efficacious then the evidence suggests that everyone reading this blog will not benefit from the drug because they are already too late. It almost seems that by pressuring current MSers to lobby on behalf of the huge pharmaceutical companies will create a backhanded success story in which such drugs will get licensed but those that campaigned will in no way benefit because their disease will already be beyond salvation. This is a very shrewd tactical manoeuvre by Big Pharma and it's heartening to witness the academic and neurological professions fully complicit in such activities. All this back scratching will eventually draw blood but one wonders whose it'll be.

"MS is a terrible disease and a very cruel one, but one cannot help feel that the pharmaceutical trade is exploiting MSers by getting them to do its dirty work for free. They are scaring them into writing to MPs and health commissioning authorities, cajoling them into demanding that their unproven expensive products get a green light and harvest maximum profits for shareholders.

"The above cartoon was paid for by the same company that is suing the NHS for using cheaper and more efficacious alternatives than its patented crap. [This drug company] does not care about the welfare of MSers, it just wants money and doesn't care how many people it has to screw over to get it. The way in which [this company] has commissioned pointless subliminal advertising for its products through funded short films via Shift.ms and other blogs leaves a bad taste.

[This drug company] and its friends should go away. MSers will get by fine without them."

PS [Drug pusher name removed]

The use of Steroids and other drugs raises serious questions.
I wonder what came first?
'Multiple Sclerosis' or the damage from steroid use causing often irreparable incapacity.

I have a 12 year old patient who was suckered into 'MS' after he reported with a numb leg (and an earlier unrelated episode 5 years earlier)! He had been off school for a year and was being injected every 3rd day with one of the DMT's. He soon developed liver damage and was diagnosed with "Auto immune liver disease".

He completely recovered after stopping the drugs and embarking on symmetry treatment. He was back at school within a couple of weeks. His parents did not inform the prescribing hospital about having stopped the injections. After 4 months he was tested and completely cleared. of 'MS' and miraculously also of the 'autoimmune liver disease' with the following good news:

"The Beta interferon has completely cleared your 'MS' and your auto immune liver disease and we are going to change your drug now!"

He was not taking any drug but only symmetry treatment!

The readers will note from the evidence presented in this website that the claims made for an entity called 'MS' are largely unsubstantiated. Patients are unnecessarily being sucked into 'MS' when their symptoms are clearly from bodily asymmetries.

The presence of 'brain plaques' on which much of 'MS' dogma is based have absolutely no relationship to patient symptoms.

Some Modern day pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey by the promoters of DMT's:

"................However, contrary to this commentators position I am not trying to represent any particular drug or product, all I am trying to do is promote a new treatment strategy of treat-2-target of NEDA (No Evident Disease Activity). How you achieve NEDA is up to you and your neurologist to decide. You may want to start with a safe first-line treatment and switch and/or escalate if you have breakthrough disease, or you may not want to take the chance of waiting 2 to 3 years to see if you are a responder to the less efficacious treatments and choose to start on a highly efficacious treatment that increases your chances of achieving NEDA. The choice is yours or your neurologists. The evidence that MSers who achieve NEDA do better in the short and intermediate term (up to 15 years) is now well established from several data sets. Its up to you if you want to accept this data or wait for more to emerge................."

COMMENT: This is a ploy to entrap patients into using DMT's very early - the moment they complain about any incapacity. This is often justified by blaming irrelevant plaques in the brain as the cause of "MS".

The incurable comes from the death wreaked by the DMT's not the symptoms the patient first presented with. There is no less or more "efficacious treatment". None of them have EVER CURED anyone.

Unsurprisingly, the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released a draft review on the evidence on discontinuation of disease-modifying therapies after considering 150 long term studies. The authors stated that there is little evidence suggesting long-term benefits from Disease Modifying Therapies (in the shape of immune system killer drugs) for patients with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS).

The professor continues:

"...............I often use rheumatoid arthritis as an analogy when discussing NEDA. When rheumatologists adopted their treat-2-target algorithm they did not have the necessary class 1 evidence that is required by health care payers today. They simply based their treatment strategy on the scientific principle that ongoing inflammation in joints could not be good for the joints in the long-term, hence it better to suppress this inflammation early and as effectively as possible. This strategy has led to stunning results with the amount of end-organ joint damage dropping precipitously...........".

COMMENT: The stunning results were perhaps half a million deaths caused by the Vioxx drug for Rheumatoid arthritis which caused fatal heart attacks in the elderly. As reiterated in many places on this website neither MS nor RA are "auto-immune diseases" so how a drug can work for these conditions is beyond comprehension. Chronic sickness abounds in both conditions with NO CURE in sight in spite of all the 'stunning' claims.


The professor continues - 8th September 2014:

"Why the white blood cells are attacking our brains? Why does it happen?

It is a very good question actually. I have no idea really. I suppose you could put it in another way - what is the cause of MS? The point of the damage seems that the immune cells are coming and doing that. The question is of course, what makes them do that. Autoimmune diseases are common in our society, they maybe more common than they were years ago, it’s a phenomenon of the modern world, the way our bodies interact with the changing environment, and of course the immune system, which is normally very disciplined and organised and only fights foreign material, foreign antigens, for some reason gets a bit upset and starts attacking our own tissues, like it might be diabetes in pancreas, rheumatoid arthritis in joints, psoriasis in the skin and in MS it is the myelin. There seems to be some susceptibly factors for that, such as certain genetic factors, about 100-150 genes are linked to MS, they are weak associations but they are nearly all linked with control of the immune system. There are also some environmental triggers, which probably again are modulating the immune system, such as viral infections and low Vitamin D levels. There is however a still big gap in our knowledge – what causes MS! "

COMMENT: Autoimmune diseases are NOT common in our society, It is not a phenomenon of the modern world. Autoimmune diseases have been INVENTED to sell very expensive drugs to the unsuspecting public and the regulatory authorities. This includes the more common other illnesses like Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis and gradually now backache also, which is being suckered into this label.

Here is the latest from the professor 22nd September 2014:

"There are many examples of MSers presenting with psychological symptoms such as low mood, depression and bipolar disorder which in my last post I tried to convince you may be part of the same disease process rather than a simple cause and effect model.

Psychological disorder can present with neurological symptoms.

This one is slightly more difficult to relate to MS but is largely the domain of 'functional neurology'; where a patient will present with a symptom e.g. difficulty walking that does not appear to correlate with a structural disturbance.

Neurological Disease can cause a psychological reaction.

Examples of reactive depression and anxiety following a diagnosis of MS are well described in the literature.

Psychological disorder can cause a neurological reaction.

Again difficult to relate to MS but another example being depression as a risk factor for new onset epilepsy.

In reality, there is an increasing acceptance of neurological dimensions to psychiatric illness.  For example, functional imaging and MRI has shown that patients with schizophrenia show evidence of brain atrophy and ventricular enlargement.

We must also remember that many drugs cross this divide - for example antidepressants are often used for migraine and anti-epileptics can be used to stabilise mood."


COMMENT: I think this is pure fiction! Keep the picture as confused as possible and keep pumping the drugs is what I extrapolate.

Noreena Hertz
TEDSalon London 2010 - Shifting Paradigms

Filmed November 2010 · 18:18

Noreena Hertz: How to use experts -- and when not to

“…… we need to create the space for what I call "managed dissent" If we are to shift paradigms, if we are to make breakthroughs, if we are to destroy myths, we need to create an environment in which expert ideas are battling it out, in which we're bringing in new, diverse, discordant, heretical views into the discussion, fearlessly, in the knowledge that progress comes about, not only from the creation of ideas, but also from their destruction -- and also from the knowledge that, by surrounding ourselves by divergent, discordant, heretical views. All the research now shows us that this actually makes us smarter. Encouraging dissent is a rebellious notion because it goes against our very instincts, which are to surround ourselves with opinions and advice that we already believe or want to be true. And that's why I talk about the need to actively manage dissent…”


'MS' Brain lesions débâcle

Enthused by Noreena Hertz's talk above, I shall express my disagreement with the prevailing widely accepted philosophies about 'MS':

After treating very many patients it is my contention that there appears to be absolutely no correlation between patient symptoms that were previously attributed to ‘MS’ and the existence of ‘MS brain lesions’.Brain lesions Such lesions appear to resolve and reform in fairly rapid succession with no relationship to the presence or absence of physical or cognitive symptoms.

In one post mortem study "44% of the MRI-detectable abnormalities were macroscopically neither visible nor palpable".

It further reports:

"Histopathological analysis revealed that 48% of the hyperintense areas seen on T2-weighted images representing active lesions, including lesions localized in the normal appearing white matter, [were found to be] without apparent loss of myelin"


In another study when investigating 40 MS patients' periventricular lesions (Dawsons fingers) were found to be present in 92.5% by one neuroradiographer and 77.5% by a second neuroradiographer. This I am afraid points to an increase in cerebro-spinal fluid pressure and not 'MS Brain lesions".


I suspect it highly unlikely that any neurologist or physician can demonstrate a satisfactory relationship between the classic 'brain lesions' and patient symptomatology.

Brain lesions could well be the proverbial red herring.

Propagandising the link as the sole cause between pain, incapacity, spasticity, cramps/spasms, fatigue, and bladder malfunction to brain 'lesions', has and will likely continue to lead to serious errors of judgment.


Patients will continue to be subjected to further incapacity and at a huge financial and physical burden to themselves, their families and society.

After studying thousands of documents during my last thirteen years of treating 'MS' patients, it is my firm conclusion that the 'MS' label be reserved for speculative conjectures and experimentation about "autoimmune disease and DMT's" and that patients should not be subjected to a label which has no clinical foundation whatsoever.

The 'MS' diagnosis, label and related treatments, require more thorough and disciplined assessment before their allocation to the largely unrelated symptoms often presented by patients whose pathologies originate from very disparate sources.

Many patients treated with venoplasty for CCSVI have experienced momentary or longer lasting relief, due to improved blood flow, improved oxygenation and improved CSF hydrodynamics and not as a consequence of the resolved 'brain lesions'.

The physical manifestations of purported 'MS' related symptoms are treatable if the patient is seen early for a symmetry examination and immediate treatment to correct the asymmetries in the teeth, jaws and the skeleton. Empirical evidence reveals that symptoms can resolve extremely rapidly - not after they have been subjected to steroids and immune system killing drugs.

My claims are supported by many patients, including an eminent personality who recently provided a lengthy testimonial. Excerpts are:

'........6 months ago (December 2012) I developed instant numbness in my right shoulder, bicep, chest and neck - none of which dissipated thereafter. Following numerous medical examinations during this period, the severe numbness in my arm/shoulder prompted MRI scans. Inflammation was identified in my brain and neck section of my spine and on 3rd January 2013 I was diagnosed with MS (a condition I held little knowledge of at that time)..........

........I made the choice to visit Dr. Amir as a result of substantial reading by my wife following my diagnosis. This reading identified a wide variation in views about MS (from a number of respected medical practitioners throughout the western world) and comments reported by patients in my situation who had also received treatment from Dr. Amir and subsequently considered themselves well........

........As a professional entrenched in the value of evidence to guide decisions, I decided to pursue an option which, at face value, offered what I assessed as having evidence worthy of consideration. While I understand that the scientific world would consider individual post-treatment testimonies to be anecdotal and virtually useless when evaluating the effectiveness of a treatment, I do not.......

1. I understand that medical views suggest there to be more than one possible cause for lesions in the brain and spine.

2. My own diagnosis (by the NHS Neurologist) included the professional view that the lesions in my brain could be several years old.

3. I understand that medical findings within autopsies have identified the presence of lesions in persons who have never suffered the symptoms of MS.

4. I know, from personal experience, that of others and open source advice that numbness of the type I am experiencing can be generated by a range of causes, not least trauma caused by accidents, sporting injuries and a variation of illnesses, disease and physical conditions. It is not exclusive to MS......

........I visited Dr. Amir with complete deadness in my shoulder and bicep and severe numbness in my right chest side and back of my neck. This had been unchanged for 6 weeks. My right thumb had been numb for 2 weeks and the fingers for over 6 months.......

.......Dr. Amir did not claim he would definitely be able to 'cure me' but did explain that my jaw misalignment and other matters were causing my condition and that he would treat these as best as he was able - without guarantee.........

.......That day (15 days ago) Dr. Amir fitted a bespoke brace to my upper jaw and advised on exercises and a method of eating.

The next day I noticed a distinct alleviation of the numbness in my right bicep.

Within 1 week sensation had returned to my right bicep, chest, neck and fingers in my left hand.

This week, my shoulder can be reported as feeling less dense, although my thumb (the most recent development) remains numb.............."

[Update: Patient continues to feel well and the symptoms have largely resolved - February 2014]
[Update: Patients remaining symptoms have resolved - August 2014. He is legally still branded with this horrific unsubstantiated label affecting many facets of his life]

HE NEVER HAD 'MS'!


This patients' testimony, together with that of many more patients, very eloquently confirms my reservations regarding the present state of this dreadful label and the treatment methodologies which are highly suspect.

Just saved from being sucked into the Multiple Sclerosis gobbledegook
Hannah
Testimonial

Hannah had always been a bright, very bubbly and an active young woman. She excelled at school and was chair of the school council and head girl. She played many sports including swimming, netball and when she was 19 was running 8 miles twice a week.

Hannah always enjoyed mathematics and did so well in her A levels that she gained a place at University in October 2012 to study Maths. She was having a wonderful time experiencing the benefits of student life and enjoying studying when one morning during March 2014, her life changed abruptly when she woke up with a severe pain in her chest eventually ending up in the hospital A&E department. They found no cause for her symptoms and after a few hours she was discharged.

Her pain persisted and was excruciating for five weeks with little respite from pain killers and her energy levels started dropping rapidly. There was a noticeable change in her facial features. She became so debilitated that she had to leave university, her friends and her favourite subject - maths.

Over the next eight weeks Hannah developed a myriad of other symptoms including:

•  Severe fatigue.

•  Dizziness particularly on standing.

•  Belching which became significant.

•  A cold feeling trickling down her right arm.

•  Pins and needles in her right foot.

•  Weakness in her right arm and right leg developing later into total body weakness.

•  A tendency to feel faint and often a loss of consciousness (syncope).

•  Severe dry eyes.

Hannah and the rest of the family became extremely worried about this and over a period of some three months saw very many clinicians and specialist consultants both through the NHS and privately to no avail.

One clinician who examined her right sided weakness referred her to a neuologist. With a small family history of MS this was mentioned as a possibility - a devastating prospect for a 19 year old. An urgent MRI scan was undertaken. Seeing the neurologist the next day privately and anxiously awaiting the outcome is one of the worst experiences of our lives. To our great relief, she did not have any 'brain lesions' and with greater understanding we now believe that she narrowly escaped being labelled into Multiple Sclerosis.


During this period, fretfully searching for an answer, Hannah continued to deteriorate and became virtually housebound. She struggled to walk up the stairs. She was very distraught at what was happening to her.

Ultimately at the end of the three months when the myriad of tests were all negative Hannah was finally given a diagnosis of ME/CFS or Fibromyalgia. Hannah was further alarmed at the stories she read on the internet about people having these illnesses and how badly it impacted their lives. Every website said "The exact cause of ME/CFS/FM/MS is unknown and that there is no cure for any of these illnesses but there were lots of drugs to control the symptoms".

Her plight caused severe upsets in our family. Hannah believed that her life was over as she had known it - her sports, her social life, her love of studying and a future career as a mathematician was all over.

Throughout the whole process, whenever we mentioned the change in her facial features or the rib abnormality it was neither acknowledged nor considered by the medical professionals we saw. Indeed there was more focus on anxiety as a potential cause. We were perhaps heading for a dreadful calamity of mental illness!

On reflection, we now realise that her facial changes were a key observation and this was always on our minds.

We continued in our quest to find some answers. As fate has it, we finally hit Dr Amir's website. He tells us that he had just started advertising his website and we were amongst the first to call.

Thankfully he agreed to see Hannah immediately.

Despite our initial scepticism we listened intently as he spent a full hour with Hannah listening to the story going through the questionnaire (which we had completed online via his website), physically examining Hannah from head to toe and at the end of the hour showed us his findings. He found that Hannah had:

•  A severe jaw displacement.

•  Misaligned ribs – causing the rib pain.

•  Very asymmetric hips – this was a complete shock as Hannah had no hip issue.

•  Severe breathing problems.

•  Extreme muscle weakness.

Dr. Amir was able to show us how all the symptoms were related to the asymmetry of her jaw. He showed us Hannah's very misaligned jaw which was affecting the vertebrae in her neck, lower back and the hip bones. He showed us how the jaw was affecting the ear organ causing the dizziness. How the shallow breathing was affecting her energy system and causing her belching.

He also reassured us that Hannah did not have any disease process going on and the entire illness emanated from the asymmetry of her jaws and teeth. He had seen this many times before.


Dr Amir speculated that her problems started with the removal of some teeth and the wearing of braces as a teenager. It had also caused the change in her facial features. He explained that the illness hits anytime between 17 and 25 and can come about all of a sudden with a myriad of symptoms. He has successfully treated very many patients over the last 20 or so years.

It all made so much sense. This was perhaps our last chance to find an answer and here was someone who had all the answers. We were desperate. We did not wait and decided to embark on the treatment immediately.

Hannah started an extensive treatment to reposition her jaw using Dr. Amir's custom made appliances. The improvement in Hannah's health in the first few weeks of treatment were remarkable.

The symptoms that have disappeared completely are:

•  Dizziness.

•  Belching.

•  The cold feeling trickling down her right arm.

•  Pins and needles in right foot.

•  Tendency to feel faint, syncope and dry eyes.

The fatigue has virtually disappeared and the weakness in her arms and legs has much improved.

Interestingly Hannah's ribs no longer protrude and her hips are visibly completely aligned. She has a few problems sometimes but these are almost immediately resolved by Dr.. Amir changing the appliances or his strategy.

At just over three months into the treatment Hannah has recovered a lot and has been able to return to university and is getting stronger with each passing day.

She is also back to her noisy, bubbly self! The family is so relieved.

Hannah and her family are eternally grateful to have found Dr. Amir so early in her illness as she was physically deteriorating so rapidly that walking was becoming a significant concern and disability a real possibility. We would encourage anyone with these symptoms or with such a diagnosis to see Dr. Amir to determine if the cause is the same as Hannah's so he can work his magic on them.

We believe that Hannah has been saved from being drawn into a "chronic incurable illness" like CFS/ME/MS or Fibromyalgia. Our advice to everyone with these or in fact many chronic disease labels is to have their jaws checked. You may have a chance to recover fully.

If any family or individual wants to discuss this with me I would be more than happy to help. You can phone me on 07436037332

Mari Gay 31st Oct. 2014

Politics: lessons from the simvastatin trial

Posted: 20 Mar 2014 02:21 AM PDT

You should not be surprised to realise that MS has now been elevated from a 'fungal disease' requiring Dimethyl Fumerate (In common use in condemned Chinese made sofas as an antifungal a few years ago) last year to a cholesterol disease requiring a statin this year. This drug which is out of patent is going to be re branded at a cost of half a billion pounds so that it can be sold to the 'cholesterol ridden' MS patients for thousands of pounds each year. After a year of propaganda it has now been confirmed that 'Statins will help'!

One graphic I came across when reading such propaganda in this regard raises some surprise. These pictures are supposed to depict developing 'demyelination' and brain matter reduction - in need of statins!

Simvastatin

I do not understand the context of this graphic in this situation but suffice it to say that to me it is pretty obvious that the enlarging ventricles have something to do with mal-functioning hydro dynamics causing CSF retention and an increased ventricular pressure. This does not appear to be caused by either fungus or cholesterol or the mythical 'MS'.

The internet is littered with stories of patients who have recovered from MS with dietary changes. How brain lesions could be causing a disease which can be debunked with diet is quite an education in itself.

I list these here so that patients do not miss out on anything. Improving the diet will surely improve any ones well being.

An inspiring read from Rosemary Fletcher: ebook Change your mind..... Change your body

To aid recovery from chronic conditions. Please watch these 9 videos on You Tube

Dr Stancic Recovery from MS
Good Lord! I'm beating MS: How the Earl of Durham is fighting illness with a veggie diet, meditation and doses of sunshine vitamin

He was diagnosed in 2007 after more than a year of symptoms
Earl of Durham has cut saturated fat from his diet and meditates
He is now off medication and have not had a relapse for 3.5 years

By Ned Lambton, Earl Of Durham

PUBLISHED in The Daily Mail : 22:00, 8 March 2014

The inexplicable and increasingly worrying symptoms had been plaguing me for more than a year when, in December 2007, aged 46, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).

There had been problems with  my balance to the point where I couldn't walk without a stick, numbness throughout my body, slurred speech and, most upsetting of all, a clumsiness in my hands that left  me unable to play the guitar.

After examining my set of scans, a distinguished professor of neurology looked at me sympathetically and explained that I was among the worst new cases she had seen. [ ! ]

It was incurable, like all forms of the disease, which gradually destroys the nervous system. I had the relapsing/remitting type – characterised by symptomatic flare-ups, followed by periods of latency [ ! ]

Although effective drugs were available, I could expect to deteriorate slowly but surely. I was handed a leaflet on how to get a discount on a good-quality wheelchair.........................

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"Hughes Syndrome - Misdiagnosed as MS

I was told I had MS - but the doctors were wrong

Jeremiah Johnston-Sheehan, a successful architect, was devastated when told he had multiple sclerosis. But four years later, he discovered that he had been misdiagnosed.

In fact, he suffered from a treatable condition called Hughes Syndrome. Recent research shows there could be thousands of people like him who have wrongly been told they have MS. "

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Two decades after a British doctor discovered a syndrome that can easily be mistaken for multiple sclerosis, he warns today that hundreds of people may still be wrongly diagnosed because simple tests are not offered as a matter of routine.

The rheumatologist Dr. Graham Hughes reported in the British Medical Journal in 1983 that he had identified the syndrome - now called Hughes Syndrome - that resulted in blood becoming sticky, leading to potentially dangerous blood clots.

Evidence has emerged that it could cause one in five recurrent miscarriages, as well as one in five strokes in younger people, and one in five DVTs (deep vein thrombosis).

The good news is that, unlike multiple sclerosis (MS) - which affects 85,000 Britons - the syndrome can usually be treated with blood-thinning drugs such as aspirin and warfarin.

It is also called Anti Phospholipid Syndrome (APS). It can be a major component of Lupus.

St. Thomas's Hospital found that up to one-third of patients coming to their clinic did not have MS at all, but Hughes Syndrome.

And further down it says: “Prompted by a growing number of patients coming to the clinic who had been told they had MS when they didn't, the team at the Rayne Institute questioned a sample of 250 patients with Hughes Syndrome. They found that almost a third of them had originally been told they had MS.”

The symptoms of Hughes Syndrome are listed here.

To find out how Hughes anti phospholipid syndrome is diagnosed please visit this website.

To find Hughes Syndrome specialists in your area please visit this website.

TESTING FOR HUGHES SYNDROME

I have discussed this with the director of County Pathology Ltd Mr.. Bill Wreford who is happy to see patients referred via this website.

The cost is approximately £160. You will have to personally visit the lab.

`Please get in touch with them to arrange an appointment:
County Pathology Limited

Bill Wreford
Laboratory Director
County Pathology Ltd
31 Frederick Sanger Road
The Surrey Research Park
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7YD
T: 01483 450388
bill.wreford@gmail.com

"Memory loss:
When the brain is starved of oxygen (blood supply) it only has a limited number of ways of complaining, and a common symptom of Hughes Syndrome is memory loss. Many patients feel that they are developing Alzheimer’s disease when they can’t remember names of friends and family, forget their shopping lists and get their words and sentences muddled. One of the most dramatic observations in the whole of medicine is the improvement of memory (and the disappearance of the headaches and ‘fog’) which patients observe when blood thinning medicine is started."

The Upright MRI Scanner

Diagnostic Breakthrough in Multiple Sclerosis with FONAR UPRIGHT MRI Leads to Noninvasive Treatment that Results in Symptoms of MS Patient Subsiding

MELVILLE, NEW YORK, November 2, 2011 - FONAR Corporation (NASDAQ-FONR), The Inventor of MR Scanning™, reported today the cessation of symptoms in a 41-year-old female patient with multiple sclerosis following noninvasive treatment. The treatment was based on a recent major diagnostic breakthrough about the cause of multiple sclerosis achieved with the advanced FONAR UPRIGHT® MRI.

Misaligned cervical vertebrae in the patient (specifically, the vertebrae in the neck known as C-1, C-2, and C-3) were causing blockage of the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. The mal rotations of these vertebrae were initially discovered and visualised by the FONAR UPRIGHT® MRI, which showed that the vertebrae were rotated 5-6 degrees from their normal alignment.

From a diagnostic point of view this is the most important study to ever have been published and reaffirms my position that the problem is physical and not organic. The complete study in which the diagnostic breakthrough was reported can be viewed here.

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What is Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency? (CCSVI & Dr. Zamboni)

Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency is described as a chronic problem (ongoing) where blood from the brain and spine has trouble getting back to the heart.

It is caused by a narrowing in the veins (stenosis) that drain the brain and the spine. Blood takes longer to return to the heart, and it can reflux back into the brain and spine or cause oedema and leakage of red blood cells and fluids into the tissues of the brain and spine.

Blood that remains in the brain too long creates a delay in deoxygenated blood leaving the head (“slowed perfusion”). This can cause hypoxia, a lack of oxygen in the brain.

Plasma and iron from blood deposited in the brain tissue can also be very damaging leading to iron along with other unwelcome cells crossing the crucial brain-blood barrier.

Treatment of the obstructions, by angioplasty, angioplasty and stenting, or thrombolysis and stenting, results in prompt and satisfactory amelioration of these symptoms. It has also been shown that acute jugular incompetence can result in transient global amnesia.

The fact that venous insufficiency can cause acute neurological disturbances was convincingly demonstrated in a case report about a patient with a patent arm dialysis arteriovenous shunt who developed increasing headaches, gait disturbance, and cognitive dysfunction that significantly improved after ligation of that shunt.

CCSVI is more insidious in its onset than acute venous insufficiency. In fact, the association of CCSVI with MS has been largely ignored despite Charcot’s original description of the relationship of the cerebral veins and inflammatory lesions that are the [supposed] hallmark of MS.

Zamboni proposes that CCSVI has a role in the pathogenesis of MS. He suggests that resistance to cerebrospinal venous outflow causes vicarious redistribution through small collateral veins that cannot handle high flow. He also suggests that tight endothelial junctions widen to allow diapedesis of red blood cells, T cells, and other immune cells into the brain, resulting in inflammation and hemosiderosis that is reminiscent of what is seen with venous insufficiency of the lower extremities.

This is supported by iron deposition as seen on susceptibility-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (SW-MRI), which reveals that the inflammatory MS plaques always surround a central venous structure. MRI shows that the central vein and surrounding plaque have abnormal quantities of iron. Pathologically, the basement membranes of these deep veins are thickened, and hemosiderin deposits are present in the wall of and adjacent to the deep cortical veins.

T cells and macrophages violating the blood-brain barrier provide a working explanation for the autoimmune cascade that result in demyelination and the neurological manifestations associated with MS.

Orthodontics

Orthodontics is conventionally used as an orthodontic procedure to help with the problems of crooked, crowded or protruding teeth. In the UK almost one million people a year have some form of orthodontic treatment and it has become one of the most popular dental treatments. Once thought of as a procedure aimed mainly at children, orthodontic treatments have now become increasingly popular with adults who are looking to have healthy, straight teeth. The impact of poorly aligned teeth and jaws is very obvious on this website and because of the health implications it is even more important to have correct orthodontics.

Orthodontic Braces

The appliances commonly used in orthodontics are referred to as braces. There are various types of braces and each is specific to the severity of the dental problem. Braces can either be removable or they can be fixed in place depending on the severity of the dental problem. It may also sometimes be necessary to wear additional head-gear; this is removable and is usually only worn at night. Braces are now not usually the old fashioned hunks of metal that they once were. The length of orthodontic treatments will depend on the severity of the dental problem and the time scale can range anywhere from a few months to around two to four years.

The Benefits of Orthodontics

Millions of people have benefited from orthodontic procedures. The treatments can correct spacing, protruding teeth, bite problems and relieve strain on the jaws and jaw muscles. Healthy, straight teeth are a great confidence booster and can help people live a more productive and happy lifestyle. Some people have claimed that their personality and demeanour have improved due to the results of orthodontic treatments.

The Best Age for Braces

When problems with teeth occur such as spacing, crowding and occlusion (bite), the consensus seems to be the earlier the treatment, the better. at age 4 a child is very receptive and minor interventions for a couple of months can obviate the need for longer treatment later. Treatment in the teenage years or younger years should eliminate the need for more complex work later on. However, there is no age limit at which people can have orthodontic treatments to their teeth. Teeth can still be corrected well into later life and the benefits to a person's appearance and overall lifestyle will be worth the expense. Whether the patient will need a permanent brace or one that can be removed will depend on the condition of the teeth and age of the patient.

Treatment

Treatment is carried out using mostly removable appliances and sometimes with Fixed appliances using mainly clear Brackets. The fixed appliances are made of composite materials, they look very natural when fitted and will not stain teeth.

Orthodontics
Boy with Orthodontics Braces

Braces help restore proper function of teeth and create a winning smile. However, they can also create problems such as gingivitis and white spots which can lead to tooth decay.

You can prevent or minimise these problems with good daily dental care.
Ortho Tip OD-100E

The first step is good teeth cleaning twice a day. A manual toothbrush works well if it is properly used, but individuals with brackets and other fixed orthodontic devices may find it easier to use a sonic electric toothbrush.

The second step involves removing plaque from areas that a toothbrush can't reach. Although you can use dental floss with braces, flossing is difficult. An easier and more effective way to clean between the teeth and under the gums is a Waterpik® Water Flosser oral irrigator with the new Orthodontic Tip.

The Orthodontic Tip is designed with a tapered brush on the end that helps remove the plaque that sticks to the brackets and between the teeth, while also flushing the bacteria and food debris from around teeth and under the gums.

In a recent study, the Waterpik® Water Flosser oral irrigator removed three times as much plaque and reduced bleeding better than brushing and flossing in 11 - 17 year olds with fixed orthodontic appliances. And they liked it so much that 92% said they would continue to use the Waterpik Water Flosser “every day” or “frequently” when the study was completed.

It's so important to have regular dental check- ups during orthodontic treatment. Using fluoridated toothpaste or adding a fluoride rinse to your routine can also help prevent white spots (decalcification) and decay.

Cleaning of Retainers

If you wear a retainer it is important that this is cleaned whenever you clean your teeth. Brush the retainer clear of food at least twice per day. Also soak the retainer in hot salt water when you remove it for eating purposes.

Foods to Avoid

The wires used in braces are not too fragile but eating hard foods such as toffees, apples or nuts, should be avoided. Hard foods can bend or break the wires, and a dental visit will need to be scheduled in order to adjust the braces. Also avoid sugary snacks as this will only increase the risk of tooth decay. It is better to cut the food into small pieces. There will be less chance of the food damaging the braces, and it will also make the braces easier to clean.

Broken or Loose Braces

The responsibility for the care and maintenance of braces is down to the wearer. If sports are being played, then the sensible thing would be to wear a mouth guard at all times, in order to protect your braces. Likewise, a daily dental cleaning routine will help cut problems such as gum infection and tooth decay. Your orthodontist is also on hand at all times to help with any problems; your dental health is the orthodontists and dentists first priority.

Facial Symmetry

Facial symmetry influences judgements of aesthetic traits of physical attractiveness and beauty, and is associated with fitness and health,[1] It is also hypothesised as a factor in both interpersonal attraction and interpersonal chemistry.

Health and physical attractiveness

Edler[2] cited research supporting the claim that bilateral symmetry is an important indicator of freedom from disease, and worthiness for mating. Facial asymmetries and minor physical anomalies begin to appear early in embryonic development, mainly the first trimester of pregnancy, and can be a sign of instability during this growth.

Biologists, based on work with animals mostly, are exploring new links between facial symmetry and physical attractiveness. Symmetry is a reproductive advantage, particularly for males, since a male can decide quickly who are the most beautiful females and court them first and spend more time with them.

A higher degree of symmetry indicates a better coping system for environmental factors. While the visible signs of this may not be particularly apparent, it is thought that they have at least an unconscious effect on people's perception of their beauty. Zaidel et al.[3] in an empirical study upholds the claim that facial symmetry may be critical for the appearance of health. Their study disputes, however, the beauty or attractiveness claim.

Experimentally, when the shape of facial features is varied (with skin textures held constant), increasing symmetry of face shape increases ratings of attractiveness for both male and female faces. These findings imply facial symmetry may have a positive impact on mate selection in humans.

Non-scientific theories of attraction and symmetry abound.

To find out how you may be able to correlate any facial asymmetries to your health issues please contact us on 0208 780 3433.

References

[1] Rhodes, Gillian; Zebrowitz, Leslie, A. (2002). Facial Attractiveness - Evolutionary, Cognitive, and Social Perspectives. Ablex. ISBN 1567506364.
[2] Edler, R. J. (2001). "Background Considerations to Facial Aesthetics". Journal of Orthodontics 28 (2): 159. doi:10.1093/ortho/28.2.159. PMID 11395532. edit
[3] Zaidel, D.; Aarde, S.; Baig, K. (2005). "Appearance of symmetry, beauty, and health in human faces". Brain and Cognition 57 (3): 261. doi:10.1016/j.bandc.2004.08.056. PMID 15780460. edit

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities - Products that you may be able to use

These notes have been prepared with the assistance of a patient who had suffered with acute Chemical Sensitivity with varying degrees of severity for 10 years to a point that some odours would bring about complete body paralysis lasting many days.

She needed various alternatives for day-to-day chemicals and medicines. She was particularly sensitive to petrochemicals and perfumes but also sensitive to a lot of herbal ingredients - so everything listed below is made up of either singular ingredients or everyday foods.

Required Use
Product Name
Supplier Info
Comment
Laundry Eco-balls Ecozone no smell and work
Laundry Eco-bleach Ecover no smell and work
Cleaning E-Cloths, E-Mop Ecover

Brilliant for all cleaning especially stainless steel, enamel, and glass - just use water. Bicarbonate of soda - mixed with a little water to make a paste gets rid of most stubborn marks which is excellent with just water

Dishwasher fluid Ecover no smell and work
Smells stainless steel dis Zielonka

Sold in the UK by the Natural Collection. It is phenomenally good at dealing with smells in the air and on the hands. These are also useful in cars and bathrooms.

Face and Body

Oliva olive oil soap Eco-bleach

For lip balm (this one contains only shea butter)

Neal's Yard

Baby balm as moisturiser (Ingredients: olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax)

Pure Shea Butter

L'occitane Rock Crystal Stick deodorant (only the actual crystal not the spray cans)

Avocado oil for body (as in the one you make salads with)

E-cloth does a face mitt which is great for a real deep clean and exfoliation of dead cells.

Body Odour Do not use deodorants. Also read Dr. Amir's article on Salt - It's many wonders
Make up

I find Mac the best and can use their cream eye shadow, lipstick, blusher and eye pencil - avoid anything with parabens in it

Mascara - Kanebo 38 degrees mascara comes off with water, doesn't run and is therefore the best

Hair Coconut oil by Neal's Yard for deep conditioning
Neal's Yard shampoo and conditioner
Teeth Salt water and water jet. (Waterpik in the USA)
Also read the article on Salt by Dr. Amir as quoted above
Cuts, grazes, sores etc Salt water stings like hell but it usually works better than any antiseptic cream
Athletes foot Toothpaste believe it or not (Arm & Hammer - also shows you how lethal toothpaste is)
Nails

I cannot find a nail polish remover that I can tolerate so I only paint my toes in summer - one colour and top it up at the end put on a new coat wet and use that to take of the old - won’t be perfect but with time will go away

The Sun

I cannot find anything so stay out between 11 and 3 or at least 12 and 2 to be sure but I do if tanning use clay mud from the garden heated in the oven to rid of germs - some barrier protection on the nose

Clothes

Bought from a shop where someone with strong perfume a) works or b) tries the clothes on:
Soaking in a strong tea tree solution then hanging outside (may need repeating) or if terrible make a very strong garlic solution - strain it and use the water for soaking - can take out colour a bit so be careful.
The natural smell always fades and takes the other with it most of the time. (New clothes will obviously get damaged and cannot be returned to the shop)

The above are all suggestions and may not help everybody but have worked for Claire to make life a bit easier. Obviously if you know you are allergic to what is in them do not try them. Sometimes it is the best of a bad bunch and when you are really bad you cannot use anything.

Food wise use
Try to use organic food and not wrapped in plastic - use local farm shops, rather than a multinational corporation.

Prepared with the assistance of C. W., a past MCS sufferer. Please read the article by Bella Freud in the Evening Standard.

The importance of a good nights sleep in patients who are chronically unwell.

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Center for Translational Neuromedicine believe they may have discovered yet another clue as to why sleep is mandatory for good health - especially brain health. Their report, published in the journal Science, reveals that your brain has a unique method of removing toxic waste through what's been dubbed the glymphatic system.

The clincher is that this system ramps up its activity during sleep, thereby allowing your brain to clear out toxins, including harmful proteins linked to brain disorders such as Alzheimer's for example.

What's more, they discovered that your brain cells actually shrink by about 60 percent during sleep, which allows for more efficient waste removal. According to lead author Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc.

"This study shows that the brain has different functional states when asleep and when awake. In fact, the restorative nature of sleep appears to be the result of the active clearance of the by-products of neural activity that accumulate during wakefulness."

Please read more:

Sleep Is Critical for Brain Detoxification

Sleep Apnoea

I have examined quiet a few patients suffering from Sleep apnoea.

To keep it short when observed in the upright posture these patients appear not to be able to inhale a full breath of air. The intercostal muscles appear unable to expand the chest. The difficulty with full oxygenation causes the patient to exert even more with each new breath. This extra effort begins to employ the neck muscles to lift the shoulders up to aid breathing.

When supine this lifting of the shoulders to aid breathing is impossible with each breath. Hence the sleep is unrefreshing; the patient never having slept deeply all night. The brain builds some 5000 chemical nutrients during deep rem sleep which again puts these patients at a great disadvantage because they do not seem able to get into the rem rhythm of sleeping.

The extra effort required for breathing at first produces the snoring. We shall assume this to be the case, although, I found no reference to this in the literature. What I did find mostly pointed to there being a narrower airway, large tongue, tongue falling back during sleep etc.

Breathing is under a reflex neurological and a voluntary control mechanism. This means that there is a part, which is not under our control and another part, which is.

The extra effort exerted to breathe in apnoeic patients becomes very tiring. The patient tries to take a rest from this extra effort which is the apnoeic phase. The reflex neurological cycle continues to make the person want to breathe to overcome this voluntary inhibition. A fight ensues and often the tiredness wins for a few seconds, allowing the patient to take a rest from this tremendous energy expenditure, for breathing.

While the breathing is arrested, the oxygen levels start depleting and carbon dioxide levels start rising. The sensors for these gases located in our neck region start firing very rapidly to overcome the voluntary inhibition. The neurological input to breathe accelerates and eventually overcomes the voluntary inhibition making the patient take a great big gasp of air producing the familiar gasping noise.

It is essentially a fight between trying to rest and trying to oxygenate in an increasingly deteriorating state.

Amongst children, the apnoeic episodes can be very alarming for the parents. Seeing their child tired in the morning, perhaps unable to go to school, is very disconcerting. In adults who fail to find any relief it is common that the partners, who are eventually at the end of their tether, decide to sleep in separate rooms. These patients are often so tired that they start snoring and gasping watching TV in the evening well before bedtime. It is usually a hellish scenario for the whole family.

The chronic effects of this over-exertion, against lungs, which cannot inflate fully; which may also be inhibited by some other factor, e.g. smoking, has further consequences. The main one is that the heart has to work harder to push the blood into lungs which have difficulty inflating fully. The patients are also usually chest breathers rather than belly breathers. This leads to the heart having to fight with every in breath causing the familiar palpitation. It also gets chronically damaged by the extra exertion with right sided heart enlargement and eventually early heart failure.

The ramifications of all this cardiac and lung deficiencies are widespread. apart from the effects in the immediate vicinity there are effects remote from the heart and lungs. If the blood is not saturating with oxygen some compensations have to be made.

Usually the sympathetic nervous system hyper-activates to conserve blood starting with the extremities, this results in a feeling of very cold hands and feet, often going blue in extreme cases. This effect on the extremities was first characterised by Maurice Raynaud in 1888 who described it as "episodic digital asphyxia due to arterial insufficiency" and is labelled after his name as Raynaud's Syndrome. Complex medical hypotheses have been put forth, but I think the mystery is now resolved.

A second factor which affects the sympathetic nervous system is its proximity to the Atlas vertebra which if asymmetric adversely effects the blood vessels especially in the extremities causing further arterial restrictions. Wintery weather plays an additional role in demanding higher oxygenation which the body is unable to fulfil.

This treble whammy can cause extremes of effects on the digits causing pallor, coldness, cramps and often cyanosis.

The hypothesis presented here challenges the fundamental tenets of contemporary medical understanding of the cause of the sleep apnoea, Raynaud's syndrome, and cramps.

1 Pearce S. Saunders P. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea can directly cause death. Thorax 2003; 58: 369

Problems Caused by Smoking
smokestain gumdamage

The health problems are well documented:

  • Bad breath and gum disease;
  • Discolouration of teeth;
  • Dry mouth which gives rise to cavities.
  • Build up of hard nicotine stain which causes periodontitis and loss of teeth;
  • Oral cancer is the most serious threat;
  • Inability to get implants for missing teeth.
  • Diabetics can develop leg ulcers and intermittent claudication in the legs which can result in limb amputation.

oralcancer

Smoking and Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is one of the most serious problems that can occur due to smoking. Reports from the Oral Cancer Foundation state that one person dies from oral cancer every hour. 92% of all oral cancers are caused by smoking. Tobacco is the number one cause of oral cancer but it is curable if the cancer is caught in the early stages. In its early stage oral cancer can appear as an ulcer and this is why it sometimes goes unnoticed. This cancer can spread through the lips, mouth, and throat and any new lesions to the mouth or lips should be looked at by a dentist. Quitting smoking can also help improve symptoms of Raynaud's Disease, as smoking can affect your circulation.

I personally stopped after just one session with: http://www.allencarrseasyway.com/

Why is Water so Important

Water is said to be the essence of life [1] our earth is the planet of water, 70% of the world’s surface is covered by water [2]. Our bodies are up to two thirds water, the brain is composed of around 70%, blood around 82% and lungs nearly 90% [3] [2]. Water is the life blood of our planet and everything that exists upon it [4]. Everybody knows that the human body can survive only a matter of days without water. It is truly a remarkable chemical substance; one that is unique compared with the 15 million or so chemicals we already know something about, that is arguably our single most important natural resource and that is responsible for all life on our planet [5]. Water has many important functions in our bodies, not only does it lubricate our joints, but it cushions our nervous system and helps us to swallow. Without it we could not regulate our body temperature though sweat and we are continually losing water through urine and faeces, our skin and lungs [6]. The most important function of water is to facilitate cellular functions in the body since it has a particular ability to act as a solvent which is essential in the action of salts and ionic compounds. Water’s solubility is what drives nutrition, for all living organisms need water to dissolve the substances they use for food [14]. It is a catalyst; a transport system that maintains our body temperature and supply’s vital nutrients and electrical impulses around the body [7]. This points out alone the need for adequate, quality hydration, which emphasises the vital importance of consuming a high quality and quantity of water with superior hydration and dissolving properties throughout the day [14].

Water has long been recognised for its healing properties, and has been used as a natural medicine through out many ancient cultures, including those of ancient Rome, China, Greece and Japan [8]. Many religions use water as an important part of their rituals and it is often distributed as an offering in many spiritual traditions [9]. It is documented that water can benefit the entire body through a variety of versatile, non-side effect treatments, and “can cure acute conditions everything from diarrhoea to a cold, to migraine headaches as well as chronic bad health; it can also be used as a disease deterrent and superior health safe guard” [10]. The vast number of techniques and treatments that have been available for centuries and still to this day are collectively known as hydrotherapy or water therapy, and part of a general approach to good health known as holistic medicine. Water therapy is exceptional as it works with each persons own nature in a positive manner that never destroys internal flora, it promotes circulation, supports our body’s own natural defence mechanism and acts as a detoxifier, ridding the body of any accumulated poisons or toxins that maybe the start of a disease [9].

Sebastian Kneipp is a well known German priest who lived from 1827-1897 and was diagnosed with terminal lung disease at a young age. He was determined to live and by chance he came across a booklet called Cold Water Treatments by Sigmund Hahn, and decided to try them. The treatments worked, his health stabilised and so he expanded on the original work of Hahn and added his vast knowledge of herbs and natural foods. Thus an entire system of water treatments, baths, steam baths and wrapping was developed. The man who was supposed to die at an early age lived to a very fruitful 70. Today over a 100 years after his death, father Kneipp’s water cure is still respected and used by the medical profession in Germany [11].
Thermal properties of water are believed to assist healing; the body’s reaction to hot and cold water causes the nerves at the surface of the skin to carry impulses deep into the body. This reaction is thought to lessen pain sensitivity, stimulate the immune system, aid lymphatic drainage and increase blood circulation [12]. The ageless science of hydrotherapy has been seen to cure many ailments; beginning with simply drinking the right water, to use of water packs, baths, steam rooms, rinses, wraps and homeopathy, hydrotherapy assumes many forms [13].

Drinking water daily helps the blood to carry nutritive parts of the digested food to relevant parts of the body. It also increases blood and lymph circulation and helps glands function normally. Drinking water has a bath like affect on the internal organs and helps purify and dilute the blood. It also increases the output of urine by activating the kidneys, and assists waste removal [7]. Scientific discoveries have shown that water also works with hertz frequencies of essential minerals to provide a most important hydrolytic (chemical reaction) role in every aspect of cellular metabolism. Just as when water causes a chemical reaction to occur causing a seed to sprout and produce a new plant [14]. It is vital to our health and wellbeing, so it only seems common sense to consume the highest quality water.

But what constitutes to healthy good quality water?

The Austrian naturalist Viktor Schauberger called water a living organism [2]. There seems to be a growing understanding amongst many scientists and researchers that water is much more than its chemical suggests, insisting that in its various forms - as blood, sap or biological water it is the basis of all life [2]. Liquid water is a highly mobile, vibrating and forever changing cluster of molecules [5], it is originally natural and has the power to purify itself. Purification takes place on a large scale continually through the natural hydrological cycle [9]. Schauberger stated throughout his work that water needs to flow in a particular dynamic way to remain vibrant. Water needs to behave like it does in a natural stream, dancing and cavorting in spirals and vortices, or in the ground constantly moving in capillaries circulating within its storage chambers [2]. Fresh natural water is healthy, self-cleansing, and resistant to disease-causing microbes. The precise reason for this is not yet known, but research at the Adolfo Lutz Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil shows that living water inhibits the proliferation of many types of microbes [21]. In a youthful stream water is most active, producing vortices down the stream length that act like the rivers immune system [16]. This vertical action rolls the water filaments centripetally in a spiral motion, cooling the water and breaking down pollutants into harmless substances. More importantly the vortex channels into the water memory, energies of higher frequency directly from the quantum ocean of energy (the ether), which is all around us. This input of higher energy cancels out the degraded memory allowing the higher more positive energy to prevail [7].

Drs. Engler and Kokoshinegg who have performed numerous experiments with water arrived at the conclusion that water possesses the ability to store information that has been impressed upon it from a given vibration [14]. This coincides with the work of Masaru Emoto who has spent many years and still continues to do so researching the effect of different energies upon the vibrational level of water. Emoto has shown that when little droplets of water are frozen into water crystals, they show different geometries depending on the information that the water has received. During the course of his sampling and photographing different types of water, it became apparent that the quality of water crystals depended on more than just whether it was natural or tap water [17]. Dr Enza Ciccolo a biologist from Milan stated that “every atom, molecule, or substance has its own unique ‘signature’ oscillation pattern or vibration, which can be measured in electromagnetic wavelengths or hertz” and that water is a carrier of this information; as a solvent it is the best know conductor of vibration, with information transfer possible without direct contact [14], supporting Emoto’s discoveries. According to Emoto if water collects information and its crystals reflect those characteristics it means that the quality of water changes based on information it receives. He continually found that water responded to positive words, sounds and intent by forming beautiful crystals, and in contrast when shown negative words, sounds and intent the water did not form crystals [3]. As the adult human body is 70% water we also must be affected by the information we take in. This all may sound like science fiction but the number of successful applicants of measuring water memory through electronic templating by the likes of Dr. Lee Lorenzen, Konstantin Korotkov M.D., Professor Rustum Roy, Ciccolo and others is too voluminous to ignore.

What are we doing to our tap water?

“Because our tap water is not treated with care required to keep water pulsating and alive as Schauberger demonstrated” [2 pg28], we store it in reservoirs where it overheats, shatter its natural structures in turbines and generators and force it through straight pipes that deplete it’s energy, the quality of the water degenerates attracting pathogenic organisms. As a result the water authorities routinely treat it with chlorine to kill any bacteria, thus preventing water-borne diseases. “This powerful disinfectant kills all bacteria both good and bad alike, which can seriously weaken many of the immune enhancing micro-organisms in the body” [2 pg28]. It is often expressed that the amount of chlorine added is so small that it has no effects on the human body, but what they don’t tell you is the accumulative effect. Chlorine is stored in fatty tissue in the body so the dosage actually increases over time [18].

Years ago there was major concern that contraceptive residues were being found in drinking water, but now that has spread to prescription drugs in general [19]. Not to mention the contamination that occurs when rivers take in waste water from sewage treatment facilities, exhaust gas from cars, soot and smoke from plants and incinerating daily waste materials [9].

In 2004 scientists studied the quality of water entering and leaving a large American water-treatment plant which gained its water from two small rivers. They found up to 40 prescription and non-prescription drugs and their metabolites, fragrance compounds, flame retardants and plasticisers, cosmetic compounds, disinfectants detergents and plant and animal steroids. These were deposited in the river by a sewage treatment plant upstream which was perfectly legal! The main concern was would the water treatment plant be able to prevent these compounds entering into the human drinking water supply. The answer was a loud no! Standard chlorination took care of the detergents, disinfectants and steroids, but it did not completely eliminate the rest.
Drugs find their way into the water supply through simply flushing them down the toilet which if often recommended when disposing of old unused drugs and a common practise by hospitals. However the greatest source of waterborne drugs is human urine. Medications are not completely assimilated by the body and end up being excreted by the body as metabolites (by products), these enter the sewage system and the water is recycled back into the system. The DWI Drinking Water Inspectorate, the official guardian of Britain’s tap water was so concerned that they commissioned a special investigation [19, 19: pg 6-9]. It was highlighted that the sewage treatment works were the major source of entering pharmaceuticals into the water supply, and “often the effluent treatment was actually increasing the number of pharmaceuticals by restoring metabolites back to their parent compound: Paracetamol for example is more toxic after passing through a treatment works” [19 pg7]. There is no routine monitoring of UK drinking water for drugs so there is very limited data, however it has been reported in the January 2008 report from the DWI and DEFRA that Carbamazepine, Diazepam and Clofibrate have already been detected, and even the cancer chemotherapy drug Bleomycin [19 pg7].

Another major concern regarding our tap water is fluoridation. Nearly half of all our drinking water could have fluoride added to it under a secret government plan. It seems that the fluoride added is not the naturally occurring calcium fluoride that is present in some drinking water at very low levels [2], but hexofluorosilicic acid which posses many unanswered health questions [20]. What they also don’t tell you are the accumulative effects of fluoride, so a few isolated exposures is OK but what about exposure over a number of years?[20]. Growing research is revealing the hazards of water fluoridation, including increased risk of cancer, kidney malfunction, thyroid problems and reduction in melatonin production [2], osteoporosis, crippling bone defects and dental fluorosis (white mottling of the teeth).

The general purification process that our tap water receives is according to local governments and health bodies efficient in removing potentially dangerous chemicals and ionic materials, however even though these contaminants are removed the water still remains with the electrical “imprints” of the contaminants, so the vibrational frequency still exists even thought the compound doesn't’t. This is incredibly important to understand.
As relating back to water being a superb carrier of information, the work of Emoto, Drs Engler and Kokshinegg, Ciccolo, Korotkov etc, water has the ability to store frequencies (information) and pass them on to other water molecules due to its unique ability to form and transform, create and recreate, penetrate and dissolve anything it touches; and to collect and deposit information wherever it flows. Water clusters continually form and break away, form and breakaway due to the electrical polarity relationship that exists between the hydrogen and oxygen atoms. Water molecules bond easily with other molecules; eagerly seeks to mingle with other elements and gladly picks up hitchhikers. This is a great feature if the water picks up good things like rich nutritious minerals and life giving oxygen, but its very bad thing when it picks up toxic pollutants and nasty chemicals! [21].

Is bottled water the answer?

It may be refreshing and trendy to drink but it’s certainly not refreshing for the environment. “It costs 10,000 times more to create the bottled version than it does to produce tap water, say scientists” [21], and creates 600 times more CO2 to produce a small bottle of water than the equivalent of tap [22]. Also purity regulations are far more lax than those of tap water, plus it is now known that plastic containers can leach a variety of chemicals into its contents [19]. Phil Woolas, the UK’s environment minister claimed that bottled water was "morally unacceptable" - the discomforting fact that while we have perfectly good tap water we spend approaching £2 billion on bottled water when a billion people around the world don't have safe water. In effect, we treat water as a luxury bauble while others die from its absence [22].

There is now a bewildering choice of techniques and gimmicks for purifying your tap water, it’s important to remember that good quality water is essential to optimum health, especially when we are ill or starting to age - dehydration is a common problem with the elderly. This is an important time for individuals to really understand the importance of water and the effect it has on our bodies. Only 0.4% of the earth’s water is suitable for drinking making it an incredibly precious commodity and one that life is undoubtedly dependent upon. Throughout history water has been noted for its magnificent properties and abilities to heal, why should we now treat an amazing natural life supporting substance with such ignorance and harm knowing how beneficial to life and long term health it is.

If you are interested in receiving further information on how to activate and re-energise your tap please contact:
Sarah Pinkerton - 01444 47 11 47 s.pinkerton@gematria.net
Gematria Ltd - PO Box 287, Burgess Hill, RH15 0SJ - UK
www.gemwater.net

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Addendum
Morgellons Syndrome

Crawling Sensations, Fibers and Other Noted Morgellons Syndrome Symptoms: Another Theory for Sufferers to Consider

by Joseph Keleher

“.......I have done my best to document what I went through (see “Keleher 2008 “Hell and Back Again”). I wrote about connections to mercury and these horrific symptoms. I’ve angered medical professionals and sufferers. I’ve lost some old friends. I’ve found some new friends. I’ve written, emailed, and spoke on the phone with others who suffer. I’ve cried a bunch and still do (I don’t exactly know why). .........”

..........I believe the recent growing numbers of those suffering from Morgellons symptoms is due to two ingredients- toluene and mercury.

.......Toluene is found in glues, methamphetamines and cocaine. I believe the toluene found in dental adhesives, and connected to symptoms by Dr. Omar Amin, correlate with a surge of sufferers of these symptoms....... "
http://morgellonspgpr.wordpress.com/category/neurocutaneous-syndrome/

Please read more (PDF)

A very interesting article by Tammy Racicot has just been published in Positive Health Magazine

>Craniofacial/Skull Conditions

Crouzon's Syndrome and Apert's Syndrome

Crouzon's and Apert's syndromes are the most common of the craniosynostosis syndromes. Craniosynostosis refers to the early closing of one or more of the sutures of an infant's head. The skull is normally composed of bones which are separated by sutures. This diagram shows the different sutures which can be involved.

Skull Suture Diagram

ITS FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • Mid-face hypoplasia, high vaulted palate/cleft;
  • Conductive hearing loss;
  • Hydrocephalus/seizures.

As an infant's brain grows, open sutures allow the skull to expand and develop a relatively normal head shape. If one or more of the sutures have closed early, it causes the skull to expand in the direction of the open sutures. This can result in an abnormal head shape. In severe cases, this condition can also cause increased pressure on the growing brain.

Vitruvian man

Vitruvian man

Learn about Leonardo's Golden Ratios.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN-q3Bj9a_A

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Dr. Roman BOSNJAK, Neurosurgery, UMC Ljubljana, Slovenia
roman.bosnjak@gmail.com

Thoracic outlet syndrome (neurogenic TOS) is pain in the shoulder, arm, medial forearm and ulnar part of the hand, the 4th and 5th fingers. This position dependent and extra vertebral brachialgia is a compression of the inferior trunk of the brachial plexus by a rudimental cervical rib and fibrous band (from this rib to the 1st rib). The pain is accompanied by hyposensitivity on the medial forearm, hand and 4-5th fingers, sometimes atrophy of small hand muscles is obvious. Sometimes vascular symptoms (hand paleness or a bluish hand) may appear from subclavian artery or vein compression (vascular TOS).

This video shows operative procedure that decompresses the brachial plexus.

Watch the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_jBR0J_sSo

Also watch Simon Lewis where he talks about TOS being a vascular problem:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ-EkWrtsCE

Vitamin B12 deficiencies

Vitamin B12 or cobalamin, to give it its scientific name, is an essential vitamin which the majority of people obtain from eating meat.

However there are a significant number of people (up to 40%) who either cannot absorb B12 or metabolise it due to digestive conditions such as Crohn's or celiac disease and IBS or who genetically lack the 'intrinsic factor', a protein produced by the stomach which aids in the absorption of B12.

Supplementation:

B12 supplements can be administered in three forms:

  • Hydroxocobalamin which is commonly prescribed in the UK when administered as an injection;
  • Cyanocobalamin which is used mostly in the US;
  • Methylcobalamin which is recommended for people suffering from neurological symptoms.

There are various ways in which this can be taken, as a sublingual tablet, as a cutaneous patch, as a nasal spray or as an injection. People who have neurological symptoms or have digestive problems are probably best getting the supplement by injection. However cutaneous patches are also effective.

Problems of diagnosing B12 deficiency:

In spite of the fact that the problems associated with B12 deficiency are well researched and documented there is an alarming number of people who are going untreated in the UK as well as in the rest of the world. The main reason for this is that the lower limit which is considered to be within the normal range is too low.

In the UK the normal accepted range is between 200 and 900 nano grams per litre (ng/L), yet it is well established in research literature that people with levels between 200 and 350 ng/L have symptoms of B12 deficiency. Additionally if patients with neurological symptoms have a serum B12 level of 450ng/L or less they should be treated as B12 deficient.

B12 deficiency can lead to an exasperation of some severe and chronic conditions. Below is a list of diseases and problems which may have B12 as a contributory factor:

  • Alzheimer's, dementia, cognitive decline, brain fog and memory loss;
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological disorders;
  • Mental illness (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis);
  • Cardiovascular disease;
  • Learning or developmental disorders in children;
  • Autism spectrum disorder;
  • So called autoimmune disease including thyroid disease;
  • Cancer;
  • Male and female infertility;
  • Anaemia (especially pernicious anaemia which historically lead to the discovery of B12);
  • Bladder and bowel incontinence;
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding.

 

Warning bells: Vitamin B12 works with folate to create red blood cells and is also involved in the creation of the myelin sheath which is the insulation layer of the nerves. Without myelin the signals from your brain cannot reach organs, the muscles and skin, resulting in loss of function, movement and sensation.

In the past B12 deficiency could lead to death from pernicious anaemia (PA) but long before PA sets in other symptoms will become apparent: fatigue, lethargy, weakness, memory loss, neurological and psychiatric problems.

Testing for deficiency: There are now several tests which can determine whether B12 deficiency could be a factor in the above symptoms. Unfortunately these are not used as often as they should be. Most GPs relying on the serum B12 levels which, as mentioned earlier, are unreliable at the range accepted in this country. A practitioner versed in the diagnosis of B12 deficiency may order the following tests, some of them fairly common and others which required analysis by a specialised laboratory:

  • Serum B12 (commonly done);
  • Homocystein (commonly done);
  • Methylmalonic acid (urine test done by biochemical labs);
  • Holotranscobalamin otherwise known as Active B12 (done at biochemistry labs).

 

This article is just touching on the subject of B12 deficiency. Much information is available on the internet, some links provided below will give you more understanding of the problem. The video, in particular, is a very good overview of the situation.

Links:


Information sites
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Clinical Knowledge paper from NICE


Book: Could it be B12? An epidemic of misdiagnoses

UK Facebook 'closed' support group:

Article researched and contributed by my patient Michele Findlay

January 2014

Quinine as an antispasmodic for MS patients

What is Quinine?

Cinchona Officinalis

Quinine is derived from a herb Cinchona-officinalis which is native to the Amazon Rainforest. It is renowned for its numerous health and therapeutic benefits. It is particularly found in the eastern slopes of the Amazon area of the Andes and towards the the central and western ranges.

Because of its usefulness in the curing of many diseases and ailments, the herb is now cultivated in many tropical areas, for commercial purposes.

For our purposes its chief benefit may be in its antispasmodic effects.

Please buy some good quality Indian Tonic water. Dilute it in a ratio of 1:10 in water and drink slowly.

Please let us know if you derived any benefit.

Remember the Tonic water has quinine in it and you must liaise with your medical practitioner to ensure that it does not interfere with any other medication that you may be taking.

Please also read this interesting link.

Cancer and Oxygen

Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg and his work on cancer

Otto Warburg

Warburg investigated the metabolism of tumours and the respiration of cells, particularly cancer cells, and in 1931 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology for his “discovery of the nature and mode of action of the respiratory enzyme.”

In 1924, Warburg hypothesised that cancer, malignant growth, and tumour growth are caused by the fact that tumour cells mainly generate energy (as e.g. adenosine triphosphate / ATP) by non-oxidative breakdown of glucose (a process called glycolysis). This is in contrast to “healthy” cells which mainly generate energy from oxidative breakdown of pyruvate. Pyruvate is an end-product of glycolysis, and is oxidised within the mitochondria. Hence, and according to Warburg, cancer should be interpreted as a mitochondrial dysfunction.

“Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarised in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar.” - Dr. Otto H. Warburg in Lecture

Warburg continued to develop the hypothesis experimentally, and held several prominent lectures outlining the theory and the data.

The concept that cancer cells switch to glycolysis has become widely accepted, even if it is not seen as the cause of cancer. Some suggest that the Warburg phenomenon could be used to develop anticancer drugs. Meanwhile, cancer cell glycolysis is the basis of positron emission tomography (18-FDG PET), a medical imaging technology that relies on this phenomenon.

Warburg also wrote about oxygen's relationship to the pH of cancer cells internal environment. Since fermentation was a major metabolic pathway of cancer cells, Warburg reported that cancer cells maintain a lower pH, as low as 6.0, due to lactic acid production and elevated CO2. He firmly believed that there was a direct relationship between pH and oxygen. Higher pH means higher concentration of oxygen molecules while lower pH means lower concentrations of oxygen.

Seemingly utterly convinced of the accuracy of his conclusions, Warburg expressed dismay at the "continual discovery of cancer agents and cancer viruses" which he expected to "hinder necessary preventative measures and thereby become responsible for cancer cases".

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The important sentences from these observations are:

“Higher pH means higher concentration of oxygen molecules while lower pH means lower concentrations of oxygen” and;

Cancer cells maintain a lower pH, as low as 6.0, due to lactic acid production and elevated CO2

That means:
Lower pH = Lower oxygenation = Higher ability of cancer cells to survive in a lowered oxygen environment.

Poor oxygenation is a fundamental problem that most patients suffer from. Could this be the real cause of an exponential rise in cancer cases?

Unerupted Canine Teeth

It is estimated that on average there is a 1.6% incidence of maxillary impacted canine teeth. (1) Impactions are twice as common in females (1.17%) as in males (0.51%). In patients who present with impacted maxillary canines, it is estimated that 8% of these are bilateral.

The most common reasons for canine impaction are usually localized and are the result of any one or combination of the following factors: tooth size/arch length discrepancies because of poor swallowing patterns, early loss of the deciduous canine, abnormal position of the tooth bud or the presence of an alveolar cleft.

The retention of impacted canines can present with complications, namely resorption of the roots of adjacent teeth and cystic lesions of the follicle. When pulling a canine into the occlusal arch, there is a risk involved. Trauma to adjacent teeth (root resorption) and ankylosis are some of the most common complications.

Regardless of the potential obstacles and the extended duration of treatment, proper planning facilitates an ideal result in even the most involved cases. A ballista appliance is used to prevent a facial pull of the canines in order to avoid and prevent resorption of the roots of the lateral incisors. As movement progresses over the course of a year or so. Once in position, they will be pulled facially into occlusion.

Unerupted Canine surgery Ballista appliance

Visual Snow

Visual snow is a transitory or persisting visual symptom where people see snow or television-like static in parts or the whole of their visual fields, 24/7 that is everywhere and in all lighting conditions. It is a persistent disturbance in the entire visual field resembling the static of an analogue TV set. A large proportion of 'Visual Snow' patients have bilateral continuous tinnitus.

The severity or density of the "snow" differs from one person to the next; in some circumstances, it can inhibit a person's daily life, making it difficult to read, see in detail and focus correctly. You can get a good idea from this link and perhaps can use the link to ascertain your exact scores in different lighting conditions.

http://visionsimulations.com/simulators/visual-snow-simulator


No cause for visual snow has been identified, and anecdotal reports point to a multitude of associated conditions, possibly rendering it a non-specific symptom. Insofar as sufferers of visual snow have undergone ophthalmic, neurological and psychiatric examinations, no systematic problems besides the visual snow have been identified and hence no treatment is available.

I came across such a patient and noted that she has a terrible neck problem, IBS  and TMJ dysfunction. We started treatment with little resolution of the symptoms in the early stages but her IBS started resolving. Gradually her neck started improving and the visual snow symptoms started abating a little. The patient did not see any improvement until she lost her dental appliance when she realized that her ‘Visual Snow’ deteriorated rapidly to the original state. On restarting the appliance the 'visual snow' symptoms again subsided slightly as before.Back muscles

What could be the explanation?

Correcting the TMJ improves the neck muscles. Some deep muscles in the middle of the base of the head play an intimate role in proper eye function. The deepest layers of muscles (the suboccipital "star") are crucial and have the highest number of stretch receptors. Their connection, from eye movements to coordination of the rest of the back musculature, is remarkable.

These muscles have been shown to have 36 muscle spindles/gram of muscle tissue. The gluteus maximus, by comparison, has 0.7 spindles/gram. That is a 50-fold difference.

To feel their connection to eye movements, put your hands up on either side of your head with your thumbs just under your skull at the back middle of the head. Try and feel past the superficial muscles to get to the deep ones under the occipital ridge.

Close your eyes and then turn your eyes to the right and left while your other fingers keep your head from moving. You will feel those little muscles changing tonus under your thumbs even though your head is not moving. These little primary muscles are responding to your eye movements.

Look up and down and you will feel other muscles within this set engage in a similar way. Try to move your eyes without these muscles moving and you will find that it is impossible. They are so fundamentally connected that any eye movement will produce a change in tonus in these sub occipitals.

It appears that the hearing and vision senses are intimately affected by the state of these deep suboccipital muscles. A disturbance in the muscle tone at the base of the mid occiput perhaps upsets the ocular and auditory pathways causing in some the effect perceived as 'Visual Snow'.

The picture also shows how the back spinal muscles are literally suspended from the areas controlled by the suboccipital muscles. We have repeatedly seen how correcting the Atlas vertebrae immediately corrects the asymmetric hips most people suffer from - also known as the short leg phenomenon.

The tension in these muscles is also the cause of most headaches and migraines.Falling cat

The way these muscles interact with the eyes is exemplified by a falling cat which always lands on its feet

When a cat finds itself in the air, it uses its eyes and inner ear to orient its head horizontally. This puts certain tensions into these suboccipital muscles, which the brain "reads" from the stretch receptors. Based on this reading the brain "unwinds" the spinal muscles to organize the entire spine from the neck down, so that the cat's feet are under it before it ever hits the carpet.


Apart from improving the TMJ dysfunction and bringing about Cranio-dental symmetry to resolve the tension in the sub occipital muscles it is also advantageous to have a little bit of daily sub occipital release which can easily be accomplished by visiting an alternative practitioner.


This video is a good example of how to accomplish this release.


A patient wrote on the internet:

“I've had visual snow for as long as I can remember............  I only occasionally get tinnitus; not ringing but more like I'm a mile away from a rock show.  Sometimes I still look around wondering "Where is that music coming from?!" only to realize I'm the only one vaguely hearing it.............. I was studying massage therapy and was getting a head/neck massage from one of the 2nd year students.  She worked on the muscles in my neck then did a sub-occipital release.  Your sub-occipital muscles are literally the muscles that move your eyes, and "releasing" them is just literally stretching them out causing them to relax.  

I don't know if it worked right away.  However, I do remember going outside to catch the bus home.  It was night... and I just looked around, totally amazed.  No snow in the darkness!  The headlights of the cars and the street lights didn't have monstrous halos!”

Another patient replies:

"I am suffering with muscle tension every day and I do get that feeling like when you hold your breath and try to make your head red (pressure type feeling) that is actually just caused by blood that isn't flowing through enough... 
I suffer from very heavy VS.  Can't go outside to do anything anymore without getting back with a headache that lasts for days! all i can do is relax at home...
it started with pain in my neck my VS increased like  80% "

Another comment by a reader:

I saw an ophthalmologist a year or so ago who had spent 5 years researching visual disturbances. He said he'd met people who had similar problems to me with the things moving when they're not, jumping vision, colours not being right, flashing, blind spots, halos, strobes and bright colours when you've got your eyes shut. Anyway he said they'd never found a cause but noted the similarity in other apparent symptoms and patient history, for example previous head injury, non-binocular vision, fatigue, IBS, dizziness, tinnitus and headaches.

What does this all mean?

What I deduce from extensive studies and experience with just one patient is that 'Visual Snow' is not an isolated symptom. It is part of a broader picture where patients suffer from a host of other symptoms like neck pain, fatigue, IBS, ear problems and headaches all caused by bodily asymmetries. It appears that the neck in these patients is more seriously damaged through injury and/or Cranio dental dysfunction. All these accompanying symptoms are very amenable to treatment. It should therefore be possible to bring about a resolution of 'Visual Snow' symptoms. If I had sufficient patients I could probably get results very fast in a small percentage instead of 'No cure' at present for this condition.

I recently came across another patient with severe TMJ dysfuncyion and Oscillopsia.

Oscillopsia is a visual disturbance in which objects in the visual field appear to oscillate. The severity of the effect may range from a mild blurring to rapid and periodic jumping. Here is a graphical reprsentation of the patients associated symptoms:

Oscilopia

It too could be amenable to symmetry treatment.

It would be interesting if patients with 'visual snow' could complete our very comprehensive online questionnaire so that I can shed more light on the subject.

My patient certainly has a history of illness with a number of symptoms starting at age 10. I shall put up a graphical representation soon. I suspect that in other patients VS is not a sudden onset and a culmination of a long process with many other symptoms present. Completing our questionnaire will go a long way to find a solution for your VS.

Christmas post from my first 'Visual Snow' patient:

"Thanks for all your help and support over the past year. This time last year I would not have been able to write this card"

All 'Visual Snow' patients: Very many patients have contacted me from all over the world regarding their Visual Snow symptoms. We always ask them to complete our online questionnaire which costs 29 pounds to complete before coming for a consultation. We are prepared to offer this service free to all VS patients so that we can analyze the results and present them in a graphical format to advance this knowledge. The analyses may point to a common cause and perhaps lead to a discovery for a comprehensive cure. Every sufferers input is vital. Please email me a brief summary and I shall send you a free login to complete a very comprehensive 8 page questionnaire.

This article appeared in the online newspaper Mail today the 31st of January 2016:

Agony of the patients with 'eye tinnitus' who have been misdiagnosed for years http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2638194/Agony-patients-eye-tinnitus.html#ixzz3yrJxlLJd

The article also says that many patients who have VS have been misdiagnosed as migraine patients. I have a patient who had both migraine and VS. The migraine resolved very fast but the treatment has not impacted his VS symptoms yet.

The medical profession is thoroughly confused about Visual Snow and so is Hitler
Some patients have found relief listening to the subliminal music and watching this video:
Some other patients have found relief after correcting their hunched upper backs.
Here Dr Brenden Bradley DC shows some corrective exercises for Forward Head Posture and "Upper Crossed Syndrome"

© Dr M. Amir All rights reserved

Chronic Chest infections

Many patients suffer from chronic chest infections

The fundamental cause is a poor breathing capacity because of a poor jaw position. Oxygen is the biggest killer of bacteria and if your ventilatory capacity is poor you will tend to pick up more infections.

The handling of chest infections with antibiotics for years on end is absolutely wrong. Patents must seek the correction of their jaw function.

When a chest infection starts it usually starts with a light cough. It may happen early in the morning at 4.00 AM. The correct treatment is to immediately get up and gargle with hot salt water. If your child has the problem you must get the child up to do the same. Usually this stops the throat infection in its tracks. If after a few minutes you start coughing again you must repeat the salt water gargling procedure until you have no coughing bouts.

This would enable you to go to work in the morning and your child to school.

One of the worst inventions propagating sore throats is antiseptic mouthwashes, followed closely by poisonous tooth pastes. These disturb the natural bacterial harmony in the mouth and allow nasty organisms to increase causing serious damage to the gums and giving you putrid foul bad breath. So avoid these at all costs..

Seemingly you have to replace this with brushing with hot salt water solutions.

Please also avoid 'natural' tooth pastes and tee tree oils for cleaning your mouth.

Antiseptic Lozenges must also be avoided

It is a myth that a sore throat is viral and so cannot be treated. The moment you start coughing it is already bacterial and is some cases a course of very short term antibiotics may become necessary

If you suffer from a serious chest infection like pneumonia , SARS or pleurisy you obviously need hospital care.

Please also read my article on salt on this website:

http://dramir.com/articles.php

 

Hip pains
Hip Pain Overview

In the hip joint, the head of the thighbone (femur) swivels in a socket, called the acetabulum, that is made up of pelvic bones. While many causes of hip pain can arise from the joint itself, but our focus is on the asymmetry of the hip consequent upon the compensating rotation of the spine. The hip rotates forward making one leg shorter than the other. This changes the weight bearing on the feet. It can adversely affect the femur head eventually necessitating surgical hip replacement.

The distortions can cause sciaticc nerve pain, pain and numbness anywhere along the leg, swelling in the ankle and foot and vericose veins. The problem is usually centered on one side of the body. Rarely there is bilateral involvement.

Hip Pain Causes

The femoral head and the acetabulum are lined with articular cartilage that allows the bones to move within the joint with less friction. Also, the socket area of the acetabulum is covered with tough cartilage called the labrum. Just like any other joint cartilage, these areas can wear away due to the asymmetry mentioned earlier.

There are thick bands of tissue that surround the hip joint, forming a capsule. These help maintain joint stability, especially with movement.

Movement at the hip joint is possible due to the muscles that surround the hip and their tendons that attach across the hip joint, allowing motion in different directions. Aside from controlling movement, these muscles act in concert to maintain joint stability. There are large bursas (closed fluid-filled sacs) that surround areas of the hip and allow the muscles and tendons to glide more easily over bony prominences. Any of these structures can become inflamed.

Sciatic nerve as it arises from the spinal cord in the back can cause hip pain, especially if the L1 or L2 nerve roots are involved. Other types of nerve inflammation may manifest as hip pain, including pain arising in the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve of the thigh, which is often inflamed in pregnancy. Pain from an inguinal hernia may also cause pain that is felt in the hip.

Hip Pain treatment

Hip levels are intimately controlled by the level of your Atlas vertebrae which in turn is controlled by the symmetry of your teeth and jaws. Correcting any asymmetry in the jaws almost immediately corrects the Atlas which in turn corrects the hip levels. Symmetry of thehips is crucial in getting rid of hip pain. It is important to have yourself evaluated for this treatment.

Please read patient testimonials about recovery from hip pain.

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Cystitis
Causes of cystitis

Cystitis usually occurs as the result of poor pumping action by the pelvic diaphragm due to a poor breathing pattern. Infection takes hold in a stagnant system.

Symptoms of cystitis

Common symptoms are a sharp pain when passing urine, and an urgent and frequent need to pass urine, often with little or no urine being passed. Other possible symptoms include blood in the urine, backache, loin pain, lower abdominal aches and generally feeling unwell. These symptoms are often not consequent upon the cystitis but may exist in parallel due to bodily asymmetries.

Preventing cystitis

Breast milk contains complex sugars that prevent bacterial lectins from binding thus prevent infections in infants. Mannose, a sugar that adheres to a broad variety of uterine bacteria, when used to flush a mare's uterus, restored fertility, which was previously prevented because of chronic uterine infections. (King, Sheryl. Director Equine Studies. Southern Illinois University. 2000). Therefore palliative measures like using Mannose sugar is imperative during an episode of infection. Drinking one glass of cranberry juice a day is also believed to help prevent cystitis. Avoid potential irritants such as perfumed bath oils and vaginal deodorants and antiseptics. Ask the doctor for advice if this is the first time cystitis has occurred, if the symptoms don't improve after 24 hours or get worse, if blood is present in the urine or if symptoms are accompanied by fever, loin pain or lower backache.

Our advice

Correct the breathing mechanism!. This improves the pumping action of the thoracic and pelvic diaphragms thus increasing the quality of the blood circulation, lymphatic drainage aiding the expulsion of the bacteria. A consultation to assess the impact of body asymmetries on the quality of breathing is imperative.

Please read a testimonial about cystitis

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