The overall contribution of curative and adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adults was estimated to be 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA.
As the 5-year relative survival rate for cancer in Australia is now over 60%, it is clear that cytotoxic chemotherapy only makes a minor contribution to cancer survival. To justify the continued funding and availability of drugs used in cytotoxic chemotherapy, a rigorous evaluation of the cost-effectiveness and impact on quality of life is urgently required.”
The largest study to date of ancient DNA from the Iberian Peninsula (modern-day Portugal and Spain) offers new insights into the populations that lived in this region over the last 8,000 years. The most startling discovery suggests that local Y chromosomes were almost completely replaced during the Bronze Age.
Neither communism and capitalism are our best solutions going forward. The current system is not working to benefit the common man. Here’s more evidence.
A new Associated Press report has blown the lid off the mining industry’s toxic effect across the United States, revealing that over tens of millions of gallons of contaminated water tainted by arsenic, lead and other dangerous metals are flowing into lakes, streams and other drinking water sources on a daily basis.
The report reveals the horrific cost the public has been forced to bear for private corporations’ pursuit of raw material wealth, specifically in terms of the cost of the disposal of toxic waste – a responsibility that has been ignored by wide swathes of the mining industry. The mining industry has instead allowed such toxins and contamination to flow unimpeded into precious water sources in states like California, Colorado, Montana and Oklahoma.
Companies that mined for gold, silver, lead and other minerals were given free license to strip the earth in search of these raw materials. Once the mining projects failed to yield further profits, the companies were allowed to relocate to previously unutilized areas with no regard for the toxic waste they left behind.
In effect, these companies were externalizing the costs of mining to taxpayers — who unknowingly footed the bill for the clean-up – or to future generations who are now forced to suffer the health consequences and ecological damage resulting from the unwillingness of companies to pay for the cost of toxic disposal and the detoxification of former sites.
The AP investigation entailed looking at public data and research on 43 mining sites under federal oversight, including complexes that included anywhere from dozens to hundreds of mines.
On average, over 50 million gallons (189 million liters) of contaminated wastewater has been flowing from the sites on a daily basis.
Oftentimes, the untreated wastewater trickles or flows into nearby ponds, rivers, soil and groundwater, comprising about 20-million gallons (76 million liters) of polluted water that could fill over 2,000 tanker trucks, according to the report.
The remaining water which is actually treated comes at a great cost to taxpayers, who will likely be forced to capture the waste or treat polluted streams for thousands of years, if not indefinitely, long after the mining firms have profited from ruining the environment.
In many cases, the pollution has persisted despite these sites being listed as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund cleanup sites – among the country’s most hazardous, which have been frequently linked to cancer, birth defects, and rare, deadly diseases.
The statement “un-vaccinated children have a stronger immune system than vaccinated children” is supported by science. A paper published in the New York Academy of Sciences in 1995 explains why. This was one of the first papers I read that opened my eyes to the ineffectiveness of the current vaccination policy.
I have stated many times that antibody response is only half the story when it comes to immunity. Antibodies are not the only mechanism for eliminating pathogens from the body. Other mechanisms at work are cytokines (chemicals that attract white blood cells to attack the pathogen), complement (a macromolecule that literally drills holes into the shell of the pathogen turning it into Swiss cheese), and T-cells.
The mechanism of how the body responds to a natural infection and develops lifelong immunity afterward is by the creation of a special type of T-cell called a T-helper cell (Type1). Th1 cells release specific cytokines that activate Natural Killer Cells. The Natural Killer Cells are the most effective method for eliminating intra-cellular pathogens like viruses.
This paper identifies the pitfall of the current vaccination policy that by attempting to “fool” the immune system into thinking there is an invading pathogen (when the pathogen is actually either dead or inactivated), the vaccine creates a different type of T-cell called a T-helper cell (Type 2). Th2 cells are effective at eliminating extra-cellular pathogens. They release different cytokines that primarily focus on the creation of antibodies.
Are antibodies capable of eliminating pathogens? Yes. Are they the MOST EFFECTIVE at taking on an intra-cellular pathogen like a virus? Absolutely NOT!!! In fact, the flu virus actually has been shown to have developed a mechanism by which it can target Th2 cells and destroy them. And you wonder why the flu shot is worthless? That’s why!
An antibody titer following a vaccination is going to be high because all you have done by giving the vaccine is created antibodies. But antibodies are the scrawny little pipsqueek in the immune system family compared to the Natural Killer Cells which are more like Rambo or Arnold Schwartzenegger!
A policy of vaccination (instead of natural exposure) will actually switch the body’s innate sense to create Th1 cells when exposed to an intra-cellular pathogen like a virus and instead it will produce Th2 cells even when exposed to the wild type virus. Hence, a child who has been fully vaccinated has a “weaker” immune system compared to a child who has never been vaccinated because the latter will produce Th1 cells (that will activate Natural Killer cells) and the former will produce Th2 cells (which will produce antibodies).
It also makes it more understandable why a child who has been fully vaccinated against a viral infection like measles can still develop measles when they are exposed to the wild type virus.