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Ticks Can Turn You Vegetarian!

     Video is gold on the internet and we have lots of it. Look at the right side of this newsletter or our home page for the “Most Recent Videos” blue button and you can watch all our stories this week on line. We also have many more stories on AOL On, some of which are listed in the box on lower right side of this newsletter.

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  •      DBS has become the “gold standard” for treatment for Dystonia which is a mysterious neurological disorder that causes muscles to freeze up. Dr Michael Okun, a Neurosurgeon at the UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration , is the new superhero for 14 year-old Felipe Hanel . Read or watch the story for more.
  •      Dr Todd Rider, a scientist at the Draper laboratory in Massachusetts, is working on a way to cure viruses by getting infected cells to commit suicide while leaving the healthy cells intact. It is called Draco. So far it has worked on 15 viruses and Dr Rider says it could be bigger than penicillin!
  •      Dr Michael Nishimura at Loyola University Medical Center is using an experimental therapy to train the body’s immune system to fight melanoma. Since one person dies of melanoma every hour, this new clinical trial is very important and it is still recruiting patients.

     “Health Disparities in America” is a special report this week about several studies that have found that women, African Americans and Hispanics are not represented in medical trials in nearly the numbers they represent in our population. Additionally, doctors are prone not to believe women who complain of pain or to dismiss it as minor. Linda Cottler, PhD is the director of Health Street and Dr Mary O’Connor at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fl are both concerned and trying to change that.

     Allergist Robert Valet, MD at Vanderbilt University gives a lot of insight about something I’ve never heard of called alpha-gel. Apparently, tick bites from the “lone star tick” can trigger an allergic response that means you can never eat red meat again. Cases are on the rise and that worries me because I love red meat!

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     Finally, Julie Burford, head of Ceres Community Project, tells us that food is a weapon against cancer and she has a Magic Mineral Broth recipe that is very good for that. She points out also that people with cancer often need more protein than usual to help heal tissues and fight infection. That is also something I didn’t know.

And there's more where that came from...

Marjorie

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