Monthly Archives: June 2012

Obesity – where there’s fat, there’s brass

Just came across this obesity graphic on Reuters showing the most obese nations. Fine. Underneath this map however is a projection of obesity-related drug sales where the top three drugs Lorcaserin (Arena Phamaceuticals), Qnexa (Vivus Inc) & Contrave (Orexigen Therapeutics) will earn their respective drug companies $755m, $689m & $443m. These drugs, as these companies know full well, ain’t going to help these people, only going to boost their profits. The real solution as highlighted in tonights BBC programme – The Men Who Made Us Fat is the rise of high fructose corn syrup in most processed foods…

Unfortunately, as is well known the food industry has huge power here and in the US so governments are too scared to do anything about it…indeed in the programme it mentioned the industry warning the WHO not to publish a damming report on sugar consumption, which it apparently shelved after being ‘leant on’. Same old. Same old….

The Skinny on Obesity

Great playlist of videos featuring Prof. Robert Lustig about the real reasons we are where we are with obesity.

The Men Who Made Us Fat

I’ll be taking a look at this programme tonight (14th June) at 9pm on BBC2 – The Men Who Made Us Fat. If you can’t watch it tonight be sure to see it on iplayer. It looks like it is concentrating on the real reason we are becoming overweight and obese – the ubiquitous evil substance that is high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

The programme blurb mentions the endocrinologist Robert Lustig who was one of the first to notice the dangers of HFCS but was unsurprisingly ignored. If you cannot wait till for tonight’s programme or want to see Prof. Lustig in action telling you how it is (with humour) it’s a great watch especially like the Coca-Cola Conspiracy bit (about 11 mins in). Check it out below. Also it’s worth exploring the rest of UCTV for great lectures on a variety of subject areas.

Curing cancer with baking soda?

Sounds great doesn’t it? No more chemo or other poisons in the war against one of the western worlds biggest killers cancer. Now, this idea/theory has been around for a few years though I must admit I’ve only come across it recently as I have been looking around for possible alternatives to the mainstream treatment of cancers. Why? Well, lets face it we seem to be losing the battle with cancer. Over the past 2/3 years I’ve personally known three people who have died after having cancer – the last one was a recent friend of the family who passed away less than a week ago at the time of writing this. All three were in their mid/late fortiies. That is what I find truly scary – not even reaching 50 years old. All were fit and active people were not overweight or smoked…Each cancer was different – one had skin cancer initially, one bone cancer and the most recent one had stomach cancer initially. In all three cases the given chemotherapy and in at lastt one case the medics were trying out ‘novel’ treatments on him which obviously failed.
Some people do beat their cancer and go on to live happy healthy lives, though in a lot of  cases the cancer is the victor – According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) cancer killed nearly 8 million people worldwide with almost half a million deaths occuring in the richest country of the world – the U.S.A. Now, I’m not saying not to use ‘conventional’ treatments were appropriate but I feel that the medical establishment needs to look into alternative treatments as well which leads me back to baking soda or more accurately bicarbonate of soda. Now I’m not medically trained but commonsense tells me that if something isn’t working we should look to do something else.

One doctor has an alternative theory regarding cancer and he goes by the name of Dr Tullio Simoncini. What intrigued me about this doctor is that he is a medical doctor and furthermore an oncologist, i.e. a cancer doctor so he should know what he is talking about. Dr Simoncini believes that cancer is caused by a common fungus (Candida albicans) which is in all our bodies but is usually gets kept in check by our immune system. When our immune systems are low the Candida can take advantage and cause cancer. This is not as controversial as it sounds ass Candida is found at the centre of the cancer it’s just that current mainstream thinking believes that the Candida does not cause cancer but moves in afterwards.  What was predictable was Dr Simoncini’s treatment in the media and medical establishment for voicing his theory (and practice). Indeed he was struck off as a doctor in Italy because his treatments do not conform to mainstream practice (even if it cures the patient it seems!). This intrigues me even more when the mainstream lashes out – to me it smells of fear that he may be on to something (a bit like the treatment of Dr Andrew Wakefield and MMR – another story!). Futhermore, Dr Simoncini was banned from talking in the UK (Totnes, Devon) after a local politician (also a doctor) objected. She said “There are, very rightly, safeguards in place to protect people against adverts for remedies which really have no basis in evidence” Hmmmm… rather like a lot of conventional cancer treatments then…! If it’s such quackery then then mainstream medical establishment haven’t got anything to worry about have they? Anyway make your own mind up. Go to Dr Simoncini’s website and/or find him on You Tube: