personalized medicine is a growing field.
Awakening to the news, the story goes:
“[New Zealand's] Prime Minister John Key was taken to hospital last night after fainting in front of a full restaurant in Christchurch.
He was taken to Christchurch Hospital, where he was seen by three specialists, who have decided he is fit to travel to Antarctica this morning.
Baby Thomas died about two hours after he was born. His mother, Belinda Radar, has accused independent midwife Beryl Choker of not listening to her. The mother claimed the child did not receive effective ventilation following baby Thomas’ birth. She says when she first voiced concerns at the baby’s condition after he was born, the midwive did not listen. The midwife disagrees.
That’s all too common a story in New Zealand to me. We have a friend of our family who experienced almost identical facts. She was lucky to have got through it. Her baby a miracle. Mother and child took months to recover. The father of the child did too.
The head doctor sided with the mother. He wrote a letter on her behalf.
When the letter went up the line, health authorities of government backed up the midwife. (more…)
NYC is 58% battling with obesity. As a result, companies like Coca-Cola are being encouraged to admit calorie content in new ads. Sugar addiction has caught many a former skinny person in its flow. The high calorie content is not always good. So, the company’s new advertising campaign is novel for NYC and the world. (more…)
Here’s the article: Fashionable anti-cancer superfoods and supplements do not prevent the disease and may even cause it, according to a scientist who helped discover the structure of DNA.
Dr James Watson said the cure for many cancers will remain elusive unless scientists rethink the role of antioxidants, which include vitamin pills and food such as blueberries and broccoli.
It is widely believed they boost health and fight cancer by mopping up oxygen molecules called free radicals. But Dr Watson argues these may be key to preventing and treating cancer – and depleting the body of them may be counter-productive.
Free radicals not only help keep diseased cells under control, they are also pivotal in making many cancer drugs, as well as radiotherapy, effective, he believes.
Writing in a journal published by the Royal Society, the 84-year-old Nobel laureate stated that antioxidants ‘may have caused more cancers than they have prevented’. (more…)
“Talk about being at the right place at the right time. If it had have happened at home, I would be dead.”
–a former Aussie rugby coach explains a health scare ordeal in Australia.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.1.13~
Joshua Lott snapped this photo of Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Bill Clinton and team leaving New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Wednesday 2nd January 2012 after treatment for a blood clot. Wearing a gray scarf, and looking slightly pale and stoic, “good progress” was made.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.1.13~
‘Wishing all a healthy & happy 2013. Grateful to be starting the new year with my family… Thank you to all for sending good wishes my Mom’s way. Grateful to all her doctors &that she’ll make a full recovery.” (more…)
interesting fact of the day: foods made of glucose are much better than foods made of fructose. The latter does not alert the brain’s signals, that you have eaten and are full. Where as glucose does. Most of us have obesity in the West. Canada, Australia has a 60% ‘rotund’ population. USA is 50% on the chubby side as a people. In NZ, there has been a rise in obesity in adults from 9% (males) and 11% (females) in 1977 to 27.7% and 27.8% respectively in 2008/09.
Kiwis are pretty chill on the weight factor. “Fat and happy” is way better than “lean and miserable,” is the Kiwi view. (more…)
Science news: A Chinese scientist claims they have discovered an anti-ageing formula called resveratrol.
“Lamin A and SIRTI would be boosted with resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of red grapes and other fruits which has been touted by some scientists and companies as a way to slow aging or remain healthy as people get older… as resveratrol is found in red wine that reduces heart disease and ageing… the amount of resveratrol in red wine is very low [to deter ageing in a capacity that it could do].”
–Zhou Zhongjun, University of Hong Kong.
NZ needs to infuse resveratrol in vitner’s practices…
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.12.12~
Today, I read that expressing anger is good for health. People who internalize anxiety suffer from an elevated pulse. High blood pressure results. From that, heart disease to cancer, kidney damage can follow.
People who repress outward signs of fear, avoid risks, are big on control can be at risk of those illnesses accelerating.
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What I think: Megan Gangitano was my favorite Hollywood “anger” coach.
She totz rocks the gig. Fun. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.12.12~
Science thinking cap: Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a complex nucleic acid containing the genetic code with the instructions for the development and functioning of all known living organisms, contained in genes. DNA to RNA template to synthesis models. To build up. To diagnose. to immune preserve.
~ABCLocalGo.Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.12.12~
The last time I went to an Iwi meeting, we were asked to present our ideas for tribal business advancement.
I said, let’s create celebrity rehab centres in New Zealand as a part of the medical tourism industry. Upmarket, with an entire range of health products our Iwi (Maori tribe) makes and creates, in conjunction with the spiritual side of healing and psychology too.
It went down like a … like a… like a… ?! (more…)
Kiwi bioscience companies secured millions in international investment and grabbed the global spotlight this year. Is granting taxpayer dollars to science and technology companies that end up doing most of their business overseas, or being acquired by an overseas company, wise?
The most globally awarded bioscience company in NZ is LanzaTech. Sean Simpson is one of a few scientists at work in the company. The clean energy and renewable chemicals technology company, [majoring in ethanol production at steel mills that churn through iron sands in their daily output] is considered in the top echelon. The company employs 85 pax.
Other companies Paul lists as being scalable are:
•Living Cell Technologies (Auckland) joint-venture with Japan’s Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory to co-develop for the neurology industry. A deal is inked at $34 million, tentatively. (more…)
At Christmas 2012, Los Angeles concentrates on tedious stories of: Rogue Pharmacists are the devil beneath a ‘health’ label.
grapefruit juice + BigPharma… together… at once = not a good combo.
Image: Held Over blog.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.12.12~
I got a new dentist yesterday. We talked Bollywood movies and he extracted a tooth. He moved from India to New Zealand two years ago.
The best dentist I’ve ever had.
He is loving life in New Zealand with his young family. A humble, nice guy.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealanad, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.12.12~
Sulforaphane is found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables in strong doses. Sulphoraphane reduces leukemia “that can be common in children,” said Dr. Daniel Lacorazza, a professor of medicine. Alternative treatments for 20% of children with leukemia are most helpful.
Purified sulforaphane contained in broccoli lowers the risk of cancer.
Due to this fact, the pharmaceuticals industry is in a race to take the DNA of brocolli and cruciferous vegetables and create the strongest remedies possible to fight cancer. (more…)
When I got back to New Zealand, an African-American broadcaster friend of my family’s who is married to a Kiwi airline pilot said to me: “You know what hacks me off? It is the fact that people are just the gristle in BigPharma’s wheels.”
As she spends half her time in the US and half her time in New Zealand each year, I took her comment seriously. That was over a year ago.
Today I read of Dr. Carlos Estiandan‘s case in the USA:
“He prescribed powerful painkillers to addicts who had no medical need for them. He wrote more prescriptions than the entire staffs of some hospitals and took in more than $1 million a year. Unknown to the medical investigator, two other Estiandan patients had suffered fatal overdoses. More deaths would follow.
By the time the medical board stopped Estiandan from prescribing, more than four years after it began investigating, eight of his patients had died of overdoses or related causes, according to coroners’ records. (more…)
Being on the chubby side is almost a status symbol in the world today.
However in nations like Australia and Canada, where the majority of both populations are listed as being ‘technically’ obese (eg: 60% of the population), health planners are looking at alternatives for consumers to try in their diet. Looking at sugar intake is one area of diet being considered. (more…)
How did you live in Hollywood and not come back a coke addict?
I don’t know… (just kidding…)
Answer: I had a friend of “the family’s” who was a doctor who split their time between business ventures in the U.S and China. His kids were my friends in the US.
He would give me cocoa beans from the health store. They were bitter to the taste, yet their medicinal benefits were good. He told me to take some with me in my pocket to Hollywood parties. I thought that was a bit big brother weird, but I did listen to his professional advice. He said cocoa beans stimulate the brain. I was Kiwi naive so I believed him. (more…)
Russian humor: Russian scientists create worlds best heart valve.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.11.12~
I went to the Doctor for an end of year check up…
She said: You are very mentally sane. You don’t need counselling. You communicate very well. You are healthy.
I said: Heck. That’s good.
She said: Economically, your health could be better.
I said: Yes.
Her only prescription was some advice or prompting. It was: You’ve got to get out of the rut. Because you’ll wake up one day and you’ll be fifty before you know it. (more…)