Sep 18, 2017 Chris Foley

Flu shots and aborting your baby…

The public may never know just how dangerous flu shots are nor how ineffective they proved to be. This is because large corporate interests control the mainstream media news desks. Don’t believe me? What do you think would happen if some legitimate study were published in a reputable journal that implicated vitamin C taken during pregnancy causing a 700% increase risk of miscarriage? It would be the lead story on everything from ABC news to 60 minutes.  There would be such an uproar that vitamin C would be removed from most every health-food store, pharmacy, and even grocery store until proper warnings were issued and a label approved by the FDA. But flu shots?  Nah….. »

Oct 16, 2016 Chris Foley

Thank you Dr Zhang

One would think that a full professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins University would be a credible source of validation to the seeming endless numbers of infectious disease specialists, neurologists, rheumatologists, and other tone deaf physicians in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, the upper midwest, and nation who continue to tell patients that “chronic Lyme disease does not exist”. Yet, today he effectively said that it not only exists but that it is imperative to understand its complex nature in order to begin to prescribe appropriate treatment plans.  Here he is interviewed at a Vector Disease conference in 2015 in Norway.  This should be required reading for the aforementioned Luddites we find in every clinic in the country right now.

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Oct 15, 2016 Chris Foley

The Mayo Clinic takes a Lyme disease bow…

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As you likely have heard, the diligent scientists at the Mayo Clinic have discovered a variant on the organism that causes Lyme disease, aka, Borrelia burgdorfei (Bb). This new spirochete was found when a lab test called a PCR was done on a young boy with profound weakness, fever, and a rash. But the test showed a mysterious organism similar to but different from the Bb bug transmitted by deer ticks. A new species!

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Oct 15, 2016 Chris Foley

Live from the Lyme Conference in St. Paul…

 

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Nicolaus Copernicus

Columbia University sponsors a very well composed conference on Lyme disease annually, and this year it is between the coasts in St Paul. The speakers are very respected members of the scientific community — Robert Moir PhD, Brian Fallon, MD, and many others. Dr Moir began the conference with very compelling evidence that the epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease very likely is from smoldering infections in our brains — not necessarily purely borrelia (Lyme), any number of different pathogens that find their way there thru a leaky gut or mouth in addition to tick borne avenues. The astonishing thing about this conference is not so much the jaw-dropping evidence that much of this infection is both ignored and a challenge to treat, but….

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Oct 12, 2016 Chris Foley

The coming standard of pharmacogenomics…but will your local ACO approve?

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“Pharmacogenomics” is the term applied to the genetic typing — usually from a simple swab of your buccal mucosa — of individuals for their reaction to and processing of drugs.  This started with the occasional gene test for unusual drugs that were plain dangerous and has not been broadened to most classes of drugs as well as individual members of each class…

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Sep 29, 2016 Jonathan Otten

Another vaccine failure: Novavax’s stock drops 80% ($1.5 billion) as its RSV vaccine fails to offer immunity

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Last week the vaccine developer Novavax’s stock dropped precipitously when their RSV F-protein recombinant nanoparticle vaccine did not demonstrate vaccine efficacy in the Phase III Resolve trial.  You can read more about the failure at FierceBiotch.  The drug was aimed at treating adults with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). RSV is generally a mild cold-like illness in healthy individuals, but can be much more serious in small children and older adults.

Here’s a thought: What if we were to put just a fraction of the resources pouring into biotech solutions into implementing what is already known to optimize immune function? For example, what if every parent of young children understood the importance of optimizing the health of the microbiome through real high quality nutrition and the profound effect that this has on true immunity?

What if every elderly person in a nursing home was seen by a physician that recognized the significance of optimizing vitamin D levels and the powerful effects that this pennies-a-day solution has on immune system function and our general susceptibility to any pathogen?

Don’t worry…biotech will not give up on seeking to solve every one of your health problems for you.  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given $89 million to research a maternal immunization program for RSV, using the exact same Novavax vaccine described above.  But its time for all of us to take a much less passive approach to our “healthcare” and realize the incredible tools we already have within reach for immune system optimization and disease prevention.

Sep 27, 2016 Chris Foley

Poor libido…just shed some light on it…

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There is no doubt that the male sexual drive — and the capacity to “see it thru” — is big business. From “Low T” to those mysterious pheromes sold in the back pages of Popular Mechanics, the biology of male sexual responses always seems to induce the best and worst in sales and decpetion. But now a study emerges from a legitimate scientific paper in Austria that instructs us to simply get out of the shadows…

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Sep 25, 2016 Chris Foley

The Dementia Forum…

Although it is tempting to simply make this a regular analysis of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune reporting, that would be very disrespectful to those whose families have been devastated by some form of this condition. No, the collective effect, understanding, treatment, and, yes, exploitation of this near-ubiquitous disease demands constant scrutiny and clarification. By ubiquitous, I mean that a day does not go by when we do not see some story re Alzheimer’s disease — both good and bad. I stumbled over one of the “good” stories today while listening to taxpayer supported radio that was quite heart-warming:

The fact that one must listen to a Youtube ad for 5 seconds before viewing this illustrates the “exploited” part a bit…

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