Global cost of chronic disease treatment to top $47 trillion by 2030, more than triple current US national debt
(NaturalNews) Between now and 2030, the aggregate global cost of treating the five most common, non-infectious diseases — cancer, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and mental health disorders — will top $47 trillion, according to a new report released by the World Economic Forum (WEF). And experts warn that if nothing is done to curb this escalating healthcare crisis, the global economy will most certainly collapse due to insurmountable financial insolvency.
To put this astronomical $47 trillion figure into perspective, consider the fact that the current US national debt is just under $15 trillion — this means that at the current rate of growth, global healthcare costs associated with treating just these five diseases will exceed the US national debt by more than 300 percent in less than 20 years.
Put another way, the entire global gross domestic product (GDP), which represents the final value of all goods and services produced, was $63 trillion in 2010. Based on WEF figures, global treatment costs for the “big five” non-communicable diseases will represent a shocking 75 percent of the current global GDP by 2030.
In other words, no economy will be able to survive this approaching doomsday scenario, which is why the world’s current course must change as soon as possible. WEF spokesmen and others commenting on the report highlight increasing taxes on alcohol and cigarettes, and encouraging less consumption of “salt and trans fats,” as a helpful solution for reducing such costs. But such approaches are largely simplistic and do not fully address the root causes of non-communicable disease.
Truth be told, modern society in many industrialized nations is riddled with toxic chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, and pollutants that are wreaking havoc on both environmental and human health. The nature of genetically-modified organisms (GMO) in the food supply, reliance on processed foods as part of the Standard American Diet (SAD), and an overall complacency among many towards exercise, are also some of the primary factors contributing to this modern health crisis.
We here at NaturalNews, however, will continue to stress the importance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, which includes eating a whole food-based diet rich in disease-preventing nutrients. Superfoods, organic produce, pasture-based meats, healthy oils, medicinal herbs — integrating these and many other health-promoting foods into mainstream society are a surefire way to reduce the disease epidemic, and significantly reduce the global healthcare bill in the process.
(NaturalNews) The latest research on high dose, intravenous vitamin C continues to confirm its cytotoxic effects on many cancers in tissue culture models. Results have been so promising that oncologists are now researching the combination of vitamin C with standard chemo drugs. Not surprisingly, vitamin C was found to boost the effectiveness of several chemo drugs so much that two clinical trials have been started. But recent research has also uncovered several natural compounds that boost the cancer-killing effects of vitamin C and may pave the way for highly effective, all-natural combination therapies in the future.
It is now well accepted that high dose IV vitamin C therapy generates hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in tissues, and it is the H2O2 that selectively kills cancer cells through oxidative stress. Oncologists reasoned that this added stress may enhance chemo drugs’ effectiveness. Many lab studies have supported this, showing that vitamin C significantly increases the effectiveness of drugs against breast, colon, ovarian, prostate cancer cells and others. However, some of the same studies also confirmed the cytotoxicity of vitamin C alone for these cancers. This raises the question if doctors should be looking for less harmful, natural agents to combine with vitamin C rather than chemo drugs, which often carry terrible side effects and toxicity.
Recent research has shown that several natural compounds do indeed boost vitamin C’s ability to kill cancer cells. A summary of this is shown in the table below, along with the combined anti-cancer effect compared to vitamin C alone (indicative only), and the type of cancer tested.
Natural Agent Combined With Vitamin C or H2O2–Combined Effect–Cancer Type/Cell Line
Maitake Beta-glucan++prostate PC-3
Maitake GD Fraction++bladder T24
Meshimakobu PL Fraction ++bladder T24
Black tea polyphenol TF(3)++lung adenocarcinoma SPC-A-1
Green tea polyphenol EGCG+lung adenocarcinoma SPC-A-1
Retinoic Acid++breast MCF-7
Vitamin D (with H2O2)+breast MCF-7
Vitamin D (with H2O2)+colon HT-29
Copper (CuCl / CuCl2)+leukemia HL-60
Iron (FeCl2 / FeCl3)-leukemia HL-60
IV Glutathione–pancreas xenograft
Maitake and meshimakobu mushroom extracts combined with vitamin C achieved a 90% death rate of bladder cancer cells, while maitake extract with vitamin C achieved a 95% death rate of prostate cancer cells — and all with a relatively low dose of vitamin C. Black and green tea polyphenols were both helpful, but black tea polyphenol was the stand-out winner, increasing lung cancer cell death rate from 1% to over 22%. Retinoic acid (a metabolite of vitamin A) tripled the anti-proliferative effect of vitamin C on breast cancer cells (up to 75.7% inhibition). Vitamin D (calcitriol) combined with H2O2, which is released during IV vitamin C treatment, increased the breast cancer cell death rate by 78% compared to H2O2 alone. Some additives, however, actually inhibited the effectiveness of vitamin C. For example, vitamin C lost 95% of its cancer killing power when glutathione was co-injected, and the tumour shrinkage normally seen with vitamin C alone was inhibited.
This remains a very active area of research, and more powerful combinations with vitamin C may yet be identified in the future. The positive combinations shown above are not yet being tested in clinical trials, but in the meantime they offer a lower risk, high potential benefit that patients and practitioners may want to consider in designing their own natural therapies.
(NaturalNews) Prostate Cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting men in the United States over the age 50. According to the American Cancer Society, 32,050 men in the United States die from the disease each year. But, prostate cancer doesn`t have to be fatal. More and more people are turning to dietary and lifestyle changes to heal their bodies naturally and beat this disease.
Henry Stein was a typical 64-year-old man, who ate the Standard American Diet (SAD), and didn`t think he was particularly at risk for prostate cancer. During a routine checkup, his urologist suggested a biopsy, and it was determined that Henry had prostate cancer and a Gleason Score (a grading system that measures prostate cancer severity) of 8, a number that indicated the cancer was “fast-growing”. This was very bad news for a guy that thought he was invincible.
Stein`s urologist explained all the treatment options, which included surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and chemical castration drugs. The side effects of radiation pellets were incontinence, bowel damage and the possibility that the radiation could cause new cancer. Needless to say, these side effects of the cure sounded worse than the disease! So did the fact that arthroscopic surgery (a new technique using robotic instruments) could be fatal due to a fat embolism or other complication.
“I decided that there HAD to be other choices,” says Stein. “After all, I was only 64 and planned to live into my 100`s to see my Grandchildren`s Children! The standard amount of time to live was only was 5 years past treatment!”
With the help of his loving wife, Henry began to research alternative cancer cures. He started on the internet and poured over all the material he could get his hands on.
“No matter what your diagnosis or status, you have to start with RESEARCH. Don`t let anyone do it for you, as this is a journey, not a destination! The amount and quality of alternative cancer cure information available is truly staggering!”
He found several common threads in all the sites he examined. All advice pointed to a change in diet- the elimination of meat and dairy products, the addition of whole, raw and organic foods, and the switch to an alkaline stomach environment, which is created by eating mostly fruits and vegetables.
“When they say, “Change your lifestyle” and “Change your diet” they really mean “CHANGE!” Stein explains. “Like in obliterate all previously held beliefs, food choices, desires and favorite fast foods.”
After 64 years of being a meat-eater, Stein gave up the Standard American Diet to become a vegan. He also installed a water filtration system to alkalize his water supply and started doing yoga, something he never envisioned his body could achieve.
“I was the only guy in yoga class,” he laughs, “but now there is another guy in the class; if he shows up again!”
After only a few months of his new vegan diet, his PSA score (number that grades the cancer`s severity) was down to 4.7. A few more months on his new diet and lifestyle and his score went down further to 3.5, which is considered a number within the “normal” range. Not only that, his cholesterol went from 170 down to 138. Henry Stein is on his way to recovery without ever having to suffer the unbearable side effects that result from surgery, chemo or radiation.
“The future is indeterminate for us all; but for me it`s looking pretty good right now!” says Stein.
(NaturalNews) There’s a certain logic to the science of drugs in that the active ingredient is often derived from plants. But there the logic ends, begging the question: Why don’t we just eat the plants?
Obviously there are many reasons why not: in some cases they may be unpalatable, often out of season, or grown on the other side of the world. Or you would have to eat a mountain of them to get the nutrients at the levels required.
Our doctors write a quick fix prescription of drugs that deal only with the symptom, rarely discussing diet as the perfect solution. Meanwhile we get sicker and sicker.
There’s a groundswell of opinion that diseases including cancer, diabetes and arthritis, and possibly forms of dementia too, can be healed or at the very least be prevented by diet. Many governments know this and make a token effort by recommending five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
But the healing requires firstly the absence of junk, processed and sugar-laden foods and secondly an abundance of raw fruit and vegetables. Far more than five a day.
The problem of quantity is further compounded by the poor condition of the soil in which nature’s bounty is grown, thanks to intensive farming and the extensive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Scientists Dr David Thomas and David E Marsh have conducted extensive research that shows massive loss of minerals such as selenium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc among others, often in the region of 50% or more.
Modern food technology, hooked on the “convenience” mantra, systematically processes out yet more nutrients and adds flavoring, preservatives and unnatural coloring to yet further destroy our food. Half the world populates burger bars and fast food outlets and eats itself towards obesity and an early grave.
With the media giving so much coverage and airtime to the problems of obesity, cancer and mental health, there may well be a revolution in the offing.
Juicing. And instead of five make that 10 per day to combat disease and provide cell energy for a fuller, happier and more productive life. This is a far more efficient way of ensuring delivery of the maximum nutrients. Or, as botanist and herbalist Richo Cech puts it: “A large volume of greens can be reduced into a single tempting glassful of concentrated fresh nutrition and taken with relative ease, without a whole lot of chewing!”
Author Cherie Calbom, otherwise known as “The Juice Lady” in her native US, reports giant strides in waking people up to the power of juicing for health and changing their diet to healthy whole foods.
“There is huge bias in the media against anything natural for health and healing because we’re a pharmaceutical-driven society. But people are catching on that this model does not support vibrant health, or even getting well. Changes can be judged by the ever-increasing popularity of organic produce and whole foods.”
Juice book sales are up and sales of juicers are growing daily, proving that people are becoming aware that they need to do things differently to stay healthy.
(NaturalNews) Another study has verified the outstanding health benefits of taking vitamin D and calcium, this one showing that the supplements can reduce a womans risk of developing skin cancer by as much as 50 percent.
“It looks like there is some promising evidence for vitamin D and calcium for prevention of melanoma in a high-risk group,” lead researcher Dr. Jean Tang, an assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine told USA Today.
The researchers said women most at risk for developing the cancer are those who have prior non-melanoma forms of skin cancer. That would include basal cell or squamous cell cancer, they said.
And while calcium and vitamin D have long been known to aid in the growth of bones, researchers increasingly are finding that they also affect other cells. For instance, prior studies have found that calcium and vitamin D can help lower incidences of prostate, colon, breast and other cancers.
Dr. Tang speculated that cancer cells may have been present in the skin of women who have had prior non-melanoma cancer but that taking “calcium and vitamin D… reduces the risk of developing and actual tumor.
She said taking as little as 400 IU (international units) of vitamin D every day could be preventative, though the U.S. Institute of Medicine currently recommends 600 IU daily.
And while she said she wasn’t sure which – the calcium or vitamin D – was most effective, the two seemed to work well in combination. It could be that calcium plays a role because it’s been shown to reduce the growth of tumors in patients with colon cancer.
This latest study is just more proof of vitamin D’s positive effects on overall health.
One recent study found that low vitamin D levels tend to be linked to more aggressive breast cancers, as well as a higher risk of recurrence.
“Many oncologists are already following vitamin D levels in their breast cancer patients and recommending supplements for low levels,” said Dr. Laurie Kirstein, a breast surgeon at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. “To link vitamin D levels to the aggressiveness of a particular type of breast cancer is an interesting finding.”
Besides cancers, vitamin D has also been found to help control and prevent depression, osteoporosis and can even have positive effects on obesity and diabetes.
As for vitamin D deficiency, that, too, has been an ongoing subject of study. A growing body of research has shown that deficiencies of this valuable supplement can lead to a variety of problems.
Low vitamin D levels, for instance, can affect newborns as well. A Dutch study has found that low vitamin D levels in newborns makes them six times more likely to develop RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus, which is the primary cause of serious lung infections during a baby’s first months of life.
Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to childhood obesity, according to a University of Pittsburgh study that tracked 200 white, black, obese and non-obese patients from age eight through 18.
“The results showed strong associations between D vitamin deficiency and higher body mass index, higher fat levels, and lower levels of ‘good’ cholesterol,” a report on the study’s results said.
Convinced that adding vitamin D to your daily diet will help you stay healthier? You should be; a growing body of evidence substantiates it.
(NaturalNews) Treating cancer through dietary and herbal regimens is efficacious and safe. But there are some exceptions. Statistically, a nutrient based protocol’s efficacy is reduced with cancer patients who have received extensive chemotherapy and/or radiation therapies that destroy healthy cells. Now there are alternative options for cancer that also promote recovery from destructive orthodox medical consequences.
Chemo and radiation kills many of the healthy cells within the gastronomical intestinal tract (GI) as well as some cancer cells. This why there can be problems with nutrition based cancer protocols if one has had a lot of chemotherapy and/or radiation.
Regardless of what approach is used, there is still a basic dietary rule to remember. Avoid sugar and processed foods and liquids. Use organic produce as much as possible. This applies to those who insist on chemo or radiation as well as to nutrition based protocols. Cancer cells feed on glucose instead of oxygen. So don’t feed those cancer cells anymore sugar, at least.
Dr. Max Wicha, a leading mainstream orthodox cancer researcher, publicly confesses that current orthodox cancer protocols cause cancer tumors to spread or soon reappear. He maintains that cancer stem cells remain after chemo or radiation to spawn more cancer cells with a vengeance.(1)
Bypassing the GI
Conversely, cancer cells cannot thrive in oxygen rich environments. This immediately brings up ozone therapy or any other method of intense oxygenation that does not depend on one’s digestive capacity. Finding a good clinic or qualified therapist may be difficult, though there are self administering techniques available. (2)
Health journalist Ed McCabe (Mr. Oxygen) covers all these techniques well in his book Flood Your Body with Oxygen. (3) Make sure you consult with a qualified, experienced oxygenation therapist who understands the need to properly eliminate and avoid extreme Herxheimer (healing crisis) events, especially if the disease is in the lungs.(4)
Although it is wise to confront cancer holistically using more than one alternative therapy, direct oxygenation is contraindicated for use with the Budwig Diet. Johanna Budwig developed her dietary protocol to deliver oxygen directly to cancer cells.
Orthomolecular medicine has another solution for treating cancer without depending exclusively on the digestive system: Mega dose intravenous vitamin C.(5)
Alternative cancer therapy expert R. Webster Kehr recommends using Raymond Royal Rife’s technology or more recently developed similar approaches that also use radio frequencies to destroy cancer cells and microbes within cancer cells.
And now there is a stem cell enhancer. It enhances one’s existing stem cells to repair cellular damage from cancer and chemo.(6) Mr. Kehr reports specific new techniques and products that can be used to both repair chemo damage and get into working on the cancer itself without depending on a relatively healthy GI.(7)
It’s not unusual to see an alternative cancer nutrition based therapy with an over 80 percent recovery rate drop to around 50% for those previously heavily radiated or flooded with chemotherapy.
Of course, those mainstream approaches do not exceed even a five percent cure rate using their own standard of cure: five years tumor free. Even the low of 50% for alternative therapies is ten times greater. And that’s without suffering horrendous side effects and outrageous expense.
However, it is important that even with therapies that are not nutrition based, one should avoid sugar and processed foods completely while adhering to organically produced whole foods.
Sources for more information:
(1) Max Wicha interview http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/1005…
(2) Gary Null on oxygenation availability http://www.o3center.org/Articles/Oz…
(3) Ed McCabe http://www.oxygenhealth.com/index2.html
(4) Lung Cancer Caveat http://www.cancertutor.com/Other/Lu…
(5) Mega dose IV vitamin C http://www.naturalnews.com/031167_i…
(6) Cancer Tutor Special Situations Article http://www.cancertutor.com/Articles…
(7) Supreme antioxidant for chemo victims http://www.cancertutor.com/Cancer03…
More bad news, diet soda drinkers: data presented recently at the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Scientific Sessions suggest that diet drinks may actually contribute to weight gain and that the artificial sweeteners in them could potentially contribute Type 2 diabetes.