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August 04, 2008


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I've been a pediatrician for 30 years and am surprised to read your comments about the ketogenic diet being controversial. It's true that it has been used less in the past 15 years or so with all the new seizure medications now available, but it's always been in the tool kit of every pediatric neurologist I've known as a treatment for refractory seizures. I've seen its effectiveness in more than a few children.

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A University of Florida research study found talc has the ability to stunt cancer growth by cutting the flow of blood to metastatic lung tumors. Talc does this by stimulating healthy cells to produce 10-fold higher levels of endostatin (hormone released by healthy lung cells).

However, previous studies had been disappointing with pharma-based endostatin because most clinicians had injected the hormone directly into patients, where the hormone broke down in the body before it had a chance to slow the spread of cancer. UF researchers rethought the situation by understanding that by allowing talc in the chest cavity, thus constantly causing normal cells to produce endostatin, it inhibits the growth of tumors.

And it's interesting that subsequent studies had failed to show a benefit of vitamin C, but those studies involved giving vitamin C orally. A recent study involved injections of vitamin C to enable greater concentrations of it to get into the system. The key finding was that ascorbic acid used as a drug appears to have some promise in treating some cancers. Vitamin C may be useful to treat cancer after all.

Again, another one of those "whiz bang" sciences that often gets a pass without much thought. Few scientific discoveries work the way we think and few scientists take the time to think through what it is they discovered. I'm glad, though, some do take the time.

There are limitations involved with randomized clinical trials. Perhaps the greatest limitation is that it is predictive of population trends, and is not definitive. Clinical trials provide few black and white answers. The problem with the empirical approach is it yields information about how large populations are likely to respond to a treatment. Doctors don't treat populations, they treat individual patients.

Because of this, doctors give treatments knowing full well that only a certain percentage of patients will receive a benefit from any given medicine. They subject patients to one combination chemotherapy after another, just going from one journal paper to another journal paper. They need information about the characteristics that predict which patients are more likely to respond well. The empirical approach doesn't tell doctors how to personalize their care to individual patients.

Fortunately, receptive people are not so threatened by ideas which dare to challenge and question one-size-fits-all, widgets-on-an-assembly-line medicine. It's certainly not more comforting to see patient after patient succumb, not to the cancer, but to an early demise thanks to wrong-therapy/wrong-dose cookie-cutter treatment.

No one is publishing "real world" studies except private laboratories performing cell culture-based tests, which can only do "real world" studies, because their studies require fresh, viable tissue, which must be accessioned and tested in "real time" under "real world" conditions.

And most importantly, big pharmaceutical clinical trials are enormously remunerative to the participating clinical trials groups, where they are much simpler to carry out.


Lobelia capsules are best sellers in areas where the doctors let the parents know about it. Lobelia sell better than anything else, repeatedly, because it naturally and totally safely reduces or eliminates seizures of epilepsy and many other causes. See Jethro Kloss book "Back to Eden" for uses over 100 years old.
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