Attention!: Health Misinformation in 2019

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Health Editor’s Note: We have been hit hard with health and medical disinformation during 2019. Social media has played a very large part in this craziness.  Singing the praises of “cures” that do not exist is an extreme disservice to mankind.

Here is one example: Imagine that you have been diagnosed with cancer and are offered the treatments of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation oncology, drug therapies, biological therapies, etc. that currently have been researched and researched some more, used in trials, altered to be more effective, proven to kill cancers, but also come with side effects that will make you feel like “hell has entered your life.”  Despite efforts of medicine to mitigate these side effects, and they are fairly successful in some areas, you will not feel like your usual self during treatments to remove cancer from your body and your life. Now imagine you have read/heard where you can simply drink apple cider vinegar, supposedly changing the pH of your body and that alone will kill the cancer that you have.  You are led to believe that everyone is doing it. Well, vinegar, a “cure” that will not stop the growth of cancer cells but would certainly be immensely less invasive and probably not make you nauseated, tired to your bones, etc. Hey, you might be tempted to go with the “cure” that will in reality not cure you but will help you to imagine that you are doing the best thing you can do to deal with your cancer diagnosis.  This is NOT a joke!   The consequences of believing medical and health misinformation can very well result in death!…..Carol

Social media hosted a lot of fake health news this year.

by Brandy Zadrozny/NBC News

A cabal of doctors are hiding the cure for cancer, berries are more effective than vaccines, and eating instant noodles can kill you: These are some of the claims from the internet’s most viral fake health news in 2019.

Health misinformation was a big deal this year. Facing pressure from lawmakers, doctors and health advocates, social media platforms made sweeping policy changes to ban or limit the spread of false health information that had gone unchecked for over a decade.

To get a sense of the landscape of fake health news this year, NBC News compiled a list of the most viral health misinformation and analyzed the data to see where it spread and how people engaged with it.

The most viral pieces of fake health news pushed far-reaching conspiracies between governments and medical communities and suggested ditching common medical treatment of life-threatening diseases for unproven cures. The top 50 articles garnered more than 12 million shares, comments and reactions this year, mostly on Facebook.

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Biography
Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – two daughters-in-law; Suzy and Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescue pups.

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  1. The human body has about 100 trillion cells. All of them must be saturated with Oxygen. But there isn’t a blood vessel next to every cell. So it is a big job getting oxygen to every cell. Warburg proved, with experiments and facts, not genetic speculations, that cancer is caused by oxygen deficiency to cells over a relatively long time, usually decades for humans. Normal cells, which metabolize primarily on oxygen based metabolism, switch, in cancer, to running primarily on glucose based metabolism or sugar or what is called fermentation, just like the lowest forms of life on the planet before the appearance of oxygen which led to the higher animals and plants on Earth. This is the prime cause of cancer: Oxygen deficiency based on experiments and facts developed by the genius in Germany where so many other scientific and mathematical geniuses came from. The criminals in the totally corrupt FDA have ignored and obstructed this knowledge. This is why they get nowhere in solving the cancer problem. You see, these prejudiced bigots in the FDA and other agencies hated Warburg because he remained in Germany through Hitler’s period. Civilization has paid a high price for this prejudice and bigotry.

  2. Many intelligent Americans are sick and tired of prejudiced bigots in our government alphabet agencies continuing to go down failed paths which produce money for vested interests while leaving patients in the ditch. For example the money making industry of mammography:
    The late top MD and Scientist Samuel S. Epstein wrote extensively on this topic. Mammography is very expensive, a billion dollar business but likely produces more cancer than it exposes. There are many better safer and cheaper ways to detect cancer in breast tissue, but the corrupt orthodoxy has criminally obstructed all.
    Genetics may cause some rare cancers but not most. The late genius level scientist Otto H. Warburg, M.D., Ph.D. (1883-1970) in Germany was considered the greatest biochemist of the 20th Century. He began his study to understand cancer in the 1920’s. He invented a special pressure measuring device called the Warburg Manometer. He invented the tissue slice technique where real live tissue is used that dead stuff used in most failed experiments. He was the best of the best and published over 500 books and papers in his lifetime. He was nominated for three Nobel Prizes in three different areas but only awarded one in 1931. Three of his pupils were awarded shared Nobel Prizes: Otto Meyerhof, Hans Krebs and Hugo Theorell. A great book discusses his work in a clear readable way: “The Hidden Story of Cancer” by Brian Peskin, E.E. and Amid Habib, M.D., Pinnacle Press, Houston, 2006-2010

  3. Here is an example of why any patient with a serious disease must seek treatment at the top institution to increase the chances of success. About 20 years ago my wife was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. We even traveled to MD Anderson in Houston for confirmation. But she didn’t want to move to Houston for treatment. She nearly died because of this decision. After one round of chemo at the local hospital in Athens, Ga, she developed a temperature of 105 and severe abdominal pain. It took the local ER doctor about 20 hours to discover part of her colon had to be removed which was done. An illeostomy bag was installed. She was on a ventilator for 11 days and came very close to death. All this was caused by lack of knowledge of how chemo destroys good cells and bad cells alike in the body, especially rapidly dividing ones in the colon. She did not have colon cancer. But the chemo nevertheless killed too many cells there and allowed Clostridium Septicum into her blood stream which usually kills the patient in 24 hours. Had she been at MD Anderson they would have been on top of this problem before it developed to this near death stage. After this she moved to Houston, lived there for over a year, had all remaining chemo treatments, radiation treatments, mastectomy, and reattachment of her colon by a separate top surgeon with no further complications. This is the difference in being at a local hospital and a top institution.

    • This is the difference in being at a local hospital and a top institution. If she had died earlier in Athens, they would have said, “sorry we did our best”! Total cost for all this: About $300K. Her doctors at MD Anderson agreed with this scenario.

  4. http://www.doctoryourself.com/klennerpaper.html
    http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/1991/pdf/1991-v06n02-p099.pdf
    The late Frederick R. Klenner, M.D. became fascinated by the safe, simple and cheap powers of high dose Vitamin C to cure and prevent viral diseases in man and many other medical problems. The criminals in the FDA have obstructed just the study of these facts and only approved a trivial daily dose of 60 milligrams to prevent scurvy when much higher doses, given intravenously, are necessary to cure viral diseases up to and including polio which Klenner proved before 1949! While it is good to take Vitamin C by mouth, it leaves the body in about 2 hours in the urine. This is why it must be given intravenously to get a high enough concentration in the blood. But no ordinary patient is able to prepare the preparation of Vitamin C to be injected into their own body. Only a trained pharmacist can do this job. But because the criminals at the FDA have obstructed this knowledge most pharmacists fear making such preparations. There is no reason to believe high dose Vitamin C can’t cure all additional viral diseases as well. I urge everyone to read the above two seminal articles. Fred Klenner, M.D. lived from 1907 and died in 1984. He was a top biology student from Pennsylvania who earned his M.D. degree at Duke University in 1936. He was a true research scientist in addition to treating patients. Even poisonous snake and insect bites can easily be cured this way

  5. Jeezy peezy Carol, you don’t drink the vinegar. It’s an enema! And you call yourself a nurse! Happy New Year and I hope this finds you and your loved ones in good spirits and fine health!

  6. While I have no illusions about the plethora of fake health news on the internet, NBC News parading itself as a white knight of journalistic truth, when it states, “The most-engaged with article of cancer in 2019, for example, pushed a stew of medical conspiracies, including that “”Big Pharma””, a nebulous group that includes doctors and federal health organizations, is hiding a cure for cancer” is a red flag. If you haven’t checked NBC network, or any of the other large national television networks, about every third commercial is an ad for some kind of “big Pharma” drug. That constitutes a conflict of interest. The article should, at the very least, be accompanied by that disclaimer.

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