June 9th, 2009

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Three out of Four Docs would Refuse Chemotherapy

That's right. According to this oncologist 75% of docs would prefer "alternative" treatments to the destruction of chemotherapy and radiation. And yet here in America, if you choose to refuse chemo for your child, the courts may well decide to take your child away from you and force chemo on him against his wishes. How messed up is that? Our courts are definitely in way over their heads when they start forcing medical care on children and calling parents criminals when they decide to do something other than what their doctor recommends.

If I had cancer, personally who would give all my attention and energy to alternative therapies and forgo chemo UNLESS I had new information and a compelling reason to be it would be effective for a particular cancer. There are situations that are more and less responsive to chemo. And there are things you can do to minimize the horrible side effects. So I still am unwilling to say that the dosing to toxic chemicals to kill dividing cells should be trashed. There are times when it could be useful. Even though it sounds stupid and wrong.
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Pathology of the CNS: Bugs that get in your BRAIN

NEUROSYPHILIS
progressive loss of mental and physical fx
Treponema pallidum, spirochete, invades CNS
four stages, if you will:
1) asymptomatic (painless chancre, condyloma lata, urethral discharge green)
2) meningovascular (perivascular inflam presents as stroke of MCA or basilar branch in young person, these vessels being in the base of the skull, may result in cranial nerve palsies)
3) paretic (20-30 years, progressive: spirochetes invade parenchymal tissue-->inflam kills brain cells-->chronic perivascular and meningeal inflammatory changes-->brain atrophy)
4) tabes dorsalis (present with loss of pain sensation, bladder incontinence, loss of peripheral reflexes, impairment of vibration sense and proprioception, progressive ataxia dt demyelination of posterior column, inflam and fibrosis of dorsal sensory nerve roots-->ataxia, loss of pain and proprioception-->demetia-->vegetative-->death)(Argyl-Robertson pupil does not react to direct light but is consensually reactive and accomodative)

What's MCA?
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