A House Divided: A Call for Science and Medicine to Unite

A House Divided – In the following essay, Dr. Ayre issues a call to science and medicine to unite for the common good of humanity.

Follow the link below to read more:
MDs Must be Participants in Evolution of Medicine
S.G. Ayre, American Medical News, March 25, 1988
Low Dose Naltrexone Video

Many patients report improved quality of life for a variety of ailments with the use of Low Dose Naltrexone or LDN. Follow the link for a video demonstrating Natrexone’s proposed mechanism of action in its capacity as an immune modulator.

In-Vitro Studies on Insulin and Chemotherapy – Visit the following links for studies originally published in Chinese on the enhancing effects of insulin when used in conjunction with chemotherapy.

Cancer, Industrialization, and Consumer Activism

A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.
– Ralph Nader

A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity.
– Ralph Nader

This month…

  • Cancer and Consumer Advocacy
  • Unnecessary Dangers of Using Microwave Ovens
  • Cancer and Our Environment: Two Crusaders
  • Upholding Organic Guidelines

Unnecessary Dangers of Using Microwave Ovens
Microwave dangers

Hazards of Microwave Ovens
Microwaves have been a popular consumer product for several decades in this country, with little to no mention of the harm they can do to food and the humans who eat that food. First developed during WWII to cook food for soldiers on the move, they were subsequently banned in Russia in 1976 due to the overwhelming scientific evidence of the harmful effects of eating food prepared by such means.

Unnecessarily Risky
There is an extensive body of research demonstrating the many dangerous effects that microwaving has on food and the people who eat that food. With other means of cooking food quickly and safely, there is absolutely no reason to take such risks with the food you eat. Please click on the picture of the microwave for more documentation on the dangers of using the device.

A Safe, Sensible Alternative: Convection Ovens
A convection oven works by circulating hot air to quickly and evenly heat food as a safe, sensible alternative to microwave ovens. See the link below for more information on the benefits of convection ovens.

Benefits of Convection Ovens..

Cancer and Our Environment: Two Crusaders
Rachel Carson
Work of Rachel Carson

Published in 1962, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring documented the deadly impact of pesticides on all levels of the food chain, from birds and animals to humans. The book is widely recognized as the beginning of environmental health awareness.

Carson’s Legacy
Rachel Carson died at the age of fifty-six from complications arising from cancer treatment. And because of her work, public awareness has been raised to a consciousness of the impact human activity has upon the health of the environment and by extension, the health of those who live in that environment. The popularity of Al Gore and his mission to create public awareness of global warming follows in the wake of the movement of which Carson was an integral part.

Sandra Steingraber
Biologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber has researched and written several works on how industrial processes and agriculture impact the environment and contribute to the incidence of cancer.

Her latest publication, “Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood” looks at the issue of environmental health with a mother’s passion to protect, nurture, and create the best of all possible worlds for her baby.

Sandra Steingraber’s Website…

Upholding Organic Guidelines

Planting Peace
Growing Popularity of Organic Labelled Products

Americans spend approximately 6 billion per year on organic labelled food and this amount is growing. As an expanding, lucrative market, industrial agriculture corporations are taking advantage of the trust placed in organic labelled products.

As a result, the standards for organic labelling are jeopardized as corporations more interested in immediate profit than sustainable growth flout the standards of organic, sustainable food production at the expense of the environment and the consumer.

Creating and Maintaining Integrity in Organic Guidelines

Organic guidelines in the United States are regulated by the USDA. Like all governmental agencies, the USDA is subject to influence by corporate pressure from lobbyists.

There are also organizations who work to maintain the integrity of organic guidelines to create sustainable, workable ways of maintaining environmental health.

Please visit the link below for more information on Organic Consumers Association, a non-profit entity “campaigning for health, justice, sustainability, peace, and democracy,” and be aware of what “organic” means for the food that you eat.

Organic Consumers Association Website

Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Survey Results

Thank You For Participating!

In March, we sent out a survey (courtesy of the LDN Research Trust – www.ldners.com) to our patients on file as taking LDN. Of the 38 surveys sent out, 16 were completed and returned.

The following is a summary of the feedback:

Diagnosis, Duration of Treatment, and Side Effects
16 Patients Total

Diagnosis

Relapsing/Remitting: 9
Benign: 1
Primary Progressive: 4
Secondary progressive: 1
Fibromyalgia: 1

Of the 9 patients with Relapsing/Remitting MS, all reported experiencing between 1-2 relapses confirmed by a neurologist or GP before starting LDN.

One patient reported experiencing a relapse after taking LDN. This was not confirmed by a neurologist. All other patients have thus far experienced no relapses.

Duration of LDN Use

Six months or less: 3
Seven months – one year: 5
Over one year: 6

Two patients discontinued use of LDN because no symptom relief was gained.

Side-Effects

8 patients reported experiencing no side effects associated with LDN use.

6 patients reported experiencing the following temporary side-effects when starting LDN. These side-effects did not persist past the first month of use:

– difficulty sleeping
– strange/vivid dreams
– night sweats
– stiffness in legs at night and in morning

1 patient reported the persistent side-effect of weakness in legs. This patient continues to use LDN.

1 patient reported aching in lower legs, attributed to LDN. This patient discontinued use of LDN because no symptom improvement was gained.

Diet and Supplementation

14 patients take various dietary supplements

8 patients make dietary modifications, such as the Swank Diet and wheat and/or dairy free.

Specific Symptom Response
16 Patients Total

Patients were asked to respond to symptom relief of the following symptoms while on LDN. (Note, patients who never had this symptom are not included in the tally)

Specific Symptom Response

Bladder Urgency:
1 patient reported symptom gone
4 patients reported great improvement
4 patients reported slight improvement
1 patient reported great increase

Bladder Retention:
4 patients reported great improvement
4 patients reported slight improvement
1 patient reported no improvement

Sexual Dysfunction:
2 patients reported great improvement
1 patient reported slight improvement
2 patients reported no improvement

Bowel Control:
1 patient reported great improvement
1 patient reported slight improvement
1 patient reported no improvement
1 patient reported slight increase

Diarrhea:
3 patients reported great improvement
1 patient reported slight improvement

Constipation:
1 patient reported great improvement
3 patients reported slight improvement
2 patients reported no improvement
2 patients reported slight increase

Memory:
2 patients reported great improvement
6 patients reported slight improvement
1 patient reported no improvement

Concentration:
6 patients reported great improvement
2 patients reported slight improvement
1 patient reported no improvement

Depression:
4 patients reported great improvement
1 patient reported slight improvement 3 patients reported no improvement

Balance:
4 patients reported great improvement
4 patients reported slight improvement
1 patient reported slight increase

Dizziness/Vertigo:
1 patient reported symptom gone
3 patients reported great improvement
1 patient reported slight improvement
2 patients reported no improvement

Fatigue:
7 patients reported great improvement
4 patients reported slight improvement
2 patients reported no improvement
1 patients reported slight increase

Restless Legs:
1 patients reported great improvement
5 patients reported slight improvement
2 patients reported no improvement

Sleep Disturbance:
2 patients reported great improvement
1 patient reported slight improvement
3 patients reported no improvement

Hearing:
2 patients reported slight improvement
2 patients reported no improvement
1 patient reported slight increase

Speech:
2 patients reported great improvement
1 patient reported slight improvement

Swallowing:
1 patient reported symptom gone/great improvement
1 patient reported great improvement

Migraine-Type Headaches:
2 patients reported symptom gone
2 patients reported great improvement
1 patient reported no improvement

Optic Neuritis:
1 patient reported symptom gone
2 patients reported slight improvement
3 patients reported no improvement

Blurred Vision:
2 patients reported symptom gone
3 patients reported great improvement
3 patients reported slight improvement
1 patient reported no improvement

Double Vision:
2 patients reported symptom gone
1 patient reported slight improvement
1 patient reported no improvement

Mobility:

4 patients reported great improvement
3 patients reported slight improvement
1 patient reported no improvement
1 patient reported slight increase

Muscle Spasm:
1 patient reported symptom gone
4 patients reported great improvement
2 patients reported slight improvement
3 patients reported no improvement
1 patient reported slight increase

Muscle Strength:
1 patient reported great improvement
4 patients reported slight improvement
5 patients reported no improvement
1 patient reported slight increase

Muscle Pain:
1 patient reported great improvement
3 patient reported slight improvement
4 patients reported no improvement
1 patient reported slight increase

Tremor:
2 patients reported great improvement
1 patient reported slight to no improvement
1 patient reported no improvement

Tingling:
5 patients reported great improvement
1 patient reported slight improvement
5 patients reported no improvement 1 patient reported slight increase

Itching:
1 patient reported symptom gone
1 patient reported great improvement
1 patient reported slight improvement
1 patient reported no improvement
1 patient reported slight increase

Numbness:
3 patients reported great improvement
5 patients reported slight improvement
5 patients reported no improvement
1 patient reported slight increase

Neuralgia:
1 patient reported great improvement
2 patients reported slight improvement
1 patient reported no improvement
1 patient reported great increase

Overall, with virtually no side-effects and an opportunity to stabilize if not improve or eradicate symptoms associated with Multiple Sclerosis and other similar auto-immune disorders, LDN is a great boon to many people.
We will be adding to these results to strengthen statistical relevance every six months. Since last March, we have another 25 or so patients to survey.

Once again, thank you to all who participated!

Sincerely,

Rebecca Ayre
Contemporary Medicine

email: rayre@contemporarymedicine.net
phone: 630-321-9010
fax: 630-321-9018
web: https://contemporarymedicine.net