Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Eva Vertes: My Dream About the Future of Medicine

Fight cancer with cancer??

Check this out:

Eva Vertes -- only 19 when she gave this talk -- discusses her journey toward studying medicine and her drive to understand the roots of cancer and Alzheimer’s.

Eva Vertes is a microbiology prodigy. Her discovery, at age 17, of a compound that stops fruit-fly brain cells from dying was regarded as a step toward curing Alzheimer's. Now she aims to find better ways to treat -- and avoid -- cancer.

Why you should listen to her:

Eva Vertes may not yet have the answers she needs to cure cancer, but she's asking some important -- and radical questions: If smoking can cause lung cancer, and drinking can cause liver cancer, is it possible that cancer is a direct result of injury? If so, could cancer be caused by the body's own repair system going awry?

She asks this and other breathtaking questions in her conference-closing 2005 talk. Her approach marks an important shift in scientific thinking, looking in brand-new places for cancer's cause -- and its cure. Her ultimate goal, which even she calls far-fetched, is to fight cancer with cancer.

"Vertes and her colleagues are gifted researchers who realize that stem cells hold an infinite amount of possibility within their amazingly small frames. Unlocking their potential will produce cures that could end the suffering of hundreds of millions of afflicted people."


Village Interviews: John Dahl

February 25
7:30 p.m.
MNN, click on channel 67

Dear Friends,

This Wednesday (tomorrow), February 25th at 7:30 PM, on my every-other-week shoestring cable show Famousx2, on Channel 67, I am re-airing a half-hour program of an interview I did with John Dahl, Lower Eastside activist, black nationalist and progressive, in 1996.

John, who died of complications to a heart condition after working blocks away from the World Trade Center in the months after 9-11 in early 2002, was an activist and proprietor of the unique Someplace Nice on Saint Mark's Place from 1971-1981. This storefront space, renting for $100/ month in 1971, was the venue for many jazz artists who later became well known such as Oliver Lake, Dennis Charles and Billy Bang, but unlike the lofts of the time, Someplace Nice was also a real community center providing a space for free films for kids, art exhibits, lectures, parties and a free lunch program partly funded by the federal government.

Originally from Brooklyn, Dahl also lived in Philly and in Delaware and saw Bird at the Howard Theater in DC. Then, in the early 50s, he served in the military in France for three years. When he returned to NYC in the late 50s, he started coming to the Village, east and west and attended computer school when most people had no idea what one really was. When that didn't work out in the form of employment, he attended printing school and became a successful printer for nearly 20 years. With the money he earned from that, he was able to open Someplace Nice. However, his inspiration for it stemmed from his having met Al Haj Malik Al Shabazz, aka Malcolm X. This meeting and their subsequent encounters turned him around forever. He discusses their conversations in this interview.

John also discusses his love of Jazz and how he got his first job in the music business handing out flyers for the great Art D'Lugoff's Gate. He tells one of the funniest stories I have ever heard about Miles Davis and about having heard Thelonious Monk and others at the Five Spot. He also talks about how the Eastside hippies of the 60s made him become a more tolerant person.

Finally, he mourns what has happened to the East Village of the 90s, that it had become a police state.

If you are in Manhattan and have access to Time Warner, you can see it today at 7:30 pm (EST-that's NYC Eastern Standard Time) on channel 67. On the RCN system, that should be channel 85.

If you are outside of Manhattan, anywhere in the world, and you have a good high-speed connection on your computer, you can go to MNN and click on channel 67 to see it at the same time.

Sometimes MNN does screw up broadcasts, but usually they air things without too many problems.....Be patient.

Jason Howard

(Photo from: Malcolm X Jazz Fest)

Faux Painting: Antiqued Kitchen Cabinets

Glazed and antiqued kitchen cabinets.
French provincial style.
West Hartford, CT

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Oracle with Max Keiser (and Stacy Herbert): Episode 4, February 20, 2009

Guests: Andy Zaltzman and Leo Johnson

The Newsweek Article "We Are All Socialists Now" mentioned in this episode was sent by me to Stacy and Max, who live in Paris, about two weeks ago . . . .

I swiped it off the My Crazy Sexy Life website.

February 10 at 1:56pm
We are ALL Socialists now . . . .


We are becoming more French!

Oh la la . . . .

February 12 at 11:46am
It takes more than just socialism . . . it takes a riot or two every few months. And a nationwide general strike at least once a year where EVERYONE is in it together. To keep the govt afraid of the people . . . rather than the other way around (as in states)!

February 12 at 12:40pm
that's right.. what a free feeling to know that the gov't fears the people and not the other way around..

February 12 at 3:31pm
Sometimes I feel like we're in a very valuable time right now and nobody knows it. Precisely because we don't have the language to rally one another - for instance in the USA we can't use the word Socialism. So time is passing and the Obama election still leaves this pleasant hangover but no analysis, no words to hang meaning on, just sort of a mood of waiting - and I don't like the passivity of it.

Max Keiser
February 13 at 5:25am
i just use 'collectivism' as the new word to do battle against 'individualism'

i am writing a novel - that lays out the basis for this language


Update: Billy Talen (aka The Reverend Billy) is now running for Mayor of NYC!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

My Anti-Cancer Treatments: Asparagus

ASPARAGUS is super high in glutathione, has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, helps fight chronic fatigue syndrome, helps treat toothaches, helps chelate heavy metals from the body, heals blood vessels, is a diuretic, laxative, antidepressant and an aphrodisiac, and is a wonderful anti-cancer food.

I add three to four stalks of asparagus to my veggie juice every day.

I should probably consume more.

Asparagus for Cancer: My friend Leonard (who is the person who put me on this healing journey six or seven years ago when he sent me a list of all the best alternative treatments for bone lymphoma, which used to be known as reticulum cell sarcoma) says:

"Many recoveries have been reported from both raw and cooked asparagus. Houston wrote that "raw juice [from juicer or blender] may be the most effective form" (cited in Hess, 1999, p. 138). If I had cancer, I would eat as much asparagus as I could get down in any form, cooked (preferably steamed) or raw, solid or liquid.”

Asparagus as Cancer Cure?
at Democratic Underground

Asparagus Defense Against Cancer

Treating Lung Cancer with Aspargus Root Extracts

Sloan-Kettering: Chinese Asparagus shows activity against leukemia and lung cancer.

Asparagus: Real Health Food, by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

UPDATE: July 6, 2017:

Here is a fabulous food blog at Quick Easy Cook on How to Cook Asparagus by Lita Watson that I think you'll really love! Enjoy!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

My Anti-Cancer Treatments: Cranberry Juice


Alright, now I am adding CRANBERRY JUICE to my list of daily beverages, which already includes the daily consumption of green juice, carrot and beet juice, green tea, lemon juice, herbal detox teas and raw milk . . . . I barely have any room left for solids in my diet!

Why cranberry juice?

Check THIS out:

1: Nutr Cancer. 2008;60(4):511-7.

Cranberry juice constituents impair lymphoma growth and augment the generation of anti-lymphoma antibodies in syngeneic mice.

Hochman N, Houri-Haddad Y, Koblinski J, Wahl L, Roniger M, Bar-Sinai A, Weiss EI, Hochman J.

Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Hebrew University-Hadassah, Jerusalem, Israel. hochman@vms.huji.ac.il

In addition to its nutritional value, cranberry juice has been effective in treating urinary tract infections. Various reports have also demonstrated its potential for inhibiting in vitro growth of transformed cell lines. Here we show that a fraction [nondialyzable material (NDM) of a molecular weight range 12,000-30,000 (NDM 12-30K)] derived from cranberry juice impairs in vitro growth and invasion through extracellular matrix of Rev-2-T-6 murine lymphoma cells. Furthermore, intraperitoneal injection of this fraction at nontoxic doses both inhibits the growth of Rev-2-T-6 tumors in vivo and enhances the generation of anti-lymphoma antibodies. These findings demonstrate the in vivo efficacy of cranberry components against malignant lymphoma in immune competent hosts.
Raw juiced cranberries are best, not the sugary pasteurized stuff from the supermarket. And like lemons, you can also simply add raw whole cranberry juice to any of your other juices. However, I think I will drink my cranberries separate from my alkaline juices.

Interesting note:
Cranberries are one of the very few acid forming fruits.

Cranberries Contain Possible Anti-caries, Anti-plaque Agents.

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Oracle with Max Keiser: Animated

Too funny . . . .

What's with the hair Stacy?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Village Interviews: Adele Mailer, Episode One

New York Times: The Woman in the Shadow
Photo by Nicole Bengaveno


February 11th at 7:30 PM
MNN.ORG (click on channel 67)

Dear Friends :

This Wednesday, February 11th at 7:30 PM, on my little cable show Famousx2 on Channel 67, I am re-airing the first of three half-hour programs of interviews I did with Adele Mailer, actress and former wife of Norman Mailer in 1997. Adele is, unfortunately, best known for having been stabbed by Norman. However, she is more than that. Born and raised in a Spanish-Peruvian household in Bay Ridge, she grew up rooting for the loyalists in Spain and attending union and leftist meetings with her dad.Then, in the 1940s, she came to the Village to take classes with Margaret Mead and others at the New School and to Study painting with Hans Hoffman on 8th Street. She became romantically involved with Ed Fancher, who would later go on to found the Village Voice and with Jack Kerouac before he was well-known. You will hear her tell her stories about all of this, Neal Cassady and more. She is an engaging and animated person worth tuning in to.

If you are in Manhattan and have access to Time Warner, you can see it this Wednesday February 11th at 7:30 pm (EST-that's NYC Eastern Standard Time) on channel 67. On the RCN system, that should be on channel 85. If you are outside of Manhattan, anywhere in the world, and you have a good high-speed connection on your computer, you can go to MNN.ORG and click on channel 67 to see it at the same time. Sometimes MNN does screw up broadcasts, but usually they air things without too many problems.....so be patient.

Jason Howard

Friday, February 6, 2009

My Anti-Cancer Treatments: Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms are so good for you - they are high in protein and also provide potassium, niacin and other B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. They have natural antifungal, antiviral and immune boosting properties and are commonly used in natural medicine for fighting viruses and infections, lowering cholesterol, boosting heart health, regulating blood pressure, reducing inflammation, combating allergies, and treating headaches, constipation, nutritional deficiencies and liver ailments.

Lentinan, an immunostimulant found in shiitakes, has been used to treat cancer, AIDS, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, and other conditions with impressive results.

Lentinan is a beta glucan which is comprised of complex carbohydrates called polysaccharides that build the immune system and inhibit tumors. Mushroom polysaccharides activate macrophages and T-lymphocytes, stimulate interferon, and enhance cell-mediated immune response. They have no toxic effects.

I have very low (if any) eosinophils and NK cells and shiitake mushrooms are also known to increase both.

Shiitake mushrooms increase white blood cell counts.

Herbs2000: Shiitake

Answers.com: Shiitake Mushrooms

The World's Healthiest Foods: Shiitake Mushrooms

American Cancer Society: Shiitake Mushroom

Sloan-Kettering: Shiitake Mushroom

Beating Cancer with Nutrition - Shiitake Mushrooms

Mycological Medicine

Natural Treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

I try to eat some of these mushrooms every day, either raw or sauteed in coconut oil. I put them in my green salads, like below
. . . . they are absolutely delicious!!

When they are sauteed, they taste very meaty.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Dinner: An Anti-Cancer Salad

This is a very typical dinner for me:

One tomato
One avocado
3 - 4 cloves of garlic
Handful of shiitake mushrooms sauteed in coconut oil
Cayenne pepper
Bragg's amino acids
Annie's Goddess dressing

So good . . . .