Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Could John Lennon Be Reborn
A man who bought John Lennon's tooth at an auction two years ago is now hoping to clone the music icon using DNA from the molar.

"If scientists think they can clone mammoths, then John Lennon could be next," Canadian dentist Dr Michael Zuk told The Examiner. Dr Zuk made headlines when he bought the ex-Beatle's tooth for $30,000 at auction in 2011. At the time, he said: "Most people would say I was crazy, but I think it's fantastic". And now we know why.

Dr Zuk, from Edmonton, Canada, has launched a project to extract the DNA from the rotten tooth which Lennon - who was shot dead in New York in 1980 - gave his housekeeper in the 1970s. "To potentially say I had a small part in bringing back one of rock's greatest stars would be mind-blowing,'' Dr Zuk told The Examiner. "I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able to fully sequence John Lennon's DNA, very soon I hope. With researchers working on ways to clone mammoths, the same technology certainly could make human cloning a reality."

Since buying the tooth, Dr Zuk has used it to promote cancer awareness and it has featured in TV programs about DNA. The dentist, who has also written a song in honour of the tooth, has a website for fans to track the progress of the project.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Green Tea Catechins in DryGuard Kill Cancer Cells

BREAKING NEWS !!! Green tea extract has anti-cancer potential
by Amy Corderoy Health Editor, Sydney Morning Herald August 3rd 2013

A green-tea extract could help destroy deadly childhood cancers that are resistant to traditional chemotherapy, ground-breaking NSW research has discovered.

Cancer researcher Orazio Vittorio says a modified antioxidant called catechin can kill 50 per cent of the cells from neuroblastoma cancers within three days in laboratory studies. On Friday night he was awarded the Kid's Cancer Project Award in the NSW Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research.

Catechin, extracted from green tea, is thought to be a promising cancer treatment, but its instability when it enters the body limits its effectiveness. Dr Vittorio worked with a team of chemists to modify the catechin into a more stable form. "The modified form of catechin is effective at destroying neuroblastoma cells that are highly resistant to conventional chemotherapy, yet has minimal effects on normal cells," said Dr Vittorio, from the Children's Cancer Institute Australia and the Lowy cancer research centre at UNSW.

"Now I'll be able to build on this research and work towards an effective therapy for aggressive neuroblastoma". Dr Vittorio, who survived kidney cancer five years ago, said that as his as-yet unpublished results were preliminary, he did not know how long it would take to develop treatments. "But as a father of a boy who is two years old and a cancer survivor, I'm doing my best to win this," he said.

Dr Stephen Hsu from Georgia Health Sciences University has helped us develop Dryguard - a formula based on Green Tea Catechin Science.

DryGuard is currently released as a chewing gum. But it will soon be available as a lip balm, mouth lozenge, mouthwash and oral spray.

Dryguard Products contain natural ingredients and include the Green Tea Catechin Science. This is a healthy ground breaking formula.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Netti Pot For Sinus Irrigation- Can Kill Beware!!

Health regulators warned residents about the dangers of using neti pots improperly. A neti pot, which looks like a genie's lamp, is commonly used to irrigate sinuses. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals issued its warning following a second death this year caused by Naegleria fowleri, the so-called brain-eating amoeba.

A 51-year-old DeSoto Parish woman died after using tap water in a neti pot to irrigate her sinuses and became infected by the deadly amoeba, which entered the body through her nose. In June, a 20-year-old St. Bernard Parish man died under the same circumstances.

"If you are irrigating, flushing, or rinsing your sinuses, for example, by using a neti pot, use distilled, sterile or previously boiled water to make up the irrigation solution," said Louisiana State Epidemiologist, Dr. Raoult Ratard. "Tap water is safe for drinking, but not for irrigating your nose." It's also important to rinse the irrigation device after each use and leave open to air dry, he said.

The very rare infection typically occurs when people go swimming or diving in warm freshwater lakes and rivers. In very rare instances, health experts said such infections may also occur when contaminated water from other sources, such as inadequately chlorinated swimming pool water or heated tap water less than 116.6 degrees, enters the nose when people submerge their heads or when people irrigate their sinuses with devices such as a neti pot.

DHH said the amoeba causes the disease primary amebic meningoencephalitis, a brain infection that leads to the destruction of brain tissue. In its early stages, symptoms may be similar to symptoms of bacterial meningitis and can include headache, fever, nausea, vomiting and stiff neck. Later symptoms include confusion, loss of balance, seizures and hallucinations.

After the start of symptoms, the disease progresses rapidly and usually causes death within one to 12 days.