The Smoking Gun

 The Smoking Gun

by Mike Whitney

The AFP is reporting that the bombing of the Golden Domed Mosque “was the work of specialists” and that the “placing of explosives must have taken at least 12 hours.”

Construction Minister Jassem Mohammed Jaafar said, “Holes were dug into the mausoleum’s four main pillars and packed with explosives. Then charges were connected together and linked to another charge placed just under the dome. The wires were then linked to a detonator which was triggered at a distance.”

Clearly, the bombing was not carried out by rogue elements in the disparate Iraqi resistance. This is the work of highly-trained saboteurs and bomb-experts who were executing a precision-demolition to incite sectarian violence. The blast bears all the hallmarks of a covert Intelligence-agency operation.

Who benefits from such a vicious attack on the foundations of Islamic identity and culture?

The AFP’s report is consistent with earlier accounts provided by a Baghdad blogger who demonstrates that the destruction of the mosque was a “controlled demolition” which required considerable time and professional expertise. http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m20950. The photographs of the nearby, but untouched, minarets provide a shocking example of the bomber’s skill.

Eyewitness accounts have appeared on various web sites claiming that there were “unusual activities” taking place at the mosque the night before the bombing. One witness reported that he heard their “cars the whole night until the next morning”. Another witness who lives near to the mosque says that at 8:30 that evening he was told “to stay in your shop and don’t leave the area” while Iraqi National Guard and American troops “patrolled the area until the next morning”. At 6:30 AM the American troops left.

At 6:40 the first explosion went off.

Almost immediately, the western media swung into high-gear producing over 1,000 stories containing the word “civil war” in the first 24 hours. As always, the media reliably regurgitates the narrative that best serves the interests of management and their political benefactors. In this case, it’s clear that ‘civil war’ is being used to divert attacks from occupation forces and pit Iraqis against Iraqis.

But is this really the plan? After all, how does that make Iraq more governable?

By now, we should realize that the Bush administration has no plan to govern Iraq nor do they care about the suffering of the Iraqi people. The only thing the matters is the extraction of petroleum from Iraqi oil-fields and its unobstructed transfer to the market. The rest is rubbish.

“We don’t do body counts”, boasted General Tommy Franks.

Franks could have added that we don’t do reconstruction, security or governance; all of which are sadly lacking in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The administration has no intention of rebuilding Iraq or establishing order. They’ll continue to operate as they have from the onset; blasting away erratically at the resistance while concealing the bloodshed behind an impenetrable wall of propaganda.

The present strategy reflects the growing desperation of the Pentagon planners and the civilian leadership. America is hopelessly mired in an “unwinnable” war. The choices for action have narrowed to either withdrawal or a stepped-up campaign of Black-ops designed to foment sectarian violence. The bombing of the Samarra Mosque fits perfectly into the latter category.

Henry Kissinger summarized the current Iraq strategy when he offered his opinion on the Iraq-Iran war in the 1980s. Kissinger callously averred, “I hope they kill each other.”

The former National Security Chief’s axiom has now been elevated to the level of state-policy. The Iraq strategy replicates the Kissinger Doctrine; manipulating chauvinism and cruelty to advance the imperial agenda.

The demolition of the sacred mosque was a deliberate assault on the foundations of Muslim identity. It was intended to undermine Iraqi tradition and culture and weaken confidence in the resistance.

Neocon Michael Ledeen might refer to this as “creative destruction” but, in fact, it is terrorism writ large; the calculated use of violence directed at civilians to achieve a political objective.

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Vaccinating For Profit – From Cradle to Coffin

Vaccinating For Profit – From Cradle to Coffin  

by Evelyn Pringle

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Due to the flooding of special education classrooms, along with the rising medical costs of treating injured children, local taxes will soon go through the roof, at which time the public will be forced to face the unthinkable truth about the poisoned generation.

And when that happens, government officials had better not even think about trying to feign ignorance because parents, scientists, and medical experts have been screaming about the epidemic in vaccine injuries, from one end of the country to the other, since the 1990s, and the fact is that lawmakers knowingly allowed it to happen.

Over the past twenty years, our government has facilitated a nationwide experiment on our country’s youngest citizens via the Mandatory Childhood Vaccine Schedule, and the tragic results of the experiment can be equally credited to the joint efforts of compromised regulatory officials and politicians, and the pharmaceutical industry that stood to make billions.

In a perverse twist of fate, the vaccine program has evolved into a grand profiteering scheme, second only to the military industrial complex’s war on terror fiasco. Instead of prevention, the program has resulted in an epidemic of serious health problems for an entire generation of children and at the same time, produced an infinite market expansion for the sale of other prescription drugs, for the scheme’s developers.

The start of the epidemic can be traced to the late 1980s, when public health officials dramatically increased the number of vaccines, which contained the mercury-based preservative thimerosal, without taking into consideration the impact of the cumulative mercury load on developing brains of infants.

Once the mercury poisoning was discovered by the FDA in 1999, vaccine-makers claimed they were eliminating thimerosal from vaccines but they never recalled the vaccines already on the market and children continued to receive mercury in vaccines for several more years. Even today, the flu vaccine recommended for 6-month-old babies and pregnant women still contain a full dose of thimerosal.

Instead of ordering drug companies to get the preservative out of all vaccines, Congressional Republicans and President George W Bush spent much of the past 3 years working on strategies to give the pharmaceutical industry protection against lawsuits from vaccine injured children. A handful of shameless Congressional Republicans remained lurking around in the shadows for years, just waiting for the right moment to attach the protective provision to some "anti-terror" spending bill until they succeeded in December 2005.

Before the age of two in this country, children receive at least 20 injections involving twelve diseases. By the time they reach first grade, they have had at least 24 vaccinations, if they are in compliance with the CDC’s 2005 Immunization Schedule.

For good reason, many parents do not want their children to receive 24 injections for diseases they have never heard of. However, government officials use every trick in the book to force them to inject these poisonous concoctions into their children, including economic sanctions for refusing to comply.

Refusing vaccination can result in citizens being denied enrollment in daycare, elementary school, and college; denial of health insurance; denial of employment; and denial of federal and state benefits for poor children including cutting off medical care under Medicaid, and food, under the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

Medical professionals have been trying to get lawmaker to take notice of the health problems caused by vaccines since the 1990s. On June 14, 1999, Jane Orient, MD, Executive Director of the Associating of American Physicians and Surgeons, testified before the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources of the Committee on Government reform and said:

"Striking increases in chronic illnesses have occurred in temporal association with an increase in vaccination rates," she said. "Asthma and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, causes of lifelong morbidity and frequent premature death, have nearly doubled in incidence since the introduction of many new, mandatory vaccines."

"There is no explanation for this increase," Orient added.

"Even more alarming," she told lawmakers, "is the huge increase in reports of autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, with devastating, life-long impacts."

"Measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and the whole panoply of childhood diseases are a far less serious threat," Orient warned, "than having a large fraction (say 10%) of a generation afflicted with learning disability and/or uncontrollable aggressive behavior because of an impassioned crusade for universal vaccination."

About 3 years later, across the country on the West Coast, Barbara Loe Fisher, President of the National Vaccine Information Center, testified before the California Senate Committee on Childhood Immunization Mandates: Politics vs Public Health on January 23, 2002. Fisher acknowledged that the CDC, and American Academy of Pediatrics, vigorously deny that the vaccines could have anything to do with more children being chronically ill.

“Yet, the haunting question remains,” she said, “if we have wiped out polio and almost eliminated measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough and other childhood diseases with vaccines – why are so many of our children stuck on sick?”

“Why are our special education classrooms so crowded that we can’t find enough money or train teachers fast enough to care for these learning disabled, hyperactive, autistic, asthmatic, diabetic, emotionally disturbed, sick children?” Fisher asked.

Since 1982, she charged, “the numbers of American children with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and asthma have doubled; diabetes has tripled; and the incidence of autism has reached epidemic proportions, increasing 200 to 600 percent in every state, marking a staggering 3400 percent increase in the prevalence of autism in our children.”

Scientist have also been warning lawmakers about the vaccine injuries. Dr Mark Geier, holds a PhD in genetics, and was a researcher at the National Institutes of Health for10 years. He has studied vaccines for over 30 years. Dr. Geier and his son, David Geier, are the only independent researchers who have gained access to the Vaccine Safety Datalink database controlled by the CDC, to conduct studies on the connection between vaccines and the epidemic in neurological problems.

In a March 22, 2003 letter to Senator Hillary Clinton, the Geiers reported: “we have concluded in our studies that a causal relationship exists between mercury from thimerosal in childhood vaccines and neurodevelopmental disorders.”

“Our best estimates are that the thimerosal contributed to about 75% of the cases of neurodevelpmental disorders while the MMR contributed to about 15%,” they said. “The remaining 10% of the cases were related to mercury in Rhogam, a shot given to Rh-negative women, and to other sources of neurotoxicity.”

On June 18, 2004, Representative Dave Weldon (R-FL), a doctor by calling, was on the floor of Congress waving red flags, and literally begging Congress to recognize the seriousness of the epidemic in children with neurological disorders all over the country.

“Mr. Speaker, something dreadful is happening to our youngest generation, and we must sound the alarm and figure out what is going on with our children,” he said.

He quoted the Department of Health and Human Services when explaining that one in every 167 children was being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. “Furthermore," Weldon reported, "one in 7 children is being diagnosed with either a learning disability or a behavioral disability."

On June 19, 2002, James Bradstreet, MD, Clinical Director of The International Child Development Resource Center in Florida, testified in Washington before the Government Reform Committee, and warned lawmakers about the cost of the autism epidemic back then.

“ICDRC estimates the minimal cost in present value, to care for those 420,000 existing children with autism is $1,260,000,000,000 (based on $3million/lifetime and 420,000 children affected)."

"So a little over a $1 trillion in the next 50 years would be required if we stopped creating new cases today," Bradstreet said.

"Because autism is doubling every four years, this is likely an overly conservative estimatem" he added. "The societal cost could easily be $3-4 trillion.“

On June 20, 2005, Robert F Kennedy, Jr, a relatively new advocate calling for the removal of thimerosal from vaccines, appeared on the Don Imus Show on MSNBC, and warned the public that our government is allowing drug companies to ship thimerosal-containing vaccines for use on children in other countries.

"They’re giving this now to kids all over the third world," Kennedy warned. "In China, autism was unknown five years ago," he said. "They started giving them American vaccines containing thimerosal and now they’ve got 1.8 million cases of autism," he added.

Autism is also exploding in Argentina, India, and Nigeria, Kennedy said.

"What’s going to happen when our enemies around the world realize that the United State’s most heralded foreign policy which is vaccinating the children of the world is poisoning the brains of developing third world children?" he warmed.

"This is just a disaster," Kennedy told Imus.

But it gets worse. Over the past 15 years, the vaccine scheme has resulted in a full-circle cycle of profits for the pharmaceutical industry. After poisoning an entire generation, drug companies are now making record profits from drugging their victims.

And the true irony of the situation is that due to their partnership with compromised officials and lawmakers, they were able to pull most of it off on the tax payer’s dime. Federal and State government programs, are the largest buyers of vaccines, administered "free" beginning with pregnant women all the way up to seniors citizens in nursing homes.

The vaccine racket is raging on at full-throttle. In 2005, more vaccines were administered to infants under the age of 1 in the US than in any other country. The current immunization schedule calls for 3 doses of Hepatitis B, the first at birth, 3 doses each of DTAP, HIB, IPV, Prevnar, and one dose of flu vaccine before a child’s first birthday.

The first year of childhood vaccines costs $620, and the second year costs $340, according to Pediatric Preventive Care Cost, Estimated US Average, 2005, by Patient Age, Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (RE9939) and Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule, US, 2005.

For the year 2004, the CDC reported the US birth rate to be 4,115,590. Without an industrial size calculator, it would be impossible to do the math to multiply the birth rate by the vaccine costs above. Suffice to say that the total amount represents major profits for vaccine makers especially when most of the bill is sent directly to the tax payers.

As for making money off the vaccine-injured children, between 2000 and 2003, the number of children treated for "severe behavioral conditions" related to conduct disorder and autism rose more than 60%, according to Behavior Drugs Lead in Sales for Children, New York Times, May 17, 2004.

Tax dollars are being directly funneled to the pharmaceutical industry through the damaged children. Public funds currently account for 63% of all mental health spending and Medicaid spending has risen more than 50% since 2000 to more than $300 billion per year, according to Parity-Plus: A Third Way Approach to Fix America’s Mental Health System, Progressive Policy Institute, June 22, 2005; Medicaid Largest US Payer, Daily Health Policy Report, March 30, 20005.

Drug companies have also been raking in major profits from the sale of attention deficit drugs, with much of it coming from the public trough. The National Center for Health Statistics, reports that the number of children aged 3 to 17 with ADHD went from 3.3 million in 1997 to 4.4 million in 2002. Between 2000 and 2004, use of attention deficit stimulant drugs rose 56% among children, according to data compiled Medco Health Solutions, one of the largest prescription benefit managers in the nation.

According to testimony at the February 18, 2004, FDA hearing, by Dr Gianna Rigoni, of the FDA’s Office of Drug Safety, a combined total of approximately 10.8 million prescriptions were dispensed for SSRI antidepressants and atypicals antipsychotics to the 1 to 17-year-old population in 2002, and children between 1 and 11-years-old, accounted for about 2.7 million of those prescriptions.

In 2004, SSRIs and antipsychotics became the third-and fourth-biggest classes of drugs in the country, with sales of $20.7 billion. And much of that cost was borne by government health-care plans, according to the July 27, 2005 Wall Street Journal.

As for the continued use of thimerosal-laced flu vaccines with infants, according to the ACIP report of July 29, 2005 / 54(RR08);1-40, actual deaths from influenza are uncommon among children with and without high-risk conditions. A study that modeled influenza-related deaths estimated that annually, an average of 92 deaths, or 0.4 deaths per 100,000, occurred among children under 5 during the 1990’s.

So, are the risks associated with injecting a full dose of thimerosal into 4,115,590 six-month-old babies worth it when weighed against the benefits, if any, of flu vaccines? More and more parents think not.

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There is no war on terrorism – Pravda.Ru

 

There is no war on terrorism

All the stories we see in the TV news, print and Internet media today are like mice in a small room occupied by a grizzly bear. We can see the bear, hear him panting and growling as he attempts to stomp on us, but everyone pretends he’s just not there, even though he’s eating all the food and we mice are starving.

The bear is the U.S. government and media cover up of the 9/11 attacks. They never came close to proving that foreign "terrorists" were involved. Of all four missing planes’ passenger manifests, not one Middle Easterner was on any of them. A jihadist who is bravely going to his death for the sake of his beliefs in Allah and Islam is a martyr and wants the whole world to know it. Martyr’s families receive reverential praise and support in their communities for decades. Yet not one of the "terrorists" the American Government insists were on the aircraft used their real names or were listed on the passenger lists. At least seven of the nineteen ‘hijackers’ are still alive…

Jack Duggan

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George Bush With a Twist v Iran

George Bush With a Twist
Tariq A. Al-Maeena, close_encounters@gawab.com
 

The saber rattlings of George Bush and his neoconservatives have taken off to another round. This time it is Iran and their nuclear program. Whilst American boys are being felled down and killed periodically in Iraq, there still exists more appetite for further conquests.

And what better way than to drum up the same old scenario of threat to the domestic well being of America and all Americans?

It worked against Afghanistan and Iraq, and Bush figures it’s going to work again in Iran.

Employing the doctrine of “if you can fool them once, and then twice, you can fool them all the time” this coalition of aggression has been busily painting another world-threatening state of affairs.

Not content with the reported and obscene personal profits they have realized from their grand Iraqi adventure, this gang is now actively promoting a picture of Iran as an immediate threat to the existence of mankind. The merry men are being dispatched to all corners of the globe to gather support for their cause, actively trying to build a sham of a coalition of nations against Iran.

And there is another undeclared reason for all this alarm. Israel, the one nation in the region that has been universally recognized as a bigger threat with its huge inventory of weapons of mass destruction feels threatened. It wants no one else to share the nuclear stage with itself.

It’s no secret that Israel possesses enough nuclear arms to destroy the entire Middle East. Mordechai Vanunnu, the nuclear technician who first brought Israel’s nuclear program to the attention of the world saw to that.

And to silence him from saying anything further, the Israeli government abducted and subsequently jailed him for 18 years. Following his release Vanunnu still faces severe restrictions on his right to move freely and to communicate with others.

But Bush cannot bring that up now in his speeches, now could he? It would expose the deceptive practices his administration has so successfully made the American public believe. Iraq was no real threat to the United States and neither was Afghanistan. But the adventure in Iraq was motivated in part by greed and in a greater part by the ranting of the acknowledged war criminal Ariel Sharon to pacify the Zionist lobby in US politics.

With George Bush’s administration brimming with Zionist sympathizers and their racist doctrine, it comes as no surprise the lives of ordinary American soldiers are being meaninglessly thrown to wind in part to preserve Israel’s criminal pursuit of ethnic cleansing and illegal occupation, and divert attention away from Israel’s nuclear program.

As long as they can get their constituents to focus on Iran, all should be well.

Heck, for that matter, the international community has been impotent in bringing about a nuclear free Middle East, as they privately acknowledge that Israel would not allow inspection of their nuclear facilities by the UN inspectors or anyone else.

The Israelis have met censures on Israel’s nuclear and territorial expansionist activities in the past with thorough disdain. And the countless UN Security Council resolutions that Israel has openly ignored are too numerous to tally.

But yet, US foreign policy continues in its hypocrisy of selling any country perceived as a challenge to Israel as one whose intentions are to target and strike US soil. Has America indeed been Israelized? While Iran’s president has openly been vocal on his disdain for Israel as a pariah among nations, it has been Israel all along who has been energetically carrying out the atrocities against the rightful inhabitants of the land.

The people of this region are not naïve enough to believe in George Bush’s call for alarm.

They weren’t fooled during the Iraq adventure, nor will they be fooled this time around.

The question remains whether Bush’s constituents will fall for this one!

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Cancer and Colloidal Silver

 CANCER AND SILVER IONS.

The information on this page should be read in its entirety.  We don’t think you’ll see any information anywhere else as important as this regarding cancer and silver ions.

The following excerpts are from Dr. Robert O. Becker’s books "The Body Electric" and "Cross Currents".  Dr. Becker’s work with silver was mainly to determine how cell regeneration occurred.  He discovered that silver ions caused cancer cells to dedifferentiate and revert back to normal cells.  When he discussed publishing his findings he was told to not publish or he would receive the wrath of those that didn’t want this type of information to be known.  He did publish and as a consequence lost all funding and subsequently went into retirement.  Nevertheless, this information is priceless. 

We have had several instances where people and animals with cancer had the cancers disappear in a short period of time and in all those cases no chemo or radiation was used.  The only thing used was fairly large amounts of ionic/colloidal silver taken daily.  We also have an instance of a 13 year old dog that was opened by a veterinarian and immediately sewn up with the comment "this dog will be gone in a few weeks".  The dog had lumps all over its body and the vet stated the dog had hemangioma sarcoma.  The dog was given CS as drinking water only and within a few days the cancers disappeared.  The dog resumed its normal life and the last we heard it was still going strong at age 15.  We subsequently lost contact but this shows that the placebo effect was not part of the response in this animal.

The Body Electric Chapter 8 Page 178

At this time, therefore, I must conclude that high-current electrodes might enhance the growth of any preexisting tumor cells in the electrical path unlike low-current silver, which when negative had no effect on, and when positive suspended mitosis of cancer cells in our lab.

Page 224 The Body Electric

In my group’s experiments with human fibrosarcoma cells in vitro, negative and positive currents both speeded up growth by over 300 percent. On the other hand, as mentioned in Chapter 8, we found that we could suspend mitosis in the fibrosarcoma cells with silver ions injected by minute levels of positive current. During one day of exposure, the cells appeared to dedifferentiate completely, and they stopped dividing for a month without additional treatment, even though we changed the nutrient medium regularly. Obviously, this entire subject needs to be investigated more thoroughly.

Robert O. Becker M.D.

Pages 164-166 cross currents

By Dr. Robert O. Becker

"In each case, the nonunions healed even faster than they would have if negative electrical currents had been used. In addition, the soft tissues and skin healed at the same extraordinary rate. The electrically generated silver ion was doing something more than killing bacteria it was also causing major growth stimulation of tissues in the wound.

When we finally tracked down exactly what was happening, we found that as human fibroblast cells (which are common throughout the body) were exposed to the electrically generated silver ions, they dedifferentiated. They were then able to multiply at a great rate, producing large numbers of primitive, embryonic cells in the wound even in patients over fifty years of age. These "uncommitted" cells were then able to differentiate into whatever cell types were needed to heal the wound. So what we were in fact doing was turning on regeneration in human tissues, which I had thought we would never be able to do.

In our previous studies of regeneration, we had found that in human beings, only bone-marrow cells could dedifferentiate. Because there were so few such cells, we thought that any regeneration in human beings (other than fracture healing) was impossible. The dedifferentiation of the abundant fibroblast cells by electrically generated silver ions may provide us with the means to restore regeneration to human patients.

While I was excited at this serendipitous discovery, my patients could have cared less how the wounds were healed. They were simply delighted at the fact that, at long last, a treatment had worked. Perhaps the most important moral in this story is that it demonstrates that no one can tell in advance what will happen in a scientific experiment.

Electrochemical therapy for cancer

Actually, this circuitous pathway led us back to one of our original aims, the control of cancer growth. If the electrically generated silver ion dedifferentiated normal human fibroblast cells, would it also dedifferentiate human cancer cells? If so, we would have a way to duplicate in human beings.   Dr. S. Meryl Rose’s experiments with salamander cancers, in which dedifferentiated cancer cells dedifferentiated as normal cells. A lack of funds, unfortunately, prevented us from completing this work. However, we did find that some human cancer cells in culture appeared to dedifferentiate when exposed to these silver ions.

I also had a patient with a severe, chronic bone infection who had an associated cancer in the wound. He refused amputation, which would have been the treatment of choice, and insisted that I treat his infection with the silver technique. After three months, the infection was under control, and the cancer cells in the wound appeared to have changed back to normal. When I last heard from him, eight years after the treatment, he was still fine.

It is important to realize that this is not simply an electrical effect, but the result of the combined action of the electrical voltage and the electrically generated silver ions. It is an electrochemical treatment. While we do not have firm evidence at this time, what probably happens is that the silver ion is shaped so as to connect with some receptor group on the surface of the cancer-cell membrane. After that connection is made, an electrical-charge transfer sends a signal to the nucleus of the cancer cell that activates the primitive-type genes, and the cell dedifferentiates. In that state it awaits instructions as to what it is to become. The process is exactly the same as that in Rose’s experiments, except that in this case the dedifferentiation is caused by the unexpected action of the positive silver ions.

This technique obviously requires more study before any clinical use can be made of its antitumor effect. However, it does appear to be a promising lead in an otherwise rather grim picture."

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“Blair warning to Iran on weapons”

We should all bear in mind the sequence of events before Iraq was invaded and how much turned out to be Bush / Blair lies. Bush has had Iran and Syria on his hit list for a long while. It is just a question of how long it takes to whip up public / political hysteria via the establishment media!!!
 
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Man claims omega-3 fatty acids helped cure his cancer

Man claims omega-3 fatty acids helped cure his cancer

Chris Marrou
KENS 5 Eyewitness News

Two weeks ago a study claimed that omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in ocean fish including salmon and tuna, don’t help protect against cancer. But that study was actually just a review of previous research on the subject.

Recently, I met a man who’s alive thanks to omega-3, and thanks to a neighbor who’s spent years looking into what it does.

Every morning, David Hall fills tiny bags with capsules containing omega-3 fatty acids, and takes handfuls of them throughout the day. He doesn’t mind because cancer should have ended his life five years ago.

"This is a disease called sarcoma. It’s an unusual adult tumors, where they come from was never clear," said Dr. Steven Schiff, an oncologist.

The survival rate?

“If untreated, it is only months. It’s a vicious disease," Schiff added.

However, fortune has smiled on David Hall. He lived across the street from Dr. Ron Pardini, a biochemist at the University of Nevada in Reno. For years, Pardini has raised immune-deficient mice in which human cancers easily grow.

That is, until the mice are fed a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids.

"It makes the tumors susceptible," according to Pardini.

However, how do we know it was omega-3 that saved his life? The omega-3 was all he’s had to fight this cancer.

"When the patient (Hall) came in, he said he liked to try nutritional supplements, I said fine because I had nothing better to offer," Schiff said.

So instead of going home to die, Hall went home and started taking omega-3 pills, some fish oil, and some from an algae derivative called neuromins — lots of them.

"I take 18 of each per day, every day" said Hall. "I put six packs aside in the morning — and check they’re all gone before I go to bed," Hall said

Pardini’s theory is that, thousands of years ago, humans ate a diet that was balanced evenly between omega-3 and omega-6, which is found in vegetable oils, especially corn. But as agriculture became more efficient, that balance was altered.

"The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is now up to 14 or 30 to one," Pardini said.

Pardini believes we should eat no more than three or four times as much omega-6 as omega-3 for best health. That has caused Hall to eliminate corn and corn oil from his diet.

"If they feed the mice corn it goes right off the chart — the cancer growth just skyrockets," Hall said.

No one will tell you omega-3 cures cancer, but Pardini and his neighbor say it certainly has beneficial effects.

"And we’ve looked at human colon, mammary and prostate cancers and an omega-3 rich diet retards their growth and has almost wiped out mammary carcinomas," Pardini said. "It has definitely wiped it out. I’ll find out in about eight weeks, but I fully believe by the next cat scan it’ll be nothing."

Oncologists have heard of every fruitless scheme to beat cancer — but Hall’s doctor thinks this one might be different.

Has a patient survived?

“None that I can think of, it’s quite unusual," Schiff said. "Clearly this is a hypothesis that needs further testing.”

Some people find taking 36 pills a day literally hard to swallow, and some have digestive problems. Plus, not eating corn may be tough in a town that values its tortillas and tamales.

But if the choice is death or living longer, perhaps a pound of omega-3 oil a month is not so bad.

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