We invite you to join us in the continuous dialogue and collaboration between scientists, physicians, healthcare professionals, individuals and companies who have dedicated their life work to combat the growing danger of today’s complex diseases. We know very intimately the hard and often overwhelming work physicians deal with everyday. Healing and preventing disease has become an enormously tough job to perform and it is getting worse.
Science Magazine in April 2002 had on its cover the topic everyone in the medical profession today must deal with: “The Puzzle of Complex Diseases.” The most common diseases are the toughest to crack; Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and psychiatric illness. All are “complex” or “multifactorial” diseases and cannot be ascribed to mutations in a single gene or to a single environmental factor. Rather they arise from the combined action of many genes, environmental factors and risk conferring behaviors. Type II diabetes has reached epidemic proportion in the US and is striking people at a young age. In an article by Harvard School of Public Health, Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition; Walter C. Willett states that studies have revealed that more than 70% of stroke, colon cancer, coronary heart disease and type II diabetes are potentially preventable by life-style modifications. In addition, various lines of evidence indicate that environmental factors are becoming more important and tougher to deal with. The challenge facing physicians today is to sort out how these contributing factors interact in a way that translate into effective strategies for disease diagnosis, prevention and therapy.
The Lancet in October 2005 issued a call for global dialogue about chronic disease and death in low and medium income countries. The article states that from an estimated total of 58 million deaths world wide, 35 million people die from heart disease, stroke, cancer and other chronic diseases. 20% of these deaths occur in high-income countries and 80% of these diseases occur in middle-income and low-income countries. The death rate from these potentially preventable diseases is higher in middle to low income countries than high-income countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that all chronic diseases account for 72% of the total global burden of disease in the population aged 30 years and older. Cardiovascular disease is the leading single cause of death worldwide. The projections suggest that the largest relative increases in chronic disease death rate will be in high-income countries. However, it is clear from the high death rates projected for low-income and upper middle-income countries for 2015 that these countries need urgent interventions to control and prevent chronic diseases.
Third World Network, (TWN), published an article about the impending global calamity of infectious diseases. The new diseases range from AIDS to little known but equally lethal viral infections. In many cases their source is unknown as is the reason for their emergence. More than one fifth of the world’s population lives in extreme poverty and are bound by their living conditions to the daily hazard of infectious diseases. Increase in air travel and the growing traffic in trade and tourism mean that disease producing organism, the deadly and the commonplace, can be transported rapidly from one continent to another. Changes in global food trade create new opportunities for infections to flourish. Expanding areas of human habitation put additional millions of people at risk from pathogens previously rare or unknown causes of human disease. The effect of climatic changes may give some diseases the opportunity to spread to new geographical areas.
During the past ten years, outbreaks of old foes such as plague, diphtheria, yellow fever, dengue, meningitis, influenza and cholera have claimed many lives. Today there are other deadly diseases to contend with: HIV/AIDS, Ebola hemorrhagic fever, Lassa fever, Marburg virus, a new form of animal influenza in humans, Legionnaires’ disease and a new variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (nvCJD). Some are believed to have emerged from rainforests and crossed the species barrier to infect humans. Others are amplified from deadly co-infections with diseases such as TB or leishmaniasis and HIV/AIDS.
The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 2006, brings it home to the US with an article named “Defying Treatment, A New virulent staph infection sparks health fears.” The article starts with a story about a 17 months old toddler that died from a new strain of the staph infection known as CA-MRSA. The bacterium is extremely hardy, resistant to drugs and is highly virulent. Once the bacteria gets going it produces a poison that kills white blood cells and destroys the body’s tissues. The Journal of Infectious Disease Control and Prevention says that more than two million people carry the drug resistant staph without symptoms and public health officials see it as a silent epidemic on the rise. Carriers can spread the disease and become ill as well. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) held an expert meeting on the subject of CA-MRSA in the summer of 2004 and has issued a call to doctors to increase vigilance. It plans to publish the finding with educational materials for doctors and the public. And this is just the beginning: The Infectious Diseases Society of America, an association of 8,000 infectious-disease specialists, has announced a hit list of the six most worrisome germs doctors now face in clinical practice. The hit list, includes five bacteria and one fungus, is described in the current issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases. All six of these organisms are resistant to drugs and are highly virulent.
A new report by the World Bank underscored that close to one-fifth of the burden of disease in developing countries can be attributed to environmental risks including climate change and pollution – with unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene as leading risk factors, causing 1.7 million premature deaths/year; and urban air pollution estimated to cause about 800,000 premature deaths/year. Meanwhile, according to the research arm of the Chinese Government’s environmental protection agency, over 400,000 people in China die prematurely annually from indoor and outdoor air pollution. 77% of schools in Beijing tested in a recent survey showed high levels of deadly pollutants, and new satellite data revealed Beijing’s to be the ‘air pollution capital of world’. A study in Brazil, concluded that high levels of air pollution are reducing the number of boys born and could be linked to increased rates of miscarriage. In US press, articles warn about pollution from school buses and new research linking childhood asthma to traffic pollution. Rising rates of asthma brought initiatives to reduce household environmental triggers of asthma, including tobacco smoke.
More than 80,000 chemical compounds have been developed in the past fifty years and each year some 2,00-3,000 new chemicals are brought to the EPA for approval. According to the EPA, US companies in 1998 manufactured 6.5 trillion pounds of 9,000 different chemicals. In 2000 they dumped over 7.1 billion pounds of 650 industrial chemicals in our air and water. There are over 5,000 chemicals in cosmetics, more than 3,200 chemicals in food and 500 chemicals in pesticides. Cigarette smoke has some 4,000 chemicals. The current guideline the EPA has for chemical levels in the body shows we are facing dangerous levels of exposure. A large study done by the CDC, and released in 2003, analyzes the effect of 116 chemicals on 2,500 children and adults over a two-year period. They found that toxins used by our society and industry, and consumer products in our homes and agriculture, are present in our bodies. Many toxins remain in our body and over the years accumulate into a greater concentration. This bio accumulation of toxins in our tissues compromises our immune system and renders it functionally deficient and vulnerable.
The reality of our world today is alarming and it will take global heroic efforts to bring about change. For the past 30 years we have been a part of the global call and dialogue for change and have worked towards the betterment of our earth, our resources and fellow human beings. Our home is a global environment and therefore our initiative has a simple straightforward approach: Clean our home environment, help our body and help the world. Small steps can mean great changes and the accumulative effects of good deeds by millions of people will save our world.
There is no doubt that the dietary customs of any culture, group or individual play a major role in their health, vitality and longevity. In the last few decades, the typically compromised western fast food dietary habits have spread worldwide and are producing an ever growing nutritional calamity and is considered by scientists to be the major causative factor of today’s complex disease patterns. The increasingly hostile environment contains with more toxins, chemicals, pollution and virulent pathogens, and threatens to overwhelm our immune system. The body desperately needs more intense and powerful nutrients to counteract, heal, protect and maintain good health. Our own government recognizes the need for a dramatic change in our dietary patterns and has given the edict, thru our USDA and DSHS: to consume at least 5-9 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day. World wide, governments create campaigns and slogans to remind their citizens to eat more vegetables and fruits. Scientifically and medically: Survival of the Fittest has never being so poignant. The “5-A-Day for Better Health” campaign is not just a recommendation but also a serious must-do for the human species to survive. Our bodies are designed to subsist on Multi Dimensional Nutritional Requisites. From the first day of conception to the last breath we take, our bodies require nourishing foods to grow, repair and sustain.
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