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Truthout – Mystery Fungal Disease Sweeping Pacific Northwest Linked to Missing Israeli Scientist

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From Truthout…researchers at Israel’s Institute for Biological Research, located in Ness-Ziona about 20 km from Tel Aviv, have worked with the Cryptococcus gatti fungus. They also report that mysterious Israeli-American scientist Joseph Moshe, 56 years old, may have conducted covert studies with the fungus while he was recently living in California. This report concerning Moshe is especially interesting because Moshe was briefly in the international spotlight in 2009 when he was the subject of a spectacular chase and arrest by the LA police department and SWAT team, assisted by the FBI, Secret Service, CIA, US Army and several other unidentified federal officials. That highly unusual arrest has never been fully explained to the media, and the whereabouts of Moshe has remained unknown since its occurrence.

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Dr. Arnie Klein reminds us of Michael Jackson’s true legacy of compassion on July 9th episode of Larry King Live

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Gone Too Soon ~ by Michael Jackson

Like a rainbow
Fading in the twinkling of an eye
Gone too soon

Shiny and sparkly
And splendidly bright
Here one day
Gone one night

Like the loss of sunlight
On a cloudy afternoon
Gone too soon

Like a castle
Built upon a sandy beach
Gone too soon

Like a perfect flower
That is just beyond your reach
Gone too soon

Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight
Here one day
Gone one night

Like a sunset
Dying with the rising of the moon
Gone too soon
Gone too soon

aura writes; During Larry King’s interview with the late GREAT King of Pop’s dermatologist, Dr. Arnie Klein, on his July 9th show, Dr. Klein speaks about Michael Jackson’s struggle with Lupus and Vitiligo and reminds us of the late King of Pop’s true legacy of compassion. It is important to remember the many acts of kindness that truly comprise the lasting legacy of the late GREAT Michael Jackson’s exalted life. Michael Jackson’s family, friends and fans are now trying to reclaim that legacy for him – one that was tragically marred by the greed of those that exploited the kind star to extort his riches. In the wake of the beloved King of Pop’s untimely and tragic passing, his family, friends and fans alike are now understandably reacting angrily to the ugly unfounded charges and trial that tarnished the compassionate superstar’s illustrious image and demanding that his name now be cleared. Michael’s fans also felt the pain he suffered during his trial, and ruefully witnessed the deep discouragement that drove Michael from the U S and into isolation in the Middle East and Ireland following his complete exoneration.

On Larry King Live Wednesday night, Dr. Arnie Klein, spoke to Larry about the love and respect Michael demonstrated towards Ryan White by publicly embracing him and inviting the nation to do the same despite the sense of dread, fear and bewilderment they felt about his disease. Giving true meaning to his melody, It Doesn’t Matter if You’re Black or White, Michael crossed racial barriers, risking his reputation to reach out to Ryan White and teach the world the meaning of selfless love and compassion.  Michael nobly offered himself in the service of Ryan White, sharing life’s joys and sorrows with him, and setting himself up as a shining example for others of love, understanding and acceptance, so that people would set aside their fears and prejudices and no longer ostracize the teen. But courage was just one of the many bonds Michael and Ryan  shared.

Ryan White was a hemophiliac who tragically contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion he received to medically manage his disease. Court documents filed in Chicago revealed that the National Hemophilia Foundation found out in the early 80’s that AIDS was a blood borne disease, and did nothing to pressure  the drug companies at the time to isolate the virus and eliminate it from the blood they used to manufacture clotting factor for hemophiliacs. The FDA was also aware of the etiology of AIDS, but according to the NYT, the FDA’s co-medical director, Louis Aledort,  “asked an advisory committee of the Federal Food and Drug Administration not to require drug firms to neutralize viruses in clotting products by using processes available at the time, the newspaper said. Mr. Aledort said it would make the medicine unaffordable…” Due to the ignoble actions of people like Louis Aledort, the drug companies followed the flawed recommendations of the FDA advisory committee, and chose to pursue profits over the lives of patients, and Ryan White along with many others wound up paying the price for it.

After being diagnosed with AIDS, Ryan White was ostracized and persecuted because of the general public’s ignorance and irrational fear of the disease, many of whom were only concerned about their own welfare. The community put Ryan and his family through hell when they learned he had contracted AIDS, yet the Whites  confronted this injustice with uncommon valor, earning the respect of the King of Pop, who helped them promote understanding of the disease among the public, which enhanced a collective capacity for compassion and acceptance. With the love and support of his family, and with Michael standing behind him, Ryan White was able to successfully transform the hatred directed towards him for having AIDS and turn it into a positive force for change in our society. Michael helped Ryan do that by carrying some of the burden for him and absorbing or deflecting some of society’s cruelest blows. It was a match ordained in heaven. A friendship forged by the divine hand of God for the benefit of mankind. And because of it, Ryan was able to transcend the limitations imposed upon him by society with the grace of God and the help of his family and friends, giving the once beleaguered teen a magnificent achievement in his short lifetime.

Michael set an important precedent by reaching out to Ryan at a critical juncture when the spread of AIDS was rapidly increasing throughout the population, alarming the public. Michael’s open embrace of Ryan and his family not only neutralized the stigma of AIDS, but demonstrated to the world a means by which to bridge racial barriers. These invaluable contributions of Michael Jackson are part of a legacy worthy of  being honored by a foolhardy Congress that has not yet done so.  Michael’s heroic efforts to aid Ryan White and his family provided crucial guidance for the public and helped instill in them the courage to face the AIDS epidemic with hope of someday curtailing it.

Michael Jackson took Ryan White under his wing and brought him to Neverland for some well deserved fun. Dr. Klein told Larry King that Michael wanted to take Ryan with him into his hot tub, but one of the pop superstar’s doctors advised him against it, warning the King of Pop he might contract AIDS himself if he did. After receiving assurances from Dr. Klein that this was not the case,  Michael and Ryan did some hot tubing together at Neverland.  This bold step by Michael must have given Ryan a serious confidence boost when he needed it most, since an open display of fearlessness by a high profile person was essential in helping the public overcome the stigma of AIDS. Michael risked his own health by taking to the hot tub with Ryan at a time of great uncertainty about the disease and high public anxiety. His actions went a long way towards changing collective attitudes of people towards the disease. Michael’s powerful show of solidarity with Ryan White and his family is worthy of the highest praise.

Ryan, your willingness to forgive and uplift those who persecuted you was a Christlike act of love for humanity and a gift only God can repay. You were truly an instrument of His courage, and Michael an instrument of His love. Together you forged a friendship that dispelled an atmosphere of fear, educated and informed, bridged barriers and fostered acceptance. May you ever be rewarded for it with eternal rest in the light of God’s divine grace.

Michael, your graciousness and compassion was a generous gift that brought Ryan some much deserved happiness in the face of great sorrow. May God bless you forever for it. Your selfless actions marked a milestone since they came at a crucial time during the  progression of this terrible disease. It helped change the public’s perception and understanding of AIDS and brought about greater acceptance of those suffering with it, earning you even greater name and fame worldwide. The artistry, joy and love you shared, the racial barriers you surpassed, the hope you inspired and the heartfelt compassion and countless acts of kindness you offered to others are brilliant facets of your treasured  legacy to which we will always aspire. You are truly a radiant soul, whose spirit reflects the light of truth that will  lead all who see it toward enlightenment. Thank you Michael, and as Stevie Wonder said In Memoriam, we can’t help but love you forever. You were one of the most illuminated souls the world has even known.

They are together now, Michael and Ryan, strolling the celestial corridors of heaven. God be with them.

Love Always,

aura
xoxoxo

© aura@mysticalmaven.com

RYAN WHITE ~ a song about the teenage symbol of Justice by Michael Jackson

Ryan White’s mother recalls time with Jackson . Chicago Tribune article at LINK

Larry King breaking! MJ’s dermatologist reveals the late GREAT King of Pop had Lupus and extreme Vitiligo

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aura writes; Go to this LINK to view a series of interesting images of the late GREAT Michael Jackson’s ongoing battle with Vitiligo over the decades. It is an extremely well documented photo essay on the progression of the King of Pop’s unsettling condition, which was misunderstood by the ignorant masses, and thereby subjected him to great ridicule, which undoubtedly caused him to feel deeply discouraged and fueled his drug seeking behavior. Also, see the articles below on vitiligo and lupus to better understand the frightening syndromes the beloved legend of all legends had to endure.

Go HERE to read my article on how the late great Michael Jackson led the country as one of the first public figures to embrace AIDS patients publicly as the epidemic broke in the 1980’s.

(CNN Report on Vitiligo) – In the wake of Michael Jackson’s memorial service, the key question of how the pop superstar died remains unanswered, awaiting an official report from the Los Angeles County coroner.

But other mysteries abound, particularly related to Jackson’s appearance, which changed dramatically from his early adulthood. His features changed, and the color of his skin lightened significantly over the last two decades of his life.

When the face of the most recognizable entertainer in the world faded to near alabaster, the transformation struck a sensitive cultural spot. It intrigued and even offended people, spawning numerous articles and blog posts speculating about his metamorphosis. Read entire article at LINK

The late GREAT Michael Jackson’s dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein to Larry King; “Michael had Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE or Lupus)”
What is lupus? What are the types of lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease characterized by acute and chronic inflammation of various tissues of the body. Autoimmune diseases are illnesses that occur when the body’s tissues are attacked by its own immune system. The immune system is a complex system within the body that is designed to fight infectious agents, such as bacteria and other foreign microbes. One of the ways that the immune system fights infections is by producing antibodies that bind to the microbes. Patients with lupus produce abnormal antibodies in their blood that target tissues within their own body rather than foreign infectious agents. Because the antibodies and accompanying cells of inflammation can affect tissues anywhere in the body, lupus has the potential to affect a variety of areas. Sometimes lupus can cause disease of the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, joints, and/or nervous system. When only the skin is involved, the condition is called lupus dermatitis or cutaneous lupus erythematosus. A form of lupus dermatitis that can be isolated to the skin, without internal disease, is called discoid lupus. When internal organs are involved, the condition is referred to as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Continue reading about Lupus at LINK

Daily Pfennig 4/27/09: US$ Benefits from the Swine Flu

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04/27/2009
A Pfennig For Your Thoughts

In This Issue…The story that is dominating the trading screens this morning is the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico, and the fear of it spreading into a pandemic. The flu has jumped off the North American continent and is now a global concern, with cases being reported as far away as New Zealand. President Obama’s administration has declared a public health emergency, with cases now being reported in several U.S. states. Hopefully health officials will be able to keep the virus somewhat contained, and this won’t become as predominate as the SARS outbreak.

As most would predict, the Mexican peso has dropped significantly, moving down almost 3% vs. the US$ overnight. Fears of a global pandemic have driven investors out of the high-yielding currencies of New Zealand, Australia, and Brazil. Risk aversion seems to be back in vogue, with investors moving funds back into U.S. Treasuries and the Japanese yen. I read a story over the weekend that suggested the US$ will continue to strengthen no matter what happens in the global economy. The story suggested that the US$ would increase if the administration’s efforts to stimulate our economy work, and we lead the rest of the globe into the recovery phase. On the other hand, the US$ will also strengthen if the global economy continues to weaken, as investors will purchase U.S. Treasuries as a safe haven. Continue reading at LINK

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aura writes; There has been a serious flu sweeping the nation all year that in certain cases it turns into pneumonia and has killed some young and famous people, most notably Cameron Diaz’s father and Marlon Brando’s son, Christian Brando. The flu started on the west coast in Oregon, where it killed a number of young people, making national news. Scores of people where I work have come down with it and been sick for 4 to 6 weeks with severe upper respiratory symptoms. To protect yourself from deadly viruses, which are always in the environment, there are several steps you can take.

1. Wash your hands frequently, especially after touching doorknobs, chairs and other objects in your work environment or communal situations. Never eat or put your hands to you face unless you have washed your hands.

2.) Avoid crowds if at all possible, but if you must be in a crowd, keep your head down or evade face to face contacts with strangers. Take evasive action to move away from those that sneeze or cough in your environment.

3.) Everyone should be taking Vitamin D, Vitamin C, fish oil and CoQ10 everyday. If you should come down with a virus, immediately take a dose of Niacin 250 MG to 500 MG followed by 1000MG vitamin C and on tablet of Echinacea/Golden Seal tablet.

4.) Take a spoon full of raw honey two to three times a day if you should start exhibiting symptoms of sore throat AND gargle with warm water and salt.

5.) Take 1 tablespoon of cold pressed Castor Oil to promote bowel evacuation (which aids detoxification of the body) AND have white flannel on hand for Castor Oil soaks. If you demonstrate signs of flu, cut a piece of flannel to fit the size of your throat and abdomen, saturate those flannel pieces in Castor Oil (remove excess so it doesn’t drip), then apply the flannel to your throat and abdomen. Wrap the neck and abdomen with plastic wrap, cover with thin towel (apply heating pad to abdomen) and leave the packs on for one hour. The Castor Oil will be taken up by the immune system and it will disable any deadly virus you may have been exposed to.

6.) Pray to the Lord to protect you and your family from any exposure to deadly disease and thank God in advance for keeping you and your family safe. The gratitude will complete the prayer circle and you will visualize a successful healing process in advance, which will create that result.

Herbs for Healthy Immunity – by Gail Faith Edwards Gail gives great information about all types of immune strengthening herbs along with their properties, including Astragalus, St. John’s Wort and honey. Here is an what Gail Faith Edwards has to say about honey;

…honey, the concentrated nectar of wildflowers, the essence of all the combined medicinal qualities of all the diverse and abundant wild herbs, is thought to be the most medicinal.. All natural, unheated honey is antibiotic, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, expectorant, anti-allergenic, laxative, anti-anemic, tonic, immune stimulating, and cell regenerating.

One of the best herbalists in the United States, and perhaps the world is Susan Weed. Ms. Weed is from upstate NY and I met her once while I was visiting the upstate area. She has a website, a newsletter and a YouTube page, which everyone should subscribe to to learn about using herbs to promote health and wellness.

Blind to be cured with stem cells

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April 19, 2009
Blind to be cured with stem cells
Sarah-Kate Templeton, Health Editor/TIMES ONLINE

BRITISH scientists have developed the world’s first stem cell therapy to cure the most common cause of blindness. Surgeons predict it will become a routine, one-hour procedure that will be generally available in six or seven years’ time.

The treatment involves replacing a layer of degenerated cells with new ones created from embryonic stem cells. It was pioneered by scientists and surgeons from the Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London and Moorfields eye hospital. LINK to complete article at TIMES ONLINE

The Nagging Connection Between Breast Cancer & Deodorant Use

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by Rebecca Ephraim

Kris McGrath’s wife, Elaine, applied antiperspirant deodorant to her underarms as part of her daily routine — just as millions of us do every morning while getting dressed. McGrath believes it was this “lifestyle habit” coupled with underarm shaving that was the main cause of his 35-year-old wife’s breast cancer and death in 1989. He suspects the same thing happened to his mother who also died of breast cancer.

Kris McGrath is not just another questioning consumer; McGrath is an M.D., an associate professor of clinical medicine at Chicago’s Northwestern University’s medical school, heads up the allergy-immunology department at a Chicago hospital and maintains a thriving private practice. He has long suspected that there’s a link between the use of deodorants/antiperspirants and breast cancer. “I’ve been working on this for over 15 years,” McGrath recounts. “You get no support, no interest and it seems pretty straightforward that research needs to be done. I don’t understand that.” LINK