Not So Great Moments In The History Of Cancer Research

If you’ve ever wondered why after decades of research and funding we are no closer to curing cancer than ever, you’ll understand why after reading this story by Jeff Rense.

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WantToKnow.info generally posts only information which comes from well known and respected sources. But for this message on potential cancer cures, we’re making an exception. We have known of the amazing Royal Rife story and his incredible success with cancer cures for many years. This brilliant scientist and inventor discovered a potential cancer cure in the early 1930s, only to have it thoroughly crushed by the medical-industrial complex. Finally, someone has made an excellent, concise summary of Rife’s fascinating story, and that someone is Jeff Rense.

Jeff Rense is a dedicated researcher of major cover-ups with no strong credentials other than a large following of people convinced of the quality of his work. His popular website receives millions of visits a month. Below is his excellent summary on Royal Rife’s life and work. For more on this amazing scientist and his research on cancer cures, see the websites listed at the end of this message. And don’t miss the “What you can do” box at the end of the article. By spreading the word and educating ourselves, we can make a difference.
Royal Raymond Rife Discovers Cancer Cure
By Jeff Rense

Imagine, for a moment, that you have spent more than two decades in painfully laborious research, and that you have now discovered a simple, electronic approach with the potential of curing literally every disease on the planet caused by viruses and bacteria. Indeed, it is a discovery that could end the pain and suffering of countless millions and change life on Earth forever. Certainly, the medical world would rush to embrace you with every imaginable accolade and financial reward imaginable. You would think so, wouldn’t you?

Unfortunately, arguably the greatest medical genius in all recorded history suffered a fate literally the opposite of the foregoing logical scenario. In fact, the history of medicine is replete with stories of genius betrayed by backward thought and jealously, but most pathetically, by greed and money.

In the nineteenth century, Semmelweiss struggled mightily to convince surgeons that it was a good idea to sterilize their instruments and use sterile surgical procedures. Pasteur was ridiculed for years for his theory that germs could cause disease. Scores of other medical visionaries went through hell for simply challenging the medical status quo of the day, including such legends as Roentgen and his X-rays, Morton for promoting the ‘absurd’ idea of anaesthesia, Harvey for his theory of the circulation of blood, and many others in recent decades including: W.F. Koch, Revici, Burzynski, Naessens, Priore, Livingston-Wheeler, and Hoxsey.

Orthodox big-money medicine resents and seeks to neutralize and/or destroy those who challenge its beliefs. Often, the visionary who challenges it pays a heavy price for his ‘heresy.’

So, you have just discovered a new therapy which can eradicate any microbial disease but, so far, you and your amazing cure aren’t very popular. What do you do next? Well, certainly the research foundations and teaching institutions would welcome news of your astounding discovery. Won’t they be thrilled to learn you have a cure for the very same diseases they are receiving hundreds of millions of dollars per year to investigate? Maybe not, if it means the end of the gravy train for all your research to find a cure. These people have mortgages to pay and families to support.

Perhaps you should take your discovery to the pharmaceutical industry; certainly it would be of great interest to those protectors of humanity, right? But remember, you have developed a universal cure which could make most drugs obsolete, so the pharmaceutical industry just might be less than thrilled to hear about your work. In fact, the bigshots might even make it certain that your human disease-ending technology never sees the light of day, by preventing it from becoming licensed by the regulatory agencies.

Now, assuming your amazing cure is an electronic instrument, the only cost of using it is electricity. And it is harmless to patients, who can recover without losing their hair, the family home, and their life savings. So, with your technology, there is no longer any reason for people with cancer to pay over $300,000 per patient – to become deathly ill from chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and surgery. It sounds like you won’t find many friends and support among practicing oncologists, radiologists, and surgeons, doesn’t it?

You might try the hospitals and big clinics. But how thrilled are they going to be about a therapy administered in any doctor’s office; which reverses illness before the patient has to be hospitalized? Thanks to you, the staffs of these institutions would essentially be out of work.

Well then, how about the insurance companies? Surely, they would be delighted to save the expense of hospitalization – at least the companies which haven’t invested in hospitals, where the staff is now sitting around waiting for someone to break a leg or be in a car accident … and the ones who don’t lose policyholders as a result of your invention … and the companies which aren’t trying to divest their pharmaceutical stock. Oh well, forget the insurance companies, too.

It looks like you just might have a little problem with the medical establishment, no?

Probably the only friends you’ll have will be the patients and those progressive doctors who see change as an opportunity, rather than a threat to their established money-making machines. Those people will love you. But they don’t call the shots.

What follows now is the story of exactly such a sensational therapy and what happened to it. In one of the blackest episodes in recorded history, this remarkable electronic therapy was sabotaged and buried by a ruthless group of men. It has re-emerged in the underground medical/alternative health world only since the mid-80’s. This is the story of Royal Raymond Rife and his fabulous discoveries and electronic instruments.

If you have never heard of Rife before, prepare to be angered and incredulous at what this great man achieved for all of us only to have it practically driven from the face of the planet. But, reserve your final judgment and decision until after you have read this.

Of course, some may regard this as just an amusing piece of fiction. However, for those who are willing to do some investigating on their own, there will be mentioned several highly-respected doctors and medical authorities who worked with Rife, as well as some of the remarkable technical aspects of his creation. So let’s now turn to the story of the most amazing medical pioneer of the 20th century.

The Life of Royal Rife

Royal Raymond Rife was a brilliant scientist born in 1888 and died in 1971. After studying at Johns Hopkins, Rife developed technology which is still commonly used today in the fields of optics, electronics, radiochemistry, biochemistry, ballistics, and aviation. He received 14 major awards and honors and was given an honorary Doctorate by the University of Heidelberg for his work. During the 66 years that Rife spent designing and building medical instruments, he worked for Zeiss Optics, the U.S. Government, and several private benefactors.

Because Rife was self-educated in so many different fields, he intuitively looked for his answers in areas beyond the rigid scientific structure of his day. He had mastered so many different disciplines that he literally had, at his intellectual disposal, the skills and knowledge of an entire team of scientists and technicians from a number of different scientific fields. So, whenever new technology was needed to perform a new task, Rife simply invented and then built it himself.

Rife’s inventions include a heterodyning ultraviolet microscope [see New York Times article], a microdissector, and a micromanipulator. When you thoroughly understand Rife’s achievements, you may well decide that his was one of the most gifted, versatile, scientific minds in human history.

By 1920, Rife had finished building the world’s first virus microscope. By 1933, he had perfected that technology and had constructed the incredibly complex Universal Microscope, which had nearly 6,000 different parts and was capable of magnifying objects 60,000 times their normal size. With this incredible microscope, Rife became the first human being to actually see a live virus.

Modern electron microscopes instantly kill everything beneath them, viewing only the mummified remains and debris. What the Rife microscope can see is the bustling activity of living viruses as they change form to accommodate changes in environment, replicate rapidly in response to carcinogens, and transform normal cells into tumor cells. But how was Rife able to accomplish this, in an age when electronics and medicine were still just evolving? Here are a few technical details to placate the skeptics…

Rife painstakingly identified the individual spectroscopic signature of each microbe, using a slit spectroscope attachment. Then, he slowly rotated block quartz prisms to focus light of a single wavelength upon the microorganism he was examining. This wavelength was selected because it resonated with the spectroscopic signature frequency of the microbe based on the now-established fact that every molecule oscillates at its own distinct frequency.

The atoms that come together to form a molecule are held together in that molecular configuration with a covalent energy bond which both emits and absorbs its own specific electromagnetic frequency. No two species of molecule have the same electromagnetic oscillations or energetic signature. Resonance amplifies light in the same way two ocean waves intensify each other when they merge together.

The result of using a resonant wavelength is that micro-organisms which are invisible in white light suddenly become visible in a brilliant flash of light when they are exposed to the color frequency that resonates with their own distinct spectroscopic signature. Rife was thus able to see these otherwise invisible organisms and watch them actively invading tissues cultures. Rife’s discovery enabled him to view organisms that no one else could see with ordinary microscopes. [For more details in an article written by Rife, click here]

More than 75% of the organisms Rife could see with his Universal Microscope are only visible with ultra-violet light. But ultraviolet light is outside the range of human vision, it is ‘invisible’ to us. Rife’s brilliance allowed him to overcome this limitation by heterodyning, a technique which became popular in early radio broadcasting.

He illuminated the microbe (usually a virus or bacteria) with two [harmonic] wavelengths of … ultraviolet light frequency which resonated with the spectral signature of the microbe. These two wavelengths produced interference where they merged. This interference was, in effect, a third, longer wave which fell into the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. This was how Rife made invisible microbes visible without killing them, a feat which today’s electron microscopes cannot duplicate. [For a 1944 Smithsonian Institution report which includes information on Rife’s amazing microscopes, click here and do a search for the word “Rife”]

By this time, Rife was so far ahead of his colleagues of the 1930’s that they could not comprehend what he was doing without actually traveling to San Diego to Rife’s laboratory to look through his Virus Microscope for themselves. And many did exactly that.

One was Virginia Livingston. She eventually moved from New Jersey to Rife’s Point Loma (San Diego) neighborhood and became a frequent visitor to his lab. Virginia Livingston is now often given the credit for identifying the organism which causes human cancer, beginning with research papers she began publishing in 1948.

Research into Cancer and Cancer Cures

In reality, Royal Rife had identified the human cancer virus first … In 1920, Rife made over 20,000 unsuccessful attempts to transform normal cells into tumor cells. He finally succeeded when he irradiated the cancer virus, passed it through a cell-catching ultra-fine porcelain filter, and injected it into lab animals. Not content to prove this virus would cause one tumor, Rife then created 400 tumors in succession from the same culture. He documented everything with film, photographs, and meticulous records. He named the cancer virus ‘Cryptocides primordiales.’

Virginia Livingston, in her papers, renamed it Progenitor Cryptocides. Royal Rife was never even mentioned in her papers. In fact, Rife seldom got credit for his monumental discoveries. He was a quiet, unassuming scientist, dedicated to expanding his discoveries rather than to ambition, fame, and glory. His distaste for medical politics (which he could afford to ignore thanks to generous trusts set up by private benefactors) left him at a disadvantage later, when powerful forces attacked him. Coupled with the influence of the pharmaceutical industry in purging his papers from medical journals, it is hardly surprising that few have heard of Rife today.

Meanwhile, debate raged between those who had seen viruses changing into different forms beneath Rife’s microscopes, and those who had not. Those who condemned without investigation, such as the influential Dr. Thomas Rivers, claimed these forms didn’t exist. Because his microscope did not reveal them, Rivers argued that there was “no logical basis for belief in this theory.”

The same argument is used today in evaluating many other ‘alternative’ medical treatments; if there is no precedent, then it must not be valid. Nothing can convince a closed mind. Most had never actually looked though the San Diego microscopes … air travel in the 1930’s was uncomfortable, primitive, and rather risky. So, the debate about the life cycle of viruses was resolved in favor of those who never saw it (even modern electron microscopes show frozen images, not the life cycle of viruses in process). Nevertheless, many scientists and doctors have since confirmed Rife’s discovery of the cancer virus and its pleomorphic nature, using darkfield techniques, the Naessens microscope, and laboratory experiments.

Rife ignored the debate, preferring to concentrate on refining his method of destroying these tiny killer viruses. He used the same principle to kill them, which made them visible: resonance. By increasing the intensity of a frequency which resonated naturally with these microbes, Rife increased their natural oscillations until they distorted and disintegrated from structural stresses. Rife called this frequency ‘the mortal oscillatory rate,’ or ‘MOR’, and it did no harm whatsoever to the surrounding tissues.

Today’s Rife instruments use harmonics of the frequencies shown on the display screen. The wavelength of the actual frequency shown (770hz, 880hz, etc.) is too long to do the job. This principle can be illustrated by using an intense musical note to shatter a wine glass: the molecules of the glass are already oscillating at some harmonic (multiple) of that musical note; they are in resonance with it. Because everything else has a different resonant frequency, nothing but the glass is destroyed. There are literally hundreds of trillions of different resonant frequencies, and every species and molecule has its very own.

It took Rife many years until he discovered the frequencies which specifically destroyed herpes, polio, spinal meningitis, tetanus, influenza, and an immense number of other dangerous disease organisms. Rife also worked with the top scientists and doctors of his day, who also confirmed or endorsed various areas of his work.

They included: E.C. Rosenow, Sr. (longtime Chief of Bacteriology, Mayo Clinic); Arthur Kendall (Director, Northwestern Medical School); Rufus Klein-Schmidt (President of USC); Dr. Milbank Johnson (Director of the Southern California AMA); Whalen Morrison (Chief Surgeon, Santa Fe Railway); George Fischer (Childrens Hospital, N.Y.); Edward Kopps (Metabolic Clinic, La Jolla); and many others.

On November 20, 1931, forty-four of the nation’s most respected medical authorities honored Royal Rife with a banquet billed as The End To All Diseases at the Pasadena estate of Dr. Milbank Johnson.

In 1934, the University of Southern California appointed a Special Medical Research Committee to bring terminal cancer patients from Pasadena County Hospital to Rife’s San Diego Laboratory and clinic for treatment. The team included doctors and pathologists assigned to examine the patients – if still alive – in 90 days.

After the 90 days of treatment, the Committee concluded that 86.5% of the patients had been completely cured. The treatment was then adjusted and the remaining 13.5% of the patients also responded within the next four weeks. The total recovery rate using Rife’s technology was 100%.

Suppression and Ridicule

But by 1939, almost all of these distinguished doctors and scientists were denying that they had ever met Rife. What happened to make so many brilliant men have complete memory lapses? It seems that news of Rife’s miracles with terminal patients had reached other ears. Remember our hypothetical question at the beginning of this report: What would happen if you discovered a potential cure for everything? You are now about to find out.

At first, a token attempt was made to buy out Rife. Morris Fishbein, who had acquired the entire stock of the American Medical Association [AMA] by 1934, sent an attorney to Rife with ‘an offer you can’t refuse.’ Rife refused. We may never know the exact terms of this offer.

But we do know the terms of an offer Fishbein made to Harry Hoxsey for control of his herbal cancer remedy. Fishbein’s associates would receive all profits for nine years and Hoxsey would receive nothing. Then, if they were satisfied that it worked, Hoxsey would begin to receive 10% of the profits. Hoxsey decided that he would rather continue to make the profits himself. When Hoxsey turned Fishbein down, Fishbein used his immensely powerful political connections to have Hoxsey arrested 125 times in a period of 16 months. The charges (based on practice without a license) were always thrown out of court, but the harassment drove Hoxsey insane. [For more on the shady Fishbein, former chief editor of the journal of the AMA, click here]

But Fishbein must have realized that this strategy would backfire with Rife. First, Rife could not be arrested like Hoxsey for practicing without a license. A trial on trumped-up charges would mean that testimony supporting Rife would be introduced by prominent medical authorities working with Rife. And the defense would undoubtedly take the opportunity to introduce evidence such as the 1934 medical study done with USC. The last thing in the world that the pharmaceutical industry wanted was a public trial about a painless therapy that cured 100% of the terminal cancer patients and cost nothing to use but a little electricity. It might give people the idea that they didn’t need drugs.

And finally, Rife had spent decades accumulating meticulous evidence of his work, including film and stop-motion photographs. No, different tactics were needed.

The first incident was the gradual pilfering of components, photographs, film, and written records from Rife’s lab. The culprit was never caught. Then, while Rife struggled to reproduce his missing data (in a day when photocopies and computers were not available), someone vandalized his precious virus microscopes. Pieces of the 5,682 piece Universal microscope were stolen. Earlier, an arson fire had destroyed the multi-million dollar Burnett Lab in New Jersey, just as the scientists there were preparing to announce confirmation of Rife’s work. But the final blow came later, when police illegally confiscated the remainder of Rife’s 50 years of research.

Then in 1939, agents of a family which controlled the drug industry assisted Philip Hoyland in a frivolous lawsuit against his own partners in the Beam Ray Corporation. This was the only company manufacturing Rife’s frequency instruments (Rife was not a partner). Hoyland lost, but his assisted legal assault had the desired effect: the company was bankrupted by legal expenses. And during the Great Depression, this meant that commercial production of Rife’s frequency instruments ceased completely.

And remember what a universal cure meant to hospitals and research foundations? Doctors who tried to defend Rife lost their foundations grants and hospital privileges. On the other hand, big money was spent ensuring that doctors who had seen Rife’s therapy would forget what they saw. Almost no price was too much to suppress it. Remember that, today, treatment of a single cancer patient averages over $300,000. It’s BIG business.

Thus, Arthur Kendall, the Director of the Northwestern School of Medicine who worked with Rife on the cancer virus, accepted almost a quarter of a million dollars to suddenly ‘retire’ in Mexico. That was an exorbitant amount of money in the Depression. Dr. George Dock, another prominent figure who collaborated with Rife, was silenced with an enormous grant, along with the highest honors the AMA could bestow. Between the carrots and the sticks, everyone except Dr. Couche and Dr. Milbank Johnson gave up Rife’s work and went back to prescribing drugs.

To finish the job, the medical journals, supported almost entirely by drug company revenues and controlled by the AMA, refused to publish any paper by anyone on Rife’s therapy. Therefore, an entire generation of medical students graduated into practice without ever once hearing of Rife’s breakthroughs.

The magnitude of such an insane crime eclipses every mass murder in history. Cancer picks us off quietly … but by 1960 the casualties from this tiny virus exceeded the carnage of all the wars America ever fought. In 1989, it was estimated that 40% of us will experience cancer at some time in our lives. In Rife’s lifetime, he had witnessed the progress of civilization from horse-and-buggy travel to jet planes. In that same time, he saw the epidemic of cancer increase from 1 in 24 Americans in 1905 to 1 in 3 in 1971 when he died.

He also witnessed the phenomenal growth of the American Cancer Society, the Salk Foundation, and many others collecting hundreds of millions of dollars for diseases that were cured long before in his own San Diego laboratories. In one period, 176,500 cancer drugs were submitted for approval. Any that showed ‘favorable’ results in only one-sixth of one percent of the cases being studied could be licensed. Some of these drugs had a mortality rate of 14-17%. When death came from the drug, not the cancer, the case was recorded as a ‘complete’ or ‘partial remission’ because the patient didn’t actually die from the cancer.

The inevitable conclusion reached by Rife was that his life-long labor and discoveries had not only been ignored but probably would be buried with him. At that point, he ceased to produce much of anything and spent the last third of his life seeking oblivion in alcohol. It dulled the pain and his acute awareness of half a century of wasted effort – ignored – while the unnecessary suffering of millions continued so that a vested few might profit. And profit they did, and profit they do.

In 1971, Royal Rife died from a combination of valium and alcohol at the age of 83. Perhaps his continual exposure to his own Rife frequencies helped his body endure abuse for so many years.

Modern Resurgence of Rife’s Technology for Cancer Cures

Fortunately, his death was not the end of his electronic therapy. A few humanitarian doctors and engineers reconstructed his frequency instruments and kept his genius alive. Rife technology became public knowledge again in 1986 with the publication of The Cancer Cure That Worked, by Barry Lynes, and other material about Royal Rife and his monumental work.

There is wide variation in the cost, design, and quality of the modern portable Rife frequency research instruments available. Costs vary from about $1200 to $3600 with price being no legitimate indicator of the technical competence in the design of the instrument or performance of the instrument. Some of the most expensive units have serious technical limitations and are essentially a waste of money.

At the other extreme, some researchers do get crude results from inexpensive simple, unmodified frequency generators, but this is just as misguided as spending too much money. Without the proper modifications, the basic frequency generator gives only minimal and inconsistent results. Please recall that the actual destruction of the viruses and bacteria is not accomplished by the frequency displayed on these cheap generators, but by certain shorter harmonics of that particular frequency which are often blocked by the crudity of a cheap and rudimentary instrument itself.

This very problem led Rife to ultimately abandon the ‘ray tube’ design in favor of today’s version. The newer technology applies the frequencies and their harmonics to the body through the use of hand-held, footplate, or stick-on electrodes. Proper frequency exposure and flushing of the body with large amounts of clean, pure water is critical to achieve the kind of results Rife got. These procedures are fully explained in the manuals of the best units on the market.

So, unless you would be satisfied with sporadic results for minor conditions, it is suggested you use only the highest quality equipment and only the proper, proven procedures in your personal research. If you do, you may discover that nothing can approach what can be achieved through the application of these safe, time-tested frequencies (many for over 65 years), and all without drugs, surgery, or radiation.

One day, the name of Royal Raymond Rife may ascend to its rightful place as the giant of modern medical science. Until that time, his fabulous technology remains available only to the people who have the interest to seek it out. While perfectly legal for veterinarians to use to save the lives of animals, Rife’s brilliant frequency therapy remains taboo to orthodox mainstream medicine because of the continuing threat it poses to the international pharmaceutical medical monopoly that controls the lives – and deaths – of the vast majority of the people on this planet.
More Information on Royal Rife, Cancer Cures, and Health Cover-ups
http://www.rense.com/general87/breast.htm – 2009 article by Lawrence Broxmeyer, MD, head of the New York Institute of Medical Research, revealing a concerted effort by the medical establishment to ignore and discredit serious research as to the causes of cancer which might lead to new cancer cures.

http://www.WantToKnow.info/health/cancer_cures – Excellent essay and documentary showing in detail how key potential cancer cures were suppressed and what we can do about it.

http://www.rife.org – Probably the best website compiling important information on Royal Rife’s life and on current developments of his technologies with discussion of cancer cures.

http://www.rifevideos.com – Excellent documentary titled “The Royal Rife Story” available for viewing and purchase. To obtain another quality documentary on Royal Rife and his cancer cures, click here.

http://www.WantToKnow.info/cancercuresnewsarticles – Revealing one-paragraph summaries of major media articles discussing suppressed treatments and possible cures of cancer.

For the excellent work of Dr. Valerie Hunt at UCLA, which has similarities to that of Royal Rife, click here.

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Seven Ways Your Hotel Can Make You Healthier

By Anya Martin, MarketWatch

These changes could not come at a better time for corporate road warriors. Those who travel more than 20 days per month are likelier to suffer from obesity and other health problems, according to a study of 13,000 workers by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Here are seven new health trends to watch for when deciding where to check in.

Healthy Break-Outs and Team-Building

Driven partly by corporate concern about reducing health-care costs, some hotels are developing activities that extend corporate wellness programs beyond company doors, Lambert said. More nutritious food and exercise help employees sleep better and wake up rejuvenated and productive, she said. “Wouldn’t it be great if employees came to a business meeting and actually left feeling better than when they came?”

Event planners have booked Lambert’s Wellness Kitchen classes as elective programming during conferences, as networking opportunities and even executive team-building sessions, she said.

Many Hyatt resort properties also offer wellness-minded break-out options for meeting groups such as yoga in a chair, led by spa staff, or 10- to 15-minute neck, back and shoulder massages, Carucci said.

Allergy-Free Rooms

While most hotels have 10% or fewer smoking rooms, you may end up in one if you arrive late and all nonsmoking rooms are booked. To avoid that risk, check FreshStay.com which lists more than 5,000 completely smoke-free member hotels including the entire Marriott MAR -0.03%   and Choice chains.

If you have allergies or asthma, or you’re just concerned about air quality, book a PURE room. They feature air purifiers using natural tea tree oil, plus hypoallergenic bed encasements, and they undergo cleaning treatments to remove allergens and bacteria.

About 250 hotels in North America, including many familiar chains, offer PURE rooms, which cost about $20 to $25 more per night, said Brian Brault, chief executive of Pure Solutions North America LLC, which developed the product. That’s a fivefold increase since early 2010 when only 50 hotels embraced the concept, he said.

The most frequent PURE room guest is a male business traveler with allergies or asthma, according to a company study.

Paraben-Free Amenities

When Destination Hotels & Resorts launched its Destination Earth program in 2008, the goal was to standardize green practices, such as recycling and energy-efficient lighting, across its portfolio of 37 upscale U.S. properties, said George Fischer, managing director of the company. The changes also led to some healthier options for guests, including paraben-free shampoos, conditioners, lotions and soap.

A type of chemical often used as a preservative and antibacterial agent in personal-care products, parabens may trigger skin allergies in some people and have been found to mimic estrogen, which plays a role in the development of breast cancer, in some studies. Over the past few years, driven by consumer concern, some cosmetics manufacturers have removed the chemicals from their products.

Organic, Locally Produced Food

Beyond low-calorie, low-fat choices, hotels also are incorporating more locally produced, natural and organic ingredients into their restaurant and room-service menus.

Destination Hotels & Resorts serve sustainable wines and prepare dishes with meats, vegetables and cheeses from nearby farms. Hyatt StayFit cuisine encourages chefs incorporate fresh, locally grown ingredients when available. Breakfast choices include organic eggs and milk and were expanded in June 2011 to replace traditional eggs with those from cage-free chickens.

 

In-Room Fitness Equipment

About 21% of luxury hotels, 17% of upscale hotels, 15% of midprice properties, 7% of economy and 4% of budget hotels offer in-room exercise equipment, according to a 2010 American Hotel & Lodging Association survey of 8,500 hotels nationwide.

“What’s really pushing [in-room fitness] is the customer,” said Joe McInerney, AHLA’s chief executive. “People are into health and into exercise.”

In-room options are especially appealing to women travelers, who may have security concerns about exercising alone in a hotel gym late at night or worry about being seen in workout clothes without make-up by colleagues and clients, he said.

For example, Hilton Garden Inn guests can check out a Stay Fit kit, including a Pilates band, yoga mat, strap and bricks, an eight-pound abs ball, hand weights and a resistance rope.

They can also purchase on demand work-out video programming. At Omni Hotels Resorts, their Get Fit Kits feature dumbbells, floor mat, stretch cord, mini-AM/FM headset and water bottle; or you can book a Get Fit Room with a treadmill.

Smartphone Apps

Hyatt Hotels introduced its StayFit@Hyatt concierge service eight years ago, but its amenities for joggers and walkers, which include not having to pack workout attire, are becoming more high-tech. Guests eager to take a run now can choose between palm-size route cards with detailed directions or accessing a digital scan of the map on a smartphone, said Krista Carucci, director of spa operations who oversees all leisure recreation for Hyatt

Complimentary GPS armbands help runners monitor their heart rate, course and distance, and find their way back to the hotel. “We try to provide two different routes, a 2-mile route and one … up to 7 or 8 miles,” she said.

Staff Nutritionists and Wellness Coaches

Some hotels have personal trainers in their gyms; others employ wellness coaches or nutritionists.

You can book a class or individual counseling session with Paulette Lambert, a registered dietician and nutrition director of the California Health & Longevity Institute at The Four Seasons Westlake Village, near Los Angeles. In the hotel’s Wellness Kitchen, Lambert teaches guests tips for healthy travel, plus how to prepare heart-healthy dishes when they return home, such as miso grilled salmon with bok choy or roasted beet salad with avocado and asparagus.


Anya Martin, based in Decatur, Ga., writes for MarketWatch.

Probiotics Reduce Infections For Patients In Intensive Care

Traumatic brain injury is associated with a profound suppression of the patient’s ability to fight infection. At the same time the patient also often suffers hyper-inflammation, due to the brain releasing glucocorticoids in response to the injury. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Critical Care shows that including probiotics with nutrients, supplied via the patient’s feeding tube, increased interferon levels, reduced the number of infections, and even reduced the amount of time patients spent in intensive care.

In a small scale trial, based at North Sichuan Medical College and Hospital in China, 52 patients who had suffered traumatic brain injuries, and who were being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), were either treated as usual or had their nutrition supplemented with probiotics.

Suppression of the immune system can be measured by an alteration of helper T-cells (Th) from Th1, which stimulate the action of macrophages to fight infection, to Th2. Th2 cells recruit B-cells which in turn are involved in antibody production. This switch from Th1 to Th2 leaves patients vulnerable to infections including ventilator-associated pneumonia and sepsis. Researchers involved in this trial monitored the TH1/Th2 switch by measuring levels of the Th1-associated signaling molecules (cytokines) IL-12 and interferon gamma (IFNy).

No differences were found between the groups of patients when they began the trial, and throughout the study all the patients had lower levels of IL-12 and IFN? than uninjured healthy controls. However by day 15 the patients who received the probiotics had significantly higher levels of both IL-12 and IFNy than the control patients. They also showed a decrease in the Th2-associated factors IL-4 and IL-10.

Prof Jing-Ci Zhu, the supervisor of this study from the Third Military Medical University School of Nursing in China, explained, “Probiotic treatment appeared to swing the Th1/Th2 balance back towards normality and, in our study, had beneficial effects. Possibly due to the small size of our study there was no significant difference in the number of infections between the groups (9 for the probiotic group, 16 for the control patients). However probiotic therapy reduced the number of infections occurring after seven days, reduced the number of different antibiotics needed to treat infections, and shortened the length of time the patients were required to stay in ICU.”

  • Full bibliographic information Effects of probiotics on serum levels of Th1/Th2-cytokine and clinical outcomes in severe traumatic brain-injured patients: a prospective randomized pilot study, Min Tan, Jing-Ci Zhu, Jiang Du, Li-Mei Zhang and Hua-Hua Yin, Critical Care (in press)

Dementia Halted With Behaviors And Mental Exercises

There are many different causes of dementia and, although its progression can be fast or slow, it is always degenerative. Symptoms of dementia include confusion, loss of memory, and problems with speech and understanding. It can be upsetting for both the affected person and their relatives and carers. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Medicine shows that a regime of behavioral and mental exercises was able to halt the progression of dementia.

The Study

Researchers led by Prof. Graessel, from Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen, included in their study patients with dementia from five nursing homes in Bavaria. After random selection, half the patients were included on the year-long MAKS ‘intervention’ consisting of two hours of group therapy, six days a week. In addition all patients maintained their normal treatment and regular activities provided by the nursing home.

The MAKS system consists of motor stimulation(M), including games such as bowling, croquet, and balancing exercises; cognitive stimulation (K), in the form of individual and group puzzles; and practicing ‘daily living’ activities (A), including preparing snacks, gardening and crafts. The therapy session began with a ten minute introduction, which the researchers termed a ‘spiritual element’ (S), where the participants discussed topics like ‘happiness’, or sang a song or hymn.

After 12 months of therapy the MAKS group maintained their level on the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale (ADAS) and, even more importantly maintained their ability to carry out activities of daily living, while the control group all showed a decrease in cognitive and functional ability.

Prof. Graessel explained, “While we observed a better result for patients with mild to moderate dementia, the result of MAKS therapy on ADAS (cognitive function) was at least as good as treatment with cholinesterase inhibitors. Additionally we found that the effect on the patients’ ability to perform daily living tasks (as measured by the Erlanger Test of Daily Living (E-ADL)) was twice as high as achieved by medication. This means that MAKS therapy is able to extend the quality of, and participation in, life for people with dementia within a nursing home environment. We are currently in the process of extending these preliminary results to see if this prevention of dementia decline can be maintained over a longer time period.”

Full bibliographic information Non-pharmacological, multicomponent group therapy in patients with degenerative dementia: a 12-month randomised, controlled trial, Elmar Graessel, Renate Stemmer, Birgit Eichenseer, Sabine Pickel, Carolin Donath, Johannes Kornhuber and Katharina Luttenberger, BMC Medicine (in press).

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