Tuesday, May 20, 2014

When People Realize a Doctor is not god, no one has all the answers, We realize we can all contribute - Genius in Numbers!


Let's apply this concept to cancer. Is #chemo the only answer? Is Radiation the only answer? Studies show #chemo makes #cancer worse, spreads it more, makes it more resistant to additional chemo. What of alternatives? What is you stopped, if for a moment, went home, studied, prayed, researched alternatives, would you find solace in the millions of others who have succeeded? Does mutilation help? http://bit.ly/riskmastectomy No! Fatality rates highest with #chemo. If so, why choose this route? STUDY SHOWS FEAR DRIVES MOST DECISIONS. This being true, what is the truth of successful treatment? #Chemo has shown no success in 50 years until 10 year survival was reduced to 5 year year survival, but quality of life diminished remarkably.  http://bit.ly/chemostemcells Fear cannot trump faith there is a better way if you choose to look for yourself like they did in Lorenzo's oil. 

Lorenzo's Oil

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For the triglyceride mixture used in treatment of adrenoleukodystrophy, see Lorenzo's oil. For discussion of several therapies for adrenoleukodystrophy, seeAdrenoleukodystrophy#Treatment.
Lorenzo's Oil
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byGeorge Miller
Produced byDoug Mitchell
George Miller
Written byGeorge Miller
Nick Enright
StarringNick Nolte
Susan Sarandon
Peter Ustinov
CinematographyJohn Seale
Editing byRichard Francis-Bruce
Marcus D'Arcy
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • December 30, 1992
Running time129 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$30 million (estimated)+ $90,000 from NBC
Box office$7,286,310
Lorenzo's Oil is a 1992 American drama film directed by George Miller. It is based on the true story of Augusto and Michaela Odone, two parents in a relentless search for a cure for their son Lorenzo's adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). The film was nominated for twoAcademy Awards. It was filmed primarily from September 1991 to February 1992 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1] The film had a limited release in North America on December 30, 1992, with a nationwide release two weeks later on January 15, 1993.


At the beginning of the film, Lorenzo (played by Noah Banks and also Zack O'Malley Greenburg) is a bright and vibrant young boy living in the Comoros Islands, as his father Augusto (played by Nick Nolte) works for the World Bank and is stationed there. However, when his parents relocate to the United States, he begins to show neurological problems, such as loss of hearing, tantrums, etc. The boy is diagnosed as having adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), which is fatal within two years. Failing to find a doctor capable of treating their son's rare disease, Augusto and his wife Michaela (Susan Sarandon) set out on a mission to find a treatment to save their child. In their quest, the Odones clash with doctors, scientists, and support groups, who are skeptical that anything could be done about ALD, much less by laypeople. But they persist, setting up camp in medical libraries, reviewing animal experiments, enlisting the aid of Professor Gus Nikolais (played by Peter Ustinov), badgering researchers, questioning top doctors all over the world, and even organizing an international symposium about the disease.
Despite research dead-ends, the horror of watching their son's health decline, and being surrounded by skeptics (including the coordinators of the support group they attend), they persist until they finally hit upon a therapy involving adding a certain kind of oil(actually containing two specific long chain fatty acids, isolated from rapeseed [canola] oil and olive oil) to their son's diet. They contact over 100 firms around the world until they find an elderly British chemist (Don Suddaby, who plays himself in a cameo role) working for Croda International who is willing to take on the challenge of distilling the proper formula. The oil, erucic acid, proves successful in normalizing the accumulation of the very long chain fatty acids in the brain that had been causing their son's steady decline, thereby halting the progression of the disease. There is still a great deal of neurological damage remaining which could not be reversed unless new treatments could be found to regenerate the myelin sheath (a lipid insulator) around the nerves. The father is seen taking on the new challenge of organizing biomedical efforts to heal myelin damage in patients (see The Myelin Project).
The film ends with Lorenzo at the age of 14 showing definite improvement (he could swallow for himself and answer yes or no questions by blinking) but indicating more medical research is still needed. The end credits of the film note that Lorenzo has also regained his sight and is learning to use a computer.


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