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Health and Hiking

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • What is the immune system and immunotherapy? • How many successful immunotherapy drugs? • Judy Perkins’ amazing cure.

WHAT IS IMMUNOTHERAPY? The immune system is designed to mount an offense against unwanted intrusions in the body: bacteria, viruses, cancer cells.

Cancer however is tricky. Malignant cancer cells develop from normal cells that grow out of control. And the immune system is programmed NOT to attack the body’s own cells.

Scientists have found ways to retrain the immune system to recognize and destroy cancer cells. Two of them just shared a Nobel prize – Dr James Allison of MD Anderson Cancer Center and Dr Tasuku Honjo of Kyoto University. Back in the 1990s they independently discovered ways in which the immune system is blocked from attacking cancer cells.… More “Immunotherapy – the end of cancer?”

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • A goldmine of info by an expert from Harvard. • Consequences of sleep loss are startling. • What about sleep apnea and insomnia?

HARVARD SLEEP EXPERT. At Harvard University, sleep expert Dr. Charles Czeisler unveiled a new sleep class for all freshmen. His work has exposed results of sleep loss that are startling.

The following bullets come from a podcast on NPR’s Here and Now, on 12 October 2018:

• Insufficient sleep can be deadly: causing traffic accidents, contributes to obesity and diabetes, • Harvard has a mandatory online sleep class for freshmen. It will soon be mandatory for upper classmen as well. Some reasons for the class are given below: • Student pressures: Some study groups organize to meet at 1 am.… More “Sleep loss: startling new info.”

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • My niece and husband came from Australia. • Golden aspens and blue skies. • Crater lake carved out by a glacier. • Iron Mountain Hot Springs.

MY NIECE CAME TO VISIT FROM AUSTRALIA and to see the Maroon mystery. Alyse and her husband, Sam, visited LA, San Fran, and Las Vegas. Then last week they flew into ABQ and I took them for a tram ride to the top of Sandia Peak, a bit over 10,000 ft (ABQ is a mile-high city at 5,000 ft altitude).

A couple of days later we drove my Subaru Forester to Durango where we took lunch. On to Silverton, then the million-dollar highway to Ouray, Colorado. It’s called this because the cost to build the highway was a million dollars per mile (in the 1960s I believe).… More “Hiking toward Heaven: Maroon Mystery”

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Tom and Anne Thomas roll in to hike New Mexico. • A river runs through it – El Porvenir. • Wild fruit – raspberries, apples and tomatoes. • Lunchtime at second waterfall. • Hot springs and mountain lion.

TOM AND ANNE THOMAS DROVE OUT IN THEIR CAMPER VAN FROM HOUSTON. I have known Anne for years, principally from Chapelwood United Methodist, a wonderful church. She was an insurance broker, originally from the deep south (Georgia). Tom, a mechanical engineer, worked for a service company that supported the oil industry. His last job was to oversee the building of an enormous submersible platform to be used to drill and produce oil in deep seas like the Gulf of Mexico.… More “A day of pleasure – hiking with Houston friends”

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • The Monsoons have started in New Mexico. • Raging arroyos and thunder anvils in the sky. • What causes the Monsoons? • Of what benefit are they?

THE MONSOONS HAVE STARTED, and I collected some facts about this unusual rainy season in New Mexico: • Gary told me on July 4, Independence Day in the USA, that the monsoons always used to start on July 4. But he has been tracking them for the past 17 years and says there has been a general delay, which he attributes to global warming. • We have been in drought for 10 months, with only 2-3 significant rains in that whole period. • But this year, on 5 July, we had a significant rain from a thunderstorm, although it was spotty across Albuquerque.… More “The Monsoon season has started in New Mexico”

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Tennis ball tumors. • 90 billion cancer-killing cells. • Highly experimental, but…..

I have reported on immunotherapy in treating cancer before (click HERE). After 50 years of research, this technique is beginning to pay off. I think that within 5 years we will see MANY success stories like the one below. And for ALL KINDS of cancer.

The following is excerpted from a STORY by James Gallagher, Health and Science correspondent, BBC News, 4 June 2018.

TENNIS BALL TUMORS. The life of a woman with terminal breast cancer has been saved by a pioneering new therapy, say US researchers.

She had tennis ball-sized tumors in her liver and secondary cancers throughout her body. Judy Perkins had been given three months to live, but two years later there is no sign of cancer in her body.… More “Paradigm shift in cancer therapy”

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • The Jemez River and its scenic beauty. • Hiking to a perfectly lovely waterfall.

The Jemez River starts in the Jemez Mountains about 1.5 hours drive from Albuquerque. Soon after this you come to the Valle Grande – an immense crater left after a series of volcanoes about a million years ago. Drive a little further and you come to Bandolier National Monument, one of the best-preserved ruins built by the Ancient Ones around 1100 AD (that’s 900 years ago). A bit further and you come to the science town of Los Alamos, where they built the bomb. It’s an enchanting area!

Kim and I hiked along the East Fork of the Jemez last week. At the end of May the grass is lush and green, and the scenery is spectacular.… More “Hiking toward Heaven – East fork of Jemez River”

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Kit Carson cave. • The Navajo town of Gallup, New Mexico. • El Rancho hotel, famous for the movie stars who stayed there. • A terrific hike to Church Rock.

Woody, as the head of WOWE,  is a master of organizing hiking trips with WOWE, which stands for Way Out WEst. The one he organized last weekend, to Church Rock near Gallup, New Mexico, was outstanding in the hike itself (a challenging one) and the social interaction between the 15 hikers.

We stayed at El Rancho, a hotel which has preserved in style and photos a flavor of the old west — movies that were made here and actors/actresses that stayed in the hotel. Even the rooms have names like John Wayne, Jane Fonda, Kirk Douglas.… More “Hiking Toward Heaven: Church Rock near Gallup”

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Definition of an assault rifle? • How many bullets can be fired in a few minutes? • An AR-15 type of rifle is an extreme rifle in its killing capacity. • Is driving cars a good analogy to buying/using guns?

Context: Its one week after the groundswell of support for gun regulation that came forth in last Saturday’s demonstrations across the USA.

I recently blogged about assault rifles, Part 1 (see HERE), with the PROPOSITION that assault rifles are designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible (as in a ground war) and shouldn’t be available for sale to the public. The blog received several comments, some agreeing, some disagreeing. I appreciate the feedback and admit I wasn’t clear as to what is an assault rifle.… More “What’s all the fuss about assault rifles, Part 2?”

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • The killer mountains. • The Peralta gold legend. • Peralta Canyon hike.

THE KILLER MOUNTAINS. The forecast called for rain, but i didn’t believe it. It rarely rains in Phoenix, Arizona. In fact, it was February 2018 and it hadn’t rained for 3 months. I drove east, past Apache Junction, and circumvented the Superstition mountains, rising like a terrible black menace from the plain. The magma that was forced up thousands of feet resulted in a huge block of basalt that has few natural stream outlets. The steep rocky walls are forbidding barriers to outsiders, except at a few trailheads.

The Apaches believed gods inhabited the rocky valleys and turreted hilltops, making rumbling noises when a thunderstorm struck in the summer monsoons.… More “The Superstition Mountains: Hiking near the gold legends.”

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