I do apologize for not writing more sooner. As most everyone knows, the 2012 Physician’s Round Table, January 26-28, in Tampa, Florida has been keeping me very busy. More information can be found at www.peerobservationsmagazine.com
Lately, many have inquired about Judy Mikovits, so I thought it might be a good time to contact her. While she was removed from the 2012 Physician’s Round Table lineup of presenters so that she could more fully concentrate on the current legal situation, she was never far from our thoughts and prayers.
I had an opportunity to catch up with Dr. Mikovits. I asked her how things were.
“I sincerely appreciate the support. I cannot discuss the legal issues as you might expect.
I am committed to moving forward this work and am working as the PI on the Lipkin study according to the original study design and we are confident that no matter what the results with MRVs, this study will move the field forward. We are also working on several initiatives in Canada and have been met with enthusiasm.
My current situation is horrendous and while I can say that I did not expect a bed of roses when I started working in the CFS community, knowing full well how other scientists and physicians have been treated poorly, I did not expect to be jailed. If this can happen to me without any wrongdoing, it can happen to anyone in the field and we all must stick together and make certain that our government knows that neither the patients nor the physicians/scientists find this acceptable.” – Dr. Judy Mikovits, 12/27/11
For those of us who still believe in “innocent until proven guilty,” a legal defense fund has been set up for Dr. Mikovits:
Mikovits Legal Fund 2031 Jamestown Way, Oxnard, CA 93035 or donate online at
and for questions or well wishes, please send to: LegalFundJM@aol.com
The Benefits of Exercise for Terminal Illness
by Melanie Bowen
If you are suffering from a chronic or terminal illness, you could notice significant and wonderful results from exercise and a healthy lifestyle. Although a doctor’s care can greatly improve your quality of life, traditional treatments can have negative effects on your overall health. Prescription medications can come with a myriad of detrimental side effects, such as fatigue, changes in mood, weight gain, and more. A healthy lifestyle, combined with the right medication, can increase your life expectancy and improve your emotional state.
Patients suffering from Mesothelioma greatly benefit from physical activity, provided that it doesn’t put too much stress on your lungs and your body. Since you have limited lung function, you may not be able to take up a rigorous sport like running. Walking, light strength training, or yoga might be a better choice for you. You should ask your health care professional for their advice concerning this matter. If you have to use an oxygen tank, you may think that you are limited to your home, but getting out of bed and stretching or even walking around the house can help prevent bedsores or blood clots. You should consult your doctor, who could recommend what you have the strength to handle or prescribe physical therapy. Physical activity can help increase your appetite, ease aching joints, and do wonders for your emotional state.
Exercise can significantly help Rheumatoid arthritis patients as well. Before you take on an exercise program, you should check with your rheumatologist to make sure you are physically fit to participate in certain activities. A great place to start when looking into starting an exercise program is the People With Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE). Gentle physical activities, like stretching, Tai Chi, and light strength training exercises can maintain your bone and muscle strength and can provide pain relief.
Physical activity can help a great deal in managing Lupus. Fatigue is a very common symptom that Lupus patients suffer from, and exercise, no matter how rigorous, can make a big difference in your energy level! Exercise can also help alleviate the depression that often comes with the constant pain and joint stiffness that result from this chronic disease. Exercises that you can try include flexibility exercises (like yoga), cardiovascular exercise (like bicycling), and weight lifting (which can really help your joint health). Remember to talk to your doctor first so that he/she can make proper recommendations.
Don’t let the diagnosis of a chronic illness stop you from pursuing physical activity. It can truly improve your quality of life and make you a stronger person, physically and emotionally!
“Melanie Bowen is an awareness advocate for natural health and holistic therapies for cancer patients. You will often find her highlighting the great benefits of different nutritional, emotional, and physical treatments on those with illness in her efforts to increase attentiveness and responsiveness on like topics” — Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
David O. Carpenter serves as director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at UAlbany’s School of Public Health. He previously served as director of the Wadsworth Laboratory of the New York State Department of Health. Carpenter was recently named to New York’s Renewable Energy Task Force, charged with implementing plans to reduce electricity use through new energy efficiency programs in industry and government. Carpenter, who received his doctorate from Harvard Medical School, has 220 publications, 37 reviews and book chapters and 12 other publications to his credit.
As an expert in this field, we will discuss with Dr. Carpenter the safety of cell phones, radiation, and other environmental toxins.