Fas Kuiters

Fas Kuiters

Fas is a retired globetrotter and former financial manager with a Dow Jones Company. After retiring early from business life due to health issues, he discovered the tremendous promise of regenerative medicine, whilst doing due diligence for his stock investments. Since that time-in 2005- he has been researching and learning about regenerative medicine and naturopathy ever since.  One of the remaining goals in life is to bridge the existing gap of understanding by patients and the general public, including investors in the space, of the progress made by the scientific community in the regenerative industry, which is difficult to comprehend by mortals, due to the complexity of the "scientific language" spoken in that field and the slow pace of change in the dominant food- and pharma industries. The results of the efforts you can read on this site.  

 

 

Sunday, 18 February 2018 11:37

President of AHA (52) suffers heart attack

On Monday November 13 2017, news hit the wires, which caused quite some commotion:
The president of the Dallas-based American Heart Association (AHA) is recovering after suffering a minor heart attack Monday morning at the organization's scientific conference in California, which was held from November 11 through 15 and where he delivered his opening presidendial address.John Warner, 52,  a cardiologist, vice president and CEO of UT Southwestern University Hospitals, was in stable condition with his family by his side at a California hospital. Doctors inserted a stent to open an artery, the association said in a prepared statement.
Link : Here
Now- isnt that something, a guy of 52, thereto cardiologist and surely living by all the recommendations in respect of prophylactic medications and lifestyles, to prevent an occurrence like that, that his organization has to offer to its members and the population in general at risk for cardiac disorders. Maybe those recommendations are not so solid and preventive of major adverse events? Most likely in my view.
Anyway- there was a time where I followed the recommendations of the AHA almost blindly. I even joined the AHA in 2005, since that was the time, that I also had my minor heart attack and out of this personal interest was invested in CVTX - CV Therapeutics- the developer of an anti-anginal medication with the trade name Ranexa, which was introduced at the AHA with big fanfare in the years following.
 
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:34

Are you a carboholic?

I read Gary Taubes (Personal Homepage) article in the New York Times a few months ago, titled " Are You a Carboholic? Why Cutting Carbs Is So Tough", which article was not only extremely impressive, but also ignited a wave of responses and comments from readers, who wanted to have their say on its content. Over 1.400 responses is quite heavy and the subject seemed to trigger quite some emotions, pro and cons.  One of those responses summed up the "conclusion (?)" quite nicely, I believe: 
From: Irene Secord Toronto, Ontario July 25, 2017 - I can relate totally to what he is saying about carbs being a trigger to eat more carbs. I am obviously one of the ones (the few?) who has this syndrome. I have been directed by nutritionists to eat more health fats (avocados, coconut and olive oil etc.) and it helps me to stay on a healthy dietary regime where I am not pigging out on carbs. Avoiding sugar prevents you from craving sugar. I read some of the comments below and realize we are all different and some people do not relate to this at all. Oh, to be able to occasionally eat a slice of bread or a sugary dessert without wanting to eat the whole loaf or whole box of cookies! I envy you and your experience with carbs.
I guess we are all metabolically different and some can live with sugar/carbs in moderation very well until a high age. Others can not and become obese with all consequences for about 80% of them. My wife of 33 years, was a professional cook in the days before our marriage and in her training, she also was tought about nutrition- classic style of course- and specialized in fancy restaurants on desserts and pastries. 
Thursday, 09 March 2017 19:26

Introducing: Zoe Harcombe PhD

In the past few years I have read a lot- and listened many hours (Youtube) to folks, who had a message, which appeared to make sense and were congruent to the experiences I noted, whilst going through change processes myself and at the same time were debunking "myths" from the "science based medical industry" i.e. the Ancel Keys myth of substituting saturated fats, like butter and lard, with omega 6 polyunsaturated linoleic products, like margerine and sunflower seed oil. And whats even more important, the assumption that a high diet in saturated fats implies a higher risk for major cardiac adverse events compared to substituting those to linoleic oils, which proved exactly to be the other way round and caused major health damage to global humanity, due to the defunct cholesterol hypothesis.

Those "debunkers" which have been important to me, include Joseph Mercola on a general level (although ALL of his articles are referenced to scientific publications!) and Robert Lustig (Sugar:The bitter truth) on a scientific basis, but also Zoe Harcombe was really good to listen to. Today- I passed her website on my web journey of the day- and impulsively decided to subcribe to her newsletter so I contribute a bit to her research and independency ( still do several years later). You probably will hear more from her through my own writings as what usually happens with "disciples" LOL.

 

She lives in Newport, in beautiful South-Wales, where I had the pleasure to also spend quite a few months of my life.

Consumer advocates, nutritional geeks and Atkins freaks really love to speculate about how the "evil industry" influences with lobbying and dubious financial subsidies in politics, science and society in order to maximize their profits at the expense of consumers and their health.
Unfortunately, such machinations are often very difficult to prove or understand: By its nature, these kind of manipulations are kept very secret and happen in the background.

Recent Study from Archival Documents

A significant amount of fuel, was dumped on the fire of such conspiracy theorists on September 13 2016, since a study was  published on that day, which suggest just that: Conspiracy and Manipulation by the Sugar Industry.  The authors of that study have compiled a number of documents from the 60s and 70s, which show in detail how the Sugar Industry in the United States systematically downplayed the risks of sugar for cardiovascular disorders and at the same time upgraded the role of cholesterol and saturated fat in cardiac research in order to promote their interests and profit making.
The paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) called, "Sugar Industry and Coronary Heart Disease Research, A Historical Analysis of Internal Industry Documents" (download below) reads like a Agatha Christie thriller: like detectives, the authors scrambled through the archives of the Sugar Research Foundation (SRF) and accumulated hundreds of documents and correspondence to re-construct in acribic detail how the SFR influenced scientific research in the sixties and seventies in a systematic fashion to promote their own interests.
Things kind of started in the fifties with the fact that the incidence of cardiovascular diseases was rapidly increasing and therefore science research was highly interested to deal with the issue and find the cause thereof.
Monday, 12 September 2016 00:05

Ancel Keys LDL Theories dismantled

Ancel Keys was a US scientist, who mainly worked and lived in Minnesota and managed to become a 100 years old (respect!). He reached early international fame by doing the Minnesota Starvation Study to aid the populations on the globe hit by famine after WW II. Later on, he did the Seven Countries Study, for which study he however had data from 20 nations/populations, but only used the seven, which seemed to support his hypothesis.
From Wikipedia: After observing in southern Italy the highest concentration of centenarians in the world, Keys hypothesized that a Mediterranean-style diet low in animal fat protected against heart disease and that a diet high in animal fats led to heart disease. The results of what later became known as the Seven Countries Study appeared to show that serum cholesterol was strongly related to coronary heart disease mortality both at the population and at the individual level. As a result, in 1956 representatives of the American Heart Association appeared on television to inform people that a diet, which included large amounts of butter, lard, eggs, and beef would lead to coronary heart disease. This resulted in the American government (George McGovern) recommending that people adopt a low-fat diet in order to prevent heart disease.
Keys had concluded that saturated fats as found in milk and meat have adverse effects, while unsaturated fats found in vegetable oils had beneficial effects. This message was obscured for a 20-year period starting around 1985, when all dietary fats were considered unhealthy. This was driven largely by the hypothesis that all dietary fats cause obesity and cancer.
On January 31 2014, the FDA issued a safety warning on the off-label use of testosterone in men, due to old age and required a labeling change to warn for the use of testosterone, due to an increased cardiovascular- and stroke risk. 
The wording of that announcement included the following lines:  link here
 
Testosterone is FDA-approved as replacement therapy only for men, who have low testosterone levels due to disorders of the testicles, pituitary gland, or brain that cause a condition called hypogonadism. Examples of these disorders include failure of the testicles to produce testosterone because of genetic problems, or damage from chemotherapy or infection. However, FDA has become aware that testosterone is being used extensively in attempts to relieve symptoms in men who have low testosterone for no apparent reason other than aging. The benefits and safety of this use have not been established.
In addition, based on the available evidence from published studies and expert input from an Advisory Committee meeting, FDA has concluded that there is a possible increased cardiovascular risk associated with testosterone use. These studies included aging men treated with testosterone. Some studies reported an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, or death associated with testosterone treatment, while others did not.
That "advice" was dissappointing since several studies published before the warning had already shown a positive correlation to reduced risk for cardio events after therapy and subsequently even in August 2015 a very large study by the Veterans Administration concluded that successfull hormone replacement therapy has a very positive impact on cardiavascular outcomes for the patients involved- 
Thursday, 02 January 2020 10:06

What to expect on the H-side of the Lodge

Well- from the introduction you will have noted that the subject of the page is mainly health and the quest to live a 100 years.  My views on that are simple. In order to have any success in achieving "respectable old age", the main goal must first be, to avoid getting disorders which are dangerous, killers so to speak and I think in this respect one has to prophylactically strenghten one´s defenses towards those ailments. I think that can be done. Having quite some experience with them- i.e. being a myocardial infarction and colon cancer survivor on top of a few other things, tends to help. One learns to be respectful with those things and does not under-estimate the "preventive" task or as my endocrinologist calls it - engage in risk management of your health- I agree with him on that- we disagree on the methods that are required for that "health risk management"

A University of Leeds study found that a daily intake of the supplement can improve the cardiac function of those with heart dysfunction. Dr Klaus Witte, from the School of Medicine and Consultant Cardiologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, led the study, known as VINDICATE.
He said:  This is a significant breakthrough for patients. It is the first evidence that vitamin D3 can improve heart function of people with heart muscle weakness, known as heart failure. These findings could make a significant difference to the care of heart failure patients.
Vitamin D3 can be boosted by exposure to sunlight, but heart failure patients are often deficient in it even during the summer because older people make less vitamin D3 in response to sunlight than younger people. Vitamin D3 production in the skin is also reduced by sunscreen.  Actually it is estimated that over 75% of the British population has deficient D3 levels.
The study, which was funded by the Medical Research Council, involved more than 160 patients from Leeds who were already being treated for their heart failure using proven treatments including beta-blockers, ACE-inhibitors and pacemakers. Participants were asked to take vitamin D3 or a dummy (placebo) tablet for one year. Those patients who took vitamin D3 experienced an improvement in heart function which was not seen in those who took a placebo. 
Monday, 06 January 2020 17:03

Introduction

Hi- nice to see you here on Raccoon-lodge.com .
 
To begin with, I think I should do some general explaining.  About the site name- Raccoon-lodge.com for instance.
 
The former name of the site "cytx-investor.com" has been a domain, which I have owned for well over 10 years now and has been used to convey all kind of smart things about Cytori Therapeutics Inc. Well at least I thought at the time, when I wrote the former content, that they were smart things. But most folks who visited this site in the past years, probably have different opinions about the "cleverness of the articles" which I have been writing, since the former content related to this ticker symbol, which in hindsight was not all that great of a performer at all (for reasons many different opinions probably exists) and that might be a bit of an understatement.
Still, the reason why the "Raccoon-lodge.com" emerged, is that in those years a small community developed, which "learned" to discuss things amongst themselves in a generally civilized fashion, which is nowadays rather rare and which culture is in itself is worth preserving. Still under "Nostalgia"- some of articles from those days can still be read
Monday, 22 February 2016 20:53

Nostalgia articles concerning Cytori

After some consideration, I decided not to throw all past Cytori content into the waste bin. There were in the past several good articles written, by professional writers i.e. the external media and myself also (I still believe) - so I kept the external stuff as they were under the category heading "Media Classics" and selected a handfull of my own articles, which I liked myself, stuck them in the category "Fas Favourites" and below you see a  two summaries of which articles are contained in those two categories-

Thats all- if you do not have better things to do- be my guest and have some nostalgic feelings of "what could have been"

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