Affordable Care, Atheism and Astrophysics
By Dr. Charles McGowen

The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) used by the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) has allegedly enabled a calculation of the age of the universe and plotted the curvature of space. It mapped the cosmic microwave background radiation and, in what the astrophysicists have called “a shocking turn of events,” revealed that

atoms (the building blocks of visible matter) make up only 4 percent of the universe. They conclude that dark matter accounts for 24 % percent of the cosmos, and dark energy fills in the remaining 72 % percent. Together, these entities make up 96 % of the invisible universe. That fits quite neatly into Albert Einstein’s assertion more that 50 years ago that the greatest of human minds is only capable of comprehending 3% of all reality. It also confirms what the apostle Paul was inspired to write down nearly 2 millennia ago: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18) Atheists are missing the fact that the omnipotent, eternal, omniscient and ubiquitous Person they deny actually exists in the 96% that no one has ever seen. To proclaim a supposedly intellectual assertion that one can make a definite, unequivocal pronouncement that God is truly non-existent based upon 4% of available information is akin to voting in favor of the Affordable Care Act having read only 80 of its 2000 pages; but then those who voted in that manner are as equally inane as self proclaimed atheists. In fact, when it comes to reasonable and logical decisions, their minds are very much a part of the dark side of reality.

Monday, June 03, 2013, 07:28 AM

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What is scientifically natural about same sex marriage? Nothing!
By Dr. Charles McGowen

Love between two persons is not the only justification for marriage. Most of us love our parents, our siblings, our children, our first cousins and our same gender friends. However, there are very sound principles of judgment, genetics and practicality that forbid such unions. Disregard if you chose to, our God and His biblical imperatives, His detestation of the thought of homosexuality, forget morality, forget tradition. Let’s look strictly at the nature, or unnatural aspects, of this insane notion; this dangerous experiment in sociology.

There are laws that forbid incest and polygamy and suspending the laws against same sex marriage will enable (set precedent for) those laws to be thrown to the wind, like chaff. What man of sound judgment would ever think of marrying, or conjugally uniting with, his daughter or son? What mother would likewise consider the same with her son or daughter? One would have to jettison all innate sense of dignity, common sense and reason, if ever those things existed in a person of such repugnant inclination.

Genetically it is dangerous to marry a close relative. Certain mutant genes exist in a majority of the population, in what we physicians refer to as a recessive state; which only express their maladies or deformities when coupled with another recessive gene. The odds of combining those two recessive genes rises exponentially when closely related people procreate.

Practically speaking same sex partners cannot procreate. They must rely upon someone from the opposite sex to impregnate one partner (if both are of the female gender) or rely upon a willing woman to be artificially inseminated with one male partner’s sperm if such a same sex union is the case. In neither situation would the child to be born actually be “theirs,” and only partially one of theirs. Will a child raised under such unnatural conditions also seek a same sex partner? Who knows; the results of the experiment aren‘t in. From a purely pragmatic point of view, when an especially entrepreneurial person (even one who is gay) sets about to raise cattle, thoroughbred race horses or pedigree pets, the only natural and reasonable thing to do is to unite two animals of the opposite sex; that is natural, that is logical and that that‘s exactly what they do. If same sex marriage becomes the rule for homosexuals, coupled with abortion on demand for heterosexuals, what in the world will become of future generations?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013, 07:16 AM

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How does diabetes relate to pancreatic cancer? Don’t ask your attorney.
By Dr. Charles McGowen

Diabetes may either be a risk factor in, or a symptom of, pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is two times more likely to occur in people who have diabetes than in people who do not have diabetes. In pancreatic cancer patients who have had diabetes for less than five years it is unclear if the diabetes contributed to the cancer or if the precancerous cells caused the diabetes. Until recently no one in the world of medicine has laid the blame for the cancer at the feet of the treatment there of, except malpractice lawyers in the legal profession.

Also, continued research has shown that a recent onset of diabetes in people over 50, or a sudden change in blood sugar control in those who are already diabetic, may be a symptom of pancreatic cancer. As a result, a distinct over supply of ambulance chasing attorneys are now using these two facts to allegedly link the prescribing of oral hypoglycemic (I.e. Januvia, Byetta; pills used to treat diabetes) to the production of pancreatic cancer. In case you may have missed it, they have taken out ads on TV to promote their willingness to sue for damages on behalf of those unfortunate folks who have developed this dread disease.

In 1961, while serving as a rotating intern, an astute general surgeon gave me a “clinical pearl” by teaching me that a man with unexplained back pain and an elevated blood sugar might have pancreatic cancer. Those were the days before CT scans, MRIs, PET scans, laparoscopy, etc and one suspected of having CA was subjected to a large midline abdominal wall incision for confirmation and treatment, the procedure being known as an “exploratory laboratory.“ For all these years after, I have never forgotten that valuable caveat and used it to diagnose that dreaded, incurable disease; fortunately in later years utilizing the newer technologies.

A sulfonylurea compound, used as an oral hypoglycemic agent, was first instituted in Berlin, Germany in 1952 and later immigrated to the US. Repeatedly, through the years, there have been attempts to blame the development of pancreatic cancer on both insulin and oral agents. Instead of saying that A (diabetics are more prone to pancreatic cancer) or B (that new onset, untreated diabetes may be the first sign of pancreatic cancer) the attorneys are jumping to C; the docs and the drugs are causing pancreatic cancer. They are “jumping to C-onclusions” unwarranted by the facts. Their mercenary  motives are blatantly obvious.

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 02:15 PM

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It is time for Washington to take off the blinders and take notice of what really works in Stem Cell therapy
By Dr. Charles McGowen

The following article, copied and pasted from the internet, affirms what we have been averring here at APR for the past five years. The continued waste of funds on embryonic stem cell research must come to an end. NFL quarterback Peyton Manning had to go abroad to Germany in order to take advantage of that foreign country’s expertise in this regard to solve his cervical spine problems. The Germans, and nine other nations, gave up on using embryonic cells long ago. Read on and weep for our nation’s lack of direction.

“Stem cell therapy is used for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal injury, degenerative joint disease, autoimmune diseases, systemic lupus erythematosus, cerebral palsy, critical limb ischemia, diabetes type 2, heart failure, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions. Adult stem cells are harvested from many areas of the body, including the bone marrow, fat and peripheral blood, and they are purified and reintroduced back in the patient. According to the theory, stem cells isolated from a patient (i.e. from the bone marrow or fat) have the ability to become different cell types (i.e. nerve cells, liver cells, heart cells and cartilage cells), and they are capable of "homing in" on and repairing damaged tissue. Autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation can induce sustained remissions for more than 5 years in patients with severe autoimmune diseases refractory to conventional therapy. (Farge, 2010) Stem cell transplantation has potential for cartilage repair and cell-based therapies for osteoarthritis. (Mobasheri, 2009) Stem cells hold great promise to harness the body’s ability to heal itself, and to cure diseases and alleviate suffering without the use of drugs or invasive surgery, but there may be risks. In this study no complications were detected from stem cells re-injected into peripheral joints (n=213) or into intervertebral discs (n=13). (Centeno, 2010) In an animal study reported in the Lancet, tissue formed by stem cells from the host was implanted and re-grew their own joints, complete with cartilage. Researchers hypothesized that such a joint should last longer and work more naturally than a metal joint, and the technique could benefit patients with advanced arthritis. While metal joints only last 10-15 years but this type should last longer, but not all patients may have this regenerative capacity, especially the elderly. (Lee, 2010) Note: This treatment is not FDA approved in the U.S. (FDA, 2010)” That last comment sums up the problem; it's all ideological and political.

For more information on this cutting edge technology that will eliminate all organ transplants and the need for toxic and expensive anti-rejection drugs for life, see the numerous articles previously written on this site. Those persons making the laws and controlling the purse strings of our economy in Washington, on both sides of the aisle, should be held culpable for the lack of progress in our country with regard to this life sparing technology. At this point we are more than a decade behind 10 other nations in the treatment of injury and illness with autologous stem cell transplants.  The reason is found in a “sequestering” of highly successful autologous stem cell transplants in the myth and fraud of embryonic stem cell research.

Friday, April 05, 2013, 01:45 PM

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The Pathophysiology of Christ’s Death
By Dr. Charles McGowen

 

In the 3-21-86 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) an article was published describing in detail the patho-physiology of Christ’s death on the Cross. It is the most, scientific, graphic and detailed explanation I have ever read and I highly recommend it to all who have an interest in what our Savior suffered on our behalf. The article is eight pages in length and well worth the time taken to read it. I can hardly do it justice in a short blog but I will attempt to summarize what led to Christ’s voluntary demise which was accomplished as a result of “God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge” (Acts 2:23).

Between Thursday evening (around midnight) and His via dolorosa on Friday during which He carried the cross used in His crucifixion, Christ underwent five trials (Before Annus, Caiaphas (high priest) and the Sanhedrin, Pontius Pilate, King Herod and finally back to Pilate. During that time he was flogged with sheep vertebrae attached to leather thongs that ripped the flesh from his back, spat upon and crowned with a ring of thorns that tore into his scalp and brow. The trials were exhausting and he was deprived of food and water. The flogging and the crown of thorns produced extensive bleeding and the saliva delivered bacteria that would have found easy access to Christ’s blood stream through the open wounds. The human mouth is known to be the filthiest, germ ridden cavity on our planet. Bacteria in the blood stream create septic shock and combined with the blood loss and dehydration would have dropped our Lord’s blood pressure to imperceptible levels.

When he was nailed to the cross, more hemorrhage occurred from His wrists and feet and the pain of severing the nerves in His wrists sent further neurological signals that cause reactive shock. The feet of all persons who were crucified were placed on a small platform (a sedile) that was affixed to the upright portion of the cross. Given the fact that they were suspended from the cross bar by their wrists, they had to push up on the sedile in order to breath. Gradually, due to increasing shock the strength to do so was insidiously lost and steady accumulations of carbon dioxide occurred, leading to respiratory acidosis, further perpetuating the shock. As His agony increased His heart began to fail and accumulate fluid in the pericardial sac that surrounds it. If it took too long for condemned prisoners to die, the soldiers attending to the crucifixion were instructed to break the legs of the convicts so they could no longer push up on the sedile. In the case of Christ, He said “It is finished” and “gave up His spirit” (John 19:20) voluntarily and His bones remained in tact, in keeping with prophecy (Exodus 12:46). To assure that He was dead, a spear was thrust into His side thus piercing His heart muscle bringing a sudden flow of blood and water (John 19:34); the “water” being pericardial fluid.

What a price Christ paid for you and me! What a Savior! What good news that true life, eternal life, fulfilling life did not end with an empty cross but really began for those of us who follow Christ with an empty tomb. He is not there; He is Risen!

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 08:02 AM

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