Publisher’s Words 2020 July – October

Since our June 2020 issue, , the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide have made an upward turn over the past 2 months. On one hand, I was hoping the numbers would keep decreasing. On the other hand, I also understand that we are heading into the traditional flu and upper respiratory infection season. Thus, it is not completely surprising to see the emergence of a second wave. If you have time, I would highly suggest that you watch this video by Ivor Cummins, a biochemical engineer from Ireland and a health topic researcher and podcaster: This 38-minute video gives a fact-based scientific explanation and prediction about our current pandemic. I would sure like to see if his predictions hold true in the next 6 months. 

It looks like the US FDA is looking to restrict access to homeopathic medicine, which has been practiced and used safely for centuries. FDA proposed new rules may potentially remove any and all homeopathic medicine that contain ingredients that are deemed drugs. If you’d like to learn more about these new proposed rules and how to protect our access to homeopathic medicine, please click on this link:

Bee venom therapy has been used for centuries and touted to be beneficial for many human illnesses including chronic pain, inflammatory conditions, auto-immune conditions, cancer, etc. Recently researchers in Australia have shown that bee venom and its major component melittin can induce cell death in triple-negative and HER2-enriched breast cancer cells1. Melittin was also found to enhance docetaxel’s tumor suppressing effects. It is always nice to see researchers try to validate (or disprove) traditional observations.

Until next time. Be calm and stay safe.

Martin Kwok, ND. DrTCM

1. Duffy, C., Sorolla, A., Wang, E. et al. Honeybee venom and melittin suppress growth factor receptor activation in HER2-enriched and triple-negative breast cancer. npj Precis. Onc. 4, 24 (2020).