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Thursday, December 21, 2006

YMCA / Palo Alto Daily News Article


  1. Hey Jerrold. It's Michelle from the transplant support group. I looked for your e-mail address on here but didn't see it.

    That's great that you're getting some exposure for organ donation through this article about you and your blog.

    Have a good holiday.

  2. Hi Jerrold-
    Saw your article. We have one other member of our support list with "non-smokers" cancer. You might want to check us out- we support people going through lung transplants.

  3. Hi Jerrold, I was dismayed to read about your situation in the Palo Alto Daily News.

    I'm sure someone else has already asked you this but have you been tested for the presence of SV40? SV40 is a monkey virus that contaminated the polio vaccine and is thought to cause a variety of different cancers in humans many years later. There is a book that details the research into this issue called "The Virus and the Vaccine" by Debbie Bookchin and Jim Shumacher

    Upshot of the research and interviews presented in this book is that the U.S. Polio vaccine may have been contaminated with SV40 at several different points in time (mostly between 1954 and 1963), but also as recently as the 1990s, perhaps explaining why the virus is showing up in the tumors of children and young adults. One data point: the lung cancer previously thought to be caused by exposure to Asbestos is one of the cancers that researchers have found to be associated with SV40.

    Leading SV40 researchers, described in the book, are currently investigating how it may be possible to fight SV40-related cancers by targeting the SV40 in tumors.

    I wanted to bring SV40 to your attention since you are very young to have lung cancer and it is unusual for someone who never smoked to have your form of cancer. I hate the unexplainable. If it were me, I'd want to be able to evaluate all of the information out there and to consider all treatment options. SV40 doesn't seem to respond well to conventional cancer treatment and requires special treatment being able to target SV40 might make a difference.

    Anyway, your spirit and attitude are incredibly inspiring and exactly the mindset that I've read about in folks that recover from cancer and go on to lead long, interesting and productive lives!

    All of my healthiest thoughts are with you this Holiday Season!


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