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Effective immediately, there is a new benefits advisor located at the Veterans Affairs Clinic on St. Thomas.

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Half a dozen young people, local artists and music producers have created a peace song for Carnival 2014. To read more about the song, click here.

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U.S. Coast Guard OKs V.I. Waterways for LPG Shipping

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a letter declaring Virgin Island waterways suitable for the transportation of LPG, bringing closer to completion WAPA's conversion of some of its generating capacity.

2015-10-01 23:13:36
St. John Group Mounts Grass Roots Challenge

Claiming St. John real property valuations are flawed, the St. John-based Unity Day Group is mounting a grass roots effort concerning the local government’s loan of $40 million from Banco Popular.

2015-10-01 23:11:58
Retirement Celebration Held for Seaborne Pilot Wayne George

Wayne George flew the last flight of his career to the St. Croix seaplane terminal on the last Seaborne Airlines flight out Thursday. He turns 65 on Friday, the mandatory retirement age for pilots.

2015-10-01 23:05:53
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The Bookworm Asks: Is There More than a Magic Bullet for Cancer?

"Beyond the Magic Bullet: The Anti-Cancer Cocktail” by Raymond Chang, MD

c.2012, Square One Publishers $16.95 / $19.95 Canada
190 pages, includes appendices and index

You’re feeling a little like a warrior.
Every day, it’s another battle. You’ve got your fierce-face on and yes, you win most times but combat takes a lot out of you. Still, your doctor has your back, and there’s no way you’re giving up this fight with cancer.

But what if your weapons gained power, mid-skirmish? What if you could bring a whole arsenal to do battle with the disease? In the new book “Beyond the Magic Bullet: The Anti-Cancer Cocktail” by Raymond Chang, MD, you’ll find out how.

More than 40 years ago, the National Cancer Act declared “war” on one of the most dreaded diseases known. In the past four decades, we’ve learned a lot about cancer, but we still can’t completely cure it.

What complicates things for researchers is that there is no one cancer (there are over 100 distinct ones) and each can mutate differently, depending on the patient. Therefore, since there is no singular cancer, there is no singular treatment.

“Simply put,” says Chang, “the current strategy and standards for treating cancer are inadequate.” He points out that there are four basic common treatments for cancer now (radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and hormone therapy) but these treatments alone are not working well enough. He advocates a “cocktail” to attack the disease.

What would happen, he says, if two or more “specialized cancer therapies” are added to a “classic” treatment? Or how might Eastern medicine help kill cancer cells if used in conjunction with Western medicine? Many cancer treatments are ministered one at a time; what would happen if several methods were used simultaneously to “achieve the critical mass needed to… reverse the tide”? We know the latter course of action works with HIV; why not with cancer?

Chang says that you may already be consuming foods and medicines that could enhance treatment; many off-label medicines do double-duty. Conversely, you may need to embrace a macrobiotic diet and eliminate artificial ingredients or processed foods while under a physician’s care.

Find the right doctors to work with you and to tailor your treatment, Chang says. Become informed. Set goals and use conventional medicine “as a backbone.” And be sure your entire plan is evidence-based and “synergistic,” not “antagonistic.”

When a doctor says the C-word to someone, it’s natural that they panic and think the worst. If it’s happened to you, though, take a deep breath. Then take a look at this book.

Though there’s a lot of medico-speak here – which can be a bit confusing – “Beyond the Magic Bullet” otherwise makes a lot of sense. Author and oncologist Raymond Chang advocates something radically different, his words are soothing and reassuring, and it’s empowering for patients to take the cancer-bull by the horns.

But will Chang’s methods work?

I couldn’t say, but I do think that this is a great book to take with you next time you see your oncologist, and ask. For you, “Beyond the Magic Bullet” may be the weapon you need for a fighting chance at survival.

The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 12,000 books. Her self-syndicated book reviews appear in more than 260 newspapers.

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