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    Is the Muscular Dystrophy Association Hiding a Possible Cure?

    Is the Muscular Dystrophy Association Hiding a Possible Cure?

    by Donna
    Planet Infowars

    A time-honored tradition, every labor day (for 45 years of my life), people from all over the world would watch the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. The guest line up were always filled with great television and movie stars, singers and comics. Before we had 24 hour television, it was also the only station airing for 24 hours. So it was a treat for a night owl, like myself, to be able to watch all the talented acts throughout the night. I even called in a few times and donated.

    In the 59 years Jerry Lewis was the MDA chairman, he grossed $2.5 billion dollars for them–yes, that is BILLION with a B. I often wondered, in all those years why I really never heard about any cures for these poor children. Surely all the billions poured into the non-profit organization and the science and technology behind it, in 60 years, you would think that Muscular Dystrophy would have some cures?

    Upon listening to a pod cast of Dead Doctors Don’t Lie, I heard Dr. Joel Wallach mention that he gave data to Mr. Lewis with regards to eliminating Muscular Dystrophy–Listen to the pod cast

    It appears that Mr. Lewis gave this data to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), and directly after giving this data, Mr. Lewis was fired as the National Chairman. If there is a cure, as Dr. Wallach has suggested, it would appear that the MDA would have a lot to lose if Mr. Lewis went on air and happened to say something about Dr. Wallach’s findings. Dr. Wallach has been treating children with Cystic Fibrosis and Muscular Dystrophy for 60 years with vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids and having great results. Can it really be that simple, as nutritional deficiencies?

    E-online tried to immediate put a spin on this firing, inferring that the MDA’s decision to release Mr. Lewis as National Chairman was because of his disparaging comments he made about American Idol.

    On July 29, 2011, Jerry Lewis held a press conference and went on a tangent about Hollywood. Mr. Lewis was asked by a reporter, if he had fulfilled his destiny, he replied, “I am coming close.” The reporter then went on to ask what he would need to happen to be satisfied? “Get a cure for muscular dystrophy.”

    “Paging Dr. Wallach”

    An emotional Jerry Lewis at the closing of his last telethon 2010:

    “The spirits of darkness are now among us. We have to be on guard so that we may realize what is happening when we encounter them and gain a real idea of where they are to be found. The most dangerous thing you can do in the immediate future will be to give yourself up unconsciously to the influences which are definitely present.” ~ Rudolf Steiner

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    60 years and still no cures?

    MDA Awards $10.7 Million In Grants
    PR NewswirePR Newswire – Tue, Aug 21, 2012

    33 New Projects Will Advance Neuromuscular Disease Research

    TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Greater understanding of the causes and natural histories of neuromuscular diseases, and translation of the latest research advances into potential treatments are the focus of new projects funded by the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s latest round of grants.


    MDA awarded 33 grants totaling $10,684,481 million. The grants became effective in August 2012.

    The new grants support the search for causative genetic defects, altered biological processes and therapeutic strategies in muscular dystrophy and the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases in MDA’s program.

    “We’re especially pleased to award research grants that have application in so many areas and for so many of the diseases MDA covers,” said MDA Vice President of Research Sanjay Bidichandani. “Many of these new projects, though focused on one disease, will have great impact on the state of science in other areas of neuromuscular disease research. It’s a compelling illustration of the power and benefits that result from MDA’s broad coverage of many diseases.”

    ‘Basic’ grants seek specifics

    The new MDA grants all are awarded through MDA’s basic research program and seek to answer specific questions about biological processes in normal and diseased muscle and nerves.

    For example, three new grants are focused on the search for specific gene defects that cause some rare forms of congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD), Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). Any genes identified may provide targets at which to aim therapies.

    Several grants involve the use of autologous adult stem cells for therapies aimed at muscle repair and regeneration. Such cells are derived from a person’s own body – for example, from the skin, fat or bone marrow – and coaxed into becoming muscle cells or other desired cell types, then returned to the same person from whom they were taken. Cell-based therapies involving the transplantation of a person’s own stem cells instead of cells taken from another source have a greater chance at success, as they are far less likely to trigger an immune-system response that could make the body reject the new cells.

    A number of grants also are focused on nonmuscle problems in neuromuscular diseases. For example, in Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies, researchers are characterizing the details of cognitive and behavioral problems, and also examining the role in fatigue of abnormal regulation of blood flow by nitric oxide.

    New grant stats

    At its July 2012 meeting, MDA’s Board of Directors reviewed and approved the new grants based on recommendations from the Association’s Scientific and Medical Advisory Committees.

    Of the 33 new grants, four are career development grants designed to increase the number of scientists committed to working on neuromuscular disease research. The remaining 29 awards are primary research grants meant to improve understanding of the causes of neuromuscular diseases or guide the development of strategies for their diagnosis and treatment.

    The newly awarded grants will support research into 18 diseases in MDA’s program. In addition, several of the grants address general muscle health and apply to most of the neuromuscular diseases under MDA’s umbrella.

    For up-to-date information on all the latest MDA-funded research projects, see Grants at a Glance, a slideshow feature with photos and information on the new MDA grantees and their research. To learn more, read MDA Commits $10.7 Million to Neuromuscular Disease Research and ALS: New MDA Grants Focus on Multisystem Aspects of the Disease. To review the approximately 300 active research grants currently being funded by MDA, view this PDF.

    About MDA

    MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. For more information on the Association’s research and other programs, visit Be sure to follow us on Facebook at and Twitter @MDAnews.

    SOURCE Muscular Dystrophy Association
    “The spirits of darkness are now among us. We have to be on guard so that we may realize what is happening when we encounter them and gain a real idea of where they are to be found. The most dangerous thing you can do in the immediate future will be to give yourself up unconsciously to the influences which are definitely present.” ~ Rudolf Steiner

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