In Memory Of Joyce Riley: An Inspirational Advocate, Broadcaster, And Friend

Joyce Ann Riley: July 31, 1948 – June 25, 2017
An Inspirational Advocate, Broadcaster, And Friend.

Joyce Ann Riley was welcomed into the world on July 31, 1948. Fittingly, she was born just outside Arkansas City, Kansas on the border with Oklahoma, in the heart of the United States. Eventually, Joyce would capture the hearts of millions of people around the world, including my own, becoming a trusted friend and mentor.

Her father owned a pharmacy while her mother was a stay-at-home mum. Joyce was the eldest of three children. One of her passions, as well as being on The Power Hour was quilting, a talent, and pleasure inherited from her mother. The tragedy of her family came when one of her younger brothers died unexpectedly. Undoubtedly, her father’s involvement in the medical community influenced her career decisions.

As a young woman, Joyce was determined to make some mark in the world. The tenacity we grew to love brought her all the way to the University of Kansas. Her passion for helping those who could not always help themselves was embedded in her makeup. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in nursing, leading to a full range of nursing duties in the private sector.

Her expertise and willingness to serve landed her in the Air Force, where she attained the rank of captain. Joyce became a flight nurse aboard C-130 missions in support of Operation Desert Storm. The kinship she felt with those in uniform is a precious part of her legacy. The experimentation she endured, and witnessed, changed Joyce forever. ‘A champion of the forgotten men and women of the Desert Storm era,’ may be the badge of honour she cherished the most.

Before she brought the plight of the Iraq War era soldier to the masses, Joyce became a whistle-blower, involved in exposing nursing malpractice issues. Until her health would no longer permit, she was an expert witness for both plaintiff and defence medical cases. Her courage, and determination to stand for the truth, made Joyce the target of harsh scrutiny, and vilification by those willing to value reputation above the lives of helpless infants. She also presented at the National Institutes of Health, and many legal conferences, including the American Trial Lawyers Association.

Her expertise and critical voice lead her to the radio and well over 1500 radio guest appearances. From 1996-1999 with her husband Dave von Kleist, she traveled the country as an advocate for the American Gulf War Veterans Association, with crucial information for veterans throughout the nation. In the Spring of 2000, The Power Hour Radio Show joined the GCN network. With her exuberant husband by her side, Joyce laid the path for the modern independent media movement. The Power Hour became synonymous with blowing the lid off our less than honest ‘reality.’ With the tenacity of a bulldog, a unique wit, and a distinctive midwestern charm Joyce endeared herself to a massive audience. The advent and success of the truth media can be traced directly to The Power Hour and the nation of People who called it home. Her pursuit of natural treatments for her cancer diagnosis will long be admired and used in coming generations.

It was by pure luck that I first heard the voice of Joyce Riley, who would set me on course to transform my life, and I believe, to save my life, thanks to an interview I heard in December 2005. While I helped a friend to find information about a food supplement called Serrapeptase, I found a clip, from The Power Hour, in which Joyce interviewed Robert Redfern, the author of a book with a title so long that I only remembered about half of it at the time. Thankfully, the discussion was much more memorable, as was the content of the book. It was more than enough to grab my attention and convince me that I wanted to learn more and that Serrapeptase could be a safe alternative to the prescribed anti-inflammatory painkillers I had taken for years, with little and reducing benefit.

On January 3, 2006, my friend returned with a copy of Robert’s book, and a bottle of Serrapeptase, which was described in the book as, ‘the second gift from silkworms.’ It was on that day that My Serrapeptase Adventure started. Within days my health improved, within weeks my health was transformed, and my life was returned to my control.

Since my adventure began in January 2006, interest from around the world continued to grow. The first hint of worldwide media coverage came on February 22nd, 2006. When Robert Redfern of Naturally Healthy Publications, appeared on  The Power Hour, he was taking his regular part in a phone-in. A caller rang in asking for information about natural health products, which would be useful for a child with Cerebral Palsy. It was still in its early stages, but Robert gave a brief outline of my story so far.

On April 11th, (2006) I had the pleasure of speaking with Joyce for the first time. She invited me to appear on the following days show.

My Serrapeptase Adventure charts the four life-changing years in which I learnt that many of the symptoms from which Serrapeptase has rescued me were, in fact, known, and even expected, side effects of the toxic cocktail of prescription medications, which I took before I knew about Serrapeptase.

When I first heard people describing my return to naturally sustained good health and then Serrapeptase itself, as a ‘miracle,’ I was concerned. At the time, in the summer of 2006, it was not at all certain to me that my improving health would be sustainable. I was thrilled that other people, including Joyce, were so confident, but it took me some time to begin to agree with them.

I am convinced that it is prescription medication, and the global systems designed to reinforce our dependence upon it, that should be called ‘alternative medicine.’ If good health is our natural, balanced state, then the goal of health-care should be to maintain that balance or to return us to it, as naturally as possible. This approach still allows for medical and surgical treatments, when they are necessary, but they should be considered useful alternatives, and not assumed to be the only acceptable options.

To be clear, I still have cerebral palsy. Serrapeptase has not removed or cured the condition, but it has improved my health to such an extent that I have returned to the cerebral palsy of my childhood. It was then, and is now, a daily challenge to be managed and overcome. Cerebral palsy is no longer the condition, dominating my life, which it had become. Most importantly, I remain free of the toxic cocktail of prescription medication, which I believe damaged my health and quality of life, far more than cerebral palsy ever has done, or is ever likely to do.

From its very earliest days, My Serrapeptase Adventure has been as much about the kindness and inspiration of people from around the world, as it has been about my continuing search for good health. Joyce was a constant source of information, encouragement, and inspiration, which gave me the information I needed, and the confidence to try Serrapeptase for the first time, long before my eyesight was good enough to read the information for myself.

It is for this reason that I am in no doubt that without  The Power Hour, my life would have been very different, and I may not have survived at all. Regular readers and listeners to the show will often have heard me taking every opportunity I get to thank Joyce and the team for their continued support.

Joyce was happy to tell my story and to give me a chance to share it, as often as possible. However, she often downplayed her part in it. In November 2008, Joyce agreed to record her personal view of My Serrapeptase Adventure, and of her contribution to it. As always, she emphasised, which she took from me. In a rare moment, Joyce also described the personal gift she considered it was, to have the opportunity to speak to, learn from, and inspire people around the world.

It is my privilege to have known Joyce and to have been inspired, not only by her knowledge but also by her friendship. Joyce will be deeply missed. She is survived by an adoring body of listeners and advocates who have found the world a better place by having Joyce in it. Ever-private with so much personal information, it is proper now to note she has one brother and one son from an early marriage remaining.

The last word should be left to Joyce. It is my privilege to invite you to listen to her thoughts about my story, and the joy, and the challenge of  The Power Hour — a radio show, with a worldwide audience, and a gentle touch of personal inspiration.

Never ever stand down if you know that something is going wrong. If you know there’s an injustice, speak out, regardless, because you don’t want to live the rest of your life knowing, ‘I could have done more’.

Joyce Riley, 1948 – 2017

Thanks to  The Power Hour, and the Genesis Communications Network, and Naturally Healthy Publications for additional information.

Good Health Is Our Natural State

Today is February 18, 2015, and another anniversary of my freedom from the toxic cocktail of prescription medication, which was threatening to destroy my life, before the start of My Serrapeptase Adventure, way back in January 2006. The speed with which I was able to leave the medications behind is still one of the most remarkable things about my recovery, for people learning about it for the first time, and for everyone who witnessed it first hand, alike.

I am often asked two questions, one about how I felt in 2006, and one about how I think, and feel now. The first question is about whether or not I was surprised, or nervous, at the time, less than two months after starting to take Serrapeptase specifically, and more generally, a natural approach to improving and maintaining my health. In a single word, the answer is, no. The full answer is that, at the time, I still, wrongly, believed that doctors would only give me medication when I needed it. Therefore, I assumed, it was safe to believe that doctors would only tell me to reduce or stop a prescription when I would be safe to do so. Thankfully my second assumption was correct, and I suffered no ill effects from not taking the multitude of toxins, which I had once called medicines, and upon which I had once believed my survival depended.

My quick and remarkably positive reaction to Serrapeptase, which cleared my lungs in a matter of days, restoring my ability to speak in full sentences, without losing my breath, made it possible to accept an invitation to share My Serrapeptase Adventure with listeners to The Power Hour Radio Show in April 2006. It was, ultimately, the fact that I was freed from the combined side effects of multiple medications, which made my return to sustained good health possible then, and something I still enjoy today. (Listen To My First Interview)

The second question, which I am asked even more often is about my attitude to medication, and the medical profession, now that I know that a natural approach to my health has saved, and sustained my life, in contrast to the allopathic, pharmaceutical approach.

First of all, I make it clear to anyone who asks me, as I do here, that I bear no grudge, or ill will, against any of the doctors, nurses, surgeons, or other medical professionals, who treated me. I believe that many of them are deliberately misinformed by the pharmaceutical industry, which controls so much of the funding upon which their training and professional practice depend. Doctors are as trapped as their patients, within a financial system, which depends for its own survival, upon keeping as many people as possible ill enough to be dependent upon pharmaceutical products for the temporary relief of symptoms. It is a system in which lifelong health and well-being, free from expensive toxins, is the very definition of failure.

As I have often said:

Health is the body’s natural state, even when one has a permanent and irreversible underlying condition, like cerebral palsy. It is prescription medication, and the worldwide systems designed to reinforce our dependence upon it, that should be called ‘alternative medicine’. If good health is our natural, balanced state, then the goal of health-care should be to maintain that balance, or to return us to it, as naturally as possible.

I will continue to choose a natural approach to sustain my own good health whenever It is available to me. It is, however, important to stress that I am not opposed to medical treatment, at times and in circumstances where it can be shown to be necessary as the most appropriate response to a traumatic injury or other health emergency. As I have said before, I have benefited from medical treatment and surgery throughout my life, but My Serrapeptase Adventure has taught me to re-evaluate the true meaning and power of health care.

I believe that a naturally sustainable approach to good health should always be my first choice, because naturally good health is the state in which the human body functions at its best, and to which it will return as soon as it is given the right nutrition and environment in which to do so.

Clearly, this approach still provides a defined role for medical professionals, clinicians, therapists and nurses. I believe that it is the duty of every one of us who values real health care to encourage and also to defend people who have dedicated themselves to providing it or educating us about its potential, wherever we find them, even within the allopathic system.

We must make it clear to the pharmaceutical industry that good science must become, once again, the powerful servant of good health that its pioneers knew it to be. We must not allow ourselves to confuse a thriving pharmaceutical industry, with the provision of safe and effective health care.

It is challenging enough to sustain and, if necessary, to return to a natural state of good health. No one should ever have to consider whether or not they may need to fight the health care system itself in order to ensure that it is focused upon providing real, safe and effective medicine and the most precious gift of all, people with the talents and compassion to care for others in need.

Mike Tawse: The Health-Care Survivor

As always, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people, around the world, from whom I have continued to learn, throughout my adventure and beyond, and whose kindness continues to inspire me. In particular Robert Redfern: Naturally Healthy Publications, David Meyer: Good Health Naturally, Joyce Riley: The Power Hour, Perry A~: The Living Clay Company, and many others.

Regenerating Hope: TEDGlobal 2013 With Dr Siddharthan Chandran

Regenerative neurologist, Dr Siddharthan Chandran, of  The Euan MacDonald Centre, at the University of Edinburgh, asks whether we can repair the damaged brain. Here’s the problem: Humanity is facing an epidemic of fast-progressing, devastating neurological disease such as Alzheimer’s, motor neuron disease, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and Huntington’s. Collectively, this is one of the biggest public health threats of our time. Over 35 million people are affected, and the global annual cost is $700 billion and rising — greater than 1% of global GDP.

Chandran shows two clips of one of his patients, John, who, speaking through a respirator, explains that difficulty breathing, in 2011, led to the diagnosis of motor neuron disease. In the second video, 18 months later, he explains that weakness in his legs means he now often uses a wheelchair, illustrating not only the devastating consequences but the shocking pace of the disease — a fit adult man rendered chair and respirator dependent in 18 months.

How does it happen? Chandran explains that the brain is “terribly simple,” made up of four kinds of cells — some nerve cells and some insulating, or myelin, cells. “When they work together,” says Chandran, “they create an extraordinary symphony of electrical activity” that allows us to feel and emote. But each of these cells can “go rogue or die,” resulting in damaged wiring and disrupted connections, damage that ultimately manifests in disease.

Chandran believes that hope lies in a new discovery — that the brain can spontaneously repair itself, an important fact that challenges old medical orthodoxy. So it can, but it just doesn’t do it well enough to overcome disease. He shows an image of a brain affected by MS, where damaged cells on the brain are being spontaneously repaired — not by doctors, he says, but in spite of them, because stem cells in the brain are allowing new myelin to be laid down over the damaged nerves.

He asks why, if we’ve known this for a long time — and we have — are there no treatments? Because drug development is expensive and time-consuming and risky. The odds of isolating a treatment are 10,000 to 1, costing 15 years and $1 billion — and even then there’s no guarantee.

Can we shorten the odds? Yes we can, says Chandran, but we have to consider the point of failure. The problem, he says, is that traditional development requires isolating five compounds from 10,000, which are then sent to clinical trials, which are first done on animals. Why not use stem cells to bypass animal trials? After all, he says, quoting Alexander Pope, “The proper study of Mankind is Man.” We can now do this thanks to stem cells. Stem cells can do two things: they can self-renew, and they can specialize – they can give rise to any other cell, whether a motor nerve cell, a skin cell, a liver cell, and so on.

Over the last few decades, but especially in the past 10 to 15 years, major developments are allowing us to harness this ability. Dolly the sheep was the first example of an animal cloned from an adult cell. Then, in 2006, Shinya Yamanaka made an even bigger breakthrough, showing that four ingredients could effectively convert any adult cell into a master stem cell, effectively generating a personalized tissue-repair kit of pluripotent cells.

How can easily-pluripotent stem cells be useful for repairing the damaged brain? There are two ways. First, we can discover new drugs in a dish. Take a patient skin sample, reprogram it to make pluripotent stem cells and drive it to make a motor nerve cell, and ask how it compares to a healthy counterpart cell from a relative with a close genetic match. Comparing the health of the cells, one could observe, for example, that the unhealthy cell is 2.5 more likely to die than the healthy counterpart — a perfect assay for drug discovery. Using a high-throughput screening system, you can seek the drug that might be the most effective, and take it directly to human trial, bypassing animal testing. We can also use stem cells to repair damage, whether by activating those already in our brains to respond appropriately to damage, or by transplanting stem cells directly to replace dead or dying cells in the brain.

To close, Chandran cites an experiment investigating whether the stem cells grown from patients’ bone marrow could promote repair of damaged optic nerves in patients with MS. The study measured the size of the optic nerve before and after the stem cell injection. The optic nerve was measured after periodic injections, and Chandran found that optic nerves that had previously been shrinking began to grow. Chandran believes that the treatment was promoting the endogenous stem cells to “wake up” and make new myelin.


The Health-Care Survivor’s Comment

Although this fascinating talk focuses, very clearly upon a different condition to my own, Chandran’s work offers a tantalising glimpse into the healing potential of the brain, which received medical wisdom has, until recently, said does not exist. The assumption that brain cells, once damaged or dead, cannot be replaced is, at least in part, has meant that the medically minded have been unable or unwilling to explain why a natural approach to my condition, has enabled a sustained improvement in my health.

As Dr Chandran has explained, master stem cells exist within the adult brain, with the potential to replace damaged cells. I believe that it stands to reason that improving my nutrition and removing the stress of toxicity, imposed by medication, as well as reducing inflammatory damage throughout my body, by the use of Serrapeptase and Curcumin, must have given my brain it’s the best chance, so far, to reduce the impact of Cerebral Palsy. Regular readers of My Serrapeptase Adventure will know that I believe that the most obvious example of my brain repairing itself is the fact that my eyesight and visual perception have both improved, despite both being congenitally damaged.

I am not in favour of genetic modification of our food supply,  and I have expressed concern about the potential dangers posed by the unintended and, so far, unknown consequences of stem cell experimentation. Clearly, it makes sense to consider work, such as that discussed by Dr Chandran, with these concerns in mind. I am slightly more comfortable with his approach, than I am with others, because taking cells from an individual and returning them, exclusively, to the same individual, represents a risk to be taken by a single person, making it much more likely that genuinely informed consent can be given.

The only slight disappointment, for me about this talk is that, while there is an acceptance that adult stem cells, and specifically master stem cells, occur naturally, there is no mention of how to promote their production and efficacy, by natural means.

I look forward to learning more about this fascinating area of research. I would also be interested to know what you think about both the controversy and the potential of this work.

Thanks to TED.

Healing Spices By Professor Bharat Aggarwal

Healing Spices is a detailed look at the healing and curative properties in many spices, both ordinary and more exotic. Part one of this book discusses ancient medicines and how spices have been used throughout history from about 2,600 BC. This glimpse into history includes the cultures of India, Indonesia, Syria, Egypt, and even Rome.

The first part of the book also includes a brief introduction to spices, what they are, and how they work. It also explains epidemiological studies and what they have discovered about different types of spices. There’s also information on phytonutrients contained in a variety of different spices.

Part two of Healing Spices is a detailed breakdown of 50 different spices. There are fifty chapters, and each chapter focuses on one specific spice. The author has only included spices that are beneficial based on intriguing or established science. Every spice chapter highlights the specific health condition that is potentially affected by this spice.

Each chapter includes information on the medicinal and culinary history of the spice. They also explain what traditional foods you probably already eat are prepared with the spice. The chapter also includes information on how to purchase each spice. It tells you what the best form is to buy it in (whole, ground, etc.). It tells you what you need to look for when you’re purchasing the spice to make sure you get the best quality.

The author tells you how to examine a spice for flaws and age as well and discusses the proper way to store each spice. Each chapter also includes recipes and suggestions for how to use each spice in cooking.

Part three is devoted to special spice combinations and teaches you what you need to know to combine different species to create delicious healing dishes. A few combinations included are Indian spices, North African spices, Chinese spices, Middle Eastern spices, Latin American and Caribbean spices, and French spices. Also discussed is how to create powders and pastes.

Part four discusses specifically how to use spices as natural medicine. There is an A-Z guide that lists each health condition along with the healing spice most likely to be used for the condition.

This is definitely a valuable book to have on hand for when you want to take a more active role in managing your health.

Professor Bharat B Aggarwal is one of the world’s acknowledged experts on the uses and efficacy of Curcumin as part of a naturally sustained approach to good health. Curcumin, in the forms of Curcumin and Serranol, has been an integral part of my own return to good health and my continuing freedom from the toxic cocktail, more commonly known as prescription medication, since I was introduced to Professor Aggarwal’s research as part of My Serrapeptase Adventure in 2006.

Thanks to Joyce Riley and The Power Hour.

Healing Spices is available at online retailers and bookstores and The Power Hour.

An Interview With Professor Bharat Aggarwal: Renowned Curcumin Researcher

Professor Bharat B Aggarwal, of the Department of Experimental Therapeutics, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, joins The Power Hour, with Joyce Riley, to discuss some of his research. Professor Aggarwal is one of the world’s acknowledged experts on the uses and efficacy of Curcumin as part of a naturally sustained approach to good health.

HealingSpicesProfessor Aggarwal is a co-author of Healing Spices, a detailed look at the healing and curative properties in many spices, both ordinary and more exotic. This interview is focused upon Curcumin; it also covers the potential of other spices, to contribute to a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Curcumin is an integral part of My Serrapeptase Adventure, which charts my own return to good health and my continuing freedom from the toxic cocktail, more commonly known as ‘prescription medication.’

Thanks to Joyce Riley and The Power Hour.