published Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Viruses offer hope to cure cancer — and more letters to the editors

Viruses offer hope to cure cancer

There is a cure for cancer. There is actually a way to forcefully fight back. Cancer can be cured with viruses. This may seem silly, but keep reading.

Everyone sees viruses as something that cause sicknesses, diseases and even cancer, but that is just a handful of viruses. Most viruses are non-pathogenic, and they do not cause disease.

Viruses are parasites. They need other living organisms and their cells to survive. Viruses literally attack living cells to reproduce and live.

Scientists are currently using viruses to attack cancer cells. In doing this the virus will kill the cancer cells that they come in contact with, thus curing cancer. This process has already worked in a bunch of test subjects and is on its way to being tested in actual cancer patients.

This is paving the way to future medical processes. If a natural process was found to cure cancer, maybe using things already found in nature is the way to cure everything. There is hope.

SARAH ASEMOTA, Chattanooga


Obama misled us on health plans

“If you like your Acme health plan, you can keep it.” Did President Obama mislead the American people?

The Affordable Care Act, passed in March 2010, stated that health plans offered in the state exchanges would be required to include “essential health benefits.” All health insurance plans sold outside the exchanges in the individual and small group market would have the same requirement.

Existing plans could be “grandfathered” only if there were no changes with regards to plan benefits. In November 2012 the HHS Department released a list of the broad areas that would be part of the essential health benefits, with final details released February 2013.

Nearly all “Acme” plans (high deductible, limited coverage except for catastrophic illness) fail to provide “essential” health benefits such as maternity care for men and elderly women, mental health, or substance abuse, and by law must lose their grandfather status and be terminated, being replaced by more inclusive and, therefore, expensive plans.

Wikipedia defines a “half truth” as a deceptive statement that includes some element of truth. At the very least, President Obama is guilty of having told a “half truth.” There is also an old Yiddish proverb which states “A half truth is a whole lie.”

MICHAEL ZEMA, Chattanooga


Find God with this prayer

To all you believers and atheists who are readers of this paper, I challenge you to pray this prayer:

“Dear God, If you are really real, I want to know it. Come into my life and help me to know you. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen”

You will be surprised at what can happen if you are sincere.

A wise person once said: “If I as a believer am wrong, I have lost nothing. If you as an unbeliever are wrong, you have lost your soul and everything.

SYBIL PURSIFULL, Ashville, Ala.

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anniebelle said...

Mr. Zema, you need to do some research on the ACA before spouting lies and half-truths for the ignorant to consume without question.

Blue Cross was selling plans in malls and other retail insurance "shops" in an effort to target young people who don't have or don't think they need health insurance, luring them in with cheap premiums of between $24 to $54 a month. The plans came with a not-well-disclosed caveat that they were not designed to replace hospital-surgical plans, which Blue Cross encouraged people to buy—provided the purchasers could get past all the exclusions for preexisting conditions. One visit to a hospital could bankrupt the average citizen and does on a daily basis in this country. So, that's the plan you want to have.

November 5, 2013 at 7:03 a.m.
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