• PERFECT VISUAL ACUITY AND GOING BLIND

    Posted June 19, 2017: by Bill Sardi

    Catastrophic Level Of Visual Decline Looms As Commonly Used Vision Test Chart Fails To Detect Progressive Visual Deterioration

    Eye researchers have just now discovered that the commonly used vision testing chart does not adequately detect deterioration of the visual system in the early stages of eye disease while a more sensitive test that measures the ability of the eyes to adapt to the dark now points to a looming epidemic of preventable legal blindness.

    An age-related eye disorder called macular degeneration is responsible for a majority of the cases of legal blindness in the American population. About 30% of senior Americans show early signs of the disease (cholesterol-like deposits at the back of the eyes called drusen).  But a far smaller number, ~9%, have actually lost visual acuity to this eye malady.  These figures are anticipated to rise dramatically as more and more Americans are living into their tenth decade of life.

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  • Fixing One Problematic Drug With Another: Aspirin Kills And Disables Seniors And Modern Medicine Proposes Another Deadly Drug To Prevent Its Fatal Side Effects

    Posted June 17, 2017: by Bill Sardi

    Aspirin kills.  That is the news headline blasted around the world this week.  [Daily Mail June 14, 2017]  This fact was already known but it appears disease classification errors were hiding 38% of the aspirin-induced brain hemorrhages and gastric bleeding episodes from reviewers (were they intentionally covering this up?).  For senior adults over age 75 the risk of an aspirin-related death or disabling bleeding event is as likely as the stroke prevention it promises!

    Super-seniors are at the greatest risk.  The risk for major bleeding or fatal events associated with aspirin use was 0.5 percent in under-65s, rising to 1.5 percent for those aged 75-84 and nearly 4.1 percent for over-85s. [The Lancet June 13, 2017]

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  • Researchers Starve Cancer Stem Cells Out Of Existence Using A Simple One-Two Punch; Could Be Up To 100 Times Better Than Drugs At Killing Cancer Stem Cells

    Posted June 11, 2017: by Bill Sardi

    Doctors Knock Out Cancer Stem Cells With A Common Antibiotic and Finish Off Treatment-Resistant Stem Cells With Vitamin C

    A common problem with modern cancer treatment is that even if 100% of cancer cells are eradicated at tumor sites and in the blood circulation, a small cadre of cancer stem cells may give rise to recurrence months to years later.  Oncologists are never quite sure they have cured this dreaded disease.  Failure to kill cancer stem cells is likened to killing all the weeds in a garden but never pulling out their roots.  [Ludwig Center, Stanford Medicine]

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  • Despite Positive Antibody Response, Vaccination Fails To Prevent The Flu

    Posted June 8, 2017: by Bill Sardi

    Immunologists and public health authorities are going to have to re-think the idea of mass flu vaccination in a growing population of obese Americans.  A striking study shows flu vaccination did increase antibody titers (concentration) among healthy and obese individuals, but that failed to protect obese individuals from the flu.  In fact, obese vaccinated individuals were twice as likely to get the flu compared to healthy vaccinated individuals.  Given over 100 million Americans elect to get a flu shot annually and a third of the adult population is obese, vaccination programs appear to be counterproductive. [Daily Mail June 7, 2017]

    Immunologists identified an impaired T-cell response as the cause of the problem.  The study was published in the International Journal of Obesity.

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  • Modern Medicine Has Done It Again

    Posted May 31, 2017: by Bill Sardi

    Modern medicine has done it again.  Long-term use of drugs called bisphosphanates designed to prevent bone loss with advancing age have now been associated with higher risk of any clinical fracture. Researchers say: “These results add to concerns about the benefit of very long-term bisphosphonate use.”  [Journal American Geriatrics Society May 29, 2017]

    Historically a bisphosphonate (Fosamax) caused its manufacturer to pay $27.7 million in a settlement over bone deterioration in the jaw among 1200 people in 2013. [Reuters Dec 9, 2013]

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  • Fiber Hailed As Remedy For Wear-And-Tear Arthritis (But Is All As It Seems?)

    Posted May 27, 2017: by Bill Sardi

    A recently published study hails high fiber diets as a preventive for wear-and-tear arthritis (osteoarthritis) of the knee.  [New York Times, May 24, 2017; Annals Rheumatic Diseases May 23, 2017] Another recently published study corroborates the association between high fiber diets and reduction in knee pain. [Arthritis Care Research Nov 2016] But is all as it seems?

    Not all sources of fiber are the same.  Within whole grains (rice, wheat, oats) is bran that contains an iron-binding molecule called phytate or IP6 (inositol hexaphosphate).  It is this molecule that controls the iron-induced inflammation in joints.  Patients with arthritis of the knee are more likely to have high iron storage levels (as measured by ferritin; 20-70 is normal range).  In one study patients with arthritis knees had a mean ferritin level of 273-655. [Scandinavian Journal Rheumatology 2010]

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  • Striking Differences In Health Outcomes Between Vaccinated & Unvaccinated Children Reported For The First Time

    Posted May 11, 2017: by Bill Sardi

    The first study comparing the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated children has been published. Mothers of home-schooled children were surveyed. A population of 405 vaccinated versus 261 unvaccinated children were compared. Here is what the survey revealed.

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  • NEGATIVE NEWS REPORTS ABOUT DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS ARE “FAKE NEWS”

    Posted April 22, 2017: by Bill Sardi

    Despite the fact 71% of Americans take dietary supplements and 85% express overall confidence in their safety [Council for Responsible Nutrition at CRN.org], one would get the mistaken impression from news reports that the public is mindless and gullible to every sales pitch made by supplement makers.

    There is no question major news sources create news to fit political, environmental, cultural or religious agendas.  Americans’ trust and confidence in mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has dropped to an all-time low says The Gallup Poll.  Only 32% of Americans polled say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the news media.  [Gallup.com]

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  • Prostate Cancer Screening: Men Left To Figure It Out For Themselves

    Posted April 19, 2017: by Bill Sardi

    The US Preventive Services Task Force has issued a new statement on screening for prostate cancer that virtually eliminates any sanctions against doctors who perform needless prostate cancer treatment.

    As background, in 2012 the same task force advised against PSA tests. Now a U-turn: instead physicians abrogate their responsibility to instruct patients by saying they have no specific advice on the topic of PSA tests and men can decide treatment options, including no treatment (active surveillance) on their own.

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  • Why Your Cardiologist Should Have Prescribed Zinc During Your Last Office Visit

    Posted April 14, 2017: by Bill Sardi

    Key points:

    • The provision of minerals plays a stronger role in saving lives from mortal heart attacks than any array of cardiac drugs including calcium blockers, beta blockers and statin cholesterol-lowering drugs.  Dietary fortification with major mineral electrolytes that control heart rhythm such as potassium and magnesium would save far more lives than statin drugs.
    • There is more evidence that zinc can reduce mortality rates for coronary artery disease than there is for statin cholesterol-lowering drugs.  A recent analysis shows statin drugs only prevent non-mortal heart attacks.
    • Zinc inhibits the formation of plaque (atherosclerosis) in the inner lining of arteries by virtue of its displacement of iron and reduced oxidation (hardening) of LDL cholesterol.
    • Cholesterol lowering drugs actually reduce protective zinc blood levels.
    • There is confusing science when it comes to understanding zinc and its ability to prevent atherosclerosis.  Failure to sort out that confusion has cost millions of lives.
    • Mineral supplement users are often advised to maintain a zinc/copper balance (10 to 1?) so as not to raise circulating cholesterol levels.  Yet up to 45 milligrams of zinc has been used without accompanying copper without adverse effects.
    • ·      Failed zinc studies may be explained by rapid excessive zinc supplementation that can induce zinc to bind strongly to its carrier protein (metallothionein) and render it non-bioavailable.  In this case, blood serum levels of zinc would be in the above normal range but zinc would not be bioavailable.
    • There are many confounding factors (zinc depleting drugs, high fructose corn syrup, copper piping and alcohol, calcium and iron pills that block zinc absorption) that are often not accounted for in controlled studies and obscure the realization that zinc therapy is an obvious way to save lives.
    • Supplemental zinc is suggested for all adults to maintain healthy arteries.  Dosage and forms of zinc are provided at the end of this report.

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