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Posted August 27, 2014: by Bill Sardi
In just the past two years researcher Etheresia Pretorius at the University of Pretoria in South Africa has published a flurry of reports that may turn modern medicine on its ear.
Dr. Pretorius’ research may provide an explanation why efforts to quell Alzheimer’s disease with agents that reduce beta amyloid plaque in the brain or by maintaining brain chemicals (acetycholine) that facilitate memory have not been met with success. [Folia Neuropathologica 2014]
Posted August 24, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Now that virtually every antibiotic is countered by drug-resistant forms of bacteria some biologists believe humanity has entered the post-antibiotic era. [Health Communications Aug 2014] The Centers for Disease Control estimates 23,000 people die each year to antibiotic-resistant infection. [CDC]
Posted August 23, 2014: by Bill Sardi
A noted overseas physician writes in The Lancet, a British medical journal, to ask: “Why are there no good treatments for diabetic neuropathy?” (Neuropathy involves symptoms of numbness, tingling and pain from inflammation and nerve damage.) [The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology August 2014] Diabetics frequently experience neuropathy in their peripheral nerves (legs, arms), their retina (retinopathy) and kidneys (nephropathy).
The overseas physician’s point of view is believed to represent the typical ignorance or ambivalence towards dietary supplements that have been shown to prevent and treat diabetic neuropathy.
Posted : by Bill Sardi
The lack of major news media coverage of possibly the biggest government whistleblower revelation since disclosure of the Tuskegee Experiment in 1972 [InfoPlease.com] suggests more than fraud at the highest levels of the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) as well as major vaccine makers, it suggests the nation’s news agencies are complicit in portraying a government view that there is no link between vaccination and the unexplained rise of autism.
Only alternative news sources are covering the story so far which broke on August 8 when a Brian S Hooker, a Simpson University researcher published a report in the journal Translational Neurodegeneration that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine was shown to increase the risk for autism 3.4 times among young black boys. [Translational Neurodegeneration Aug 8, 2014]
Posted August 16, 2014: by Bill Sardi
A noted expert on the topic of vitamin D and public health is calling for universal vitamin D blood testing and widespread dietary supplementation to augment dietary and sunshine sources of this essential nutrient. Adoption of these practices should not wait for further definitive studies in an effort to “rescue as many patients with vitamin D-related illness as we can during the interim and not wait for further clinical trials to end.”
These are the words of Dr. Cedric F Garland, professor, Division of Epidemiology, University of California San Diego and were posted at Medscape.com in an article entitled “Vitamin D and mortality risk: should clinical practice change? [MedScape.com Aug 13, 2014] MedScape is a website dedicated to educating doctors.
Posted July 29, 2014: by Bill Sardi
An article published in The New York Times says villagers in the central African country of Guinea, the center of the current outbreak of Ebola virus, are quarantining their own populations and warning visiting doctors to stay away. The people in Guinea are said to have more faith in witch doctors than physicians who come visiting from the international aid group Doctors Without Borders. [New York Times July 27, 2014]
There may be good reason to prohibit western doctors from entering into these vulnerable villages in central Africa. The doctors come bearing unrecognized poisons in their effort to treat symptoms and save lives. The backfire treatment is revealed upon scrutiny of a review article of treatments for Ebola published in 2012. [PLoS ONE Dec 2012]
Posted July 22, 2014: by Bill Sardi
This report doesn’t cover new ground, just an old but forgotten topic.
A recent 15-year study of 74,645 men and women in Sweden reveals that consumption of red meat was associated with shorter survival (-2 years) compared to adults who were not red meat eaters. In the breakdown of the data red meat was only associated with reduced survival when processed red meat was consumed! [American Journal Clinical Nutrition July 16, 2014]
Posted July 13, 2014: by Bill Sardi
According to one self-proclaimed authority, vitamin C therapy is nothing but health quackery. [Quackwatch.com] WebMD advises physicians that supplemental vitamin C is only marginally able to reduce symptoms and duration of the common cold. But the primary study referred to employed just 200 milligrams of vitamin C, barely enough to marginally raise blood levels of this essential vitamin. [WebMD June 20, 2012]
None of this negative science discouraged laboratory researchers in China however. They inoculated mice with influenza virus and then injected 3 milligrams of vitamin C per gram of body weight. (Laboratory rats weigh about 300-500 grams.) [University of Wisconsin] So these animals were injected with 900-1500 mg vitamin C.
Posted June 28, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Modern medicine appears to have not only reached a point of diminishing returns, when new medicines don’t beat the old, but a point in time when the overmedicalization of the population produces deleterious rather than additive results, when medicines and vaccines backfire and cause more disease than they prevent, when numbers like cholesterol and blood pressure are medicinally controlled but mortality rates don’t decline and patients are only exposed to side effects with no real health benefits.
Much of this problem appears to stem from profiteering off therapies that treat but don’t cure, medicines that treat one disease but cause another, approved medicines based upon large population studies that do not apply to individuals and mortality reduction based upon estimated deaths rather than real body counts. For example, statin drugs have never been shown to significantly reduce the risk for mortal heart attacks and only marginally reduce risk for non-mortal heart attacks. [LewRockwell.com]
Posted June 7, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Big Pharma’s blood pressure and angina drugs have now been linked with dramatically increased rates of retinal disease and subsequent blindness. Many thousands of Medicare-age patients may be suffering from drug-induced vision loss.
The primary classes of drugs involved are vasodilators like nitroglycerin used to widen blood vessels among patients with chest pain (angina); and beta blockers that slow the heart to control blood pressure. Nitroglycerin increases the risk for early-stage macular degeneration while beta blockers increase risk for the fast-progressive and sight-threatening form of macular degeneration.