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Posted September 22, 2014: by Bill Sardi
It was George Orwell who once said: “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
Which brings up the topic of medical propaganda. A great deal of what is reported in the news media concerning health, disease and medicine is rubbish driven by commercial interests.
Take for example the widely broadcast announcement that actress Angelina Jolie elected to undergo a preventive double mastectomy after it was discovered she tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation that is associated with an increased risk for the disease.
Posted September 18, 2014: by Bill Sardi
A disturbing study in the journal Ophthalmology, a publication of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, is likely to turn attempts to prevent and treat macular degeneration with dietary supplements upside down. The report is likely to cause dismay and confusion among patients with the disease who have been faithfully taking mineral or antioxidant formulas to delay visual decline. [Ophthalmology Sept 4, 2014]
Posted September 9, 2014: by Bill Sardi
I should have guessed it was another hit piece on dietary supplements the moment I learned its author is panned as a political reporter with 30 years of experience (so his bio says, but his photo must have been taken when he was 20 years old). [ConsumerAffairs.com]
Like so many online journalists these days, they read a press release issued by a health agency or a medical group but not the actual published scientific study referred to in the news report.
If this journalist had read the entire published report his headline might have said something like “Liver toxicity study group unfairly blames dietary supplements for transplants and deaths attributed to alcohol.” Instead the headline reads: “Supplements now more likely than medications to cause death.” [ConsumerAffairs.com Sept 8, 2014]
Posted September 1, 2014: by Bill Sardi
CBS’ Marketwatch.com lists the top ten food companies in the world and they might be better described as the top ten junk food companies. They make money designing convenience foods under brand names like Pringles, Oreo, Coke, Pepsi, Sugar Pops, Milky Way and Snickers. Seven of the top ten food companies design products that pander to human food vices, generate dental decay, diabetes, obesity, kidney disease and heart failure as well as pollute the mind. They intentionally design foods that feed overgrowth of yeast (Candida albicans) in the digestive tract that induces sugar craving. Some of these products, like Kellogg’s K cereal, are fortified with iron + high fructose corn syrup and are devoid of bran, a perfect recipe for the diabesity epidemic that has swept the globe. A National Geographic special edition a few years ago published a photographic image of the foods consumed by rich and poor across the globe. Regardless of the poverty level, every culture consumes high fructose corn-laced soda pop. These companies control the world’s food says Marketwatch. They sell around $320 billion of processed foods. The healthiest product they market is bottled water.
Posted August 31, 2014: by Bill Sardi
In an article entitled “Why Doctors Are Sick Of Their Profession” on the front page of The Wall Street Journal a heart doctor laments about his midlife disillusionment with the practice of medicine. He’s even written a book about it: “Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux publishers, 2014]Too much paperwork, too much bureaucracy, less and less financial reward, less sense of fulfillment, and fewer patients who hold doctors in high esteem. [TheWallStreetJournal.com Aug 29, 2014]
Yes, the practice of medicine is challenging today. Doctors of course are part of the problem. They made themselves the cog in the wheel when they never addressed their lack of productivity.
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.