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Posted August 27, 2015: by Bill Sardi
Today’s news headlines once again attribute recent declines in coronary heart disease mortality to statin drugs and modern treatments like arterial stents.
Citing a report in the European Heart Journal, The Daily Mail, a British publication, mistakenly claims Great Britain has “one of the best records in Europe” with 184 deaths per 100,000 people for coronary heart disease — a dramatic 46.9% decline over the past 10 years. [European Heart Journal Aug 25, 2015; Daily Mail UK Aug 26, 2015] Yet the chart below reveals Great Britain (United Kingdom) isn’t even in the top 10 countries with the lowest death rate for coronary artery disease.
Posted August 25, 2015: by Bill Sardi
A recently published paper indicates macular degeneration begins with low-grade inflammation that activates microglia, cells that are found in the brain and eyes that dispense with waste products and defend against infection. [Journal Leukocyte Biology Aug 20, 2015]
Posted August 21, 2015: by Bill Sardi
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Freedom of Speech Amendment in the Constitution truly means “freedom of speech,” the aftershock of this ruling is yet to be realized as it reaches far into America, including dietary supplement labels.
Dietary supplement marketers have long been frustrated over the FDA’s narrow rulings regarding health and disease claims on product labels, particularly for obvious dietary deficiency disorders. For example, the label on a bottle of vitamin C pills cannot say their products allay the many prevalent symptoms of scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) even though they have been well documented for decades.
Posted July 27, 2015: by Bill Sardi
It’s a cardiologist’s dream come true. A newly approved $1200/monthly-injectable drug that dramatically reduces circulating cholesterol levels may become the first $100-200 billion medicine.
That would dwarf the record $9 billion annual sales for Lipitor, the statin cholesterol-lowering drug that was the best selling drug of all time until its patent recently expired. And to add value to the equation, this newly FDA-approved drug may be the first cholesterol-lowering medication to actually save lives, but for different reasons than advertised.
Posted July 13, 2015: by Bill Sardi
Medicare is now going to incentivize death by paying doctors to talk with their patients and families about end-of-life care. Oh, they say this payment policy would only apply to patients and their families who choose to participate on a volunteer basis. But frankly, patients are putty in the hands of doctors. Would the death rate rise commensurate with Medicare payments to physicians over end-of-life issues?
The problem for government overseers is 30% of all Medicare expenditures are attributed to 5% of the beneficiaries who die each year with one third of that occurring in the last month of life. [Health Services Research April 2004]
Of $554 billion spent on Medicare annually, 28 percent, or about $170 billion is spent on patients’ last six months of life. [Medicare Newsgroup June 3, 2012]
Posted May 11, 2015: by Bill Sardi
How does American medicine shed itself of practices that are no longer backed by science and deal with patient fears and at the same time deal with government efforts to produce more jobs in the healthcare sector?
How does American medicine shed itself of practices now invalidated by science? With Medicare facing a $23 trillion shortfall there certainly are no funds for extraneous medical tests and treatments that science no longer substantiates.
Posted April 28, 2015: by Bill Sardi
In 1546 Lucas Cranach the Elder painted The Fountain of Youth. His painting depicted old, hunched over, wrinkly-skinned adults walking unsteadily out of horse-drawn coaches, disrobing and stepping into a pool of water to come out of the pool on the other side as virile, flexible, sharp-eyed, smooth-skinned young people once again.
Today there is a compendium of science-backed studies that comprise a modern fountain of youth that is slowly being pieced together. But unexpectedly the public is not putting this age-reversing science into practice.
This lag in putting anti-aging science into practice may emanate from a number of factors.
Posted April 27, 2015: by Bill Sardi
Posted April 25, 2015: by Bill Sardi
The following scenario may not be too far off in the future for American families:
Knock on front door
Parent: Yes, hello
Uniformed officer: Yes, we are with the U.S. Vaccination Corps and we need to see your children’s vaccination papers please.
Parent: We don’t have them here. They were lost in a fire at our old home before we moved here.
Uniformed officer: Well, we will have to take your children away to a quarantine center where they will be tested for antibodies. Please garb the children in these hazmat suits and immediately present the children in this house for transport to a quarantine center.
Parent: Wait. You have no right to remove our children.
Uniformed officer: You have no right to expose other children to infectious diseases. The hazmat team will be here to transport your children to the quarantine center where they will be monitored by board certified doctors with the American Academy of Pediatrics. If you resist, you will be jailed.
Let’s pray the above scenario never happens in America.
Posted April 23, 2015: by Bill Sardi
News headlines say a new study reveals high-dose vitamins, in particular folic acid, may increase the risk for cancer. [ABC News April 20, 2015; Science Daily April 20, 2015] But wait. There was no new study. It was just Tim Byers, an MD at the University of Colorado Cancer Center mouthing off once again against vitamin supplements in a forum at the American Association for Cancer Research. [Colorado Cancer Blogs]
Dr. Byers has been on this vendetta against dietary supplements for some time now. [Journal National Cancer Institute May 16, 2012]
Dr. Byers fails to note the many contrary studies, including the largest analysis among nearly 50,000 individuals that concluded there was no significant increase or decrease in the risk for cancer as blood levels of folic acid rose. [Lancet March 23, 2013] Even 40 milligrams/day of folic acid over a period of 3.2 year did not produce an increased risk for cancer. [Journal American Medical Assn. Sept 12, 2007]