Posted May 17, 2013: by Bill Sardi
When radio listeners, like the 5 million-strong Coast-to-Coast nighttime radio audience, hear an interview with a so-called authority on essential oils and he casts a convincing pall over the idea of taking one of the most popularly used dietary supplements, fish oil, there are sure to be millions who pause before they put the next fish oil capsule in their mouth.
The expert is Brian Peskin, an MIT graduate in electronic engineering, who mixes a lot of pseudoscience and straw-man arguments to falsely brand fish oil supplements as ineffective, even potentially dangerous.
Like many of us, Mr. Peskin has his own product to peddle – a plant-based multi-ingredient formulation of sunflower, safflower, pumpkin, evening primrose seed oil along with coconut oil. (Not wanting to lead naïve consumers to his website that disseminates factitious information, his website will not be divulged.)
Posted May 16, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Blood tests for many nutrients are not reliable and may only indicate recent consumption. It is more practical to use symptoms to detect nutrient deficiencies.
Posted May 15, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Read the shocking report of women, as young as age 21, who are having both breasts removed solely because they have a gene mutation. They do not have breast cancer:
One of Hollywood’s goddesses, and undeniably one of the most beautiful women in the world, Angelina Jolie has announced she underwent double mastectomy surgery in February of this year. Knowing that what Hollywood stars do the public copies — expect a parade of double mastectomies to follow.
Similarly in 2005 when Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue announced she was undergoing cancer treatment, hundreds of thousands of women scheduled screenings, an unexpected outcome that was dubbed “the Kylie effect.”
CNN News anchor Zoraida Sambolin has also jumped on the bandwagon and announced she is undergoing a double mastectomy.
Posted May 10, 2013: by Bill Sardi
The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) has issued a bulletin suggesting individuals with hepatitis C seek testing that will help determine if their body has cleared the virus or if they are still infected. I’m skeptical of the reasons behind this health directive the CDC itself knows only a small number of people (maybe 2 in 10) do not have a positive antibody test for this viral infection that targets the liver.
An estimated 3 million Americans are infected with hepatitis C and 3 of 4 don’t know it, says the CDC. Hep C is a contagious disease that causes 15,000 deaths a year in the US and is a leading cause of liver transplantation. An estimated 170 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis C.
Baby Boomers, those Americans who were born between 1945-65, represent 75% of the hepatitis C cases. Infection is linked to use of injected drugs or blood transfusions during that era.
Posted May 5, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Even the chairman of the department of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic is disturbed by the Food & Drug Administration’s late Friday night approval of a combination drug intended to reduce circulating cholesterol levels. The FDA approved Liptruzet (Zetia + generic Lipitor, chemically known as Ezetimibe and Atorvastatin) that lowers cholesterol but has not been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease or death, a fact its maker does not dispute. This newly approved drug will sell for about $5.50 per pill or $2007/year. Lipitor is the historically best-selling statin cholesterol drug whose patent expired in 2011. Zetia works by reducing cholesterol absorption from foods while Lipitor interferes with the liver’s natural production of cholesterol.
This development is quite surprising given that the FDA said it is going to pay more attention to what are called “primary end points” in drug approvals, such as mortality, rather than just factors that correlate with but may not cause disease. Or in some circumstances there may be drugs that address relevant measures of disease, but over-inhibition of inflammation or blood sugar or blood pressure, for example, obviously can be problematic.
Posted April 21, 2013: by Bill Sardi
The data is striking. A meta-analysis (review of combined results from different studies) concludes a commonly available dietary supplement is deemed to significantly improve cardiac health after a heart attack.
The meta-analysis involved 13 studies involving 3629 patients and found L-carnitine results in a 65% relative reduction in ventricular heart rhythm abnormalities, 40% reduction in chest pain (angina), a significant reduction in the area of heart muscle damaged by a heart attack, and reduced all-causes of mortality by 27%.
In some studies drugs improve cardiac health following a heart attack but, because of side effects, do not improve the survival of the patients.
Posted April 17, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Modern medicine’s often repeated mantra is that dietary supplements are unproven and therefore cannot make any claim they prevent, treat or cure any disease like FDA-approved drugs do. But who can believe that only synthetically made patentable molecules exclusively cure diseases? Most people know vitamin C cures scurvy, vitamin D prevents rickets, vitamin B1 reverses beri beri, vitamin B12 remedies pernicious anemia, but no dietary supplement company can make those claims on their label because their product hasn’t been tested for that purpose. And it’s not like food fortification has eliminated these vitamin deficiencies. In fact, most Americans suffer the consequences of these nutrient deficiencies over their lifetime.
And while the FDA and other health agencies chase down side effects for dietary supplements they are helping Big Pharma hide all their negative clinical trials that have never been published. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have needlessly died as even doctors cannot access information about a drug’s failures. Yet FDA-approved drugs smugly claim they are safe and effective while dietary supplements are unproven.
Posted March 28, 2013: by Bill Sardi
In this modern era when the usage of dietary supplements is popular and growing (U.S. supplement sales rose 7 percent to $11.5 billion in 2012, and are forecasted to reach $15.5 billion by 2017), and there is a strong upsurge in the use of vitamin D (up from $40 million in 2001 to $425 million in 2009), calcium ($177 million sales in 2012) and polyphenols (green tea catechins, grape seed proanthycyanidins, red wine resveratrol, curcumin from turmeric spice, silymarin from milk thistle, many others), unguided use is resulting in many avoidable side effects. (Herbal supplement sales were $5.3 billion in 2011.)
Don’t get me wrong. Dietary supplements antagonists unwaveringly pitched against dietary supplements are sure to misquote what I am saying and launch their “I told you so” reports.
Dietary supplements are safer than tap water, aspirin, vaccines and even table salt. Poison control center data confirms dietary supplements are safe.
Posted March 18, 2013: by Bill Sardi
It is startling to find in the 21st century that an estimated 2 billion people on the planet are zinc deficient.
The likelihood you are zinc deficient is high, particularly if you are of advanced age, a diabetic, drink alcohol, are a vegetarian, take zinc-depleting drugs, or your digestive tract is infected with H pylori (which nearly half the US population has) thus diminishing stomach acid levels required to absorb zinc. In the developing world not only is there a zinc shortage in food but intestinal parasites inhibit its absorption as well.
Americans roughly obtain 10 milligrams of zinc a day from food, but maybe, at best, 2-3 milligrams of that is absorbed.
The human body contains 2-3 grams (2000-3000 milligrams) of zinc. Much of it is found in the adrenals, brain and eyes. Since the majority of zinc is stored inside cells and is not free in the blood, blood tests for zinc deficiency are notoriously inaccurate (most physicians are unaware of this).
Posted March 17, 2013: by Bill Sardi
It is predictable that some know-it-all physician would warn the public away from my health articles, and suggest people should not take dietary supplements without a blood test-confirmed nutrient deficiency. Why must I educate physicians? Everyone knows they are dumbbells when it comes to dietary supplements.
This MD demands I provide him with references that would require hours of work. I’ll send him a copy of my book THE NEW TRUTH ABOUT VITAMINS & MINERALS.
But let’s briefly take a look at some science to answer an important question. Do we really need a blood test before we supplement our diet with vitamins and minerals?