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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 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 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 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]
Posted April 15, 2015: by Bill Sardi
So you’ve had your heart attack or heart scare and cardiologists have relieved your unremitting chest pain by placement of wire props called stents in any of your four coronary arteries that supply the heart with oxygenated blood.
By now you’ve probably been placed on blood thinners and cholesterol-lowering drugs. But don’t fall into the trap of believing modern medicine’s false paradigm that cholesterol accumulation in your coronary arteries resulted in arterial narrowing and eventually a blood clot that caused your heart attack.
Before you become cholesterol-phobic it might be time to learn what really caused a blood clot to form in a coronary artery.
Posted March 6, 2015: by Bill Sardi
After decades of misdirection, elevated levels of circulating cholesterol are no longer considered a significant cause of coronary artery disease though there are many cardiologists who are not ready to concede that point. [Applied Physiology Nutrition Metabolism Dec 2014] A recent study of 7000 subjects published in the European Heart Journal did not find that cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease. [European Heart Journal Sept 1, 2014]
If elevated cholesterol is not a marker for arterial narrowing, then what is it a marker of?
Posted February 5, 2015: by Bill Sardi
The recent exposé by the Office of the Attorney General (AG) of New York that herbal dietary supplements such as Ginkgo biloba, ginseng, Echinacea and garlic sold in large chain stores (examples: Target, GNC, Walgreen’s) contain nothing more than rice powder or ground up house plants is spurious. [New York Times Feb 3, 2015] A cease and desist order was issued and news outlets have widely spread this news almost without question. But the report appears to be more of a planned attack on the herbal supplement industry.
The AG’s report is based upon a specious study published in 2013 in BMC Medicine by researchers in Canada, so it is not news. [BMC Medicine 2013] Herbal testing was conducted by a new method called DNA barcoding which is not the accepted gold standard for testing dietary supplements. [Nutraingredients-USA.com]
Posted January 13, 2015: by Bill Sardi
In response to this email:
In a message dated 1/9/2015 8:24:16 A.M.PST: I would like to hear your thoughts on the recent outbreak of measles. I find it interesting that while the majority of cases are among unvaccinated people, there are some patients who have been vaccinated. A few of these are adults. Interesting dilemma. I do remember measles cases when I was a child and I remember the patient (young child) ended up with very bad eyesight problems, which were laid at the feet of the disease. I have subsequently found many of the things I learned as fact were untrue (ignorance, I believe, not malice), but I have read measles can attack the eyes. When there is an outbreak of disease, it’s hard not to turn to vaccination.
Reply: Vaccines are outdated “cowpox” technology. The milk maids got cowpox from the cows and therefore doctors scratched the maids’ skin on their arms and rubbed kids abraded skin next to it and the kids got a mild form of the pox and developed antibodies against chicken pox.
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]