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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]
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 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 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.
Posted June 6, 2014: by Bill Sardi
You have to utilize the best available evidence today to avert Alzheimer’s disease a couple of decades ahead in your future. That is what the best authorities are saying today. The changes in the brain associated with early Alzheimer’s memory loss begin at least two decades prior to noticeable mental decline. Treatment when symptoms first begin to arise may be too late to reverse deleterious effects upon the brain.
Brain researchers now believe it would be more productive to develop a treatment that will be prescribed in the earliest stages of mental decline. [Molecular Neurodegeneration Oct 2013]
Beta amyloid plaque deposition in the brain may precede Alzheimer’s disease symptoms by 20 years. [Discovery Medicine May 2013]