• Mammography Madness

    Posted November 25, 2012: by Bill Sardi

    A report published at the New York Times Online Magazine op-ed pages is startling because it says more than its words. It says American medicine hid from view the ineffectiveness of mammography and still does today, with impunity.

    There is no medical board to de-license doctors who remove women’s breasts without just cause. Physicians prey upon women’s fears and disfigure them. Worse, there is only public outcry that any less mammography would represent rationing of care. So over 1 million American women undergo needless screening (mammograms) and subsequent invasive care.

    When healthcare costs are a front-page issue, 1 million over-diagnosed and over-treated American women @$20,000-50,000 per head would = $20-$50 billion of needless care.  Mammography costs $5 billion alone.  That is no small stack of money.

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  • Healthcare Reform: The Big Fix, Or Show Me The Money

    Posted July 10, 2012: by Bill Sardi

    In order to gain a better understanding of healthcare reforms now underway in the U.S., I decided to read the writings of Ezekiel Emanuel MD, an oncologist and former White House advisor and brother of former White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel.  What Dr. Emanuel advocates is reform that will likely take a decade to accomplish.  By then, who knows if America’s healthcare system is still intact, at least financially?

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  • Why Gastric Bypass Surgery Cures Diabetes

    Posted June 25, 2012: by Bill Sardi

    Strikingly, a report published in The New England Journal of Medicine indicates a significant number of obese patients undergoing gastric bypass surgery are free of diabetes a year following their operation.

    Another recent study reveals gastric bypass surgery surprisingly prolongs remission from diabetes. Better than 4 of 10 patients undergoing gastric bypass had no need for anti-diabetic medication and exhibited improved blood sugar control numbers (hemoglobin A1c under 5.7% and fasting blood sugar under 100 milligrams per deciliter of blood) over a year after surgery.

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  • Congressmen Intervene To Halt Wellness Ambassadors Who Recommend Dietary Supplements Instead Of Drugs At Rite-Aid Stores

    Posted March 12, 2012: by Knowledge of Health

    About 300 of Rite-Aid’s 4700 drug stores are starting to direct customers to what they want – wellness without dependence upon problematic and over-priced prescription drugs. But that practice has obviously upset Big Pharma. These white-coated ambassadors are allegedly pretending they are pharmacists and directing patients to diet supplements – heaven’s to Betsy!

    At least that is what two US Senators allege in their letter to Rite-Aid, which has GNC nutrition centers inside many of its stores. A letter from the senators to Rite-Aid says they are concerned these ambassadors “could be making false and misleading claims by marketing dietary supplements as treatments for health conditions.”

    Wait a minute — I thought the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) gave the right to market dietary supplements as long as they strictly support health, not as cures, treatments or prevention for any disease. Drugs do not promote wellness, and few are an appropriate cure for anything.

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    Posted February 25, 2012: by Bill Sardi

    Comment: The H5N1 bird flu strain does/doesn’t kill over half of those people who are infected. That is the mixed message science is sending the public today (see report below). The H5N1 strain would wipe out more than half the human population of the world if it were as deadly as some proclaim, far more deadly than the 1918 Spanish flu that killed an estimated 50 million people. But a Mt. Sinai School of Medicine (NY) researcher says the death rate is more like 1%. So you don’t run out in a hurry and get vaccinated at any of the easy drug-store locations that are pandering flu-shots these days, as flu viruses are fast mutating and likely to have mutated into a less virile form by the time you get your shot.

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  • The Dietary Supplement Label The FDA Doesn’t Want You To See

    Posted November 23, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    How The FDA Drives Up Drug Costs And Increases The Cost Of Health Care By Misclassifying Dietary Supplements As Unproven Remedies

    The US Food & Drug Administration is playing a deadly game with the American people, a game that protects over-priced, oftentimes ineffective or inappropriate, and sometimes toxic or lethal drugs, while muzzling any evidence that there are cheaper, safer and more effective and appropriate non-prescription remedies.

    The FDA does not consider its mission to inform the American public of less problematic alternatives, even safer drugs within the same class, nor does it inform the public of natural remedies which have the same biological action as Rx drugs. In fact, any natural remedy that does in fact prevent, treat or cure a disease is declared a drug.

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  • Fear-Based Medicine Prevails Over Science

    Posted October 8, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    Doctor: “The test says you have prostate cancer.” Patient:  “Take it out now doc.”

    Males have heard time and again that the PSA test, which is a marker of inflammation in the prostate gland, is an inaccurate way to determine whether the prostate is cancer free and its use should be abandoned.  A repeat of this same message has just been issued.  But as an Associated Press report says men “may not listen” because the vast majority of men over age 50 already get tested.  Doctors have continued to string along instead of dropping the test from their physical exam regimens — it’s good for business.  Men are fearful, even that tough bearded former Marine.  A survey some years ago showed if men are told they have prostate cancer and their options for treatment are given to them at that time, most men will opt for immediate surgical removal of the prostate gland.  But if the decision is delayed for two weeks and men have opportunity to educate themselves about treatment options, far fewer will opt for treatment.  So the PSA builds fear and fear results in impulsive decisions to undergo treatment, in many cases for men who don’t have prostate cancer at all.  So how do you stop the train?  Great Britain doesn’t even use the PSA test.  This is immaterial.  Doctors are playing upon patient fears to boost their business.  What medical board will chastise them?  None.  It will be business as usual.  — Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc.

  • All Roads Lead To & Away From Resveratrol

    Posted September 30, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    All roads to adult wellness and longevity lead to resveratrol, but the public isn’t buying it. An estimated 345 producers of dietary supplements have all raced to enter their version of resveratrol pills into the marketplace, but not much more than 100,000 American take these red wine pills. It is inexplicable why resveratrol continues to astound in the research laboratory but physicians are loathe to recommend it and consumers reticent to take this pill that may be the pill that ends all other pills.

    The broad biological scope of the red wine molecule resveratrol is becoming legendary. Dr. Dipak Das at the University of Connecticut has documented the large number of genes that resveratrol controls. Resveratrol is beneficial for brain, heart, liver, blood circulation, immunity, cholesterol, blood clotting, etc, etc. It is difficult to address the breadth of resveratrol’s biological action without writing an encyclopedia.

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  • Retrospection: How An Internet Crusade Caused A Phony Government-Sponsored Flu Vaccination Campaign To Implode, And How To Beat The Flu Without Vaccines

    Posted August 9, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    In 2009 a deadly flu virus was supposedly sweeping the nation after starting in Mexico. But early on the story didn’t ring true. The President had just returned from a short trip to Mexico a month earlier when the French President was in Mexico City along with the President of Mexico to christen the opening of a French vaccine plant there. Suddenly a flu outbreak in a small village in Mexico was getting attention as it spread across the US-Mexico border. But there were no flu deaths in the village where it all began. The people in the village said they had been ill for some time from air pollution generated by nearby pig farms, not from the flu. And why was Homeland Security practicing drive-in delivery of flu vaccines in Texas months prior to the outbreak?

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  • How A Pharmaceutical Giant Built The World’s Best-Selling Drug On A False Premise Because It Knew How To Ignite Public Demand By Playing On Patient Fears and Getting Their Pills Paid For By Insurance Plans

    Posted August 6, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    No one knows now whether Pfizer, which is panned as “the world largest research-based pharmaceutical company,” will have a more storied past or a more storied future. That’s because sometimes the downfall of such a huge success story in American business may be more gripping than an account of how Pfizer developed and marketed so many blockbuster drugs. The $68 billion drug giant is headed for a momentous downfall, and this is sure to gain continued attention in business news columns worldwide in the coming months ahead.

    Pfizer’s treasure chests of new drugs are now empty. No genie is about to uncork a surprise molecule from its R&D pipeline that will generate billions of dollars to counter anticipated losses as Pfizer’s prized drug patents expire.

    Pfizer’s CEO, who was once known as the maven who re-invented McDonald’s hamburger franchises, was commissioned to re-invent Pfizer. When Jeffrey Kindler first became CEO at Pfizer nearly a decade ago he faced what is tantamount to a corporate spill over a waterfall as its prize drug, Lipitor, faced eventual patent expiration. But that was years away.

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