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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 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 January 8, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Late in 2012 I was interviewed by George Knapp on the nationwide Coast To Coast radio broadcast and fielded questions from listeners in the last hour of the program. In the aftermath of that program I replied to over 2500 e-mail and telephone inquiries asking about perplexing health problems experienced by Coast To Coast listeners. The most common (and desperate) inquiries received were about natural remedies for Lyme disease, chronic anxiety, alcohol addiction, hepatitis C liver infection and wet macular degeneration.
Modern medicine does not have good remedies for these conditions. I have researched these topics at the National Library of Medicine and provide the following information with links to published scientific references.
Posted May 19, 2011: by Bill Sardi
While cardiologists cast a blind eye at potential liver and muscle side effects induced by statin cholesterol-lowering drugs, natural health advocates suggest coenzyme Q10 supplementation to avoid the potential side effects of muscle degeneration (myopathy) associated with these drugs. In fact, coenzyme Q10 supplementation (100 mg/day) has been shown to reduce the severity of muscle pain among statin drug users by 40%. However, there is more to this story than C0-Q10.
For some time now it has been noted in the medical literature that the pattern of side effects associated with statin drugs resembles selenium deficiency. Statin drugs have a negative effect upon selenium proteins which does seem to explain many of the enigmatic effects of statin drugs. The underlying biochemical mechanisms for this are now well described.
Posted August 9, 2010: by Bill Sardi
The dietary supplement industry is such a mixed bag these days. It has such promise, but often fails to deliver. For example, garlic pills were once the number one herbal supplement. But studies showed most garlic pills failed to deliver the active ingredient produced by fresh-crushed garlic cloves. Subsequently garlic pills fell from their top-seller spot. Turns out that stomach acid destroys the enzyme (alliinase) that produces the active ingredient allicin. Only if a garlic clove is crushed outside the acidic stomach is allicin produced. Only enteric-coated or buffered garlic tablets produce what a fresh-crushed clove of garlic delivers
This is not to say that there haven’t been a plethora of negative studies that were designed to unfairly smudge the reputation of dietary supplements. Namely, the infamous beta carotene/smokers study, released just prior to the 1994 vote in Congress on the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act which falsely claimed beta carotene increased the risk for lung cancer. Beta carotene was just ineffective (no benefit, no harm), that’s all.
Then there were those contentious vitamin E studies which manipulated statistics in an attempt to show miniscule differences in health risks would kill millions of Americans if they took too much vitamin E. However, subsequent re-analysis and inclusion of data from additional studies reveals statistical variation between studies (a higher proportion of male subjects in these trials) which explains the slightly increased mortality rate among vitamin E supplement users. Researchers now conclude that “high dose vitamin E supplementation can not be regarded proved to increase mortality.”
Posted April 1, 2010: by Bill Sardi
This article provides a list of proven home remedies and self-help strategies that readers can begin utilizing today to maintain health while avoiding costly medical care.
While I have written articles in the past at LR that have addressed heart disease, cancer and other maladies, I hadn’t yet addressed every-day and emergent health problems that cause Americans to run to the doctor.