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Posted April 19, 2017: by Bill Sardi
The US Preventive Services Task Force has issued a new statement on screening for prostate cancer that virtually eliminates any sanctions against doctors who perform needless prostate cancer treatment.
As background, in 2012 the same task force advised against PSA tests. Now a U-turn: instead physicians abrogate their responsibility to instruct patients by saying they have no specific advice on the topic of PSA tests and men can decide treatment options, including no treatment (active surveillance) on their own.
Posted April 5, 2017: by Bill Sardi
The active principal in garlic, allicin, is being put to the test in human research studies and it is producing health benefits unparalleled by any prescription drug.
Is any drug known that simultaneously reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease by 64%, high blood pressure by 26% and chronic kidney disease by 32%? A recently published study says habitual consumption of fresh uncooked garlic does. The remarkable report documenting this attracts no news headlines. [Journal Hypertension March 17, 2017]
Posted February 14, 2017: by Bill Sardi
Getting behind the curtains on the stage of modern medicine like I do, one gets the distinct impression that people are just being allowed to die on time for the benefit of life insurance companies and/or to fulfill covert population control agendas.
Modern medicine prescribes replacement thyroid, estrogen, and insulin but fails to prescribe another important hormone, leaving millions of senior Americans with a weak immune system and vulnerability to infection and cancer. The only proposed remedies are stem cell injections or organ transplants that are expensive and impractical since replacement of this hormone would be universal among adults over age 60.
Posted May 11, 2015: by Bill Sardi
How does American medicine shed itself of practices that are no longer backed by science and deal with patient fears and at the same time deal with government efforts to produce more jobs in the healthcare sector?
How does American medicine shed itself of practices now invalidated by science? With Medicare facing a $23 trillion shortfall there certainly are no funds for extraneous medical tests and treatments that science no longer substantiates.
Posted March 20, 2015: by Bill Sardi
How many more negative studies before Big Pharma abandons research on a class of cholesterol altering drugs that has been nothing but problematic?
Over 8 years ago a major pharmaceutical company’s foray into a new class of cholesterol drugs that raise HDL (high-density lipoprotein), the so-called good cholesterol that shuttles cholesterol from the arteries back to the liver, was terminated because raised the risk of heart problems and death. Over $800 million had been spent to research and develop this drug at that time. [Nature Reviews Drug Discovery March 2011]
Posted March 5, 2015: by Bill Sardi
We are now living in the post-cholesterol era of modern medicine. Despite the dethronement of the 40+year paradigm that saturated fat consumption and elevated levels of circulating cholesterol are the primary causes of obesity and coronary artery disease, it is business as usual in the ranks of physicians.
This was not a misdirection corrected by new evidence. It was a complete fabrication from its beginning as a recent review revealed there was no supporting scientific evidence for dietary fat and cholesterol guidelines issued in 1977 and 1983. [Open Heart Jan 29, 2015] Other sources have already noted that saturated fat primarily raises low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol but this blood fat does not significantly increase the risk for cardiovascular disease [Applied Physiology Nutrition Metabolism Dec 2014]
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 22, 2014: by Bill Sardi
It was George Orwell who once said: “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
Which brings up the topic of medical propaganda. A great deal of what is reported in the news media concerning health, disease and medicine is rubbish driven by commercial interests.
Take for example the widely broadcast announcement that actress Angelina Jolie elected to undergo a preventive double mastectomy after it was discovered she tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation that is associated with an increased risk for the disease.
Posted August 31, 2014: by Bill Sardi
In an article entitled “Why Doctors Are Sick Of Their Profession” on the front page of The Wall Street Journal a heart doctor laments about his midlife disillusionment with the practice of medicine. He’s even written a book about it: “Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux publishers, 2014]Too much paperwork, too much bureaucracy, less and less financial reward, less sense of fulfillment, and fewer patients who hold doctors in high esteem. [TheWallStreetJournal.com Aug 29, 2014]
Yes, the practice of medicine is challenging today. Doctors of course are part of the problem. They made themselves the cog in the wheel when they never addressed their lack of productivity.
Posted August 23, 2014: by Bill Sardi
A noted overseas physician writes in The Lancet, a British medical journal, to ask: “Why are there no good treatments for diabetic neuropathy?” (Neuropathy involves symptoms of numbness, tingling and pain from inflammation and nerve damage.) [The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology August 2014] Diabetics frequently experience neuropathy in their peripheral nerves (legs, arms), their retina (retinopathy) and kidneys (nephropathy).
The overseas physician’s point of view is believed to represent the typical ignorance or ambivalence towards dietary supplements that have been shown to prevent and treat diabetic neuropathy.