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Posted July 29, 2014: by Bill Sardi
An article published in The New York Times says villagers in the central African country of Guinea, the center of the current outbreak of Ebola virus, are quarantining their own populations and warning visiting doctors to stay away. The people in Guinea are said to have more faith in witch doctors than physicians who come visiting from the international aid group Doctors Without Borders. [New York Times July 27, 2014]
There may be good reason to prohibit western doctors from entering into these vulnerable villages in central Africa. The doctors come bearing unrecognized poisons in their effort to treat symptoms and save lives. The backfire treatment is revealed upon scrutiny of a review article of treatments for Ebola published in 2012. [PLoS ONE Dec 2012]
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 28, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Modern medicine appears to have not only reached a point of diminishing returns, when new medicines don’t beat the old, but a point in time when the overmedicalization of the population produces deleterious rather than additive results, when medicines and vaccines backfire and cause more disease than they prevent, when numbers like cholesterol and blood pressure are medicinally controlled but mortality rates don’t decline and patients are only exposed to side effects with no real health benefits.
Much of this problem appears to stem from profiteering off therapies that treat but don’t cure, medicines that treat one disease but cause another, approved medicines based upon large population studies that do not apply to individuals and mortality reduction based upon estimated deaths rather than real body counts. For example, statin drugs have never been shown to significantly reduce the risk for mortal heart attacks and only marginally reduce risk for non-mortal heart attacks. [LewRockwell.com]
Posted May 30, 2014: by Bill Sardi
At a time when health authorities claim they making attempts to lower the cost of healthcare, the exact opposite seems to be happening. More people are now insured under the Affordable Care Act and that means more healthcare dollars will be spent. Insurance premiums are rising beyond affordability.
Medicare enrollment is going to grow from 48 million in 2010 to 81 million in 2020 and there is an underfunded liability of nearly $25 trillion for present and future healthcare to be delivered under Medicare. [USA Today June 8, 2011]
Posted May 27, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Posted May 21, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Nutritional supplementation may play a preventive, therapeutic or even regenerative role when hearing loss occurs. Frequently doctors are remiss in making nutritional recommendations. It is now a common practice for physicians to address every disease as if it were a drug deficiency in the face of published reports showing nutritional imbalances are at the root of most chronic diseases.
For example, confronted with a case of sudden unexplained loss of hearing, physicians impulsively inject steroids that have been shown to work no better than an inactive placebo. [Archives Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery June 2007] Yet there are valid nutritional approaches to emergent cases of hearing loss, as explained below.
Posted May 10, 2014: by Bill Sardi
The view of the food industry is that there will be a billion or two more people on the planet soon and we have to make food that is resistant to insect invasion and more durable under weather conditions. But the hidden agenda is simply increasing bottom line profits possibly at the expense of health.
That possibility will forever be wrapped up in debate. There are those who say “not a single person has ever been harmed by genetically modified foods.” [DailyCaller.com April 29, 2014] One claim is that GMO foods compete with organically-grown crops (no herbicides, no pesticides) and that GMOs pose an economic threat to the few loud-mouthed organic growers.
Posted May 9, 2014: by Bill Sardi
“Hundreds of deaths could be prevented” says the headline published at the UK’s online TELEGRAPH health home page. “Asthma sufferers are dying needlessly,” says health editor Laura Donnelly. Two-thirds of the deaths from asthma including almost all of those involving children could have been prevented with use of stronger-dose steroid inhalers. Health authorities called it a “frankly horrifying” blunder. Lower-dose inhalers were used because they were more economical. A leading physician said it was “a tragic waste of life,” and added that all patients should have access to high-quality care.
However the problem may be rooted in lack of proper nutrition, not in a drug deficiency. The medical literature is replete with reports showing vitamin D deficiency increases the severity of asthma attacks. [Hospital Pediatrics Oct 2013; Indian Journal Pediatrics Nov 6, 2013; Respiratory Research Feb 22, 2013] Vitamin D can be used without the withering of bone, cloudy cataracts and depressed immune system that result from chronic used of steroidal drugs to control asthma.
Physician indifference and ignorance are to blame for these avoidable deaths. ©2014 Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc.
Posted : by Bill Sardi
Suddenly there are a plethora of recent reports that indicate many of the common health practices promoted in recent decades have been a giant misdirection. Let’s examine some of them:
Like millions of Americans are you still taking a baby aspirin every day to prevent blood clots from forming in your coronary arteries that supply your heart with oxygenated blood?
Posted May 6, 2014: by Bill Sardi
This columnist, having written a free online e-book some years ago entitled THE COLLAPSE OF CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE, has frustratingly witnessed an undeserved love affair between the American public and the healthcare industrial complex. Americans adore their doctors to a fault and wear the false claim that America has “the best healthcare system in the world” with misdirected pride. Americans’ over-reliant faith in doctoring and prescription medicines has cost many hundreds of thousands of lives. But Americans keep coming back for more. Inexplicably, some Americans participated in public demonstrations to oppose any cutbacks in Medicare even though it is a program that is underfunded by trillions of dollars.
Americans simply don’t know what else to do when they get sick but run to the doctor’s office. What did moms did for their kids decades ago for their kids’ earaches and high fevers and grandpa’s angina? We’ve forgotten what home remedies are.