• Health Practices: Are You Living In The Past?

    Posted May 9, 2014: 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:

    Still take an aspirin a day to prevent a heart attack?

    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?

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  • Collapse Of Conventional Medicine Update #1 May 4, 2014

    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.

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  • You Haven’t Time To Wait For Big Pharma To Come Up With Some High-Priced Drug For Alzheimer’s Disease

    Posted May 1, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    Pharmaceutical companies have no promising synthetic drugs in their pipeline for mental decline due to Alzheimer’s disease and even if they did, they would be a decade away from gaining FDA approval.  That doesn’t mean that nature doesn’t provide even more promising molecules that are ready for off-the-shelf use.

    Researchers indicate aging changes in the brain start 15 years before symptoms of mental decline become apparent.  That means the generation of adults approaching their 50th birthday need to use the best available evidence today to maintain independence in their retirement years since they don’t have time to wait for any imagined FDA-approved drugs.

    Data from Japan will serve to provide information on the latest developments in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease.

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  • What Happens When You Place Heart Disease Patients With Diabetes On Four Different Drugs? Not much.

    Posted April 30, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    A recent study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology reveals the placement of patients with heart disease and accompanying diabetes on four different drugs (beta blockers to slow the heart, aspirin as a blood thinner, renin angiotensin blockers/ACE inhibitors captopril, enalapril, lisinoprilto control blood pressure; and statin cholesterol-lowering drugs) appears to be an abject failure.

    In only 20% of the patients did the combination of these drugs adequately control blood pressure; in only 22% of the patients with diabetes were these drugs effective in controlling their long-term blood sugar levels (hemoglobin A1c); and in only 53% of the patients did these drugs bring down LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol to target levels.  [European Journal Preventive Medicine April 1, 2014]  – ©2014 Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc.

  • Modern Medicine Runs Up The Bill And Insurance Had Better Come Up With The Money

    Posted April 29, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    Modern medicine has no impetus to be affordable.  Pharmaceutical companies are cooking up expensive cures that are in no way cost effective and then telling Medicare, Medicaid and insurance plans they had better come up with the money.  Patient clamor for the cure, and insurance companies just increase the premiums.  But in the case of public-funded health insurance pools, there is limited money.  Medicare is already trillions of dollars underfunded.

    Strikingly, there is no requirement that patients utilize less expensive approaches to deal with hepatitis C than the ($1000/day – $80,000 pharmaceutical cure (Sovaldi).   Patients will demand the expensive cure.  Now what?  Well, the pharma companies know what it costs for a lifetime of Hep-C treatment, so they gauge that determine the top price they can garner.

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  • Alternative Medicine Needs To Back Away From Allopathic Medicine’s Misdirection Over Cholesterol

    Posted April 28, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    This is a topic I have written about before, but newly published science calls for it to be revisited.

    Cholesterol phobia: how it all started

    The misdirection started in the 1960s with Ancel Keys’ mistaken claim that saturated fat rather than refined sugar spawns heart disease. Fat phobia reigned and many brands of health foods bragged they were entirely fat free. It took till 2010 for studies to reveal there is no significant evidence to conclude that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease. Bottom line, fat-phobia was indelibly inculcated into the public psyche.

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  • What Are You Going To Say To Your Doctor When He/She Suggests You Need To Go On Statin Drugs?

    Posted April 27, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    New and controversial guidelines for heart health have been issued and commercial interests have prevailed in expanding the number of Americans who should be on statin cholesterol-lowering drugs by millions. Some doctors agree with the new guidelines, others don’t. Where does that leave you?

    The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) recently dealt with this issue in an article entitled The Guidelines Battle On Starting Statins [New England Journal Medicine Vol. 370: page 1652, April 24, 2014]

    The NEJM article posed a hypothetical case of a 52-year old jogger who smokes tobacco, has a family history of blindness (father) due to diabetes, often works under stress as a busy tax accountant, has a total cholesterol of 180 and low HDL “good” cholesterol of 35 and blood pressure of 130/85.

    This man has three risk factors for heart disease: smoking, being male and low HDL cholesterol.   His 10-year risk for a heart attack is 10.9%. The new guidelines suggest he start taking a statin drug. Under old guidelines statin drugs would not be recommended.

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  • Short Of God, Who Do We Appeal To, To Stop All This?

    Posted April 26, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    It’s the era of injectable drugs.

    A new experimental drug that can protect against the AIDS virus for months at a time has just been successfully tested in animals.  The drug would eliminate the need to take pills every single day and improve effectiveness since patients often forget to take their pills.  [NBC News, March 4, 2014]

    Two new experimental drugs, one delivered intravenously and the other by injection, are posed to help prevent migraine headache attacks for prolonged periods of time.  After 5-8 weeks the intravenous drug was shown to reduce migraine attacks by 66% compared to 52% when patients were given an inactive placebo pill. [WebMD, April 22, 2014]  The effect was not dramatically better than no treatment, but it did eliminate the need for daily use of medications.

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  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Rates Increasing And Modern Medicine Is Clueless As To Why

    Posted April 17, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    The incidence of herpes zoster (the shingles) has risen by 39% over the past decade and a leading medical authority with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says they don’t know why.  [Medscape April 14, 2014]  The varicella zoster virus is acquired during childhood and emanates as chicken pox and the virus is harbored in nerve sheaths where it erupts much later in life as a painful skin rash.

    The Centers for Disease control is a public health agency that serves as a shill for the pharmaceutical industry.  So it is no surprise to hear CDC representatives advise adults over age 60 to receive zoster vaccine.  However, the vaccine is a little bit of the disease itself and the virus may spread to other family members of the vaccinated.

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  • Here Is What One Man’s Coronary And Leg Arteries Look Like After A Decade On Warfarin

    Posted April 15, 2014: by Knowledge of Health

    (Vitamin K-Depleting/Blood Thinning Drug)

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    Arrows indicate multiple patchy calcified sites on the descending aorta and bilateral femoral arteries.

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