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Posted December 29, 2016: by Bill Sardi
There are a lot of crossed wires in modern medicine these days. At the speed modern society is moving, futurist Ray Kurzweil says there is an exponential increase in knowledge that means humanity should be able to cure every disease by the year 2030 or even sooner. [San Diego Union-Tribune]
Posted November 21, 2016: by Bill Sardi
Sophia Loren, Susan Sarandon, Helen Mirren, Christie Brinkley, Jane Fonda – they appear to be ageless women.
At least for females, the quest to remain young cosmetically far exceeds the desire to remain youthful biologically, though the two should not be separated.
A woman doesn’t have to grow old any longer, at least not cosmetically.
Posted November 19, 2016: by Bill Sardi
I have often wanted to deliver a speech to graduating high school seniors about the land mines and traps that lay ahead of them. Alcoholism, divorce (50% now divorced), illicit drugs, even food addiction.
Posted November 12, 2016: by Bill Sardi
When an iconic source of information in modern medicine, The New England Journal of Medicine, publishes a report saying Americans don’t need more vitamin D, contrary to many other published reports, how is the public to sort out this scientific debate?
According to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) report only 6% of Americans are vitamin D deficient. The NEJM claims too much vitamin D can lead to a slew of health problem that includes constipation, abnormal heart rhythm and kidney stones. [New England Journal Medicine Nov 10, 2016]
Posted November 9, 2016: by Bill Sardi
Written by the NY Times acclaimed health writer Gina Kolata, an article in the New York Times reports a recent survey reveals three-quarters of participants believe obesity results from lack of willpower and that diet and exercise are in order. [NY Times Nov 1, 2016]
Posted October 29, 2016: by Bill Sardi
The movement toward recreational and not just medical marijuana use at the State level is inevitably going to change the fabric of America.
There were lines of hundreds of people outside pot shops in Colorado when just one herbal product was legalized there in 2012. In my years in the natural health industry there have been swells of public interest over DMSO, coral calcium, Echinacea, resveratrol, even vitamin C with the publication of Linus Pauling’s book VITAMIN C AND THE COMMON COLD (which by the way resulted in a 300% in mortality from coronary heart disease). But there have never been lines of customers waiting to buy any dietary supplement as there has been for a single herb — recreational marijuana.
Posted May 17, 2016: by Bill Sardi
Most of the people on planet earth live on less than $4 a day. Many are illiterate. In their struggle to survive, they cannot even fathom what is going on in the elitist genetic laboratories around the world where the quest to develop a genetically perfect human is now on the drawing board.
Yes, a synthetic human if you will. Geneticists have already read the human genome but now they want to re-write it. That is, synthetic genetic information, the entire library of genes called the human genome, would be implanted inside a living cell in the first step toward creating a human being without a biological father or mother.
Posted April 15, 2016: by Bill Sardi
“What’s up doc?” – Bugs Bunny with a carrot in his mouth
Move over Bugs Bunny. Your beta carotene-rich carrots which converts to vitamin A in the liver to eventually form rhodopsin, the visual chemical of sight at the back of the eyes, is about to get bumped to second place by a cup of java.
So far, cataract surgeons, as effective as they are at restoring sight these days with lens implants (even multi-focal intraocular lenses) with 95+% success, have been able to deny eye drops for cataracts are effective at delaying or totally preventing cataracts.
Posted February 5, 2016: by Bill Sardi
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is loath to monitor the safety of drugs following their initial approval. More than a decade after shortcomings within the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in conducting follow-up safety studies after new drugs are approved were identified, the General Accounting Office (GAO) says the FDA is still dragging its feet by utilizing technology that requires manual entry of data.
In January of 2016 the General Accounting Office (GAO) of the U.S. finally got around to find out why it has taken the Food & Drug Administration so long to require drug companies to publish all of their follow-up safety data once their drugs gain regulatory approval.
In an era when the FDA is conceding to pressure to approve new drugs more rapidly, it is not properly monitoring safety of these drugs as it should, says the GAO report. The GAO found that more than half of drug sponsors’ submissions involving about 1400 post-market studies required or requested from the FDA between March 2008 and September 2013 were delayed or overdue.
Posted January 11, 2016: by Bill Sardi
Time is running out, better get your flu shot. That’s what news agencies around the country are urging Americans to do. Roll up their sleeves, despite the fact it’s too late to really develop adequate antibody defense, and get jabbed with a largely ineffective and somewhat problematic flu vaccine.
While the Centers for Disease Control says the flu strikes 5-to-20% of the population in any given year, the flu is only evident in 0.8 to 1.3% of the blood samples taken from virally-infected individuals so far this year. [Centers Disease Control]
Public health authorities appear dumbfounded. “It is a very slow season, locally, statewide, and nationally,” said Caroline Johnson, director of disease control for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. “Everything seems to be much lower than usual.” [Philly.com]