Posted May 22, 2013: by Bill Sardi
One would think the news media with its army of biology-trained medical reporters would serve as a watchdog for breakthroughs that could dramatically improve the health of Americans who face challenging health problems. But today the news media appears to be almost totally bought off by commercial interests. The public hears about every newly approved FDA drug, but little about remarkable natural remedies that often work when existing medicines fail, remedies that are also likely to lower the cost of care significantly.
While in recent months there has been an upsurge in published studies that demonstrate successful use of vitamin C for a wide range of medical applications, it is not likely the public has heard of even one of them.
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 April 17, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Modern medicine’s often repeated mantra is that dietary supplements are unproven and therefore cannot make any claim they prevent, treat or cure any disease like FDA-approved drugs do. But who can believe that only synthetically made patentable molecules exclusively cure diseases? Most people know vitamin C cures scurvy, vitamin D prevents rickets, vitamin B1 reverses beri beri, vitamin B12 remedies pernicious anemia, but no dietary supplement company can make those claims on their label because their product hasn’t been tested for that purpose. And it’s not like food fortification has eliminated these vitamin deficiencies. In fact, most Americans suffer the consequences of these nutrient deficiencies over their lifetime.
And while the FDA and other health agencies chase down side effects for dietary supplements they are helping Big Pharma hide all their negative clinical trials that have never been published. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have needlessly died as even doctors cannot access information about a drug’s failures. Yet FDA-approved drugs smugly claim they are safe and effective while dietary supplements are unproven.
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 March 17, 2013: by Bill Sardi
It is predictable that some know-it-all physician would warn the public away from my health articles, and suggest people should not take dietary supplements without a blood test-confirmed nutrient deficiency. Why must I educate physicians? Everyone knows they are dumbbells when it comes to dietary supplements.
This MD demands I provide him with references that would require hours of work. I’ll send him a copy of my book THE NEW TRUTH ABOUT VITAMINS & MINERALS.
But let’s briefly take a look at some science to answer an important question. Do we really need a blood test before we supplement our diet with vitamins and minerals?
Posted February 6, 2013: by Bill Sardi
How many times will modern medicine attempt to scare the public away from vitamin C pills? The naysayers never stop trying, even if they have to exaggerate their “science” to prove their point.
So the most recent example is a short report in the most recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly Archives Internal Medicine) that said (once again), high-dose vitamin C pills (as ascorbic acid) more than double the risk for kidney stones.
Well, let’s not get to carried away by their science. Based upon data obtained from a single questionnaire back in 1997, the absolute increased risk was 0.310% a year for vitamin C pill users and 0.163% a year for non-users, for roughly a 2-fold difference in risk.
In other words, if you take high-dose ascorbic acid pills your increased risk for kidney stones in a year rises from 1/6th of one-percent to 1/3rd of one-percent. Got it?
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Posted January 21, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Healthy savvy senior adults with a family history of macular degeneration or who have early-stage retinal disease (exhibited by the accumulation of yellow deposits at the back of the eyes called drusen) would be wise to start supplementing their diet with vitamin C if they want to retain good vision throughout their lifetime.
There are now two strong lines of evidence for this recommendation. The first is a recent report that reveals the risk for the fast-progressive form of macular degeneration (called wet macular degeneration because there is leakage of blood serum and even red blood cells into the retinal tissues), is more than doubled by taking aspirin. (1) However, researchers did not note that aspirin depletes vitamin C. (6)
It is already well known that smoking tobacco is a strong risk factor for wet macular degeneration (2,3,4), and smoking also depletes vitamin C (5).
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 January 1, 2013: by Bill Sardi
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your articles and wondered if you could give me some advice. I don’t have a background in health but I really enjoy learning about it and want to develop a skillset that includes being able to review and analyze research articles and sum up those results.
How did you develop this competency? Via education or experience? I am going to start by pulling some articles off of PubMed in a particular area and see if I am able to make sense of them and translate them into something I would understand in a quick read. Is there anything else you would recommend I do?