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Posted July 22, 2014: by Bill Sardi
This report doesn’t cover new ground, just an old but forgotten topic.
A recent 15-year study of 74,645 men and women in Sweden reveals that consumption of red meat was associated with shorter survival (-2 years) compared to adults who were not red meat eaters. In the breakdown of the data red meat was only associated with reduced survival when processed red meat was consumed! [American Journal Clinical Nutrition July 16, 2014]
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 March 25, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Vitamin D was discovered to cure rickets in 1922. A short time later ergocalciferol, synthetic vitamin D, was developed and is still today the only FDA-approved prescription form of vitamin D despite it being inferior to natural form cholecalciferol – vitamin D3.
Over 90 years have passed since that discovery. The 1920 and 1930s was the era of vitamin discovery. During that time the practice of medicine gravitated away from use of crude medicines such as quinine, opium, cocaine, digitalis and nitroglycerin to synthetic molecules like procaine and barbital that garnered patent protection for pharmaceutical companies. Atabrine was among the first patentable drugs approved for many uses and is related to melfoquine used today to treat malaria.
Posted March 23, 2014: by Bill Sardi
If a news reporter asks the vitamin C experts at the Linus Pauling Institute today about how much vitamin C is needed to maintain health they are going to answer with the same nonsense that has polluted the minds of millions over the past 3-4 decades – only 200 milligrams a day and forget vitamin C pills, fruits and vegetables will do.
As one reads the latest discourse from the experts (“Myths, Artifacts, And Flaws: Identifying Limitation And Opportunities In Vitamin C Research,” Nutrients Volume 5, page 5161, 2013), who certainly must know more than the rest of us, after careful examination one begins to wonder if they live in the real world or just their world filled with test tubes and lab rats where they can create their own reality.
Posted March 11, 2014: by Bill Sardi
The world pays a steep price when its doctors turn a blind eye at nutritional medicine.
Imagine what eradication of polio would be like if it were treated nutritionally.
In 1988 the world set out to inoculate all the billions of people on the planet against the stomach virus known as polio. There were an estimated 350,000 new annual cases of paralyzing polio then which has now been reduced to just a couple hundred cases with a much larger world population. There are an estimated 10 million people walking today that would be crippled from polio if a polio vaccination program hadn’t been started. [World Health Organization] The indigenous wild-strain of the virus was mostly eradicated in 1999 [American Journal Epidemiology 2010] leaving the vaccine derived strain as the predominant form of the virus in circulation!
Despite such progress, total eradication of polio eludes modern medicine because it ignores nutritional medicine.
How did modern medicine almost totally eradicate polio but at the same time doom any possibility of abolishing it?
Posted February 24, 2014: by Bill Sardi
A recent editorial published in the Annals Of Internal Medicine said this about multivitamins: “We believe that the case is closed— supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults with (most) mineral or vitamin supplements has no clear benefit and might even be harmful. These vitamins should not be used for chronic disease prevention. Enough is enough.”
I’ve already addressed this absurd report. There are a number of hidden catch phrases in that statement, such as “well nourished.” Is anybody really well nourished in a processed food society that over-consumes carbohydrates and sugars and brain stimulant-laden foods? According to the US Department of Agriculture, most Americans aren’t getting an adequate supply of essential nutrients from their diet.
Posted January 6, 2014: by Bill Sardi
That’s what an editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine said. After citing flawed study after flawed study where multivitamins were found to be ineffective at reducing death rates or mental decline with advancing age, and even citing published studies to say multivitamins are harmful and even kill people, these experts from the most prestigious medical centers in the world said: “we believe the case is closed – supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults with (most) mineral or vitamin supplements has no clear benefit and might even be harmful. These vitamins should not be used for chronic disease prevention. Enough is enough.”
The catch: “well nourished.”
Posted January 5, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Digestive tract problems are many and they may be difficult to sort out, even by well-trained doctors.
Some individuals may simultaneously suffer from bloating due to lactose (milk) intolerance, heartburn from thick sludgy bile, indigestion from lack of stomach acid caused by Helicobacter pylori infection and also have overgrowth of yeast (Candida albicans).
Symptoms of these maladies are often common and overlapping, making it even more difficult to determine their cause and cure. Different digestive tract maladies produce similar cross-over symptoms, such as heartburn, bloating, nausea, tummy pain, stomach fullness, etc.
The following is a checklist of digestive tract problems, their common symptoms and online links provided for checking up on natural home remedies.
Posted December 18, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Most multivitamins are poorly formulated, weakly dosed and unbalanced and are missing key nutrients to maintain health and there is no conceivable way they would meaningfully reduce disease-related mortality rates. The authors of the study said: “in most cases data are insufficient to draw any conclusion.” And ironically, if multivitamins were in fact found to reduce death rates, they would be declared drugs by the Food & Drug Administration!
The study concedes the multivitamins under analysis didn’t even raise blood levels of vitamin E, C, selenium or zinc. The only multivitamin data analyzed among women provided only five nutrients and authors of the report said “it could be argued there are no data on a true multivitamin for women.”
Posted October 20, 2013: by Bill Sardi
The headline above considers both the real world risk for prostate cancer in hard numbers versus the relative risk. The difference in mortality risk is 40-fold. Which one is it?
Steve Hickey, PhD, of Manchester, England, in his book entitled TARNISHED GOLD, co-authored with Hilary Roberts PhD, explains how researchers use overly large studies to find meaningless differences in health risks among human populations over a long period of time, differences that simply aren’t instructional to individuals.