Posted April 24, 2013: by Bill Sardi
What a day to launch a health radio show! I’m positioning the show to be skeptical (not cynical) of modern medicine’s many self-acclaimed successes and I don’t need to make up any sensationalist headlines to make my point. Lo and behold, a number of damning reports are published on the very same day the Bill Sardi Health & Wealth Show is launched on KLAV 1230 AM (Las Vegas)!
Posted April 21, 2013: by Bill Sardi
The data is striking. A meta-analysis (review of combined results from different studies) concludes a commonly available dietary supplement is deemed to significantly improve cardiac health after a heart attack.
The meta-analysis involved 13 studies involving 3629 patients and found L-carnitine results in a 65% relative reduction in ventricular heart rhythm abnormalities, 40% reduction in chest pain (angina), a significant reduction in the area of heart muscle damaged by a heart attack, and reduced all-causes of mortality by 27%.
In some studies drugs improve cardiac health following a heart attack but, because of side effects, do not improve the survival of the patients.
Posted April 19, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Somebody is trying to spread fear again. Somebody who has a similar modus operandi as the anthrax terrorist fiasco that gripped the nation a few years back. The first part of the plan is to bomb, kill and maim in a very public place, the second is to spread the fear of terrorism beyond its original geographic location.
Somehow, with anti-terrorism forces out in full force with bomb-sniffing dogs and all, a yet unidentified terrorist successfully stashed nails and ball bearings in pressure cookers with explosives and went undetected.
Posted April 17, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Your doctor shows he/she cares for you by conducting preventive exams. Few patients would argue with that measure of a doctor. But what if the preventive measure is needless? What if the “care” is a test that leads to treatment that harms?
The problem in today’s world where insurance pays and the patient doesn’t is that no one, doctor or patient, cares. A billing code exists for tests such as PSA for prostate cancer among males and pap smears to detect early cervical cancer in females. But various health groups now say both tests are of near-worthless value. But the billing code still persists and reimbursement submissions continue. Who will ever put a stop to this?
Posted : 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 April 15, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Is Avandia (rosiglitazone) going to rise from the grave? Avandia is the one-time $3 billion blockbuster anti-diabetic drug that plunged into disuse in 2009 when a study published in 2007 showed, when used with other anti-diabetic agents, it increased fractures in women as well as the risk for heart failure.
Suddenly, the FDA says it is going to revisit the data on this drug. It wants to reassess safety risks. A Wall Street Journal report says: “it is too early to know what opinions the FDA will be seeking.” Is the FDA going to put Avandia back on the market without restrictions it placed earlier?
Posted April 12, 2013: by Bill Sardi
British physician Ben Goldacre, said to be a specialist at picking apart the bogus claims of pharmaceutical companies, speaks out in a recent oral presentation that can be viewed here. His new book, Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients, documents the problem.
For example Dr. Goldacre points to clinical trials for 12 antidepressant medications, 38 that were positive studies and 36 that produced negative results. Of the 36 negative studies, 33 were never published (22 studies) or published in a way that conveyed a positive outcome (11 studies), compared to 37 of the 38 positive studies that were published.
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 18, 2013: by Bill Sardi
It is startling to find in the 21st century that an estimated 2 billion people on the planet are zinc deficient.
The likelihood you are zinc deficient is high, particularly if you are of advanced age, a diabetic, drink alcohol, are a vegetarian, take zinc-depleting drugs, or your digestive tract is infected with H pylori (which nearly half the US population has) thus diminishing stomach acid levels required to absorb zinc. In the developing world not only is there a zinc shortage in food but intestinal parasites inhibit its absorption as well.
Americans roughly obtain 10 milligrams of zinc a day from food, but maybe, at best, 2-3 milligrams of that is absorbed.
The human body contains 2-3 grams (2000-3000 milligrams) of zinc. Much of it is found in the adrenals, brain and eyes. Since the majority of zinc is stored inside cells and is not free in the blood, blood tests for zinc deficiency are notoriously inaccurate (most physicians are unaware of this).
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?