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Posted February 14, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Gretchen Reynolds, blog writer for the New York Times, should have done more homework before she penned a report that referred to a published report in The Journal of Physiology that errantly claimed resveratrol (rez-vair-ah-trol) supplements undid the beneficial effects of physical exercise. That report had already been called into question in two subsequent issues of the same journal.
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen claimed resveratrol reversed the positive effects of exercise upon blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. But at no time did the blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar/insulin levels fall outside the optimal range. There was not even a significant statistical difference, only a numerical difference in these numbers.
Posted February 12, 2014: by Bill Sardi
It is often important to find the best form of a vitamin, mineral or herbal supplement in order to achieve the desired health benefits promised in scientific studies.
For example, there is a hidden plague of vitamin B1 (thiamin) deficiency which has arisen in an era when consumption of refined sugars and popular beverages (coffee, tea, alcohol) have increased – all which block absorption of thiamin even though it is fortified in foodstuffs. Benfotiamine, the fat-soluble form of thiamin, achieves superior results over water-soluble thiamin as it is absorbed regardless of the thiamin-blockers in the diet.
Another example is magnesium, a critically short-supplied mineral in the diet. The most economical magnesium supplement is mag oxide which is only 4% absorbed. It shouldn’t even be sold but naïve consumers like the lower price.
Posted January 26, 2014: by Bill Sardi
The current ongoing anti-vitamin supplement campaign being played out in the news media will go to no end to misleadingly scare the public away from vitamin pills. This time it’s multivitamins during pregnancy.
In what amounts to a lot of double talk, investigators and news reporters alike issue warnings and then disclaimers that make one wonder if there was anything to be alarmed about in the first place.
The Daily Mail in the UK issues a headline report that says “Taking multivitamins can raise risk of a miscarriage,” and claims “32 per cent are more likely to lose their baby early-on if they had taken the supplements,” but end their report by saying “in the meantime, supplements should be taken in accordance with current clinical guidelines.”
Researchers said: “We found a modest but consistent increased risk of early fetal death in multivitamin users.” The reported increased risk was 32% but that is a relative number, not a hard number. In reality, less than 1 in 100 were at risk for a miscarriage who took multivitamins.
Posted January 11, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Over a year ago I reported on a blood test that can predict an impending heart attack days prior to its occurrence. The test measured the number of circulating cells sloughed off from the inside of arteries that can block coronary arteries that supply oxygen to the heart. But I asked then, “what to do next?”
The test needed to be refined and validated, which is what Scripps Institute researchers announced recently in the journal of Physical Biology.
But precisely what would cardiologists do to prevent the onset of a heart attack if the test indicates a heart attack is imminent?
Most likely they will employ drugs that reduce coagulation (clotting) of the blood but the number of these microparticles must be reduced to address the problem directly.
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 27, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Centuries ago the priest was the only one who had access to a Bible. Parishioners relied upon the priest to deliver and interpret the scriptures as they could not be examined directly and many people were frankly not even literate. But then came Martin Luther who nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. It called for direct rather than indirect contact with God for forgiveness of sins rather than the purchase of indulgences from the priesthood.
Today the masses have direct access via the internet to the body of knowledge in medical journals. However, that knowledge is cloaked in medical and statistical terminology that is not only difficult to interpret but easily manipulated. For the most part the masses must rely upon the priesthood of doctors to advise what is best for them.
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 December 12, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Hepatitis C is ineffectively and agonizingly treated with interferon injections. An oral medication for Hep C has just been approved by the FDA. But this viral monster can continue its attack on the liver until a liver transplant is needed.
The medical literature clearly points to vitamins and herbal supplements are being effective against HEP C. Doctors ignore this evidence.
Recently someone sent an e-mail inquiring which dietary supplements a person might take, based upon published studies, to combat HEP C. Here is how I responded, with abstracts of scientific reports posted below.
Posted December 11, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Just seven months ago National Eye Institute researchers claimed fish oil “doesn’t seem to help macular degeneration,” a sight-robbing eye disease that plagues adults in their senior years.
So how could another newly published study produce exactly opposite results? In fact, fish oil didn’t just slow down the insidious progression of this eye disease, it restored vision to every patient placed on high-dose fish oil. It was therapeutic and curative, not just preventive.