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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.
Posted November 24, 2013: by Bill Sardi
A parade of anti-dietary supplement news reports are being aired in what appears to be another orchestrated effort to unfairly demean natural health products that are safer than tap water, table salt and aspirin.
The hidden agenda appears to be an effort to soften the public’s support for dietary supplements so they can be over-regulated by the Food & Drug Administration, negating the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act of 1994 that kept dietary supplements from being classified as drugs. The FDA has been trying to do that since the 1970s.
Posted November 22, 2013: by Bill Sardi
How absurd! Cancer researchers are saying they have conquered the “Everest of cancer genes” with the discovery of a synthetic molecule that inhibits the mutated RAS cancer-promoting gene. The lead scientist says: ‘People have tried to drug every part of ras and looked at every nook and cranny on it and screened a million compounds and never found anything that inhibits it well.” They say their molecule is “30 years in the making.” Their research is published in a recent edition of SCIENCE.
Now scroll down to read a report published in the journal NUTRITION in 1997 which cites that orange peel oil and its primary active ingredient limonene effectively block mutated RAS genes. Molecules in garlic and omega-3 fish and flaxseed oil do the same. So does resveratrol. How many are they allowing to needlessly die while they attempt to make blockbuster drugs to cure cancer? –Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc.
Posted November 13, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Nov. 12, 2013- Out with monitoring cholesterol numbers. In what is being called a “tectonic shift in the way doctors treat high cholesterol,” the American Heart Association unexpectedly announced new guidelines today for prescribing statins drugs.
Without admission that older guidelines were a misdirection, the new guidelines abandon the idea of lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol to below 100 and re-set that number at 190. No mention is made about raising HDL “good” cholesterol, which cardiologists also once embraced till a major study had to be halted when elevation of HDL cholesterol resulted in increased deaths.
Cardiologists hope to get it right this time saying subjects who don’t fit the newly established guidelines should be encouraged to implement lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation along with dietary and exercise regimens.
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.
Posted October 18, 2013: by Bill Sardi
The pipeline of new remedies for macular degeneration is growing as some new medicines begin to show promise for this debilitating eye disorder.
For anyone stricken with macular degeneration, any imagined cure, if not harmful, would certainly be welcomed. There is no effective cure for the most common form of the disease.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an insidious eye disease that robs senior adults of their central (reading) vision.
About a third of senior Americans have early signs of the disease (yellow spots called retinal drusen). About 9% of seniors have suffered vision loss from the slowly-progressive “dry” macular degeneration.
Posted : by Bill Sardi
Dr. Paul Offit, known as a developer of vaccines and critic of alternative medicine, has taken to the street to lambast alternative medicine practitioners and dietary supplements on TV and radio. His book is getting lots of attention from the news media, but no reporter is giving Dr. Offit’s critics a chance to rebut his poorly substantiated claims.
A quick read of the 170 posted Amazon.com reviews of this book (as of Oct. 16, 2013) is a lesson in itself. What is startling is the percentage of those who posted favorable reviews (nearly 7 in 10 give the book 4 or 5 stars) when there are so many good texts that have taken modern medicine to task over the arrogant position it holds scientific high ground.
Some texts worth reading: a biting critique of evidenced-based medicine is TARNISHED GOLD by Steve Hickey PhD and Hilary Roberts PhD. Also, CONFESSIONS OF A MEDICAL HERETIC by Robert S. Mendelsohn MD, and MEDICAL NEMESIS by Ivan Illich, are classics.