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Posted March 20, 2015: by Bill Sardi
You could almost hear the vitamin D advocates sigh in disappointment just like you hear the crowd at a baseball game groan in unison when a fly ball drops two inches into foul territory with the bases loaded. That was 2011 when the Food & Nutrition Board set the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D at 600 international units (IU), equal to about 4 minutes of midday sunshine/skin exposure. Many criticisms of that decision followed.
The RDA is defined as the amount of a nutrient needed to meet the requirements of 97.5% of the population. Two leading vitamin D researchers claim the Food & Nutrition Board’s RDA of 600 IU achieves a blood concentration of 26.8 nanomoles per liter of blood rather than the optimal goal of achieving a 50.0+ nanomole/liter blood concentration, which is the goal for optimal health.
Posted : by Bill Sardi
How many more negative studies before Big Pharma abandons research on a class of cholesterol altering drugs that has been nothing but problematic?
Over 8 years ago a major pharmaceutical company’s foray into a new class of cholesterol drugs that raise HDL (high-density lipoprotein), the so-called good cholesterol that shuttles cholesterol from the arteries back to the liver, was terminated because raised the risk of heart problems and death. Over $800 million had been spent to research and develop this drug at that time. [Nature Reviews Drug Discovery March 2011]
Posted March 15, 2015: by Bill Sardi
I knew when I accepted the invitation to speak at the National Health Federation’s 60th annual awards dinner on January 31st, 2015, that I faced a challenge. The point of my speech that night would take only a single sentence: sugar causes cancer. But what surrounds that statement would either make my speech convincing or not. After all, you have to think about the preconceptions of your audience before you attempt persuasion.
And with that in mind, I would have to overcome my audience’s prevalent but mistaken belief that alkaline diets cure cancer. As you will learn below, I failed to totally dispel that idea.
Posted March 6, 2015: by Bill Sardi
After decades of misdirection, elevated levels of circulating cholesterol are no longer considered a significant cause of coronary artery disease though there are many cardiologists who are not ready to concede that point. [Applied Physiology Nutrition Metabolism Dec 2014] A recent study of 7000 subjects published in the European Heart Journal did not find that cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease. [European Heart Journal Sept 1, 2014]
If elevated cholesterol is not a marker for arterial narrowing, then what is it a marker of?
Posted March 5, 2015: by Bill Sardi
We are now living in the post-cholesterol era of modern medicine. Despite the dethronement of the 40+year paradigm that saturated fat consumption and elevated levels of circulating cholesterol are the primary causes of obesity and coronary artery disease, it is business as usual in the ranks of physicians.
This was not a misdirection corrected by new evidence. It was a complete fabrication from its beginning as a recent review revealed there was no supporting scientific evidence for dietary fat and cholesterol guidelines issued in 1977 and 1983. [Open Heart Jan 29, 2015] Other sources have already noted that saturated fat primarily raises low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol but this blood fat does not significantly increase the risk for cardiovascular disease [Applied Physiology Nutrition Metabolism Dec 2014]
Posted February 15, 2015: by Bill Sardi
An 18-page U.S. dietary guideline issued in 1977 [US Gov’t Printing Office] that called for Americans to consume more sugar-producing carbohydrates from bread, rice and pasta and to limit intake of fat and cholesterol, in particular saturated fat, is suddenly being abandoned 37 years later. [Time Magazine Feb 9, 2015]
The realization that millions of Americans have been massively misled by food and nutrition experts comes without apologies from any group that represents modern medicine.
It’s not that newly understood food science has forced changes in fat intake guidelines. There was never ANY evidence to support the dietary recommendations issued in 1977! There was no evidence whatsoever that eating less fat would translate into fewer cases of heart disease or death. [Open Heart – British Medical Journal 2015]
Posted February 5, 2015: by Bill Sardi
The recent exposé by the Office of the Attorney General (AG) of New York that herbal dietary supplements such as Ginkgo biloba, ginseng, Echinacea and garlic sold in large chain stores (examples: Target, GNC, Walgreen’s) contain nothing more than rice powder or ground up house plants is spurious. [New York Times Feb 3, 2015] A cease and desist order was issued and news outlets have widely spread this news almost without question. But the report appears to be more of a planned attack on the herbal supplement industry.
The AG’s report is based upon a specious study published in 2013 in BMC Medicine by researchers in Canada, so it is not news. [BMC Medicine 2013] Herbal testing was conducted by a new method called DNA barcoding which is not the accepted gold standard for testing dietary supplements. [Nutraingredients-USA.com]
Posted February 2, 2015: by Bill Sardi
Delivered at the Sixtieth Annual Awards Dinner, National Health Federation
Woodland Hills, California, January 31, 2015
Public speaking coaches suggest you size up your audience before you deliver a speech. I’m told there are three ways to segment an audience; those who already embrace what I have to say; those who stand in the middle and need further convincing and those who oppose or disagree with what I have to say. I’m told those who oppose or disagree will not move all the way to embracing my thoughts, that the best I can expect is for them to move towards the middle and those in the middle move towards what I am going to suggest here tonight.
Posted January 13, 2015: by Bill Sardi
In response to this email:
In a message dated 1/9/2015 8:24:16 A.M.PST: I would like to hear your thoughts on the recent outbreak of measles. I find it interesting that while the majority of cases are among unvaccinated people, there are some patients who have been vaccinated. A few of these are adults. Interesting dilemma. I do remember measles cases when I was a child and I remember the patient (young child) ended up with very bad eyesight problems, which were laid at the feet of the disease. I have subsequently found many of the things I learned as fact were untrue (ignorance, I believe, not malice), but I have read measles can attack the eyes. When there is an outbreak of disease, it’s hard not to turn to vaccination.
Reply: Vaccines are outdated “cowpox” technology. The milk maids got cowpox from the cows and therefore doctors scratched the maids’ skin on their arms and rubbed kids abraded skin next to it and the kids got a mild form of the pox and developed antibodies against chicken pox.
Posted November 3, 2014: by Bill Sardi
In the stage play Arsenic & Old Lace two very kind, thoughtful and sweet old ladies murder lonely old men by slowly poisoning them with arsenic.
Well, the latest scientific study suggests that mortal result may be only limited to the men in the stage play, not humans in real life. In fact, small amounts of arsenic in drinking water have now been found to cut the risk of death from breast cancer in half.