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Posted May 21, 2014: by Bill Sardi
TO: Editors, NutraIngredients.com
Natural Product Association’s newly re-appointed CEO Daniel Fabricant’s call to prosecute makers of so-called tainted products is incredulous (these are defined as products that haven’t been manufactured in fully-FDA compliant GMP facilities or meet GMP labeling and purity requirements even though they may have harmed no one in any way, which bespeaks of a gestapo-like mentality). Are these “tainted” products causing deaths or avoidable side effects? (Eliminate misuse or any intentional overdosing before you tabulate the side effect data. That’s what did-in ephedra because crash dieters were over-dosing and taking with other medications also). So we fine or jail supplement company executives for paper violations. In a bad economy, we should have better things to do.
Consolidation of industry groups also suggests nixing dissent and giving more power to Mr. Fabricant. If Mr. Fabricant is going to continue to represent the dietary supplement industry and stick by his claim that 70% of companies are not compliant with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) you have to ask if the supplement executives go to jail or face fines if all that is wrong is that the i’s aren’t dotted and the t’s crossed.
Posted : by Bill Sardi
Nutritional supplementation may play a preventive, therapeutic or even regenerative role when hearing loss occurs. Frequently doctors are remiss in making nutritional recommendations. It is now a common practice for physicians to address every disease as if it were a drug deficiency in the face of published reports showing nutritional imbalances are at the root of most chronic diseases.
For example, confronted with a case of sudden unexplained loss of hearing, physicians impulsively inject steroids that have been shown to work no better than an inactive placebo. [Archives Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery June 2007] Yet there are valid nutritional approaches to emergent cases of hearing loss, as explained below.
Posted May 17, 2014: by Bill Sardi
You can read them all — all 279 of them at GoogleNews. Modern medicine can release falsehoods against one of the most promising dietary supplement ingredients and the news media will propagate it without question.
It’s obvious the nation’s health reporters mindlessly parroted the press release emanating from Johns Hopkins Medicine that errantly claimed the red wine molecule resveratrol (rez-vair-ah-trol) was of worthless value in reducing overall mortality among senior adults living in a wine-making region of Italy over a period of 9 years. Over 279 news reporters never doubted what researchers said. They just re-wrote the news story and hurried it into publication.
Posted May 10, 2014: by Bill Sardi
The view of the food industry is that there will be a billion or two more people on the planet soon and we have to make food that is resistant to insect invasion and more durable under weather conditions. But the hidden agenda is simply increasing bottom line profits possibly at the expense of health.
That possibility will forever be wrapped up in debate. There are those who say “not a single person has ever been harmed by genetically modified foods.” [DailyCaller.com April 29, 2014] One claim is that GMO foods compete with organically-grown crops (no herbicides, no pesticides) and that GMOs pose an economic threat to the few loud-mouthed organic growers.
Posted May 9, 2014: by Bill Sardi
“Hundreds of deaths could be prevented” says the headline published at the UK’s online TELEGRAPH health home page. “Asthma sufferers are dying needlessly,” says health editor Laura Donnelly. Two-thirds of the deaths from asthma including almost all of those involving children could have been prevented with use of stronger-dose steroid inhalers. Health authorities called it a “frankly horrifying” blunder. Lower-dose inhalers were used because they were more economical. A leading physician said it was “a tragic waste of life,” and added that all patients should have access to high-quality care.
However the problem may be rooted in lack of proper nutrition, not in a drug deficiency. The medical literature is replete with reports showing vitamin D deficiency increases the severity of asthma attacks. [Hospital Pediatrics Oct 2013; Indian Journal Pediatrics Nov 6, 2013; Respiratory Research Feb 22, 2013] Vitamin D can be used without the withering of bone, cloudy cataracts and depressed immune system that result from chronic used of steroidal drugs to control asthma.
Physician indifference and ignorance are to blame for these avoidable deaths. ©2014 Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc.
Posted : by Bill Sardi
Suddenly there are a plethora of recent reports that indicate many of the common health practices promoted in recent decades have been a giant misdirection. Let’s examine some of them:
Like millions of Americans are you still taking a baby aspirin every day to prevent blood clots from forming in your coronary arteries that supply your heart with oxygenated blood?
Posted May 8, 2014: by Bill Sardi
In all the years of saying most men die with but not of prostate cancer, no one comes to the fore to explain why 30,000 men DO succumb to this disease annually. While the most common type of prostate cancer is slow growing and not life threatening [Group Health], men live in fear they will be among the 30,000.
There are an estimated 2.5 million men in the U.S. living with diagnosed prostate cancer, whatever that means. About 233,000 new cases will be diagnosed and ~30,000 will die of the disease annually according to the American Cancer Society. [American Cancer Society]
Posted May 6, 2014: by Bill Sardi
This columnist, having written a free online e-book some years ago entitled THE COLLAPSE OF CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE, has frustratingly witnessed an undeserved love affair between the American public and the healthcare industrial complex. Americans adore their doctors to a fault and wear the false claim that America has “the best healthcare system in the world” with misdirected pride. Americans’ over-reliant faith in doctoring and prescription medicines has cost many hundreds of thousands of lives. But Americans keep coming back for more. Inexplicably, some Americans participated in public demonstrations to oppose any cutbacks in Medicare even though it is a program that is underfunded by trillions of dollars.
Americans simply don’t know what else to do when they get sick but run to the doctor’s office. What did moms did for their kids decades ago for their kids’ earaches and high fevers and grandpa’s angina? We’ve forgotten what home remedies are.
Posted May 2, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Modern medicine is so taken over by commercial interests, ranging from the delivery of healthcare in the clinic to the research labs at the National Institutes of Health, the regulatory agencies like the FDA and public health agencies like the Centers for Disease Control, all used to give a third-party government stamp of approval to a self-serving profession that is called “the best healthcare system in the world.”
In reality the U.S. has the most technically advanced disease-care system in the world. It is not committed towards promoting health but rather to delivery of repeated treatment to allay symptoms rather than address underlying causes of disease.
While the life expectancy in some backward nations exceeds that of the United States it never dawns upon the public that they are being gamed to ensure Big Pharma and Big Doctor has a steady flow of patients to treat.
Posted May 1, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Should that be alarming? No more than they drink grapefruit juice with their medicines. But the news headline prompts undue alarm. And the public isn’t buying it this time.
Some herbal molecules like those found in grapefruit juice do contain molecules that inhibit the liver detoxification of drugs. There are a number of liver enzymes (known as cytochrome p450 enzymes) that normally dull the effects of drugs. But molecules like those found in grapefruit juice inhibit these enzymes and make the drugs more powerful. That might be beneficial, but in the case of blood pressure-lowering drugs, it might result in blood pressure dropping too far and the patient experiencing transient dizziness.