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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.
Posted : by Bill Sardi
Pharmaceutical companies have no promising synthetic drugs in their pipeline for mental decline due to Alzheimer’s disease and even if they did, they would be a decade away from gaining FDA approval. That doesn’t mean that nature doesn’t provide even more promising molecules that are ready for off-the-shelf use.
Researchers indicate aging changes in the brain start 15 years before symptoms of mental decline become apparent. That means the generation of adults approaching their 50th birthday need to use the best available evidence today to maintain independence in their retirement years since they don’t have time to wait for any imagined FDA-approved drugs.
Data from Japan will serve to provide information on the latest developments in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease.
Posted : by Bill Sardi
Flaxseed is a popular health food. It is available as raw seeds, crushed seed (flax meal, since raw seeds will not yield nutritional value, however you can crush your own seeds in a coffee grinder) and pressed flaxseeds to produce flaxseed oil.
Flax provides three primary classes of nutrients: 35-45% omega-3 oils (70% alpha linolenic fatty acid, the richest source in nature); protein 20-30% and fiber 28%.
Flaxseed is also loaded with an array of vitamins and minerals and is a rich natural source of phytate (IP6) as an antioxidant mineral stabilizer. Barlean’s flaxseed meal (Forti-Flax) provides a complete list of the nutrients provided in flaxseed. Flaxseed is also the richest source of phyto-estrogens called lignans. [Voprosy Pitania 2012]
Posted April 30, 2014: by Bill Sardi
A recent study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology reveals the placement of patients with heart disease and accompanying diabetes on four different drugs (beta blockers to slow the heart, aspirin as a blood thinner, renin angiotensin blockers/ACE inhibitors captopril, enalapril, lisinoprilto control blood pressure; and statin cholesterol-lowering drugs) appears to be an abject failure.
In only 20% of the patients did the combination of these drugs adequately control blood pressure; in only 22% of the patients with diabetes were these drugs effective in controlling their long-term blood sugar levels (hemoglobin A1c); and in only 53% of the patients did these drugs bring down LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol to target levels. [European Journal Preventive Medicine April 1, 2014] – ©2014 Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc.