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Posted February 5, 2016: by Bill Sardi
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is loath to monitor the safety of drugs following their initial approval. More than a decade after shortcomings within the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in conducting follow-up safety studies after new drugs are approved were identified, the General Accounting Office (GAO) says the FDA is still dragging its feet by utilizing technology that requires manual entry of data.
In January of 2016 the General Accounting Office (GAO) of the U.S. finally got around to find out why it has taken the Food & Drug Administration so long to require drug companies to publish all of their follow-up safety data once their drugs gain regulatory approval.
In an era when the FDA is conceding to pressure to approve new drugs more rapidly, it is not properly monitoring safety of these drugs as it should, says the GAO report. The GAO found that more than half of drug sponsors’ submissions involving about 1400 post-market studies required or requested from the FDA between March 2008 and September 2013 were delayed or overdue.
Posted January 16, 2016: by Bill Sardi
I have written extensively at LewRockwell.com about cholesterol and statin drugs: A new injectable cholesterol drug (July 28, 2015); When will modern medicine give up its cholesterol cash-cow? (Dec 27, 2013); Statin cholesterol-lowering drugs work via reduction of iron (May 27, 2013); Statin drugs don’t save lives (Nov 10, 2008); Coronary calcium predicts future heart attacks, not cholesterol (March 28, 2008); Who will tell the people? It isn’t cholesterol. (Feb 5, 2007);
There have been numerous other critics of statin drugs: Don’t give more patients statins, John Abramson/Rita Redberg, NY times (Nov 13, 2013); The Great Cholesterol Con, Malcolm Kendrick (Oct 1, 2008); The Cholesterol Myths, Uffe Ravnskov (Oct 1, 2000); The Statin Damage Crisis, Duane Graveline (July 29, 2012); Lipitor Thief Of Memory, Duane Graveline (Sept 23, 2010)
Yet the American population has been systematically educated and can be considered a nation of ingrained cholesterol phobes and the statin drug industry continues to rake in billions of dollars in revenues.
Posted January 11, 2016: by Bill Sardi
Time is running out, better get your flu shot. That’s what news agencies around the country are urging Americans to do. Roll up their sleeves, despite the fact it’s too late to really develop adequate antibody defense, and get jabbed with a largely ineffective and somewhat problematic flu vaccine.
While the Centers for Disease Control says the flu strikes 5-to-20% of the population in any given year, the flu is only evident in 0.8 to 1.3% of the blood samples taken from virally-infected individuals so far this year. [Centers Disease Control]
Public health authorities appear dumbfounded. “It is a very slow season, locally, statewide, and nationally,” said Caroline Johnson, director of disease control for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. “Everything seems to be much lower than usual.” [Philly.com]
Posted December 14, 2015: by Bill Sardi
Amidst a modern world where pharmacologists want the world to believe only high-priced synthetic molecules are safe and effective, and the Food & Drug Administration adds to this racketeering by limiting disease prevention/treatment/cure claims to drugs only, there is a growing body of science which shows clove bud oil and its primary active ingredient eugenol (yu-jen-all) could replace many over-the-counter and prescription medicines as a safer and equally or more effective topical anesthetic, pain reliever and fever reducer with anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and also holds the title as king of antioxidants. So why aren’t we using it?
Posted November 29, 2015: by Bill Sardi
According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutritional deficiencies are rampant in over-fed/undernourished America. Just a sampling from the USDA list of essential nutrients that are not consumed in sufficient amounts by a percentage of the population includes vitamin E (86.4%), folic acid (40.3%), magnesium (57%), potassium (92.4%), vitamin C (42%), zinc (29.2%). [Knowledge of Health]
The Recommended Daily Allowance for essential nutrients is generally too low and the above figures don’t even approach the massive nutrient shortages in the population at large.
Posted November 14, 2015: by Bill Sardi
A team of university-based medical ethicists has given Big Pharma an “F” grade on reporting requirements for new drugs. [Medical Express]
Their research report said: “It may seem difficult to understand failures to comply with federal law, now eight years old, whose origins track back to 1997, and even more difficult to understand failures to meet the over-riding ethics obligation that human research be designed to contribute to generalizable knowledge.”
Posted October 12, 2015: by Bill Sardi
It should not be surprising to learn that the gradual accumulation of iron in the male body should result in undesirable health consequences. After full childhood growth is achieved males accumulate 1 milligram of excess iron per day, which is largely stored in the liver and attached to hemoglobin in red blood cells. By middle age a male has twice as much stored in in his body than an equally aged female who menstruates to control iron. The result is that a male at age 40 has double the risk for diabetes, cancer and heart disease as female of the same age.
With that said, as men approach middle age they might be losing sex drive and feel terribly fatigued. These symptoms may be due to tired iron-overloaded blood. Testosterone shots may remedy desire but not deal with the root of the problem.
Posted October 9, 2015: by Bill Sardi
At a 1999 conclave, executives of the nation’s biggest food companies walked out on a meeting that attempted to get them to share some of the responsibility for the then growing diabesity epidemic. [New York Times Feb 20, 2013] With sugarized bacon, ketchup, peanut butter, wrapped meats, salad dressings and processed foods dominating grocery store shelves, shockingly half the nation now is diabetic or pre-diabetic. [LA Times Sept 8, 2015; Journal American Medical Assn. Sept 8, 2015]
Pre-diabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as adult-onset (type II) diabetes and you have not developed symptoms yet (eyes, kidneys, heart, pancreas). You are more likely to develop full-blown diabetes within 2 to 10 years. [Mayo Clinic]
Posted September 20, 2015: by Bill Sardi
Why do women experience a steep increase in heart attacks with the onset of menopause? The obvious answer, without checking the science, is the decline in estrogen production has something to do with the dramatic increase in strokes and heart attacks among post-menopausal women.
Despite the obvious benefits of estrogen replacement, the American Heart Association does not recommend postmenopausal hormone therapy to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease or stroke because some studies have failed to show a reduced risk. A spokesperson for the AHA says: “Estrogen decline isn’t the only reason women face a higher cardiovascular disease risk after reaching menopause. We’re trying to figure the rest of it out.” [American Heart Assn]
Posted September 9, 2015: by Bill Sardi
IP6 phytate is an overlooked nutritional factor that is protective against stiffening (calcification) of the first blood vessel (aorta) outside the heart. Stiffening of the aorta is associated with higher systolic (pumping) blood pressure.
The dietary intake of IP6 was recently measured as determined by excretion in urine among senior adults, with the following results: