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Posted August 5, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Something huge is going on in the cholesterol world. Those lipoproteins we have been taught to be phobic over – LDL (low density “bad” cholesterol), total cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as HDL cholesterol (high density “good” lipoproteins), believed to clog arteries and induce heart attacks, are losing scientific ground as true measures of your risk for a mortal heart attack. Another lipoprotein that was cast aside decades ago is gaining attention.
That lipoprotein is called lipoprotein(a). Readers may recall it is the cholesterol particle that was temporarily made famous by vitamin C researchers Drs. Linus Pauling and Matthias. Since their research in the 1990s lipoprotein(a) has been largely shunned and ignored.
Before I go on to write about lipoprotein(a), I am forced to address the shortcomings of the cholesterol theory of heart disease. It takes a strong amount of evidence to convince anyone, especially gullible statin drug users, that cholesterol is a mistaken direction in modern medicine.
Posted August 4, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Incessant tinnitus (ear ringing) is a common problem.
There are no prescription medicines for this problem. Some tinnitus sufferers reach a point of exasperation in dealing with this chronic problem.
Use of natural remedies may be explored.
A recent well-designed study showed there may be a small number (11 of 94) of senior adults with tinnitus that may benefit from zinc supplementation (50 mg zinc sulfate orally). Four of five small studies had previously indicated zinc supplementation may be of benefit for tinnitus sufferers. One of those studies showed that nearly half of the supplemented subjects experienced some relief from tinnitus. Zinc appears to work better among subjects who have normal hearing and unremitting tinnitus.
Posted August 2, 2013: by Bill Sardi
In a more perfect world, where public health authorities are driven to protect the public and prevent disease rather than aid pharmaceutical companies in developing blockbuster drugs to treat every known malady as if they represent a drug deficiency, there would certainly be a different response to the recent announcement that the prevalence of peripheral artery disease (PAD) has grown worldwide. In the past decade, 24 percent more adults have developed this disease.
For public health authorities to issue a bulletin about the rise in the prevalence of PAD without suggestion of its cause or cure is purely irresponsible.
Posted August 1, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Researchers at Columbia University have published a definitive study showing Americans with the highest blood concentrations of vitamins C and E, particularly dietary supplement users, have the lowest over-all mortality rates and death rates from cancer.
Posted July 29, 2013: by Bill Sardi
What Do You Do When The Health Planners Are Insane? Answer: you get them some Botox.
There are lots of cosmetic answers in the world of overpriced health care but no real savings. Do you really think a country with a hobbled $16 trillion economy is really going to cut $1 trillion of needless care out of a $3 trillion annual bill for health care?
The original documents written to describe the Affordable Care Act (ACA) said no real savings would be realized in the first decade of its inception. That is because millions more Americans will be forcefully herded into buying health insurance and even more millions are now going to be going to doctors for care.
Posted July 25, 2013: by Bill Sardi
The false argument is that a good diet will provide all the nutrients a healthy body needs. But by that definition, unhealthy folks might need more, particularly senior Americans who produce less stomach acid and have difficulty absorbing vitamins and minerals from foods, anybody who take prescription drugs that deplete essential nutrients, or those who have increased need for nutrients such as smokers, pregnant mothers, athletes diabetics and individuals with unusual levels of stress.
Don’t forget the National Institutes of Health 5-A-Day fruits and vegetables recommendation fell flat on its face and the government didn’t have the guts to admit that in the open and later opted for a still-to-be-proven 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, which is largely unachievable (that is 3-4 servings of plant foods per meal!).
Another false argument asserts multivitamins that provide the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamins and minerals are sufficient to maintain health and avert deficiencies. But the RDA is only theoretically sufficient for totally healthy individuals who again have little stress, take no nutrient-depleting drugs, have no bad health habits, etc.
Posted July 24, 2013: by Bill Sardi
The Saisei Mirai Clinics in Kobe, Japan have taken their “cancer cure” online and graphically describe how it works, including published studies for the more scientific investigator. A key part of the therapy is injection of Gc-macrophage activating factor (Gc-MAF) which is gleaned from blood samples of healthy adults. Gc-MAF instructs white blood cells called macrophages to destroy cancerous cells as well as other foreign invaders like viruses.
The Saisei Mirai Clinics report they have successfully treated 345 consecutive patients with terminal metastatic (spreading) cancer. Some cases are reported at the website. They include the case of a 62-year old woman who was diagnosed with uterine cancer with spreading to the lymph nodes in 2011 and had undergone two prior chemotherapy sessions. After a battery of treatments to boost her own immune system, she achieved complete remission from cancer in 2013 (no tumor visible on CAT scan and normal tumor markers).
Posted July 21, 2013: by Bill Sardi
It was S.C. Gilfillan in 1965 who wrote in the Journal of Occupational Medicine that chronic lead poisoning resulted in the fall of the Roman Empire centuries ago.
It was lead, largely in wine, grape syrup and preserved fruit as well as in paint, which resulted in infertility among the ruling classes in Rome. Sterility, miscarriage, stillbirth and premature labor rose to the point where the inheritance of the Roman culture was left to the less capable who were unable to bear the responsibilities of government. Rome fell from within.
Now another hidden dietary threat is ready to topple well-fed modern civilizations, and according to one expert, it poses the same severe threat to modern human civilization as lead did in Rome centuries ago.
Posted July 20, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Maybe upstate New York surgeon Spyros Panos was a bit more obvious than his colleagues. Dr. Spyros never even pretended to use surgical instruments after he surgically opened knees, briefly inserted and withdrew a scope, then sewed up a small wound and billed insurance. Dr. Spyros is accused of booking more than 22 surgical procedures in a single day and delivering needless care.
But isn’t that precisely what all orthopedic surgeons do?
Over a decade ago a landmark report published in The New England Journal of Medicine compared levels of pain relief among patients who either underwent an operation that cleaned out (debride) dead tissue from the knee or a simulated operation where an incision was made but no scope was inserted. There was no difference in pain noted between the group undergoing the clean-up operation and the sham surgery.
Posted July 17, 2013: by Bill Sardi