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Posted August 16, 2013: by Bill Sardi
In the looming era of the Affordable Care Act, where all medical technologies must be validated scientifically or billings for medicines, devices or services will not be fully reimbursed, modern medicine is struggling to substantiate its many therapies.
An example is a recent study published in The American Journal of Medicine. Researchers attempted to blame the inability to demonstrate reduction in cardiovascular death over a period of 4 years on poor patient compliance.
Less than half of these high-risk patients (48.2%) fully adhered to medication regimens.
Posted August 15, 2013: by Bill Sardi
RADIO BROADCAST KLAV-1230AM, Las Vegas, NV, August 15,2013
If there is any doctor listening out there…
I read your best medical journals, as I’m sure you do.
I know the difference between statistical and clinical improvements.
I know that the central focus of modern medicine in the past four decades, cholesterol reduction with statin drugs, has not significantly lowered mortality among high-risk or healthy adults (if you don’t believe what I just said, then check the bulletin just issued in the Journal of the American Medical Association). Harvard Dr. John Abramson, author of Overdosed America, has also documented that fact among healthy adults. The alarming part of the newly issued AMA bulletin is that the assumed benefits of lowering mortality among high-risk statin drug users has also been a false assumption.
Posted August 12, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Comment: The newly released report (click link to review), published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), concedes that statin drugs have now been relegated as secondary intervention in the prevention of heart disease. What now serves as primary prevention in its place, according to the JAMA report, are control of “lifestyle factors” such as smoking cessation, dietary measures, and limitation of alcohol intake).
This is a nice way of saying the major direction of western medicine in the last forty years has been flawed, even corrupt. Unfortunately, the only penalty for being wrong has been experienced by those who took statin drugs in good faith, paid the price with their lives, believing their well-trained physicians were guiding them in the right direction. That wasn’t true, and cardiologists knew this for a long time prior to the published report below.
Posted : by Bill Sardi
With a growing number of Americans earning fewer dollars that are devalued by a hidden 9.3% inflation rate, it is getting more and more difficult to purchase quality dietary supplements that provide for basic nutritional needs over and above those provided by the diet. Even the best diet will not provide for known nutritional gaps, particularly for vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B12, vitamin C & D.
The following items were selected and priced from iherb.com and provide for needed fiber and selected vitamins. The cost to purchase this entire set is $38.15 for six items.
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.