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Posted July 22, 2014: by Bill Sardi
This report doesn’t cover new ground, just an old but forgotten topic.
A recent 15-year study of 74,645 men and women in Sweden reveals that consumption of red meat was associated with shorter survival (-2 years) compared to adults who were not red meat eaters. In the breakdown of the data red meat was only associated with reduced survival when processed red meat was consumed! [American Journal Clinical Nutrition July 16, 2014]
Posted July 13, 2014: by Bill Sardi
According to one self-proclaimed authority, vitamin C therapy is nothing but health quackery. [Quackwatch.com] WebMD advises physicians that supplemental vitamin C is only marginally able to reduce symptoms and duration of the common cold. But the primary study referred to employed just 200 milligrams of vitamin C, barely enough to marginally raise blood levels of this essential vitamin. [WebMD June 20, 2012]
None of this negative science discouraged laboratory researchers in China however. They inoculated mice with influenza virus and then injected 3 milligrams of vitamin C per gram of body weight. (Laboratory rats weigh about 300-500 grams.) [University of Wisconsin] So these animals were injected with 900-1500 mg vitamin C.
Posted June 28, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Modern medicine appears to have not only reached a point of diminishing returns, when new medicines don’t beat the old, but a point in time when the overmedicalization of the population produces deleterious rather than additive results, when medicines and vaccines backfire and cause more disease than they prevent, when numbers like cholesterol and blood pressure are medicinally controlled but mortality rates don’t decline and patients are only exposed to side effects with no real health benefits.
Much of this problem appears to stem from profiteering off therapies that treat but don’t cure, medicines that treat one disease but cause another, approved medicines based upon large population studies that do not apply to individuals and mortality reduction based upon estimated deaths rather than real body counts. For example, statin drugs have never been shown to significantly reduce the risk for mortal heart attacks and only marginally reduce risk for non-mortal heart attacks. [LewRockwell.com]
Posted June 7, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Big Pharma’s blood pressure and angina drugs have now been linked with dramatically increased rates of retinal disease and subsequent blindness. Many thousands of Medicare-age patients may be suffering from drug-induced vision loss.
The primary classes of drugs involved are vasodilators like nitroglycerin used to widen blood vessels among patients with chest pain (angina); and beta blockers that slow the heart to control blood pressure. Nitroglycerin increases the risk for early-stage macular degeneration while beta blockers increase risk for the fast-progressive and sight-threatening form of macular degeneration.
Posted June 6, 2014: by Bill Sardi
You have to utilize the best available evidence today to avert Alzheimer’s disease a couple of decades ahead in your future. That is what the best authorities are saying today. The changes in the brain associated with early Alzheimer’s memory loss begin at least two decades prior to noticeable mental decline. Treatment when symptoms first begin to arise may be too late to reverse deleterious effects upon the brain.
Brain researchers now believe it would be more productive to develop a treatment that will be prescribed in the earliest stages of mental decline. [Molecular Neurodegeneration Oct 2013]
Beta amyloid plaque deposition in the brain may precede Alzheimer’s disease symptoms by 20 years. [Discovery Medicine May 2013]
Posted June 1, 2014: by Bill Sardi
The question of whether to take antioxidant supplements has arisen once again. I’ll chart the beginning of this debate back to 1994 when researchers erroneously and disingenuously reported that beta carotene pills raised mortality rates among smokers. That report seemed to be timed to sidetrack legislation in Congress that would spare dietary supplements from being declared drugs. The Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act was passed anyway, which suggests Congressional leaders didn’t even buy into the scientific propaganda.
Posted May 30, 2014: by Bill Sardi
At a time when health authorities claim they making attempts to lower the cost of healthcare, the exact opposite seems to be happening. More people are now insured under the Affordable Care Act and that means more healthcare dollars will be spent. Insurance premiums are rising beyond affordability.
Medicare enrollment is going to grow from 48 million in 2010 to 81 million in 2020 and there is an underfunded liability of nearly $25 trillion for present and future healthcare to be delivered under Medicare. [USA Today June 8, 2011]
Posted May 27, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Posted May 25, 2014: by Bill Sardi
What you won’t hear about stem cell technology is that it is a flop. Despite billions of dollars of investment money, it is going nowhere. In fact, what is going on today in research labs doesn’t even involve stem cells. You can read more about it at Dr. William Prather’s article entitled “The Unrealized Potential Of Stem Cell Therapy.” [DDD Magazine Oct 2013]
A problem with the stem cell industry is that it becomes so difficult to scuttle a research program that employs so many people at a time when unemployment is a national embarrassment. There are an estimated 6100 full-time employees working in regenerative medicine and over 100 companies involved in stem cell therapies. There were 537 patents filed for stem cell technology in 2007. The National Institutes of Health is reported to have spent $546 million on embryonic stem cell research. [StemCellAction.org] This perpetually promising industry is only in operation as long as it is government subsidized.
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.