• Test May Predict Heart Attack, But What To Do Next? Red Wine Molecules To The Rescue

    Posted March 23, 2012: by Bill Sardi

    Worldwide headlines herald a test that may make it possible for cardiologists to predict an impending heart attack.  The test may be particularly beneficial for people who have silent (non-painful) heart attacks or heart attacks that cannot be detected by conventional methods.

    Compared to healthy adults, four times as many loose cells that slough off the inner lining of arteries, called endothelial cells, were found among heart attack patients who arrived at a hospital emergency room complaining of chest pain.  A quicker and more efficient test is now being developed to count circulating endothelial cells in a blood sample.

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  • FDA’s Caveat For Dietary Supplements, “This Product Is Not Intended To Treat, Cure Or Prevent Any Disease,” Is Costing Americans Their Lives And Their Eyesight

    Posted March 8, 2012: by Bill Sardi

    (March 8, 2012)- Millions of Americans are paying with their lives and their eyesight for the US Food & Drug Administration’s denial that nutriceuticals prevent, treat or cure disease says Bill Sardi, dietary supplement industry executive and health writer, speaking at the annual Nutracon meeting in Anaheim, CA this week.

    “Nutriceuticals, a more sophisticated name for dietary supplements, do in fact prevent, treat and cure essential nutrient deficiency diseases such as vitamin D for rickets, vitamin C for scurvy, vitamin B1 for beri beri, as well as many chronic diseases, yet the FDA bans (censors) statements of fact, keeping the public in the dark over the obvious health benefits and cost effectiveness of nutriceuticals,” says Sardi.

    “The US FDA maintains a narrow pharmaceutical model for chronic diseases, which are basically treated as drug deficiencies. The FDA maintains dietary supplements must become expensive drugs before statements can be made they cure or treat disease, which is absurd,” says Sardi.

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  • Was Steve Jobs Really A Difficult Patient?

    Posted October 27, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    The CNN article entitled “Steve Jobs: A Difficult Patient” provoked hundreds to comment online. Here is a sampling of some of the responses:

    • The one man who could get the best possible treatment on earth ultimately did not survive. What point does this prove?
    • What an idiot, he basically killed himself off by his own stupidity.
    • He forgot to try leaches — that is why he died.

    Mr. Jobs survived by nearly 9 years a slow-growing form of pancreatic cancer first discovered in 2003. He initially shunned surgery (a drastic operation called a Whipple procedure) which is a very trying operation for surgeon and patient. You can get a view of this complicated operation at the Mayo Clinic website here. The operation involves removal of the head of the pancreas where most tumors originate as well as removal of the gall bladder and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum) and reconnection of the digestive organs.

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  • Antioxidant Primer: Potential Health Benefits of Antioxidants and Pro-Oxidants

    Posted April 28, 2010: by Bill Sardi

    So much is said about antioxidants these days. The public has been educated to believe antioxidants are generally beneficial when consumed in foods and dietary supplements. Antioxidants counter the effects of what are called free radicals, unstable species of oxygen, and to a lesser degree, nitrogen. These free radicals can damage tissues in the body.

    Yet, in recent years, a growing body of data points to certain health benefits from employing mega-dose antioxidants, such as vitamin C, curcumin and resveratrol, to actually generate free radicals to treat disease.

    But before we get to these recent discoveries, maybe it is best to briefly background readers in the science of antioxidants.
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