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Physicians Health Study II

Posted February 4, 2009

The news appears to be conclusive. Americans have bought into the concept that taking supplemental vitamins and minerals was good preventive medicine. However, the evidence is now clear (or at least that’s what the news reports say) that nutrients fail to prevent heart disease and cancer. Really?

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Designed to fail: a trial without meaning

Posted February 4, 2009

It is unfortunate when researchers waste funds on studies that are unlikely to provide useful results. Sesso et al.’s recent study, the Physicians’ Health Study II, of vitamins C and E in heart disease, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), falls into this category.

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Doctor-Patient Confidentiality Relationship in Jeopardy

Posted February 1, 2009

The economic stimulus bill, as currently written, mandates electronic health records for every citizen WITHOUT providing for an opt-out or patient consent provision starting in 2014. “Without those protections, Americans’ electronic health records could be sharedówithout their consent…

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Low Blood Pressure is Linked to a Higher Death Rate Among Seniors

Posted January 29, 2009

The new normals, for total cholesterol, for blood pressure, for blood sugar, for LDL, and for blood sugar, date many of use who still have our college textbooks that indicate ënormal total cholesterol readings range from 150-300 mg%’. Come on, we’re not that old.

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Yes, the New C-Word is Cure

Posted January 28, 2009

The new Us Weekly has an article about actress Jenny McCarthy’s battle with pediatricians over the health of her son, who she says became autistic after a routine vaccination.

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The Science of Cherries

Posted January 28, 2009

According to journalist Bill Sardi, in 1999 a peer-reviewed report in the Journal of Natural Products, published by the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, concluded that tart cherries may relieve pain better than aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs.

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Correcting Vitamin Deficiencies

Posted January 28, 2009

John Hopkins University clinicians have termed the current clinical guidelines to correct the widely prevalent vitamin D deficiency in children suffering from cystic fibrosis inadequate. Their efforts to restore normal vitamin D levels using 50,000 IU vitamin D once a week, increasing to twice a week, and trying supplementation three times a week produced less than optimal results.

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Neuropathy and B Vitamins

Posted January 28, 2009

News about a prescription form of folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 and treating neuropathy makes us wonder about another attempt to make supplements available only by prescription.

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Post Traumatic Stress Among Our Armed Forces

Posted January 28, 2009

According to the October 27, 2008 edition of USA Today, post-traumatic stress disorder is increasingly turning up on the public’s radar as growing numbers of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans seek treatment for the illness.

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It’s Time to Reform the FDA

Posted January 28, 2009

The myth of ëcatching it in time’ has recently been addressed in the October 21, 2008 issue of Pulse of Health Freedom. It is now time to address the myth that newer is better when it comes to healthcare. The myth that newer drugs are better than those on the market for years has recently come under scrutiny.

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