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2010 Publication Archive

Angioplasty And Patient Confusion

Dec 28, 2010

A study published in the Sept. 7, 2010 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, showed that there is a serious disconnect between what doctors know and what patients understand, when it comes to angioplasty.  Angioplasty involves inserting a tube at the groin and slipping up to a blocked artery, where a balloon is inflated and opens the blockage. A stent (a flexible mesh tube) is frequently left in place to help prop open…

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Will Fish Oil Enhance Weight Loss?

Dec 25, 2010

We have been told that fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids) improves cardiovascular health and prior evidence from animal studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids promote weight loss.  Because fish oil possibly has many other potential health benefits, including cutting cholesterol, improving insulin sensitivity, and reducing blood pressure, “weight-loss programs associated with the use of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids seemed appropriate to the investigators.”  Investigators randomly assigned 128 sedentary…

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Supplements Fail Again

Dec 19, 2010

In 2008, a huge review of 67 studies, with over 230,000 participants, showed that antioxidant vitamin supplements taken by millions do not increase life expectancy and may raise the risk of a premature death.  In fact, vitamin A was linked to a 16% increased risk of dying, beta-carotene to a 7% increased risk and vitamin E to a 4% increased risk.  So, forget about taking these vitamins as “anti-aging” miracles.  The evidence with vitamin C suggested that it was no better than a dummy…

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Doctor says extra vitamins aren’t just unnecessary – they may be harmful

Dec 08, 2010

by Meg Farris / Eyewitness News /

NEW ORLEANS — Vitamins are essential to good health. But now a local doctor is questioning conventional thinking. Do we already get enough vitamins from our diets and is taking extra vitamins potentially harmful? For years we’ve been told to load up on the antioxidant vitamins, that they would mop up the byproduct or waste of using oxygen in our bodies. We were told those byproducts were bad for us and made us age faster or get sick. Well now a local doctor and scientist is challenging that theory that’s been around for years.

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Hospitals Can Either Cure You or Kill You

Nov 21, 2010

As if there is not enough for patients to worry about, new data is indicating that there could be 180,000vdeaths per year as a result of hospital mistakes.  We already have to worry about breathing pollutant-containing air, eating mercury laced fish, consuming harmful processed sugar, ingesting saturated fats in meats, buying trans fat-containing snack foods, gulping down any type of fast (so-called “junk”) food, popping antioxidant vitamins and drinking water…

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Cigarettes and Pictures of Corpses

Nov 14, 2010

Pictures of diseases caused by medications should be shown following the pitch by the drug companies. Then, the patient could make a reasonable decision about unnecessarily taking potentially harmful drugs injudiciously.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, new warnings are on the way for cigarettes and graphic pictures of corpses…

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Fish Oil Does Not Prevent Alzheimers Disease

Nov 07, 2010

Omega-3 fish oil supplement producers have claimed curative powers for diseases such as cancer, heart disease, dementia, ADD, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia, obsessive compulsive disorder, headaches and migraines.  Also, it was claimed to decrease aggressive behavior, prevent learning disabilities and make kids smarter.  Unsupported aggressive advertising has led to…

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Do synthetic antioxidant supplements do more harm than good?

Nov 02, 2010

Vitamin A, C and E supplements are touted as a panacea for everything from crow’s feet to the common cold. However, Dr. Randolph M. Howes, who earned his doctorate in medicine and biochemistry from Tulane School of Medicine and serves as adjunct associate professor of plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, argues that synthetic antioxidant supplements do more harm than good…

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Tea And The Truth

Oct 31, 2010

A big marketing ploy is to push “tea” as being a near cure-all, because of its antioxidant content, especially polyphenols.  So, let’s evaluate the scientific data.  I have previously pointed out the 2009 report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences which showed that the antioxidant vitamins C and E can “undo” the benefits of exercise, weaken the body’s own exercise-induced…

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Hormone Replacement Confusion

Oct 21, 2010

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has a number of benefits but recent studies are showing that it also has a number of  serious side effects.  HRT usually refers to taking estrogen/progesterone combinations, such as Prempro or Premarin.  Several years ago researchers published data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) postmenopausal hormone therapy trials and this data has been periodically re-evaluated.  There has been good news and bad news…

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