New American Doctor January 2012

TSH blood test, iodine, adrenals — what’s real? Today’s focus is on hypothyroidism, or a sluggish thyroid, a common problem. Mainstay treatments in mainstream medicine are drugs and surgery. There is an incomplete understanding by both patients and doctors of how few people these treatments benefit. If we look at the facts, we see how few people are helped and […]

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Arthritis drugs cause strokes

COMMON PAIN DRUGS CAUSE STROKES The word is out:  two commonly used anti-inflammatory painkillers, ibuprofen and diclofenac, increase the the risk of both hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke.  Hemorrhagic stroke is when a blood vessel bursts and leaks large amounts of blood into the brain.  An ischemic stroke is when a brain blood vessel is blocked — by plaque build-up or cracked plaque, which results in the sudden […]

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Ignore Vitamin K2 at your peril

VITAMIN K2:  Ignore at your peril . . . This month we’ve discussed fat soluble vitamins — D, A, K and E.  Put simply,  fat soluble vitamins need to be eaten with fat.  The ill advised popularization of “low fat diets” over the last 30 years may have caused more harm than benefit.  Deficiencies of these important vitamins may be one of the reasons […]

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Vitamin A: The right stuff?

VITAMIN A:  Are you getting enough of the right kind? There’s a great deal of confusion and misinformation surrounding vitamin A.  We’ve been advised to obtain our vitamin A mainly from fruits and vegetables.  On the other hand, we’ve been cautioned to limit our vitamin A intake from animal sources.  This may be a problem for some people.  Here’s why:  TWO FORMS   For the […]

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Problems With Vitamin D

FAT SOLUBLE VITAMINS: Overlooked and Misunderstood The Failure of the Drug Model:  Why Vitamin D Isn’t Enough Are you taking a vitamin D supplement?  Is your 25 hydroxy vitamin D level (25 OH vitamin D) in the optimal range between 40 and 60 ng/ml)?  The answer to both questions may be”yes”, but you may be at risk for vitamin A deficiency. What […]

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CONFUSED ABOUT MULTIVITAMINS?

NO WONDER EVERYBODY’S CONFUSED ABOUT VITAMINS! I’m sorry, but the recent testing of multivitamins by the CONSUMER REPORTS just doesn’t give us many useful facts on the subject.  It’s just more of the essentially vapid reportage we can expect from mainstream media on food and supplements.  I’m a fan of CONSUMER REPORTS, but they just don’t have the depth of knowledge and understanding to get most health […]

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Life or Death News

BOOSTING VITAMIN D LEVELS PROTECTS YOUR HEART:  I only bring this up because there’s been a lot of doubt cast recently in the mainstream media on the importance of normalizing vitamin D levels and health risks.  Research results recently announced at this year’s annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology tells us that patients who reached normal levels of vitamin D had significantly lower rates […]

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Boost Your Memory At Any Age

Research Shows Brain Fitness  Games Boost Memory Can you improve your memory, regardless of age?  Up until a few years ago, scientists believed that the aging brain just keeps getting older while losing its edge.  The idea that you could turn back the clock on your brain and memory was regarded as far fetched. Not so.  Regular use of a […]

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Too much exercise is dangerous

Recent research has uncovered the dangers of competiive marathon running.  25 men who had completed 25 consecutive marathons over as many years were compared against 25 men sedentary men of the same age. These gentlemen underwent 64 slice CT angiography of their coronary arteries and were compared to 25 sedentary men of the same age.  Surprisingly, the running group averaged […]

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Cancer Pearls

Food for Thought:Cancer Pearls . . . CAT SCANS DONE IN 2007 PROJECTED TO KILL 15,000:  A recent study projected 29,000 excess cancers as a result of CAT scans done in 2007.  Quoting from the article “These cancers will appear over the next 20 to 30 years and by the authors’ estimates, will cause approximately 15,000 deaths annually.”  TAKE HOME:  If your […]

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Quick N’Smart Pearls and Factoids

Could it Be?  Pearls and Factoids To Ponder . . .  WHOLE GRAINS WIN HANDS DOWN:  Intact whole grains contain 6 times the nutritional value of their nutrient-stripped, processed countertparts.  That means favor cooked oatmeal, barley or raw meusli type cereals vs. pricey cereals that come in boxes not even worth  the cardboard they’re packed in. TRUE PREVENTIVE MEDICINE:  Why wait […]

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Saturated fats don’t cause heart disease after all

Oops!  Turns out saturated fats don’t cause heart disease after all . . . How many times have you heard “saturated fat causes heart disease”?  This weakly supported medical dogma has been repeated incessantly over the last 20 years,  to the likely detriment of  our health.  How could this be? More about that in a minute. In the meantime, a recent well-designed study […]

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SSRI Antidepressants Cause Severe Bleeding

Life Threatening Stomach Bleeds Caused by Common SSRI Antidpressants SSRI antidepressants such as fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil) cause serious gastrointestinal(GI) bleeding according to a recent Danish study.  Researchers looked at 3,652 patients admitted to hospitals with a GI bleeding problem then checked their medical records for their use of SSRI drugs.   Recent users (less than 90 days) and past users (over 90 […]

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Lower Your Pesticide Load By 90%

How to Lower Your Pesticide Load:  The “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” We can never be reminded of these facts too often.  The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit research group and it has established a list of twelve fruits and vegetables that consistently carry the highest pesticide loads.  They estimate that pesticide exposure can be reduced by up to 90% […]

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Flu vaccines fail the eldery

What’s Wrong with This Picture?   Flu vaccination for all adults endorsed for 2010-2011  season yet . . . data is sparse on value of flu vaccines for elderly Everyone aged 6 and older should get a flu vaccine starting with the 2010-2011 season, according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Medical organizations […]

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Homeopathy for Breast Cancer?

                Homeopathy for Breast Cancer?  Promising study from MD Anderson Cancer Center shows two remedies have pronounced cytotoxic effects A recent study performed at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston may help open the eyes of homeopathy’s habitual nay-sayers.  Ultra-dilute homeopathic preparations of two remedies, Carcinosin and Phytolacca, both showed cytotoxic effects (cell death — desirable) on breast cancer cells —  effects similar to Taxol, a […]

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Do you know your Hemoglobin A1C?

Hemoglobin A1C:  Do you know your level? You may be at increased risk for diabetes and heart disease and not know it.  There’s a blood test that turns out to be an accurate measure of risk for both of these common diseases.  Until now it was pretty much ignored unless you already had diabetes.  Hemoglobin A1C(HgA1C) — also called glycated hemoglobin […]

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