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Antidepressants and Osteoporosis

submitted by: admin on 05/13/2015
The question is are depressed people susceptible to osteoporosis or do the drugs they take cause osteoporosis. The data favors the latter. Len and Vicki discuss the data.                  

Antidepressants Increase Mortality in ICU Patients

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
  A Harvard study in May of 2012 reviewed the records of more than 10,000 patients admitted to the ICU and found that if they were on antidepressants that their risk of dying was 73% higher. They also found that 17% of these patients were on SSRI or SNRI antidepressants! This risk remained elevated for one year after discharge. People with acute coronary...

Diet Sodas Increase Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

submitted by: admin on 01/09/2017
A French study on 66,000 middle aged women over 14 years that was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in February of 2013, showed that drinking 12 oz per week of a diet soda increased the risk for type 2 diabetes by 33%. Increasing the amount to 20 oz per week increased the risk to 66%. It is interesting that the American Diabetes Association...

Does Teflon Cause Osteoarthritis?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
High blood levels of a chemical (PFOA) found when Teflon is heated to high temperatures was associated with a 40% increased risk for developing osteoarthritis. A second chemical also found in the contaminated water, PFOS, was associated with a 25% lower risk of osteoarthritis! It is hard to know when a chemical contamination will cause a health issue. PFOA has...

H. Pylori Increases Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
According to a January 2012 article published in Diabetes Care, people infected with H. pylori are more than twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those without the infection. Clearly, this is an association, not a cause because although 97% of those testing positive for the microbe and developing type 2 diabetes, 91% who did not develop type 2 diabetes....

H. Pylori Protects Against Stroke and Lung Cancer

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
  The January 6, 2013 issue of the journal, GUT, reported that in a 12 year study of 10,000 people, the presence of a very virulent strain of H. pylori protected against stroke and lung cancer. We know that H. pylori causes gastric ulcers and carcinoma but it remains ironic that this versatile microbe seems to have protective effects against these disorders. The...

Is Obesity Linked to our Gut Microflora?

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  A recent Cedar-Sinai study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in April of 2013 could predict who is obese based on a breath test for hydrogen and methane. The question raised is are there bacteria in the gut that cause obesity by allowing the body to extract calories better. The issue that was not raised is could having...

Is the Mercury In Amalgams Dangerous?

submitted by: admin on 03/20/2019
Is mercury really an issue with amalgams?  Amalgams are the silver fillings we have in our teeth. Just one filling exceeds the EPA’s limit for an adult and has for over a hundred years.  While you chew, an amalgam can release toxic vapors. Inhaled elemental mercury vapor is more toxic that if you were to swallow liquid mercury.

Kids, Learning Disabilities, and Anesthesia

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
The effects of anesthesia on our youth have been assumed to be inconsequential. However, this is not true and it has an impact on learning disabilities and much more.          

Low HDL Cholesterol Does Not Cause Heart Attacks

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
  Even though there is abundant evidence that people with low protective HDL cholesterol are at risk for heart attacks, a large new study refutes this myth. People with high HDL in this study of 70,000 people had a much lower incidence of heart attacks, but people with a genetic defect in producing HDL and had a low level in this study did not have an...

Medical School-Big Pharma Conflicts of Interest

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
  The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is grading med schools on their ability to block Big Pharma representatives from bribing them with meals, gifts, free drug samples, and industry funded education. Only two medical schools had a perfect scorecard. Of the 152 med schools, only 105 received a grade of A or B. This was up from 2008 when only...

Mental Health Drug Research Biased

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
According to an article in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, presentations at the American Psychiatric Association only include research that is supports drugs studied in research. Of 278 studies presented over the past 2 years, 195 were supported by big pharma and 83 from other sources. Among those funded by the industry, none presented showed a negative...

Mercury: Is There Poison in Your Mouth?

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
For over 150 years there has been a debate between the American Dental Association, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine about whether or not amalgam dental fillings are safe.  Amalgams are the silver fillings we have in our teeth. After the dentist has prepared the cavity in your tooth for filling, he prepares...

Sleeping Pills Associated with Increased Risk of Death and Cancer

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
Adults using hypnotics (sleeping pills) to help with sleep have an associated 3 fold increased risk for early death and a 35% increase risk for cancer according to a study published in the British Medical Journal in February of 2012. Drugs studied include Restoril, Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata, and some antihistamines such as Benadryl. While this is only an association...

Statins and Cancer Risks

submitted by: admin on 10/16/2013
Statins were shown to be cancer producing in animals but may actually lower the risk in humans. Data shows a possible minor benefit in this regard but they should not be used for this purpose because of other side effects.        

Sugary Drinks Linked to Heart Attacks

submitted by: admin on 10/16/2013
A new Harvard study published in Circulation showed that men who drank a 12 oz sugar sweetened beverage a day had a 20% increased risk of heart disease than those who didn't. They studied 42,000 men from 40-75 years old over 22 years. They found an increase in triglycerides and CRP and a decrease in HDL cholesterol; all risk factors for heart attacks. They...

Sweetened Drinks Can Lead to Depression

submitted by: admin on 02/16/2015
A study of more than 250,000 people aged 50-71 over 10 years showed that those who drank more than four cans of soda per or fruit juice per day were about 35% more likely to become depressed than those who did not drink them. Interestingly, those who drank four cups of coffee per day were 10% less likely to be depressed. Coffee, of course, contains caffeine,...