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Actos and Bladder Cancer

submitted by: admin on 05/07/2015
Both Germany and France have taken Actos off the market because of an increased risk of getting bladder cancer. The US is taking no action. Global sales of Actos are in the vicinity of $5 billion annually. All three "glitazone" drugs for type 2 diabetes have a poor track record. Rezulin was taken off the market more than a decade ago because it caused...

Air Pollution Causes Heart Attacks

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
Longterm exposure to polluted air, even within accepted federal levels, leads to heart attacks. Particles less than 2.5 microns from power plants and car exhaust, are the culprits.            

All About Cholesterol

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
Dr. Len and Nurse Vicki present everything you need to know about cholesterol. What it is, what the fractions mean, what they predict, and what we can do to deal with elevated levels. Statins, how they work, what they do, and their side effects are reviewed. The role of inflammation, oxidized cholesterol, and why it should not be lowered too much are explained....

Are Smokers Informed About the Dangers of Smoking?

submitted by: admin on 05/19/2015
Surveys show that 94% of smokers don't realize the risks for smoking. Many smokers don't realize there's an increased risk of lung cancer, emphesema, or even heart attacks. Breaking the addiction is very difficult.              

Aspirin Cuts Heart Attacks But Not Deaths or Strokes

submitted by: admin on 10/26/2015
Low dose aspirin can lower the risk of heart attacks in people without a history of heart disease by about 20%, but it does not lower the death rate or the risk of stroke. Also, there is the added risk of GI bleeding secondary to aspirin use. The risk for getting a heart attack in primary prevention is lowered from 2.3% to 1.8%, which comes to a 20% lower risk...

Aspirin for MI: Is it the Best Choice?

submitted by: admin on 10/26/2015
Side effects of aspirin outweigh the benefits for preventing heart attacks and strokes. GI bleeds are the major serious complications, but hemorrhagic stroke and retinal bleeds are also associated problems. It also causes leaky gut syndrome. There are natural alternatives for aspirin that include fish oil, nattokinase, lumbrokinase, digestive enzymes that...

Avandia, Heart Attacks, and Bone Fractures

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
There is an increased risk for hypertension, heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and bone fractures associated with the use of Avandia. It inhibits the formation of new bone and increases of bone breakdown.        

Can the US Economy Afford Preventive Health Care

submitted by: admin on 09/13/2014
US health care depends on our being sick and has become a business as its first priority. That is why we can spend almost three trillion dollars a year and still be ranked 37th in the world in the overall qualiity of health care by the World Health Organization! Throwing dollars at health care does not guarantee high quality health care!  If there was...

Cholesterol

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
Cholesterol is related to but not the direct cause of arteriosclerosis, heart disease, and strokes. We cannot live without cholesterol, we must have it to make cell membranes, vitamin D, many hormones, and bile salts. Yet it is related to heart disease. In general, the higher the cholesterol the worse the risk for heart disease. But it is not the total that is...

Chondroitin Plus Glucosamine are Equal to Celebrex

submitted by: admin on 05/26/2016
We all have pain from time to time and we want relief as soon as possible. The problem is that relieving pain with pharmaceutical drugs has side effects that are not minor, especially in the case of NSAIDs such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, and Celebrex. There are about 30,000 deaths annually in the US from NSAIDs  and more than 300,000 admissions to hospitals...

Coping With Holiday Stress

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Stress may account for 90% of MD office visits and 2/3 of heart attacks. The role of dysfunctional family behavior is a huge factor that comes into play during the holidays. Chronic stress leads to many preventable health issues.          

Dental X-rays Linked to Meningioma

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
People who received frequent denteal x-rays have an increased risk for developing meningioma according to an article published in April of 2012 in the journal Cancer. About 1400 patients who got regular dental films and another 1400 controls showed that the risk for meningioma was increased 1.5-2.0 times higher in the x-rayed group. In those people who had panorex...

Does Cholesterol Prevent Cancer?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
  Cholesterol binding proteins bind and transport cholesterol within the cell much like lipoproteins carry it in the blood stream. When the receptor sites for cholesterol in the cell are left vacant because cholesterol levels are too low, cell growth is increased. Could this be part of the reason why statins have an increased all cause mortality when...

Does Salt Cause Heart Attacks?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
Researchers published in the Cochrane Library that there is no evidence that moderate cuts in salt intake reduce the risk of a heart attack or dying prematurely. Salt does lower blood pressure mildly. Yet salt is essential for survival. The difference between table, sea, and Himalayian salt are reviewed. The effect of salt intake in congestive heart failure and...

Does Smoking Cause Weight Gain

submitted by: admin on 11/24/2014
Many people fear quitting smoking because they fear gaining weight. We've all seen this happen. But, does smoking cause weight gain?  To the surprise of many, smoking does cause weight gain. Quitting smoking also causes weight gain!  A study from BYU published in the November 2014 issue of the American Journal of Physiology documents...

Don't Underestimate the Power of Big Pharma

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
  Merck Pharmaceuticals murdered 50,000 people by causing heart attacks and strokes from their drug, Vioxx, that they knew would cause these problems, yet they still withheld this information from the FDA and the general public. Merck's internal records that we supoened under the Freedom of Information Act dislosed that they were aware of these problems...

Eating Omega 3 Fish Reduces Heart Attacks and Strokes in young Women

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
Women between the age of 15 and 49 may reduce their risk of developing heart attacks, strokes, and hypertension by consuming fish right in omega 3 fatty acids. Compared to women eating fish high in omega 3 fats such as salmon, mackerel, cod and herring, have a 90% less risk compared to women eating little or no fish. This study was published in the journal, Hypertension,...

Heart Attacks Overview

submitted by: admin on 02/20/2015
  The causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and consequences of heart attacks are reviewed. Laboratory tests to assess the extent and dangers of arteriosclerosis are described and mainstream and alternative forms of treatment offered. Prevention and reversibility are reviewed.            

Heart Conditions

submitted by: admin on 02/18/2015
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world. In the US alone, there are about 600,000 deaths annually and millions who have severe disabilities from its manifestations. Heart attacks are preventable. One hundred years ago they were rare! Lifestyle is the most imporant treatment to prevent and manage heart disease.  Yet it is a partnership...

High Blood Sugar, Elastin, Ferroelectricity and Aging

submitted by: admin on 09/24/2013
  Ferroelectricity is the response of a molecule to switch from a positive to a negative charge and is necessary to maintain the elasticity of elastin, a protein that gives elasticity to tissues such as blood vessels as well as heart and lung tissue. Ferroelasticity of elastin is lost when blood sugar levels rise and this causes it to lose about 50%...