A Critical Analysis of Statins - Health Supreme NewsGrabs Tuesday 27 April 2010Statins are the drugs that "lower cholesterol", apparently in an attempt to prevent heart disease. There is little evidence that statins do what they are hyped up to do, yet they are one of the major best-sellers in pharma's drug armamentarium, bringing in tens of billions each year. The author of this article suggests that not only are there few benefits, the negative side effects of lowering cholesterol may far outweigh them...
Statins, Pregnancy, Sepsis, Cancer, Heart Failure: a Critical Analysis: Part I
Let me first briefly introduce a bit of biology and terminology. Cholesterol is a biological substance that is a direct precursor to many very important substances, including the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone, the adrenal hormones hydrocortisone and aldosterone, bile acids which help you digest fats, and, most especially, vitamin D. It is well known that vitamin D plays a critical role in fighting infection and cancer, in addition to its essential role in calcium metabolism and bone health. Since cholesterol is so crucial to well-being, the body is able to manufacture as much as it needs in the liver, even in the absence of a supply from food sources. There is plenty of evidence that cholesterol is protective against infection.
What I find particularly frustrating, and what is perhaps my main reason for writing this essay, is that, in my view, many of the health benefits of high cholesterol are currently being mis-represented, paradoxically, as benefits of statin drugs. There is currently a barrage of news items on the Web claiming that statins are protective against cancer, sepsis, and Alzheimers' disease. The researchers behind the retrospective studies where an apparently beneficial effect is observed are careful to say that "randomized controlled studies have yet to be conducted," but the media miss those subtleties and turn the claims into "facts."Some earlier articles here about statins: Search this site (using the google window on top of page) for "Lipitor"...
and here is a book:
The Great Cholesterol Con - by Anthony Colpo
Electromagnetic radiation and its effect on the brain: an insider speaks out
This is an interview with Barrie Trower, a retired British military intelligence scientist, who for years worked in microwave and stealth warfare.
The talk is about the physical dangers of electromagnetic radiation as it is emitted by our mobile phones and the wireless phones in homes, as well as the fairly more recent wireless computer networks and link-ups of various devices in homes - WIFI.
Evidence that Depleted Uranium is intended as a weapon of genocide
A declassified memorandum from 1943 explains how radioactive material can be used as a gas warfare instrument:
"As a gas warfare instrument the material would be ground into particles of microscopic size to form dust and smoke and distributed by a ground-fired projectile, land vehicles, or aerial bombs. In this form it would be inhaled by personnel. The amount necessary to cause death to a person inhaling the material is extremely small. It has been estimated that one millionth of a gram accumulating in a person's body would be fatal. There are no known methods of treatment for such a casualty."
Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality in Hamsters
"This study was just routine," said Russian biologist Alexey V. Surov, in what could end up as the understatement of this century. Surov and his colleagues set out to discover if Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) soy, grown on 91% of US soybean fields, leads to problems in growth or reproduction. What he discovered may uproot a multi-billion dollar industry.
After feeding hamsters for two years over three generations, those on the GM diet, and especially the group on the maximum GM soy diet, showed devastating results. By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies. They also suffered slower growth, and a high mortality rate among the pups.
And if this isn't shocking enough, some in the third generation even had hair growing inside their mouths—a phenomenon rarely seen, but apparently more prevalent among hamsters eating GM soy.
Scientists demonstrate optimal UV frequencies for purifying municipal water
The TAU researchers investigated UV wavelengths within between the 220-280 nanometre (nm) scale, and found that any wavelength between 254 and 270 nm effectively cleaned the water. Those in the same region were also best for keeping membranes clear of bacterial build-up in desalination plants, they reported.
Small amounts of chorine or other oxidants will still be necessary to make sure that residual bacteria don't enter the water further along the distribution pipeline. But Lakretz says this new approach to disinfecting water while controlling biofouling can also reduce the amount of carcinogenic by-products that chlorine produces.
Washington Examiner: Time for the truth about Gardasil
As of Jan. 31, 2010, 49 unexplained deaths following Gardasil injections have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. By contrast, 52 deaths are attributed to unintended acceleration in Toyotas, which triggered a $2 billion recall.
No recall for Gardasil, which is required for sixth-grade girls in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and many other states.
Alzheimer’s drugs cause brain damage and actually worsen memory loss
Pharma drugs that are being used on humans right now and promoted as potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) could cause the very brain damage and memory loss they are supposed to treat. That’s the conclusion of University of California at San Diego (UCSD) scientists who just published their groundbreaking findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The researchers combined several high tech methods to investigate nonamyloidogenic peptides that are formed by some drugs being tested as Alzheimer’s therapies. The results showed that the peptides created active ion channels that caused brain cells to take in very high levels of calcium ions, eventually killing the very neurons needed for memory. To make matters worse, biomedical researchers have long considered these brain cell-killing nonamyloidogenic peptides to be non-toxic and targeted them as potential Alzheimer’s treatments.
The UCSD researchers call their discovery that these peptides may be pathogenic “startling” and say it may require new evaluations into the causes of AD and Down’s Syndrome.
Pfizer, Novartis & Eli Lilly Received Illegal Pharma Patents In India
India only recently changed its patent laws (under sever pressure from foreign countries and pharmaceutical companies) to allow pharmaceutical patents. Before that, pharmaceuticals (for the most part) were unpatentable there. Of course, contrary to what patent system supporters would tell you, India had a thriving pharma industry.
In 2005, India's new patent laws went into effect, and while the results of all of this are still being analyzed, one thing that politicians smartly put into the law were sections 3(d) and (e), "which restrict protection being granted to already known and long-ago patented drugs and their combinations."
And I might add to that. According to a friend, the Pharma lobby did so well in India, they even got the Indian Supreme Court to issue a decision that doctors can only prescribe Pharma's remedies:
"Doctors of modern medicine [aka Allopathy] registered with Indian Medical Council Act are permitted to prescribe only allopathic medicines, as the ruling of the Indian Supreme Court. Prescription and administration of non-allopathic drugs (Ayurved, Unani, Homeopathic, Yoga, Sidha) shall render such doctors liable to prosecution under both civil and criminal laws resulting in cancellation of registration and/or heavy fine and imprisonment." The decision was imposed by the Indian Supreme Court in 2008.
Why Antidepressants Don't Work for Treating Depression
Here's some depressing recent medical news: Antidepressants don't work. What's even more depressing is that the pharmaceutical industry and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have deliberately deceived us into believing that they DO work. As a physician, this is frightening to me. Depression is among the most common problems seen in primary-care medicine and soon will be the second leading cause of disability in this country.
Talking up hormone 'therapy' - again
Hormone Therapy Makes Comeback in New York Times magazine
For reporters and scientists aware of the cascade of hormone therapy (HT) cancer and morbidity studies, seeing its pharma-invented "benefits" disinterred for another lap around the track is like seeing an article suggesting cigarettes may be good for you after all.
Since the Women's Health Initiative findings in 2002 -- which author Cynthia Gorney, parroting the pharma line, says overlooked younger women and cardio benefits -- HT has been linked to asthma, lupus, scleroderma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, urinary incontinence, hearing loss, cataracts, malignant melanoma, lung cancer, gout, joint degeneration, dementia, loss of mental acuity, a shrinking brain, (pant, pant), diabetes complications and colon, ovarian, gall bladder and endometrial cancer.
U.S.: Doctors Groups Adopt New Ethics Code to Limit Industry Influence
The Council of Medical Specialty Societies, which includes 32 physician groups with some 650,000 members, has adopted a new ethics code designed to limit the influence that drug and device makers have over patient care.
In doing so, the CMSS addresses an issue that has roiled the pharmaceutical industry and attracted withering attention from consumer groups and government officials, who have increasingly complained that conflicts can skew patient treatment.
India: 2,000 Doctors Named For Taking Pharma Bribes
Nearly 2,000 doctors have violated professional ethics by receiving gifts, hospitality, or monetary grants from pharmaceutical companies in the last three years, according to the Medical Council of India (MCI), parliament was informed Friday.
Untested Pediatric Flu Vaccine Linked to Severe Reactions in Australia
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the injection at the center of the concern was a seasonal vaccine that immunized children against three influenza strains, including the swine flu.
Most of the adverse reactions were reported in Western Australia, where about 60 children suffered fevers and convulsions within 12 hours of being injected. Incidents were also reported in Queensland and South Australia.
The Australian is reporting that clinical tests were never carried out on this particular vaccine, which was a first-time combination of seasonal flu with Panvax, a vaccine against the H1N1 strain. Australia was the first country to use this type of vaccine.
The Vaccine War
A CBS FRONTLINE program coming up soon (27 April...)
This is the vaccine war: On one side sits scientific medicine and the public health establishment; on the other a populist coalition of parents, celebrities (like Jenny McCarthy), politicians and activists. It's a war that increasingly takes place on the Internet with both sides using the latest social media tools, including Facebook and Twitter, to win the hearts and minds of the public.
Book: Serious Adverse Events: An Uncensored History of Aids
"Delving into the complicated world of HIV/AIDS, however, I found that I could not refute the better-laid arguments of the dissidents while the orthodoxy repeatedly fails to substantiate its fundamental tenets. Whereas creationists are almost exclusively religious zealots, AIDS dissidents include Nobel laureates and thousands of Ph.D.s, physicians and scientists. When I would read that there is no study that establishes the necessary presence of HIV in patients, that HIV has never been isolated from any one patient, that no study has established the sexual transmissibility of HIV, that the pathology of HIV has never been demonstrated, that the spike in AIDS deaths corresponds to AZT prescription, etc., I would check these statements from sites such as TheBody, the NIH, the CDC - bastions of the orthodoxy. I would follow the unfortunately very rare discussions (for ex. Foley vs. Rasnick) on the web, and much to my surprise, the orthodoxy has never been able to meet these challenges. The HIV virus seems to have arisen out of a scientific void."
Mobile phones to be banned in French primary schools to limit health risks
Mobile telephones are to be banned from French primary schools, and operators must offer handsets that allow only text messages, under government measures to reduce the health risk to children.
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posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Tuesday April 27 2010
updated on Friday December 10 2010
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