Oct 07, 2017 Chris Foley

The problem with GMO foods…

…is that so often we see the term, say it, speak it, read it, and become numb to the implications.  Genetically Modified Organisms are man’s attempt to outsmart that complex supercomputer called, Nature.  Occasionally, as they say, this does much good.  Just look at how many lives have been saved !  Here is the effect of a natural soybean plant exposed to the herbicide, Dicamba, (Monsanto), when it has not had the benefit of the genetic engineering that would otherwise protect it like it’s GMO counterpart, FrankenSoybean.

Scott Simon, a very talented and award winning journalist — whose political views can often be quite annoying and wrongheaded — nonetheless featured this story on his NPR Weekend Edition today.  Quite chilling.

 

Sep 18, 2017 Chris Foley

Flu shots and aborting your baby…

The public may never know just how dangerous flu shots are nor how ineffective they proved to be. This is because large corporate interests control the mainstream media news desks. Don’t believe me? What do you think would happen if some legitimate study were published in a reputable journal that implicated vitamin C taken during pregnancy causing a 700% increase risk of miscarriage? It would be the lead story on everything from ABC news to 60 minutes.  There would be such an uproar that vitamin C would be removed from most every health-food store, pharmacy, and even grocery store until proper warnings were issued and a label approved by the FDA. But flu shots?  Nah….. »

Jul 09, 2017 Chris Foley

The new opiate…but it’s not a controlled substance…

The substance above is commonly used to treat “nerve pain” but is also prescribed and used for just about every kind of pain — muscle, joint, headaches, you name it — is the new “companion” drug for opiate users to gain a better “high”.  Gabapentin, aka, Neurontin, is the de rigueur new designer drug to go into your opiate sandwich.  In fact adding some gabapentin — or it’s much advertised cousin, Lyrica — to the treatment mix is frequently the quickest way to end a visit with a chronic pain sufferer whose diagnosis continues to be frustratingly ambiguous.  Hmm.

 

Last December, Ohio’s Board of Pharmacy began reporting sales of gabapentin prescriptions in its regular monitoring of controlled substances. The drug, which is neither an opioid nor designated a controlled substance by federal authorities, is used to treat nerve pain. But the board found that it was the most prescribed medication on its list that month, surpassing oxycodone by more than 9 million doses. In February, the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network issued an alert regarding increasing misuse across the state.  (Internal Medicine News 7.6.17)

 

Just like the laws of thermodynamics, for every action there is an equal an opposite re-action.  Here, my detective nose is once again going down that road that begins with asking the question, “What is REALLY happening here?”  So often I see patients who have been bounced around from clinic to clinic, specialist to specialist, Mayo to Mayo.  Dust to dust, ashes to ashes.  We live in a medical world increasingly dominated and frustrated by ill-defined, chronic, painful, and dysfunctional conditions for which we have seemingly continued to add one Band-Aid drug after another. Very little gets resolved. Did I mention Lyme disease? Now, we have created a new Pharnkenstein, and there will be more. Until the medical system begins to honestly address underlying causes and reasons for these chronic conditions, the drug industry will continue to spawn new black market epidemics.

So, what could be the harm in this seemingly innocuous add-on medication?   There is strong evidence that gabapentin and its cousin, pregabalin (Lyrica), actually inhibit dendritic plasticity and may also adversely affect reproductive functions. In other words long-term use of these two drugs will create infertility and inhibit one’s ability to learn. One might even say that it would accelerate brain aging and limit cognitive function.  The apparent benefit of these drugs in their use for chronic pain seems to largely come from limiting new “pain synapses”. That is certainly not a bad thing. However, unless the underlying reason for the pain is more aggressively sought, the patient is left to a future of simply covering it all up. Eventually, the brain is affected adversely. But also, eventually, novel and abusive uses of these drugs are discovered. This seems to be just the beginning.

 

 

 

May 18, 2017 Chris Foley

A smoking gun…

…as many of us know has been hiding in plain sight. Nowhere has the indoctrination of the masses been more evident (and rigorously enforced) than in the area of vaccines. Even the scientific genius of Jimmy Kimmel has been applied to the effort.  And the clarion of “no scientific proof” continues to sound and is blown in the ears of those who otherwise claim that kids injected 72 times between birth and high school graduation might actually be affected in negative ways.  Now we have a bit of a study that demands some explanation on the part of the Vaxxers… »

Apr 08, 2017 Chris Foley

Disturbing documentary alert…

 

On April 12 a documentary will be televised likely to create some tremblors in the medical world. That is, those medical people that are interested or alert enough to watch it. As we all know, the Procrustean Bed of medical Groupthink tends to get in the way of innovative and independent dialogue. This is true about many things these days such as global warming, gender-neutral bathrooms, and… the safety and efficacy of vaccines. It’s not so much that these subjects tend to be completely one-sided, but rather that one side is simply unmentionable in polite company. Well, this year all that is about to come to an end. when it comes to vaccines…

 

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Mar 15, 2017 Chris Foley

If we could only patent broccoli…

If we could only patent broccoli….                                   Mark Berger MD

Disregarding the fact that dozens of statin trials have shown minimal or no benefit in reducing cardiovascular disease or postponing death, the latest enlightenment for statin treatment comes from the Merck sponsored IMPROVE-IT trial (Cannon, NEJM, 2015) which showed that adding ezetimide (which blocks intestinal absorption of cholesteroll) to simvastatin lowers LDL better than simvastatin alone, with the 2% absolute reduction in combined endpoints hailed as a significant breakthrough in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.  Two percent.  But relative risk falls 40% or more, and this is what the physician and patient public hears.  So an ABSOLUTE risk reduction of 3.6% to 2% is translated into a RELATIVE risk reduction of >40%.  That is deception by any other name. Yet another deceptive statin trial targeting elevated cholesterol as the primary cause of heart disease, when other underlying metabolic — or even infectious — mechanisms are at work and disregarded…

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Feb 17, 2017 Chris Foley

The Demon in the Freezer…

…is the name of a 2003 book by best selling author, Richard Preston. I was very taken by The Hot Zone which he wrote almost 20 years ago about the emerging nasty viruses that came from central Africa, one of which was Ebola. But this next book, written in the shadow of 9/11, caught passing interest as it chronicled the famous anthrax letter that went to the Hart Congressional building addressed to then Senator Tom Daschle. Lost in the conversation was the reemergence of the potential apocalyptic consequences of weaponized smallpox…

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