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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Sep 29, 2016 Jonathan Otten

Another vaccine failure: Novavax’s stock drops 80% ($1.5 billion) as its RSV vaccine fails to offer immunity

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Last week the vaccine developer Novavax’s stock dropped precipitously when their RSV F-protein recombinant nanoparticle vaccine did not demonstrate vaccine efficacy in the Phase III Resolve trial.  You can read more about the failure at FierceBiotch.  The drug was aimed at treating adults with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). RSV is generally a mild cold-like illness in healthy individuals, but can be much more serious in small children and older adults.

Here’s a thought: What if we were to put just a fraction of the resources pouring into biotech solutions into implementing what is already known to optimize immune function? For example, what if every parent of young children understood the importance of optimizing the health of the microbiome through real high quality nutrition and the profound effect that this has on true immunity?

What if every elderly person in a nursing home was seen by a physician that recognized the significance of optimizing vitamin D levels and the powerful effects that this pennies-a-day solution has on immune system function and our general susceptibility to any pathogen?

Don’t worry…biotech will not give up on seeking to solve every one of your health problems for you.  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given $89 million to research a maternal immunization program for RSV, using the exact same Novavax vaccine described above.  But its time for all of us to take a much less passive approach to our “healthcare” and realize the incredible tools we already have within reach for immune system optimization and disease prevention.

Sep 27, 2016 Chris Foley

Poor libido…just shed some light on it…

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There is no doubt that the male sexual drive — and the capacity to “see it thru” — is big business. From “Low T” to those mysterious pheromes sold in the back pages of Popular Mechanics, the biology of male sexual responses always seems to induce the best and worst in sales and decpetion. But now a study emerges from a legitimate scientific paper in Austria that instructs us to simply get out of the shadows…

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Sep 25, 2016 Chris Foley

The Dementia Forum…

Although it is tempting to simply make this a regular analysis of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune reporting, that would be very disrespectful to those whose families have been devastated by some form of this condition. No, the collective effect, understanding, treatment, and, yes, exploitation of this near-ubiquitous disease demands constant scrutiny and clarification. By ubiquitous, I mean that a day does not go by when we do not see some story re Alzheimer’s disease — both good and bad. I stumbled over one of the “good” stories today while listening to taxpayer supported radio that was quite heart-warming:

The fact that one must listen to a Youtube ad for 5 seconds before viewing this illustrates the “exploited” part a bit…

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Sep 23, 2016 Chris Foley

The mystery diagnosis…

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…hiding in plain “sight”, as it were, is leaving everyone yet another clue. Hillary’s Eyes are now the topic of conversation as her obvious cranial nerve palsy is picked up by more and more people. Now Powerline has started asking the question about the crossed eyes — cranial nerve paralysis — so evident for months with our favorite female presidential candidate.   As we had previously reported, it’s Lyme disease, Watson… »

Sep 18, 2016 Jonathan Otten

Roundup Ready® Children?

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Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weedkiller has now been found in several routine childhood vaccinations, with the highest concentration being in the MMR II by Merck. This is the same vaccine that CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, has demonstrated is linked to autism. The laboratory analysis was done at Microbe Infotech Laboratories Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri. Glyphosate is a powerful toxin to the human microbiome and is very likely a carcinogen. Interestingly, one of the most consistent medical findings in children with autism is the derangement of the health of gut, including the health of the microbiome.

Read more here: http://www.ecowatch.com/glyphosate-vaccines-1999343362.html

And this week Arkansas has seen a large mumps outbreak in which over 90% of school-aged cases were fully vaccinated! Again, as physicians we should primarily be concerned with safety and efficacy…and it appears that the manufacturers of the MMR have much work ahead to allay the concerns of an increasingly skeptical and educated populace.

More on mumps outbreak: http://5newsonline.com/2016/09/14/nwa-mumps-cases-now-up-to-150-cases-in-springdale-schools-rise/

Sep 17, 2016 Chris Foley

Follow the bouncing molecule…

telford-taylor-ig-farben-quoteSo, it is announced that Bayer is buying Monsanto. Combine Frankenstein with Dracula, the Hulk with Mr Hyde. Whatever. But the combination of these two giants — coupled with the enormous amount of $$$ they can bring to bear on governments and what they mandate — please once again review the definition of “fascism” — portends enormous implications for the general, and overall unsuspecting, citizenry… »

Sep 11, 2016 Chris Foley

Hillary’s health might be a bigger matter than you think…

hrc-sickAfter Madame Hillary’s very untimely collapse at the 9/11 Memorial today — all of which was caught on video and is now viral — there has to be some grave concern about both perception and reality. The perception, of course, is that she might simply be tired, require some thyroid adjustment, was actually a little overheated (though it was only 84 degrees), etc, etc. But there is certainly a growing perception that she just cannot handle the pressure and the pace. But there might be a much more nefarious cause with a silver lining….

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