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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Jul 24, 2016 Chris Foley

The great unknowns about Mary Jane….

I am330px-Cannabis_sativa_plant_(4) often asked about the true medical value in marijuana.  There are, of course, many who feel it is a curse — an entry level portal to the dark world of drug abuse.  In many cases they are correct.  There is plenty of data to suggest that cannabis provides a cheap and convenient (and enjoyable) apprenticeship to the use of heroine and many other substances that have a consistent if not guaranteed tendency to make unproductive citizens of good people.  Not to mention that the trade in this substance has been controlled by elements who tend to kill anyone who tries to take over any good sales contracts.  But the Gateway theory has some flaws, and the predictability of harder drug use by recreational marijuana users is a little more complicated.  And the actual science of cannabis is very compelling when used properly… »

Jul 17, 2016 Jonathan Otten

Senate voted 65 to 32 against your right to know what’s in your food

Are we going to continue to allow our personal liberties to be stripped from us even as industries that are in bed with our government continue to gross huge profits at the expense of our health?  For a nation founded on liberty and considering the sacrifice made by many throughout our history to preserve these liberties, I am appalled.

In case you missed this new’s piece earlier this month, the Senate voted 65 to 32 against the right to know what is in your food. When is transparency ever a bad thing when it has to do with understanding what is in the food you eat, the water you drink, or perhaps the drugs you may take?

This particular piece of legislation is regarding GMO labeling. If GMO foods are so wonderful, why not let an educated public choose whether or not to eat these glorious Frankenstein creations? Speaking of Frankenstein, our very own Al Franken from Minnesota voted in Monsanto’s favor and against your right to understand what you are putting on your dinner table. Please let Al Franken know that you don’t want your child eating frankenfoods!

For more info: http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/blog/2016/jul/8

Jul 12, 2016 Chris Foley

The Vaccine Tragedy…hiding in plain sight…

This will likely be a polarizing movie for those who manufacture and sell vaccines (insert numerous drug conglomerates), distribute them (pediatricians and insurers), and who argue for their efficacy (many ignorant citizens and MDs who have been drinking the Kool Aid).  But the connection between vaccines and autism continues to be debated due to the compelling nature of just too many cases where it appears obvious.  »

Jul 06, 2016 Chris Foley

Another vaccine failure…but the public keeps buying.

“Despite federal gogardasiladvernment recommendations, only 45% of boys and 60% of girls are getting vaccinated against HPV”.  This is a quote from a medical correspondent on CBS.  Interesting statement since this vaccine does not prevent the STD, human papilloma virus.  A condom would actually prevent HPV, but with the widespread use of oral contraceptives in teenagers and young adults the condom wouldn’t seem as crucial.  This vaccination is marketed in this manner so often, but it actually prevents just four strains of HPV infections from becoming genital warts or cervical cancer.  Yet the campaign to induce an ignorant American public continues… »

Jul 04, 2016 Chris Foley

Zika may be just another Y2K…

…because it is appearing to be a virus in search of a disease…and perhaps a vaccine.  Nothing serves up a better medical version of “never letting a crisis go to waste” than some new, mysterious illness that seems to evoke billionAedes egyptis of dollars of federal aid overnight to the vaccine makers and their academic partners.  Although this virus certainly causes human illness, it does not appear to be either new nor as dangerous as the newsies would like it to be. »

Jul 03, 2016 Chris Foley

The CPT corner: diet and cancer…”Eat anything you want…”

Today wBroccolie will start a new weekly feature that focuses on the world of the “code”.   Most patients are oblivious of the fact that physicians have given up their professional status for the most part to that of representing an insurance interest.  In fact many academic MDs who are comfortably positioned in a tenured university position argue that clinical decision making should above be centered around that which is best for the overall “public health”.  Would “resource allocation” best serve the broader community if grandpa did or did not get that new hip or heart valve, for example.  The ever-evolving Current Procedural Terminology codes — aka, CPT codes — continue to influence and mold clinical decision making.  There is a direct relationship between this CPT culture and the reason why oncologists are tone deaf about diet… »

Jun 23, 2016 manager

Alzheimer’s at Harvard: We might have gotten this all wrong…

Bugs in your brain
Bugs in your brain

…and those crazy Lyme doctors might have been right.  Yes, there does appear to be some concern now that the abnormal protein accumulating in the membranes of individuals with documented dementia — AKA “Alzheimer’s disease” — may actually simply be the immune system’s reaction to infection.  Physicians familiar with the management of chronic Lyme disease, who have been told that there is no such thing, can perhaps now be exonerated for being absolutely correct about this organism.   In an important position piece published in Science Translational Medicine, “Alzheimer’s would be triggered by a normal immune response gone astray or into over-drive in response to bacteria or other pathogens.” as reported in USA Today.   »