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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May 23, 2016 admin

Did you know that your tax dollars are sending illegals to US medical schools?

Free medical education for illegals
Free medical education for illegals

As astonishing as that sounds, it is true based on a recent news story that has popped up as a result of several states challenging President Obama’s “DACA” executive order.  The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or “DACA” is one of our creative president’s executive orders that protects the children of illegals who came here “through no fault of their own”.  Now the legal focus is on the use of taxpayer dollars to fund the medical education of these grown children:
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May 23, 2016 admin

The next time you consider a colonoscopy, remember that you have a 30% chance of incompetence

So-tell-me-everything-you-told-the-nurse-5-minutes-ago-Funny-medical-picturesShoving a large fiberoptic device where the sun don’t shine has become one of those hated rituals that we are all told to do in the interest of “prevention”. Well, first it is most definitely NOT prevention but rather earlier “detection” of cancers that have likely been brewing for years based on our understanding of the nature of colorectal cancer growth.

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May 23, 2016 admin

A major rearrangement of power in the health care system

… is underway and is being accomplished completely under the nose of the patient public, physicians, and even the legal profession.  Over the past year, there has been an effort to create a national consortium or commission that would effectively centralize the credentialing of medical licenses among the states.  »

May 23, 2016 admin

The great cholesterol myth dies a slow death

gty_lipitor_tk_111129_mnOne would think that the $Bs spent on “getting my cholesterol checked” would have purchased an ounce of truth or benefit. What would an afternoon of football be without that commercial break with the typical stressed middle aged male trying to act out the role of the vulnerable victim of heart disease. »

May 23, 2016 admin

MS by any other name

Apparently a neurologist took a look at the number of patients who are being “misdiagnosed” with MS at 4 academic health care centers including the Mayo Clinic. This “study” revealed that half of these patients had been treated for more than 3 years with very dangerous drugs that can cause even more serious illness, and a third for more than 10 years!   »