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"Shorts" from This Month’s Conventional Medicine News

Written by Wellness Club on June 25, 2008 – 2:56 pm -

I get a summary of major world medical "breakthroughs" and reports of medical study findings on a daily basis. Here are recent "findings" from conventional medical journals that may be of interest or humor to you.

Aren’t you glad I read all of these medical reports so you don’t have to?!

1.) "Keeping Active, Not Smoking Can Reduce but Not Abolish CV Risks of Obesity."

Dr. Myatt’s comment: Yes, good health habits are cumulative. Still, nothing completely eliminates the risk of being overweight except losing weight.

Abstract: June 16, 2008 — What people do, whether they smoke, and what they eat can mitigate the adverse cardiovascular effects of obesity, but they cannot do away with them altogether, researchers say. While other studies have investigated the relationship between fitness and fatness, this latest study also factors in dietary habits and smoking.

Reference: Keeping Active, Not Smoking Can Reduce but Not Abolish CV Risks of Obesity. Medscape Medical News. June 16, 2008.

2.) "Red Yeast Extract Reduces Major Coronary Events in Large, Randomized Clinical Trial."

Dr. Myatt’s comment: I thought we knew this but yet another study proves it. Look for Red Yeast Rice to be "outlawed" as a nutritional supplement because studies prove that it actually works!

Abstract: June 16, 2008 — A large, randomized clinical trial with the partially purified extract of Chinese red yeast rice has shown that the extract, known as Xuezhikang (XZK), reduced the risk of major coronary events by almost 50% as well as reduced the risk of cardiovascular and total mortality, in patients with a previous myocardial infarction (MI)

Reference: Red Yeast Extract Reduces Major Coronary Events in Large, Randomized Clinical Trial; Medscape Medical News.June 16, 2008.

3.) "Calcium Supplementation May Reduce Fracture Risk."

Dr. Myatt’s comment: Another one I thought we knew buy hey, here’s more "proof" that people benefit from higher calcium intakes. (And another good reason why Maxi Multi contains a full 1,000mg of calcium).

Abstract: June 13, 2008 — Calcium supplementation reduced risk for all fractures and minimal traumatic fractures in healthy adults younger than 80 years, according to the results of a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial reported in the June issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Reference: Calcium Supplementation May Reduce Fracture Risk; Medscape Medical News. June 13, 2008.

4.) "Omega-3 Fatty Acid Consumption Tied to Lower Risk of Macular Degeneration"

Dr. Myatt’s Comment: With so many important functions of Omega-3 fatty acids (Remember, that’s why it is called an Essential Fatty Acid), I can’t understand why everyone doesn’t supplement with fish oil in addition to their daily multivitamin/mineral formula.

Abstract: Jun 13,2008 – High dietary intakes of omega-3 fatty acids and fish appear to lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a meta-analysis of observational studies.

Reference: Omega-3 Fatty Acid Consumption Tied to Lower Risk of Macular Degeneration. Reuters Health Information, Jun 13 , 2008.

5.) "Low Testosterone Levels Increase Mortality Risk in Men"

Dr. Myatt’s comment: Long known, yet completely ignored in conventional medicine. Most holistic practitioners (myself included) practice natural hormone replacement therapy with men, not just women.

Abstract: June 18, 2008 (San Francisco) — A population-based cohort study has demonstrated a link between low levels of testosterone and increased risk for mortality from all causes in adult men of all ages.

Reference: Low Testosterone Levels Increase Mortality Risk in Men.Medscape Medical News. June 18, 2008.

6.) "Osteoporosis Drug Promotes Atrial Fibrillation in Population-Based Study"

Dr. Myatt’s comment: this isn’t the first time you’ve heard me warn of the dangers of "bone building" drugs. The side effects are often worse than the "disease" being treated. Better stick to the basics for preventing osteoporosis: calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, boron, AND strontium (vitamins and minerals needed for bone health); balance the sex hormones and get regular exercise.

Abstract: April 30, 2008 — Women who have ever taken alendronate (Fosamax, Merck), the bisphosphonate widely prescribed for preservation of bone density that recently went off patent, have an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a population-based, case-control study in the April 28, 2008 Archives of Internal Medicine.

Reference: Medscape Medical News, April 30, 2008.

And Some of the Latest Drug Warnings Announced …

(More good reasons to avoid drugs and actually fix your health problems whenever possible)

"Diabetic Ulcer Drug Gets Black Box Warning" Medscape Medical News. June 9, 2008

Dr. Myatt’s summary: Cecaplermin gel (Regranex, Johnson & Johnson) increases risk for cancer mortality in patients who use 3 or more tubes of the product.

Evista: The Deadly "Bone-Building" Drug

Dr. Myatt’s comment: Here’s the "black box warning" from a swell new drug prescribed to help prevent osteoporosis:

"WARNING: INCREASED RISK OF VENOUS THROMBOEMBOLISM AND DEATH FROM STROKE
Increased risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism have been reported with EVISTA® (raloxifene HCl). Women with active or past history of venous thromboembolism should not take EVISTA. Increased risk of death due to stroke occurred in a trial in postmenopausal women with documented coronary heart disease or at increased risk for major coronary events. Consider risk-benefit balance in women at risk for stroke."

"Digitek Digoxin Tablets Recalled: Possible Double Dose Released by Accident"

April 29, 2008 (Morristown, NJ) – The manufacturer of Digitek digoxin tablets is recalling the product, saying that it may have accidentally released pills that are double the normal thickness, carrying twice the normal dose.

Digoxin is used in the treatment of arrhythmias and heart failure, and a double dose could cause toxicity.

from Heartwire — a professional news service of WebMD

Dr. Myatt’s Comment: Ever notice that if one manufacturer of a nutritional supplement releases a "bad batch" (remember tryptophan?), the entire supplement is BANNED? But if a drug manufacturer releases a bad batch, hey, they just do a recall and often don’t even apologize for killing people.

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