Mayo Clinic Proceedings: There is no scientific foundation to past or present U.S. Dietary Guidelines ?

Public Release: 9-Jun-2015

Are the data underlying the US dietary guidelines flawed?

Opposing views regarding the validity of widely-cited what we eat in America and NHANES dietary data presented in Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Elsevier Health Sciences

Rochester, MN, June 9, 2015 – U.S. government-issued dietary recommendations continue to evolve over time. In a special article published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, an obesity theorist and cardiovascular health researchers claim that the main source of dietary information used by the U.S. Government’s 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) is scientifically flawed because the underlying data are primarily informed by memory-based dietary assessment methods (M-BMs) (eg, interviews and surveys). In an editorial response nutrition experts suggest that the purported flaws are well-appreciated by nutritional researchers and can be mitigated by using multiple data sources, resulting in valid data.

Continue reading “Mayo Clinic Proceedings: There is no scientific foundation to past or present U.S. Dietary Guidelines ?”

‘Sugar papers’ reveal industry role in 1970s dental program

Public Release: 10-Mar-2015

“they noted that the sugar industry’s current position remains that public health should focus on fluoride toothpaste, dental sealants and other ways to reduce the harm of sugar, rather than reducing consumption. “

University of California – San Francisco

A newly discovered cache of industry documents reveals that the sugar industry worked closely with the National Institutes of Health in the 1960s and ’70s to develop a federal research program focused on approaches other than sugar reduction to prevent tooth decay in American children.

An analysis of those papers by researchers at UC San Francisco appears March 10, 2015 in the open-source scientific journal, PLOS Medicine.

The archive of 319 industry documents, which were uncovered in a public collection at the University of Illinois, revealed that a sugar industry trade organization representing 30 international members had accepted the fact that sugar caused tooth decay as early as 1950, and adopted a strategy aimed at identifying alternative approaches to reducing tooth decay.

Meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health had come to the conclusion in1969 that focusing on reducing consumption of sucrose, “while theoretically possible,” was not practical as a public health measure.

Continue reading “‘Sugar papers’ reveal industry role in 1970s dental program”

74 percent of parents would remove their kids from daycare if others are unvaccinated

41 percent of parents say under-vaccinated kids should be excluded from daycare, according to U-M’s National Poll on Children’s Health

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Most parents agree that all children in daycare centers should be vaccinated, and that daycare providers should be checking vaccine records every year, according to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

All states require vaccines for children who attend daycare, but those requirements may not include every vaccine from birth to age 5 years. As a result, some children still don’t receive all recommended vaccines–leaving daycare providers and parents to decide how to handle the situation of a child who is not up-to-date on vaccines.

In this national sample of parents of child 0-5 years, most indicate that daycare providers should review children’s immunization status every year to ensure they are up-to-date (52 percent strongly agree, 22 percent agree).

“Results of this poll indicate that most parents want strong policies around making sure children in daycare are up-to-date on vaccines,” says Sarah J. Clark, M.P.H. , associate director of the National Poll on Children’s Health and associate research scientist in the University of Michigan Department of Pediatrics. “Checking vaccination records every year is beyond the scope of many state requirements, and may represent a significant change in practice at many daycares.”

The poll gave parents a scenario where 1 in 4 children in their daycare center were not up-to-date on vaccines. In response to this scenario, 74 percent of parents would consider removing their own child from the daycare.

“This scenario mirrors the national statistics that show approximately 25 percent of preschool children in the United States are not fully vaccinated,” says Clark. “Parents may not realize that so many children are not up-to-date; in some daycares, this scenario is a reality.” Continue reading “74 percent of parents would remove their kids from daycare if others are unvaccinated”

Corruption of the Health Care Delivery System

” consumer demand for healthcare is manufactured and manipulated, driving up cost, waste and harm ”

Public Release: 14-Oct-2014

Higher Integrity Health Care for Evidence-Based Decision Making

LEBANON, NH – The foundation of evidence-based research has eroded and the trend must be reversed so patients and clinicians can make wise shared decisions about their health, say Dartmouth researchers in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Drs. Glyn Elwyn and Elliott Fisher of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice are authors of the report in which they highlight five major problems set against a backdrop of “obvious corruption.” There is a dearth of transparent research and a low quality of evidence synthesis. The difficulty of obtaining research funding for comparative effectiveness studies is directly related to the prominence of industry-supported trials: “finance dictates the activity.”

The pharmaceutical industry has influenced medical research in its favor by selective reporting, targeted educational efforts, and incentivizing prescriber behavior that influences how medicine is practiced, the researchers say. The pharmaceutical industry has also spent billions of dollars in direct-to-consumer advertising and has created new disease labels, so-called disease-mongering, and by promoting the use of drugs to address spurious predictions.

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Psychological side-effects of anti-depressants worse than thought

– While the biological side-effects of antidepressants, such as weight gain and nausea, are well documented, the psychological and interpersonal effects have been largely ignored or denied. They appear to be alarmingly common.”

–  suffering from ‘sexual difficulties’ (62%) – ‘feeling emotionally numb’ (60%) – ‘feeling not like myself’ (52%) – ‘reduction in positive feelings’ (42%) – ), ‘caring less about others’ (39%)

– Over half of people aged 18 to 25 in the study reported suicidal feelings

– However, 82% reported that the drugs had helped alleviate their depression

happy pills
happy pills (Photo credit: mikdisseny)

LIVERPOOL, UK – 26 February 2014: A University of Liverpool researcher has shown that thoughts of suicide, sexual difficulties and emotional numbness as a result of anti-depressants may be more widespread than previously thought.

In a survey of 1,829 people who had been prescribed anti-depressants, the researchers found large numbers of people – over half in some cases – reporting on psychological problems due to their medication, which has led to growing concerns about the scale of the problem of over-prescription of these drugs. Continue reading “Psychological side-effects of anti-depressants worse than thought”

Annual screening does not cut breast cancer deaths, suggests Canadian study

Highlights:
– Annual screening in women aged 40-59 does not reduce mortality from breast cancer beyond that of physical examination
– .Canada decided to compare breast cancer incidence and mortality up to 25 years in over 89,000 women aged 40-59 who did or did not undergo mammography screening
– During the 25 year study period, 3,250 women in the mammography arm and 3,133 in the control arm were diagnosed with breast cancer and 500 and 505, respectively, died of breast cancer
– Furthermore, the study shows that 22% of screen detected breast cancers were over-diagnosed
* 25-year study from Canada published on bmj.com today. FEB 2014 Continue reading “Annual screening does not cut breast cancer deaths, suggests Canadian study”

CBS This Morning – “Says Supplements no good for the Heart” Silly Silly CBS

Quick rebuttal to the inaccurate statement that nutritional supplements are an ineffective tool against heart disease.

The CBS Doctor Tara Narula reading from a scripted source … Made the inaccurate statement that nutritional supplements have no positive impact on heart health. She made that statement with what appears to be 100% certainty. Which is cool, because it makes it so much easier to discredit… While my objective is not to prove to you that nutritional supplements are the way to go for heart health. My objective is simply to prove beyond 100% certainty that their statements are highly inaccurate as well as misleading. Thank You CBS for making this so easy… 😉

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A few Links to Confirming Research:

Mayo Clinic proceedings highlights research about cardiovascular benefits of omega-3 fatty acids Continue reading “CBS This Morning – “Says Supplements no good for the Heart” Silly Silly CBS”

Ghostwritten articles overstate benefits of ( Prempro ) hormone replacement therapy and downplay harms

Public release date: 7-Sep-2010 HRR-Re-Posted at Request

analyzed dozens of ghostwritten reviews and commentaries published in medical journals and journal supplements that were used to promote unproven benefits and downplay harms of Prempro

The analysis revealed that DesignWrite was paid US$25,000 to ghostwrite articles reporting clinical trials, including four manuscripts on the HOPE trials of low-dose Prempro

– DesignWrite was also assigned to write 20 review articles about the drug, for which they were paid US$20,000 each.

The first academic analysis of the 1500 documents unsealed in recent litigation against the pharmaceutical giant Wyeth (now part of Pfizer) reveals unprecedented insights into how pharmaceutical companies use ghostwriters to insert marketing messages into articles published in medical journals. Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, associate professor in the Department of Physiology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC, analyzed dozens of ghostwritten reviews and commentaries published in medical journals and journal supplements that were used to promote unproven benefits and downplay harms of Prempro—a brand of menopausal hormone therapy (HT)—and to cast competing therapies in a negative light. These articles were widely circulated to drug reps and doctors to disseminate the company’s marketing messages. The analysis appears in this week’s PLoS Medicine. Continue reading “Ghostwritten articles overstate benefits of ( Prempro ) hormone replacement therapy and downplay harms”

Dosing schedule of pneumococcal vaccine linked with increased risk of getting multiresistant strain

Public release date: 7-Sep-2010 – EEV: Requested Re-Post from the HRR site.

Infants who received heptavalent pneumococcal conjugate vaccination (PCV-7) at 2, 4, and 11 months were more likely than unvaccinated controls to have nasopharyngeal acquisition of pneumococcal serotype 19A

– the increase in serotype 19A disease was associated in time with the widespread implementation of PCV-7 in routine infant immunization programs

– A rapid increase in the presence of pneumococcal serotype 19A strains that are often multiresistant to antibiotics has been observed over the last decade

– serotype 19A is now the leading causative pneumococcal serotype of invasive and respiratory pneumococcal disease

Question mark in Esbjerg
Question mark in Esbjerg (Photo credit: alexanderdrachmann)

Infants who received heptavalent pneumococcal conjugate vaccination (PCV-7) at 2, 4, and 11 months were more likely than unvaccinated controls to have nasopharyngeal (in the nasal passages and upper part of the throat behind the nose) acquisition of pneumococcal serotype 19A, a leading cause of respiratory pneumococcal disease, according to a study in the September 8 issue of JAMA. Continue reading “Dosing schedule of pneumococcal vaccine linked with increased risk of getting multiresistant strain”

Pharmaceuticals: A market for producing ‘lemons’ and serious harm

EEV: Re-Post Request

Public release date: 17-Aug-2010

– they spend two to three times more on marketing than on research to persuade doctors to prescribe these new drugs
– Doctors may get misleading information and then misinform patients about the risks of a new drug. It’s really a two-tier market for lemons.”
Three reasons why the pharmaceutical market produces “lemons” are: Having companies in charge of testing new drugs, providing firewalls of legal protection behind which information about harms or effectiveness can be hidden, and the relatively low bar set for drug efficacy in order for a new drug to be approved
Drugs Addiction and Pharma
Drugs Addiction and Pharma (Photo credit: DES Daughter)

Incentives and protections for industry encourage development of many drugs with few new benefits over existing pharmaceuticals, but with risk of serious harm to users Continue reading “Pharmaceuticals: A market for producing ‘lemons’ and serious harm”

After Avandia: Does the FDA Have a Drug Problem?

Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010

HRR: How a drug company intentionally kills thousands for profit and no one goes to jail.

– the agency decided to keep the drug on the market — a move worth billions of dollars to GSK but that also may have put millions of patients at risk.

– The FDA relies on industry “user fees” for 65% of its budget for postmarket monitoring of the drugs it approves

GlaxoSmithKline: Where Billions in Fines Don't...
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FDA had inspected only 1% of clinical-trial sites from 2000 to 2005 and lacked financial disclosure data for clinical investigators in half of all industry drug reviews.

– The company didn’t want to do a long-term safety test at all

– the FDA and the drugmaker negotiate which tests the company will perform once large numbers of people are taking it on the open market. Continue reading “After Avandia: Does the FDA Have a Drug Problem?”

Are you Big Pharma’s new target market?

 

Taking a cue from Apple and Coca-Cola, pharmaceutical firms are humanizing their brands

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Montreal, February 4, 2014 — By 2018, it is estimated that the global pharmaceutical market will be worth more than $1.3 trillion USD. To corner their share of profits, established drug companies have to fight fierce competition from generic products, adhere to stringent government regulations and sway a consumer base that is better informed than ever before. Continue reading “Are you Big Pharma’s new target market?”

Some families would consider terminal sedation for kin in a permanent vegetative state

EEV: Watch the term ” terminal sedation ” become more predominant than euthanasia. Similar to when Global Warming became Climate Change. The language used is the subject,  more than what the article is about. Control the language, and you control the debate.

The families of some very severely brain injured patients believe that once all treatment options are exhausted, allowing their relatives to die with the help of terminal sedation would be a humane and compassionate option, research carried out by the University of York and Cardiff University has revealed.

Medical ethics experts identify, address key issues in H1N1 pandemic

Public release date: 23-Sep-2009 – Re-Posted at request

Governments may need to limit three basic personal freedoms – mobility, freedom of assembly, and privacy – in order to protect the public good.

Half of survey respondents reported that violation of an appropriate quarantine order was equivalent to manslaughter.

 – Coercion in vaccination policy could range from aggressive marketing campaigns, to introducing policies that exclude unvaccinated individuals, to introducing mandatory vaccination.

“Arguably, the greater the evidence for population health benefit, the more coercion is permitted,” according to the papers.

The anticipated onset of a second wave of the H1N1 influenza pandemic could present a host of thorny medical ethics issues best considered well in advance, according to the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, which today released nine papers for public discussion. Continue reading “Medical ethics experts identify, address key issues in H1N1 pandemic”

Researchers say fructose does not impact emerging indicator for cardiovascular disease / Funded by the Calorie Control Council – MASSIVE CONFLICT OF INTEREST

HRR: Before you read the article it may be a half truth. Using data from naturally occurring fruit sugars, and not modified fructose products. This is a meta-analysis so confirmation is difficult. However in the face of conventional data, and extreme COI’s this manipulation of the subject mater is about as bad as it can get.

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Companies and Products ( Calories Control Council)

ABBOTT NUTRITION  Brands: Ensure®, Glucerna®, Zone Perfect®, EAS®, Similac®, Isomil®, PediaSure,® PediaLyte®ABIC INTERNATIONAL INC.

AJINOMOTO U.S.A., INC. Products: Aspartame

ALCAN SPECIALTY CHEMICALS Products: Suppliers of sodium saccharin and calcium saccharin, calcium and sodium cyclamates, potassium sorbate, food additives and vitamins, xylitol, aspartame

ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND Products: CornSweet® Crystalline Fructose, Liquid Sorbitol, Crystalline Sorbitol, NovaXan™ Xanthan Gums, Fibersol®-2 Digestion Resistant Maltodextrin, Clintose® Maltodextrin

BENEO GROUP Products: Isomalt, Palatininose (Isomaltulose), Inulin, Oligofructose, Chicory Fibre, GalenlQ, Rice Based Ingredients Continue reading “Researchers say fructose does not impact emerging indicator for cardiovascular disease / Funded by the Calorie Control Council – MASSIVE CONFLICT OF INTEREST”

Pregnant nurse, 29, is FIRED after she refuses to have flu shot to protect her unborn child

  • Dreonna Breton from Pennsylvania, became alarmed after the packaging for a number of major brands of the flu vaccine warned it ‘should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed
  • She showed no symptoms of having the flu and has suffered two miscarriages in four pregnancies so rejected the vaccine
  • But because the shot is compulsory for all staff at her workplace, Horizon Healthcare Services, was told to leave
  • It’s common for hospitals to enforce mandatory flu shots in an effort to prevent  staff spreading the bug to patients but they often allow exemptions for religious or medical reasons

By Helen Pow

PUBLISHED:    19:20 EST, 22 December 2013

 

A pregnant nurse in Pennsylvania has been fired after she refused a mandatory flu shot to protect her unborn baby.

Dreonna Breton, 29, learned she was pregnant with her second child in October, a month before all staff at her Lancaster employer, Horizon Healthcare Services, were required to have had a compulsory flu shot.

But she became alarmed after the packaging for a number of major brands of the vaccine warned it ‘should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed,’ and other notifications highlighted that it’s unclear whether the shot can harm an unborn child.

She showed no symptoms of having the flu and having suffered two miscarriages since her son, Westen, was born 18 months ago, she didn’t want to take the chance so rejected the vaccine. But she was subsequently told to leave.

Fired: Dreonna Breton, pictured with her son Westen, was fired after she refused a mandatory flu shot to protect her unborn baby 

Fired: Dreonna Breton, pictured with her son Westen, was fired after she refused a mandatory flu shot to protect her unborn baby Continue reading “Pregnant nurse, 29, is FIRED after she refuses to have flu shot to protect her unborn child”

NLST data highlight probability of lung cancer overdiagnosis / overdiagnosis rate for bronchioloalveolar lung cancer was 78.9 percent

Contact: Shawn Farley PR@acr.org 703-648-8936 American College of Radiology

NLST data highlight probability of lung cancer overdiagnosis with low-dose CT screening

Philadelphia, PA—Data from the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial (NLST)—conducted by the American College of Radiology Imaging Network and National Cancer Institute Lung Screening Study—provided researchers the opportunity to investigate the probability that a cancer detected with screening low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) would not have progressed to become life threatening. The results of this investigation published online today in JAMA Internal Medicine suggest that up to 18 percent of the cancers detected by LDCT may not have progressed enough to affect patient health if left undetected.

“This is another piece of important information that helps us to better understand the benefits and risks of lung cancer screening,” says the study’s lead author, Edward F. Patz, Jr., M.D., a professor of radiology, and pharmacology and cancer biology at Duke University School of Medicine. Continue reading “NLST data highlight probability of lung cancer overdiagnosis / overdiagnosis rate for bronchioloalveolar lung cancer was 78.9 percent”

The Counter to the Lancet Claims Vitamin D has little Efficay – Well the Lancet is mistaken ( Here, try some Science )

For the very non scientific claims of Vitamin D lacking evidence, as posted in other publications like the Mail onlie:

Vitamin D supplements ‘don’t ward off ill health’: Little evidence pills lower risk of cancer, strokes or other conditions

Here are small snipets of data to unhinge experimenter bias and media misconceptions:

MS reversed in mice / Single dose  ( Calcitriol ) Vitamin D followed by Vitamin D supplements

Vitamin D reduces blood pressure and relieves depression in women with diabetes

Vitamin D supplementation may delay precocious puberty in girls

Vitamin D deficiency may help spread of hepatitis B throughout liver

Preterm infants may need 800 IU of vitamin D3 per day

Sunshine hormone, vitamin D, may offer hope for treating liver fibrosis

Vitamin D may reduce risk of uterine fibroids, according to NIH study

Vitamin D proven to boost energy — from within the cells

Experts find link between low doses of vitamin D and adverse pregnancy outcomes

Vitamin D benefits breathing in tuberculosis patients

Study reveals potential immune benefits of vitamin D supplements in healthy individuals

Vitamin D, omega-3 may help clear amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer’s

Low vitamin D levels may increase risk of Type 1 diabetes: Up to 50%

Vitamin D Holds Promise in Battling a Deadly Breast Cancer, SLU Researchers Say

New review associates vitamin D with lower rates of tooth decay

Researchers recommend pregnant women take 4,000 IU vitamin D a day

Vitamin D, may protect us from background radiation and could be used as a safe protective agent before or after a low-level nuclear incident

Gestational exposure to urban air pollution linked to vitamin D deficiency in newborns

Could vitamin D, a key milk nutrient, affect how you age?

Vitamin D deficiency: Common and problematic yet preventable

* Alright I can’t post all the research titles over the past 7  years, since just the titles alone are over 35 pages…. You are welcome to search for far more 😉

Sincerely,

Ralph Tutchiano