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$ billions spent on useless cholesterol drugs

Millions of Americans are taking Vytorin or Zetia for heart disease.   And yet, full results were finally released last week of a failed trial showing absolutely NO benefit from these drugs.   Two Congressional panels have launched probes into why it took drug makers almost two years to release results!   I could save […]

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Who you gonna call? Part III: nutrition advice from personal trainers

My friend Cheryl told me at the gym the other day that she got online with a “Virtual Personal Trainer.”   This guy has quite a following here locally and helped a friend of Cheryl’s.   She  said to the trainer, “I’m trying to be vegan.   Can you help me increase my muscle mass […]

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Politically Incorrect Ranting about Skewed Charts

So this morning at the gym, the trainer was trawling for customers and asked if I wanted a free body comp analysis.   He entered my height (5′ 8 1/2″) and age (40) and weight (133 today, usually closer to 130).   After the analysis, he informed me that I am BELOW the minimum acceptable […]

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It’s less safe than ever to rely on pharmaceuticals

In case you’ve been thinking that medical science is on a linear path to progress . . .  The L.A. Times says reports of “adverse events” are soaring as Americans take more and more pills: in ’05, nearly 90,000 bad drug reactions were reported, with over 15,000 resulting in death.   These numbers have tripled […]

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Why I chose not to immunize my kids

A friend called me and said, “Great site—but are you nuts,  about the immunizations?”   He pointed out that he grew up in the polio age—he’s committed to the idea that vaccines are a good thing. The FIRST thing I want to say is that I acknowledge the complexity of this issue, the difficulty of […]

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