Thursday, July 06, 2006


Feds Approve Unnecessary Cervical Cancer Vaccine That Will Make Drug Company Billions

I warned you the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (AICP) would formally rule on the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, that claims to protect women from infections that cause cervical cancer and other infections. No great surprise, the committee officially and unanimously approved a recommendation yesterday that urges young female patients (ages 11-26) to be vaccinated.

What's more, the decision will force American health officials to shell out up to $2 billion to treat the poor. Eager to distance themselves from the ongoing Vioxx debacle, Merck says its Gardasil vaccine will be ready in a few days.

According to the CDC, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in America (more than 6 million women contract it annually), yet the immune systems of many women are strong enough to clear up these infections on their own.

Also, a New England Journal of Medicine study found the use of condoms reduces the incidence of HPV by 70 percent. By comparison, Gardasil counteracts four varieties of HPV that cause 70 percent of the cases of cervical cancer and 90 percent of genital warts.

So, does your daughter or wife really need it? Before you make that choice, please review some of the pieces I've posted regarding the dangers of relying on vaccines to protect the health of your loved ones.

New York Times June 30, 2006 Registration Required

USA Today June 30, 2006

10 Reasons to Stay Away From Conventional Grocery Stores

Although organic foods are becoming a booming product segment in many conventional grocery store chains, there are plenty of reasons to justify staying away from them (and finding local sources) as provided in this awesome list.

The sad fact about this list: Written nearly five years ago, this list is just as relevant, if not more so, today. Read half the list below, and review the rest at the Smart Money link.

  1. Grocery stores can make you sick.
  2. If the conditions in stores don't make you sick, their employees will.
  3. The freshness of vegetables and meats sold in grocery stores is highly debatable.
  4. Many automated scanners used at checkout lines don't work properly, overcharging often for items on sales.
  5. Weekly coupons and sales trick you into paying for more expensive products. August 1, 2001

How The Evil Prescription Drug Empire Succeeds

Why is conventional medicine so dominated by the drug industry and its useless and, often toxic, "cures?" An interesting column from Dr. Jay Cohen argues the select capturing and mangling of data by the mega-drug companies makes all the difference.

Why? Physicians make decisions based on the information handed to them, Dr. Cohen says. If those sources are controlled by the drug industry -- an empire that spends billions to control what they read, see and hear -- a doctor's decisions will lean toward drugs. An interesting excerpt from Dr. Cohen describes how far those evil marketing geniuses will go to keep their coffers flush with cash.

Carefully selected information is provided to doctors at drug company-subsidized seminars, via advertising in medical journals, and via 90,000 drug reps who leave samples and studies at doctors' offices every day. Drug companies write the package inserts included with all medications, and they design and conduct or underwrite studies that are published in medical journals.

Such studies are usually more favorable toward their medications that independent studies. Drug companies often do not publish studies with unfavorable results. All of these influences create an environment that is saturated with medication-friendly information.

And, as it's currently configured, eHealthy News You Can Use newsletter.


Splenda Strikes Back Against Sugar Industry

As you recall, McNeil Nutritionals, the makers of Splenda, filed a lawsuit against the Sugar Association last year for disputing its claims their sugar substitute was anything but natural. Not surprisingly, a U.S. District Court in Delaware dismissed McNeil's lawsuit that charged false advertising claims against the association, in part for creating a Web site, aptly named The Truth About Splenda in March.

This week, McNeil filed a counter-suit, again against the Sugar Association in an effort to shut their anti-Splenda site down. The association's bone of contention all along that mirrors mine: Splenda's popular slogan "Made from sugar so it tastes like sugar," although it contains none.

Meantime, McNeil officials are having problems in the own backyard too. Washington County, Ala. residents living near Tate and Lyle's main Splenda manufacturing facility in McIntosh recently filed a lawsuit of their own in federal court, claiming, among other things, medical problems associated with exposure to phosgene gas, a chemical-warfare agent used during World War I, and now a common intermediary in the production of plastics, pesticides and dyes.

Just a reminder to be careful about avoiding Splenda at all costs, as it's used in formulating a number of over-the-counter drugs

Mobile Press-Register June 21, 2006

The Evil That Drug Marketers Do

Remember the recent study I posted about the overwhelmingly positive results typically associated with studies funded by companies that make the drugs? An awesome piece in yesterday's The New York Times exposed yet another ploy conventional medicine uses to tip the scales in their favor.

Simply, doctors, drug companies and corporations are pouring millions of dollars into tax-exempt medical charities, some of which conduct studies that often favor -- no surprise -- the newer, better drugs and devices they produce, some critics call relationship funding.

In one blatant attention-grabber, a researcher made what amounted to a sales pitch at a medical conference about the benefits of using a $14,000 blood-filtering machine versus IV diuretics for removing excess fluid from heart patients. What the researcher didn't tell cardiologists: The maker of the blood-filtering device donated some $180,000 to the non-profit group who conducted the study or that she and a number of colleagues were tied to a practice that uses products and drugs made by that very same firm.

Even worse, nobody really knows how many of these shady charities really exist. And, because few of these charities generate more than low six-figure sums, they tend to slip past state and federal regulators.

Between drug-testing scandals, toxic drugs, transparent oversight at the federal level and effective consumer marketing tactics, the evil that drug companies can do to your health seemingly hides in plain sight. Nevertheless, accounts like these make me more dedicated than ever to realizing my vision of transforming the conventional medical paradigm to one focused on safely treating and preventing the underlying causes of disease.

New York Times June 28, 2006 Registration Required

The Ledger June 28, 2006

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