Category Archives: Health Supplements

Consumer Reports on Supplements: The Good, the Bad, and the Ambiguous

Posted on August 16, 2016

The Good   In its September 2016 magazine, Consumer Reports has an extensive review of dietary supplements. They present a very good history of the supplement industry, which got its impetus from Linus Pauling, two-time Nobel Prize winner, and his … Continue reading

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“Truth” About Supplements?

Posted on January 25, 2016

WGBH Frontline Slams Supplements   There are many ongoing controversies about the use of supplements and their effects on people’s health. The supplement industry in the United States could best be described as a bazaar with various companies hawking their … Continue reading

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The Institute of Medicine on Vitamin D

Posted on January 14, 2016

Safe Supplementation of Vitamin D This study, which recommends people to consume three times more vitamin D than the Institute recommended in 1997, also concludes that consuming more vitamin D could be hazardous. The flaw in the report is its … Continue reading

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Fish Oil Remains Very Good For You

Posted on June 5, 2014

A recent publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association found no benefit of 1 gram daily of fish oil in a review of 20 previous studies. Numerous major news and media outlets are interpreting these results to show … Continue reading

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The Denmark Lookback

Posted on June 2, 2014

Last year, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released new guidelines for the treatment of an increase in the risk of heart disease with statin lowering drugs like Lipitor. The previous guidelines (Adult Treatment Panel Guidelines (ATP … Continue reading

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Testosterone Safety in the News

Posted on April 24, 2014

Headline: Testosterone Doubles the Incidence of Heart Attack (2014)  Reality: Testosterone Group had 0.7% more Heart Attacks A paper by Finkle et. al. (Increased Risk of Non-Fatal Myocardial Infarction [Heart Attack] Following Testosterone Therapy Prescription in Men) published in the … Continue reading

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Niacin Nonsense

Posted on April 5, 2014

For ten years, Merck has been pursuing one of the Holy Grails in pharmaceuticals. Aspirin is one of the most recommended drugs in the world.  Merck has been developing laropiprant to replace aspirin.  But laropiprant was a long shot as … Continue reading

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Hormone Replacement Therapy in Women – What is Old is New Again!

Posted on November 9, 2013

The WHI (now over a decade old) remains the largest randomly controlled trial of women’s hormonal medicines. The original publication of WHI identified increased risks of breast cancer, stroke, and cardiovascular disease associated with hormone therapy. These findings flew in … Continue reading

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The Truth about Acai

Posted on November 9, 2013

Some years ago, as one of the few doctors practicing preventive medicine, I was approached by a marketer for the Acai berry.  This Brazilian fruit was reputed to have very high antioxidant scores.  Before accepting a generous participation in the … Continue reading

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Ch-ch-ch-chia! Mila Chia Seeds – a New Health Supplement

Posted on November 9, 2013

Mila is a brand of chia seeds. You have seen the relentless advertising for Chia Pets each Christmas – these are the same type of seed. Grown in southern Mexico and northern Guatemala, there are approximately 100 varieties of chia … Continue reading

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