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Is your ‘muffin top’ a sign of… CANCER?

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison 9/20/17

Ladies, remember when someone else’s “muffin top” might’ve made you giggle?

Then… one day… it happened to you. Despite your best efforts, your own muffin grew a top and popped right over your waistline.

Not so funny anymore, is it?

Don’t worry. I’m here with a muffin-fighting plan that’ll chop the top and give you the waistline of your dreams.

But first — a new study exposes the biggest risk of muffin top, and it’s not the giggles of younger and more slender people staring at your waistline, unaware that one day it’ll happen to them.

It’s CANCER!

Muffin top isn’t just a sign of any old fat.

It’s a sure sign that you’ve built up a deep inner layer of visceral fat, the dangerous blubber that builds up inside your abdominal cavity.

On the outside, it forces the external layer of fat to pop over your pants and form that distinct muffin shape. On the inside, it puts the squeeze on your vital organs.

But the new study finds it does something else, too.

Once it forms that solid layer deep inside your middle, visceral fat sets up a factory that works overtime cranking out a protein called FGF2. That’s short for fibroblast growth factor-2, but don’t bother trying to remember the name.

Just remember what it does: It causes normal healthy cells to go haywire and turn into cancer cells.

The more FGF2 your body cranks out, the more of those cells form. And when you have enough of those cells, you’ve got a recipe for a deadly tumor.

To see the process unfold, researchers plucked those protein-pumping fat cells from human women and then implanted them into mice.

It was almost like they fertilized those poor little critters with “Cancer-Gro” as the muffin top fat cells quickly transformed the surrounding healthy tissue into cancer cells.

And that’s just ONE way the dreaded muffin top can lead to a tumor!

When that ugly layer of fat plops up, it also causes your hormone levels to go haywire. Since that layer usually appears after menopause, you’re already struggling with estrogen.

That one-two punch could fuel certain types of cancers, and that’s why you need to act to chop the top.

First, make sure you’re eating a healthy diet low in carbs and with zero processed foods.

But even if you’re eating a perfect diet, low estrogen can make it hard to lose weight and easy to gain it — so, get your hormone levels tested by a naturopathic doc.

If you’re low, he can help work with you to boost your body’s production with treatments up to and including safe and natural bioidentical hormones.

With a chop for the top,
Jack Harrison

This ONE additive could undermine your entire diet

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 8/25/17

You’re finally ready to commit.

After reading about the life-changing effects of the low-carb diet here in the Daily Dose — after maybe even SEEING the stunning results in some of the folks around you who’ve tried it — you’re going to give it a shot yourself.

You’ve tossed the sugar in the trash… fed what’s left of the bread to the birds… and donated your pasta stash to the local food pantry.

But new research reveals one more step you need to take before you can REALLY expect to enjoy ALL of the benefits.

You’ve got to quit all the other sweeteners, too.

I know. You’re hoping for something to take the bite out of your coffee… or maybe a diet soft drink as a “guilty pleasure.”

These sweeteners SEEM to fit the bill perfectly. After all, they have ZERO carbs and ZERO calories. But the new study shows how there’s more at work here than carbs and calories.

In fact, these fake sugars can actually UNDERMINE your brand-new lifestyle!

In a series of experiments on fruit flies, fake sugars seemed to stimulate the appetites of the bugs. When they were placed on a low-carb diet, artificial sweeteners had an immediate and noticeable effect.

They began to eat up everything in sight!

It’s as if their appetites went haywire, and they could no longer control themselves — and the more of those sweeteners they got, the more they ate.

Flies NOT given the sweeteners, on the other hand, didn’t eat more when they were put on the low-carb diet.

I know, you don’t have wings or those crazy bug eyes. You’re nothing like a fly! So how could this possibly mean anything to you?

Well, friend, it should mean plenty.

Not only do the brains of the bugs have some of the same triggers as your own, but we’ve also seen similar results in human studies.

And not just in low-carb dieters, either.

Fake sugars appear to trick the brain’s appetite controls, leading to MORE cravings… MORE hunger… and MORE eating. As a result, studies show folks who use artificial sweeteners can have a higher risk of weight gain, obesity, and diabetes.

That’s exactly what you don’t want out of a diet, whether you’re a fly or a human.

So, quit the sweets and let your brain and body work as they were intended. Go low-carb — without sweeteners — and they’ll quickly reset themselves so you can eat ’til you’re full, never count calories, and watch the weight fly away.

Your fly guy,
Jack Harrison

Just ONE soda can do this to your body

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* Note: Taken from House Calls with Dr. Mark Stengler 8/15/17

It’s 2017, and no one’s under any illusions anymore.

Soda’s bad, right?

We all know that, yet I bet you’ve had a soda at some point recently.

Don’t be too hard on yourself over it — soda’s a multi-billion-dollar industry, so you’re hardly alone.

The reason it remains popular is simple: While we all KNOW soda is bad, most people think an occasional pop might not be too bad. If you’re one of them, you might order one, for example, just when you’re eating out.

But new research shows how that’s exactly when you SHOULDN’T have one!

While there’s no GOOD time to drink soda, the foods they’re often served with tend to be high in fat and high in protein.

Y’know… fast food. Big Mac and a Coke, right?

Eating any form of high-fat fast food with water would be bad enough, but the study finds that if you suck back a soda while you eat that junk, you’re not just getting extra calories from sugar.

This combo also slows the body’s fat oxidation by 8 percent.

That’s just what it sounds like: How you break down fat. When that process slows, you store more of that unsightly blubber, especially around your middle.

In other words, there’s more than a little truth to the old saying, “A moment on the lips, forever on the hips!”

That’s not the only damage, either.

In the study, volunteers were given meals with either a sugary drink or a sugar-free one while in a sealed chamber to measure their metabolism. Those tests revealed that the body fails to burn about a third of the calories that come from the drink itself.

And to complete the ugly picture, the body uses less energy overall when digesting a meal with a sugary drink.

Again, that’s everything you DON’T want. It means you’ll store more energy — in other words, your body will create more fat — instead of working off the meal and soft drink.

Don’t be tempted into thinking that diet soda is the healthier choice, simply because its immediate effects aren’t as bad.

Diet soda is, in many ways, just as unhealthy as regular soda. In some ways, it might even be worse.

Instead of losing weight, diet soda drinkers can often gain it — and studies show some may have a higher risk of diabetes to boot. One study earlier this year even found that diet soda can triple the risk of one form of stroke and boost the odds of dementia.

Drink water instead. Try infusing fruit or using herbal teas for flavor… or club soda if you need some fizz.

God bless,

Could IRON protect you from heart disease?

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* Note: Taken from House Calls with Dr. Mark Stengler – 8/3/2017

When it comes to iron levels, think of Johnny Cash… and keep a close watch on that heart of yours.

Because a just-out study finds a direct link between iron levels and heart risk.

If you’re falling short in this mineral, then your risk of coronary artery disease jumps. But if you get what you need, that risk plunges.

The researchers are planning to test iron supplements for patients at risk of heart disease in their next study.

“It could well be the case that if their iron levels are low, we could give them an iron tablet to minimize their risk of cardiovascular disease,” lead researcher Dipender Gill of Imperial College London said in a news release.

And that is an excellent idea.

But this is where you have to make like the Man in Black and walk the line between too much and too little, so you can get just the right amount.

While it might be tempting to dash out and buy some iron supplements, that’s exactly what you SHOULDN’T do!

Iron is an essential mineral, and you DON’T want to fall short. But you also don’t want to start taking supplements unless you’re ACTUALLY low — since too much of this stuff can also be bad for you.

You have to make sure you’re actually low before you turn to supplements.

Even that’s not as easy as it sounds. Most docs only test circulating iron and not your stored iron (a.k.a. ferritin). Without both tests, it’s impossible to get a true sense of what’s going on.

If your doc runs those tests and finds you really are low, work with him on figuring out the best way to raise your levels. If you need a supplement, he can help calculate the best dose.

Usually, you can pick up an entire year’s supply for about $10.

But don’t stop there.

Low iron usually has a cause. In older folks, poor diet, certain health conditions, and even common meds can all sap you of your iron.

The same doc who tested your levels should work with you to figure out and fix that cause — and then test you again to see if you still need supplements or if you’re getting enough from diet alone.

In addition, be sure to get your iron from a wide range of sources. The best are meats, especially beef, pork, and poultry. You can also get iron from greens such as spinach — but since that form of iron is harder to absorb, you have to eat more of them.

Call it a good reason to include a nice, big salad with every meal.

God bless,

Dr. Mark Stengler

Walnuts for Good Health

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 7/30/17

This nutty idea could protect your blood vessels

You know what drives me nuts?

When attention-seeking “researchers” slap together a cheap study that makes a quick claim about something and can’t back it up.

You see it all the time. Big headlines about how this, that, or some other thing will save your life… followed by big headlines about how the same things will kill you.

Well, friend, today I’m going to crack open a study that’s FINALLY driving me nuts in all the right ways.

Because this one not only names something that really will protect your heart and cut your risk of serious health problems… but it’s also got the goods on HOW and WHY it works.

It’s the latest research on nuts, specifically walnuts.

I know you’ve seen studies on how nuts can help prevent heart disease. But do they really… or are people who eat them just health nuts already?

All I can say is get out your nutcracker, and get busy – because this one shows it’s not healthier eaters.

It’s the nuts themselves!

The study finds the omega-3 fatty acids and tocopherols in walnuts can protect what’s known as the endothelial layer, which is essentially the street your blood uses to get across town.

When that layer is working well, the blood rushes through like it’s in the express lane.

When it’s all messy, you get one nightmare of a traffic jam – and clogged-up blood flow is what leads to serious and even DEADLY heart and stroke risks.

The key measure of how well your blood is flowing is called flow-mediated dilation, or FMD. It’s so sensitive that even a 1 percent dip in FMD will increase your heart risk by 12 percent.

And if you’ve got a few years of hard living in your past – or even in your present – that FMD is likely plunging.

But if you eat walnuts, you can turn it around!

The nutrients in walnuts are the street-sweepers, rushing through and cleaning up to keep everything moving along.

So, there you have it.

When it comes to snack time, pass on the popcorn and skip the chips. Go nuts instead – because along with getting a tasty anytime treat, you’ll also get something now PROVEN to protect you from heart problems.

And there’s nothing nuts about that!

Nuttin’ but walnuts,
Jack Harrison

This sleep apnea treatment could secretly hurt you!


It’s like dealing with a raging fire in your backyard by closing the window shades and ignoring it.

Sure, it’ll work for a little while… right up until your home goes up in flames!

The oxygen masks given to apnea patients are pretty much the same darn thing. Sure, they can force a little oxygen into your lungs while you’re sleeping, so you can ignore the fact that you literally can’t breathe on your own at night.

But will they REALLY fix the problem?

Nope!

New research shows all they really do is cover it up, like pulling down that window shade – because while they WILL stop the oxygen lapses, they WON’T cut any of the actual health risks you should be worried about.

Apnea, of course, is a condition that makes you snore so loud you could wake the dead and then stop breathing so long that you could BECOME the dead.

Folks with this condition have a higher risk of heart attack… higher risk of dying from a heart problem… and even a higher risk of dying from anything at all.

Most docs figure that since the problem is a lack of oxygen, the solution is to treat patients like balloon animals and pump it in all night long. NOPE!

The new review of 10 studies comparing continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) oxygen masks to either no treatment or sham treatments finds the only thing that machine will do is annoy you and your spouse as it whirs and hums and wheezes all night long.

It’s the Triple Crown of failure:

1. It WON’T cut your risk of cardiovascular problems of any kind, including heart attack.
2. It WON’T cut your risk of dying from heart problems.
3. And it WON’T cut your risk of death from any other cause, either.

 


Some experts say it might be worth it anyway, since at the very least it can help folks sleep better.

C’mon.

I’d like to see them try to sleep with this thing on. From what I’ve heard from the people who’ve used it, it’s like trying to sleep in a hockey mask attached to an air compressor.

If you’ve got apnea, it’s time to pull open the shades and confront the raging fire that’s headed your way.

The breathing problems might be the scariest symptom, but they’re only a symptom. The only way to truly put out the blaze is to tackle the root cause – and, in most cases, apnea is caused by obesity.

So, lose weight.

You’ll start breathing easier almost immediately, even after losing just a few pounds. Keep losing weight, and you can control (and even cure) the apnea.

Want a little more motivation? I’ll have it tomorrow – keep an eye on your inbox!

Opening the shades,
Jack Harrison

How chemo can CAUSE new cancers

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 7/21/17

It’s one of the dirtiest “insider” secrets of mainstream cancer care.

EVERY oncologist knows this, but NONE of them will admit it.

Well, friend, the jig is up — because the latest science reveals the ugly truth about body-wrecking chemotherapy.

Not only can this treatment FAIL… it can do something much, much worse.

It can help the tumor to reappear in ANOTHER part of your body!

Now, of course, if it did this in an obvious way, anyone who offered this toxic treatment would be locked up.

But it’s not obvious.

It’s insidious — because, as the new study shows, chemo can cause cancer to spread and grow in ways you’ll never connect to the treatment.

Heck, as far as you’re concerned, it might even look like it’s working. You have your cancer treated, the tumor shrinks, and you go into remission. Maybe it even vanishes completely, or it gets handled with a mix of chemo and surgery.

Then, one day, months or years later, you get the shocking news: You have cancer in ANOTHER part of your body, and this one’s a stone-cold killer growing like a weed.

Bad luck?

NOPE!

The new study shows how it was caused by the very chemo that was supposed to save you.

In tests on 20 breast cancer patients, researchers found two common chemotherapy drugs can force open hidden “doorways” in your blood vessels called tumor microenvironments of metastasis.

These secret passages allow cancer cells to flee the tumor that’s under attack from the chemo and travel all over the body.

Experiments on mice confirmed it, showing that those same chemo drugs increased the number of cancer cells throughout the body, especially in the lungs.

The study even found that chemo drugs can activate a repair system in the body that the cancer cells can exploit to help them grow back stronger than ever!

The researchers behind this study say cancer patients who have chemo should get extra tests to make sure the disease isn’t spreading or hiding somewhere else.

Sounds to me like those tests might come too late for too many patients.

Here’s a better idea: SKIP the chemo!

Surveys show most docs would avoid this poison if they could — and so should you. Speak to a naturopathic physician experienced in cancer care to get ALL of your options before you make ANY decisions about treating your cancer.

You’d be surprised at how often you’ll have choices — including, in many cases, the choice to do nothing at all for slow-growing cancers that are unlikely to hurt you.

Cutting out the chemo,
Jack Harrison

The TRUE toll of mammograms

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 7/16/17

It’s supposed to be a HUGE relief. And sure, when you learn you DON’T have cancer, you can bet it’s a massive weight off your shoulders.

But ladies, you might have to march right through the gates of you-know-where to reach that point!

New research shows the HIDDEN toll of false positives for breast cancer.

They drive women right to the brink of their sanity — turning them into such nervous wrecks that many end up taking powerful and dangerous drugs to help cope with all the stress.

The study of women ranging from middle-aged right up to the senior years finds that false positives drive you so batty that you’re 20 percent more likely to end up on happy pills such as antidepressants or anti-anxiety meds.

This isn’t rare, either.

Mammograms are notorious for cranking out false positives the way airport metal detectors think every little keychain or belt buckle is a deadly bomb. Just LOOK at the machine funny, and the thing will light up!

Over 10 years, up to 60 percent of women who have mammograms end up with a false positive.

But when you get that call to come back in for more tests, there’s nothing “false” about that “positive.” It’s only natural to fear the worst or even become absolutely convinced you have cancer.

And that’s why so many women end up on mood meds after a mammogram.

You might think the anxiety ends after a few anxious weeks when the second test reveals no cancer.

But it doesn’t.

A 2013 study found that the trauma of THINKING you have cancer — even briefly — can linger for YEARS!

That study found that false positives lead to pessimism and anxiety for three years after, and possibly longer.

And that’s STILL not all.

Up to 9 percent of women with a false positive don’t just get anxiety, stress, and a second scan. They get a painful biopsy.

Again, all of this is for a cancer that’s not even there!

The mainstream is concerned about the new study, but it’s not because they care about the needless suffering. Nope.

They’re worried it might make women LESS inclined to get mammograms.

Gee, ya think????

This is like hitting someone in the head with a hammer, then worrying they might start avoiding hammers.

It’s time to bring the hammer down on the mammogram, which is responsible for more unnecessary suffering than any other medical procedure out there.

Even when it finds a “true” positive, it’s generally a “stage 0” non-cancer that doesn’t need treatment… but will end up getting treated anyway, often with overly aggressive procedures that can cause far more damage than the disease ever would.

Speak to a naturopathic medical doctor about other, better, safer, and more accurate options.

Ending the anxiety,
Jack Harrison

This is for the Men

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison 7/14/17

Horrific side effects linked to prostate drug

Want to see a man panic? Tell him there’s something wrong with his prostate.

It’s worse than telling him that his mother-in-law is on her way over!

Even if it’s not cancer, a problem such as an enlarged prostate can strike fear into a man’s heart.

It’s a natural reaction. It feels like a threat to everything that makes you man — messing with everything you do with your parts “down there.”

It can make going to the bathroom miserable… and going to the bedroom frustrating and humiliating.

So, I get why guys rarely question docs who put them on meds for an enlarged prostate (a.k.a. benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH for short).

What I DON’T get is why some of those drugs even exist in the first place!

New research shows how one of the most common meds given for BPH can slam you with side effects much worse than anything an enlarged prostate will do to you.

The drug is called dutsteride, but it’s often sold as the brand name Avodart.

It’s supposed to shrink the prostate back down to size, which, in theory, will ease the pressure down there.

You’ll pee better… you won’t need diapers… and you can get back to business in the bedroom.

Nice theory.

In reality, the new study finds you could end up battling a nightmare of endless side effects.

The drug can increase both your blood sugar and your hemoglobin A1C levels, which will put you at risk for diabetes. It can also raise your levels of fat in the blood, increasing your risk of a fatty liver.

It can even make those embarrassing sex problems WORSE!

Can you think of a more nightmarish list of side effects for a guy?

But, my friend, you don’t have to put up with all of that to get some real and lasting relief, and you don’t have to switch to other meds pushed on men with prostate problems.

Most of them are just as bad, and some might even be worse.

There are natural therapies that can bring the swelling down and get you back to feeling like your old self again, and all that starts with saw palmetto. There’s a reason this stuff sets the standard: It can work wonders!

Many guys will see big-time results just by taking saw palmetto alone, but most find it works even better when combined with lycopene and the trace mineral selenium (both can also cut the risk of prostate cancer, so it’s a win-win).

Beta sitosterol can also help guys battling prostate problems.

Of course, speak to a doctor first, and don’t start or stop anything without getting him to sign off on your plan.

With the ABCs on BPH,
Jack Harrison

One of America’s deadliest conditions… CURED!

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 7/5/17
It’s practically a crime, if you ask me.

Every year, some 400,000 Americans DIE of sepsis… yet they’re not killed because this condition CAN’T be treated.

It’s because Big Pharma WON’T make a treatment!

Sepsis isn’t an ongoing condition. If you could get your hands on a cure, you’d need it just once — and Big Pharma crooks don’t give a rip about one-and-done meds!

Sure, they’d make big bucks off it, but not as much as they swindle off drugs that people have to take every day for years and years.

Well, a stunning new study shows we never needed Big Pharma’s help in the first place on this one — because the REAL cure to sepsis has been right under their noses all along!

The answer, as it turns out, is plain old vitamin C mixed with a cheap steroid.

Throw a little inexpensive thiamine — a.k.a. vitamin B1 — into the potion, and you’ve got a powerful weapon that can WIPE OUT the sepsis and SAVE lives.

Sepsis is when your immune system goes off the rails in response to an infection. It goes so crazy that your body’s own healthy tissues and organs end up under attack.

It leads to tissue damage, kidney injury, kidney shock, organ failure, and — too often — DEATH.

The new study shows just how deadly it is, with 40 percent of the patients DYING without the “cocktail” treatment — and that number might even be a little low, compared to what SOME hospitals see.

In some cases, between half and 60 percent of patients who develop sepsis die.

But in the new study, nearly all of the sepsis patients given a mix of vitamin C, hydrocortisone, and thiamine lived.

Just 9 percent — less than one in 10 — died from this otherwise fatal condition!

If only those Big Pharma fatcats had bothered to look, they might’ve made a small fortune off a patented version that they’d market and sell for big money.

Instead, it’s been uncovered by researchers OUTSIDE of that ugly industry who used cheap ingredients that EVERY hospital already has on hand.

Now, doctors and patients alike will have access to this CURE for just PENNIES!

Hopefully, the word on this will get out fast and hospitals across the country will swiftly make the C-mix their front-line treatment for sepsis.

But since, in reality, hospitals are S-L-O-W when it comes to adapting and adjusting, be sure to speak to the doctors ASAP and demand that they deliver this life-saving treatment as quickly as possible if one of your own loved ones suffers from sepsis in the hospital at any point in the future.

Spreading the word,
Jack Harrison

Mysterious illness tied to marijuana use on the rise in states with legal weed

NEW YORK (CBS) – For more than two years, Lance Crowder was having severe abdominal pain and vomiting, and no local doctor could figure out why. Finally, an emergency room physician in Indianapolis had an idea.

“The first question he asked was if I was taking hot showers to find relief. When he asked me that question, I basically fell into tears because I knew he had an answer,” Crowder said.

The answer was cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS. It’s caused by heavy, long-term use of various forms of marijuana. For unclear reasons, the nausea and vomiting are relieved by hot showers or baths.

“They’ll often present to the emergency department three, four, five different times before we can sort this out,” said Dr. Kennon Heard, an emergency room physician in Aurora, Colorado.

He co-authored a study showing that since 2009, when medical marijuana became widely available, emergency room visits diagnoses for CHS in two Colorado hospitals nearly doubled. In 2012, the state legalized recreational marijuana.

“It is certainly something that, before legalization, we almost never saw,” Heard said. “Now we are seeing it quite frequently.”

Outside of Colorado, when patients do end up in an emergency room, the diagnosis is often missed. Partly because doctors don’t know about CHS, and partly because patients don’t want to admit to using a substance that’s illegal.

CHS can lead to dehydration and kidney failure, but usually resolves within days of stopping drug use. That’s what happened with Crowder, who has been off all forms of marijuana for seven months.

“Now all kinds of ambition has come back. I desire so much more in life and, at 37 years old, it’s a little late to do it, but better now than never,”he said.

CHS has only been recognized for about the past decade, and nobody knows exactly how many people suffer from it. But as more states move towards the legalization of marijuana, emergency room physicians like Dr. Heard are eager to make sure both doctors and patients have CHS on their radar.

GOT CATARACTS?

I was having vision issues at last year’s exam.  My prescription was not getting the job done.  Bifocals were fine, but reading across the room was practically impossible.  It was also difficult for street signs and other things.  Doc gave me a stronger prescription, but also reminded me as he had been doing for several years that I had cataracts.  The lady who orders the glasses told me the prescription change was so insignificant that it would not noticeably improve my vision.  The problem she said is the cataracts.  Doc already told me that cataract surgery was totally my decision.  Not particularly excited about someone poking around in my eye with a sharp object, I decided to reassess after my next exam.

Over the next year, reading at a distance was near impossible.  Fuzzy vision was becoming my norm.  Night driving was dangerous.  Lights from oncoming traffic that used to be an annoying glare was now a vision obliterating glare.  Think of turning on the high beams while driving in thick fog and you will come close to what I experienced.  It simply was not safe.

When the next exam rolled around the Doc and I discussed cataracts.  He told me again there is never a time when one must have cataract surgery.  It comes down to a quality of life decision.  He did tell me that the cataracts were doing what cataracts do – getting worse.  The one in my left eye even had a cloudy spot.  I decided to have the surgery.

There are two types of lenses, monofocal and multifocal, and just as many opinions on for whom which is best.  One major aspect to consider is that most insurance will pay for the monofocal, but not the multifocal which is considered a premium lense.  With the multifocal, also comes the surgeon’s fee.  The monofocal will correct the distance vision, but leave you needing reading glasses.  The multifocal corrects all ranges of vision including, in many cases, eliminating the need for reading glasses.

After reading everything I could find, beyond what the Doc gave me, I decided to get the multifocal lenses.  Probably the biggest reason for me was I did not want to tote around reading glasses or have bifocals so I could read the dashboard while driving.

Doc said the medical standard is to do one eye at a time and he suggested the left first as it appeared to be in the worst shape.  The prep for cataract surgery is much longer than the actual surgery.  After about an hour or so, I was wheeled into the operating room and about 10 minutes after the Doc walked in I was wheeled out.  The prep consists of the standard paperwork and an IV in case they need it and a place for the anesthesiologist to squirt the la-la juice although I was wide awake for the entire process.  They also filed my eyes with what feels like gallons of eye drops and this continued in the operating room where they scrubbed my eye for surgery and put in a lot of numbing drops.

The eye had so much dilating drops put in that remained dilated for the most part of two days.  I left the hospital with three different drops to use three or four times a day until they were gone – around three weeks worth.

So was it worth it?  On the day of surgery, while still dilated I started to question the decision.  However, the spectacular halos disappeared as my pupils returned to normal.  Having one eye done at a time let me make an assessment almost immediately.  The first thing I noticed was how much brighter and colorful everything is.  By covering one eye at a time, I discovered that I had been seeing the world through a dull yellow hue.  The walls in my house looked white rather than off white.  Colors changed causing me to push some shirts to the back of the closet because they were just too doggoned bright.  High definition television actually looked like it.  I could trim my whiskers without bifocals or the magnifying mirror.  Since I had been wearing glasses for near twenty years I discovered that I actually have eyebrows, and crow’s feet, and…. .

There are some issues with sunlight, so I need to don the Ray Bans when venturing out.  There are also some issues with halos around lights at night, but unlike the glare from cataracts I can still see.  For me, the light issues are a fair tradeoff to discarding glasses.

Both eyes are done now.  I can read without glasses in most cases.  If the lighting is poor, or the print is light such as white letters on a colored background I may need the reading glasses.  I have no issues with any range of vision.   The new lenses do seem to pick up the fluttering light of fluorescent bulbs and computer screens, but it is not a big deal.

For me, I will take the multifocal intraocular lenses (IOL) to glasses any day.

© 2017 J. D. Pendry

Big Pharma Advocate Scott Gottlieb Chosen To Head FDA

The world has 6.8 billion people…that’s headed up to about 9 billion.  Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 to 15 percent. – Bill Gates, Member of Bilderberg Group

When speaking to drug manufacturers in late January, Donald Trump said, “We have a fantastic person that I’ll be naming fairly soon who’s going to streamline the FDA. You’re going to get your products approved or not approved, but it’s going to be a quick process. It’s not going to take 15 years…. Surprised you can’t get them to move faster.”

He told the gathered pharmaceutical industry leaders that his administration would reduce taxes, regulations, and the time it takes for product approval, but that they must lower drug prices and bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States.

The FDA appointment has been closely watched by the pharmaceutical industry and consumer activists alike: reducing regulation is one of Trump’s top priorities. In a February speech to Congress, Trump promised to “slash the restraints” on drug approval, complaining about the “slow and burdensome approval process” at the FDA.

I’m all for reducing the exorbitant taxes, regulations on business, bringing manufacturing back to America, and lowering drug prices, but like many others, I’m very disturbed at rushing drug product approvals.

Gottlieb would help reach the goal of faster drug approval or denial, and therein lies a huge danger to the public.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FDA Commissioner Nominee

When the President announced FDA Commissioner nominee, Scott Gottlieb, Big Pharma let out a huge sigh of relief.

Scott Gottlieb is a Washington fixture with a medical degree, experience at the FDA and in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and an allegedly respected health policy analyst.  AEI is funded and endorsed by well-known globalists and socialists, although it masquerades as right-leaning.

He has been a venture partner at New Enterprise Associates since 2007, and is an independent director at Tolero Pharmaceuticals, and Daiichi Sankyo Inc, and a member of GlaxoSmithKline‘s product investment board.

Gottlieb’s deep ties to the industry he would regulate go back more than decade, and he currently serves on the board of three pharmaceutical companies. His venture capital firm, New Enterprise Associates, funds 150 others. Gottlieb received more than $400,000 from Big Pharma between 2013 and 2015, according to a database maintained by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

In 2013, Senator Mitch McConnell appointed Gottlieb to serve as a member of the Federal Health IT Policy Committee which advises the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is responsible for making recommendations on the meaningful use standards as part of the HITECH Act (electronic health information technology).  McConnell heavily favors Gottlieb.

Big Pharma is delighted with this choice!

Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmaceuticals

Glaxo is ranked the top vaccine producer, and Gottlieb is on their board, although he would have to resign in order to head the FDA.  No one likes that a prospective head of the FDA took $410,000 from GlaxoSmithKline. But maybe this isn’t the same as putting a charter school advocate in charge of the education department.  Ahem.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Merck & Co., Pfizer, and Sanofi account for 80 percent of global vaccine revenues. Although these “big four” vary significantly by portfolio and pipeline size, GSK of the United Kingdom ranked first in terms of research and development, pricing strategy and registration, and manufacturing and supply, according to a report released by the Access to Medicine Foundation.

By the way, Merck’s two-dose vaccine against chicken pox, a common childhood disease, has now accounted for a painful epidemic of shingles. Link

There are so many negatives regarding vaccines, especially those given newborns, and resulting autism, that Trump has actually spoken with Robert Kennedy, Jr. regarding research on same, as well as heading a vaccine safety commission.  I’ve heard nothing since March, but would hope that RFK, Jr. is still in the lineup.  He was interviewed by Tucker Carlson and made his case.

Gottlieb on Vaccines

In a confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Energy, Labor, and Pensions on April 5, 2017, Scott Gottlieb, MD, stated categorically that there “is no causal link between vaccination and autism.”  Think there isn’t some collusion here since he sits on the board of one of the largest vaccine producers?

Back in November of 2016, another new study claimed there was no link between vaccines and autism.  What the media didn’t tell you was that the study was done by The Lewin Group, a consulting firm that lists major vaccine makers among its clients.

Sharyl Attkisson reports what the news doesn’t tell us. “As an aside, according to OpenSecrets.org, The Lewin Group’s parent company, United Health Group, is a key government partner in Obamacare. Its subsidiary QSSI was given the contract to build the federal government’s HealthCare.gov website. One of its top executives and his family are top Obama donors.

Gottlieb’s Rush to Market

“The truth is, the FDA’s required trials reveal limited information,” Gottlieb wrote in an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune in 2005. “In many cases, it is only after drugs are on the market for many years and given to thousands of patients that their true benefits (sic.) are revealed.”

Well, if he believes that, why then is he doing exactly the opposite?

When three people in a multiple sclerosis drug trial lost blood platelets and one died, he stated that stopping the study was “an overreaction” because the disease, not the drug, might be to blame.

Gottlieb wrote accusatory emails to underlings when FDA scientists rejected Pfizer’s osteoporosis drug candidate Oporia, forecasted to earn $1 billion a year.  Boniva, advertised by Sally Field, and Fosamax have been linked to femur breakage and jaw bone disintegration.

Surely everyone has seen the advertisements for Chantix, Pfizer’s stop smoking drug.  Gottlieb rushed it to market, but a string of suicides and the violent death of Dallas musician Carter Albrecht leave many with doubts about the drug.

Gottlieb even trashed the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study that found hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was bad not good for women’s health, saying the results “were rushed to print with a cleverly orchestrated PR blitz.”  Most women now think of HRT as cancer in a bottle.  And Eli Lilly’s Evista is another horror story.

FDA’s Approved Dangerous Drugs

I certainly can understand that a promising drug not yet cleared by the FDA could possibly save lives, and this is the reason our President feels the drugs must be available.

However, when we look at the history of the FDA and drugs which have gone to market and then have been pulled because of extreme adverse effects, it would seem that 20 year studies should be the norm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thalidomide was a widely-used drug in the late 1950s and early 1960s for the treatment of nausea in pregnant women. It became apparent in the 1960s that Thalidomide  resulted in severe birth defects in thousands of children, especially in the United Kingdom.

Over 10,000 children were born with Thalidomide related birth defects throughout the world. The United States was largely spared this tragedy thanks to the work of one woman, Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, a new employee of the FDA. Her insistence on sufficient documentation kept Thalidomide off the U.S. market for over a year, adequate time for doctors to uncover the link between Thalidomide and birth defects. Thanks to Kelsey, fewer than 100 were born in America.

Dr. Kelsey went on to write the rules that govern most clinical drug trials today. She retired from the FDA in 2005 at age 90.

Remember Vioxx, Merck’s illegally marketed drug for arthritis? Vioxx was introduced into the market in 1999 but was not approved by the FDA for rheumatoid arthritis until 2002. While it is not illegal for a physician to prescribe a drug for an unapproved use, federal law prohibits a manufacturer from promoting a drug for uses not approved by the FDA.  The FDA estimated in 2004 that Vioxx was responsible for more than 57,000 deaths.  Merck & Co. has agreed to a massive $950 million settlement with the U.S. government and 43 states over the way it marketed the painkiller Vioxx.

FDA officials say they asked Pfizer — the maker of Bextra — to remove it from U.S. pharmacies because risks of heartstomach, and skin problems clearly outweighed its benefits as an anti-inflammatory.

Celebrex, a closely related drug also made by Pfizer, from the class of pain relievers known as Cox-2 inhibitors, will be allowed to remain on the market. But it will be forced to carry strict new warnings alerting doctors and patients that it elevates the risk of heart attacks and strokes, the FDA says.

The blood thinner Xarelto was approved by the FDA.  It is now facing 18,000 lawsuits for extreme bleeding.

The FDA and big Pharma have admitted that antidepressants increase the risk of suicide by over 800%, according to court documents in a trial against GlaxoSmithKline.  Ann Blake Tracy of Coalition for Drug Awareness has exposed the side effects of these drugs, violence and suicide.

Remember Zelnorm for irritable bowel syndrome?  Surely most have seen the commercials.  It has been recalled because of a higher chance of heart attack, stroke, and unstable angina (heart/chest pain).

Drug Recalls

The list of drug recalls by the FDA is huge.  A recall is issued when a drug becomes dangerous to the consumer.  Drug safety is supposedly strictly monitored by the FDA in the U.S. before going on the market.  Once it is on the market the FDA and the drug manufacturer continue to monitor the effectiveness and safety of the drug.  If any problems arise regarding safety of the drug then a recall is issued.  Here is a short list of 35 FDA approved drugs pulled from the market.

In an interview with Vioxx whistleblower Dr. David Graham, (senior drug safety researcher at the FDA), he said the following, “On the safety side, I think that the American public can’t be very confident. They can have some confidence because it turns out that most drugs are remarkably safe. But, when there are unsafe drugs, the FDA is very likely to err on the side of industry.Rarely will they keep a drug from being marketed or pull a drug off the market.  Unfortunately, that’s the way the FDA is currently structured.”

Here is Graham’s Senate testimony regarding the dangers of Vioxx.

Conclusion

Although I fully understand the desire to get lifesaving drugs to our citizens in record time, the big concern is the danger these drugs pose to the public when they haven’t had long term studies.  Last year, over half a million Americans were hurt by FDA approved prescription drugs, and 100,000 of them died.

How did that happen? If some prescription drugs are that dangerous, how are they getting approved?

The answer is not simple. There are good people involved in the process. But the incentive in the system has become totally distorted.

Scott Gottlieb’s association with these large pharmaceutical companies gives me great pause as to his commitment to the American public rather than Big Pharma.

I would urge our President to think twice about streamlining the FDA to get drugs approved more quickly.  In the end, it may be extremely detrimental, not only to the public, but also to our President.

The low-salt diet is a big, fat lie!


* Do all of our loved ones & friends KNOW ?

* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison 5/7/17

I’d rather drop dead early than live to the age of 100 gnawing on low-salt soy nuggets.

That wouldn’t be a long life.

It would be a PUNISHMENT!

Fortunately, you don’t have to sentence yourself to joyless, life-sapping, low-salt meals to live longer and healthier.

You can live better than ever, as new research CONFIRMS that the most common meal-ruining advice of all is full of… well… let’s just say it’s full of tofu.

You’ve heard it a million times: Cut your sodium intake.

Remove the salt, and your blood pressure levels are supposed to drop. Maybe you’ve tried it. Maybe you’ve tried it and found it didn’t do squat — and if that’s the case, the new study finds you’re hardly alone.

This wasn’t some piddling short-term study that looked at day-to-day levels of salt and BP. It followed THOUSANDS of men and women from their 30s into the 60s for DECADES.

They found that over 20 or even 30 years, folks with salt intake below 2,500 mg per day DIDN’T have lower blood pressure.

It was HIGHER!

More importantly, these poor saps following mainstream medical advice — eating bland low-sodium dinners because they were positively terrified of what would happen if they sprinkled a little salt on their food — didn’t have a lower risk of heart disease, either.

The research team behind the new study says the current average sodium intake for most Americans of between 3,000 mg and 3,500 mg per day — more than DOUBLE what the American Heart Association is pushing on most folks — is perfectly fine, especially if you’re getting those other nutrients.

That’s in line with other studies. One even found that cutting your levels below 3,000 mg per day is actually every bit as bad for you as super high sodium levels of 7,000 mg per day.

If you need to bring your BP levels down, forget salt. The answer, according to the new study, is potassium. As your levels rise, your BP will drop — especially if you increase your magnesium and calcium along with it.

So, if your doc has been pushing the low-sodium advice, he owes you an apology.

I doubt you’ll get one.

But you CAN apologize to your taste buds. Rescue the salt shaker from whatever dark corner it’s been banished to, and bring it back to the center of your dinner table.

Yes, it IS possible to get too much salt — if you’re eating processed foods (especially sauces, dressings, and flavorings).

But if you cook your food fresh and add salt to taste, you’ll enjoy both good meals and even better health.

To good taste,
Jack Harrison

The Fluoride Myth

Do all of our loved ones & friends KNOW ?
* Note: Taken from Health Sciences Institute e-Alert – Melissa Young – 5/1/17

* So, how many generations of lowered I.Q. will be enough to motivate getting TOXIC Fluoride out of public water supplies ?

Dear Reader,

The beginning of this year marked the 72nd anniversary of the biggest public snow job ever. And it’s one that is still haunting us today — water fluoridation.

To fluoridate the water supply — or not — has become one of the most contentious issues many communities are facing. Right now, locations as diverse as Durango, Colo., Battlefield, Mo. (aptly named!) and Meadville, Pa. are in the midst of heated debates over it.

In Spokane, Wash., a resident is buying up billboards to warn that fluoride is a health hazard and “public health quackery.” And on the other side of the world in Auckland, New Zealand, a group opposed to water fluoridation is asking for the Prime Minister’s chief scientist to have a debate with them.

But what if an impartial, scientific group were to take a good, long look at all of the research out there that we keep hearing “proves” just how beneficial putting fluoride in the water is in preventing cavities?

Well, one actually did just that.

And what it found should have ended this debate once and for all.


‘Nobody would even think about it’

A news anchor reporting on a local water fluoridation clash calls it a “tale of two opinions.”

But the “opinion” that water fluoridation will prevent kids, and even adults, from getting cavities is looking more like a big round of Swiss cheese than a “safe and effective” public health measure.

Two years ago, the Cochrane Collaboration, a widely-respected group of doctors and scientists who are said to conduct scientific reviews of the highest level, released a scathing report on this practice.

As the group discovered, after painstakingly poring over every single study out there, they found there is no evidence that dumping the chemical in our water can prevent tooth decay. None.

In fact, after pulling out all the past research that was available, some going back decades, they only found a total of three studies done since 1975 that were comprehensive and reliable enough to include in their research.

So how is it that whenever a fluoride debate comes up, we always hear about the thousands of studies proving how effective it is? That mysterious research must be written in invisible ink that only CDC officials can see!

As you can imagine, when this review was published, experts were shocked.

Trevor Sheldon, dean of the Hull York Medical School in the UK, said that he couldn’t believe “the low quality of the research” on water fluoridation. He added that if fluoridation were to be submitted to health agencies such as the FDA today, the research is so bad “nobody would even think about [approving] it.”

UMass scientist Thomas Zoeller said that the review is “pretty shocking,” and does not “support the addition of fluoride to drinking water.” Other experts were equally surprised to learn that the “evidence” to support the practice just doesn’t exist.

After a brief spate of publicity in 2015, however, the findings seemed to disappear faster than a melting snowflake.

Now, it looks like we’re back to the same old debate over fluoridating towns and cities all over the U.S., and once again we’re hearing about reams of research that supposedly prove it prevents tooth decay.

But as an eAlert reader, you know that the issue is much more than whether fluoridated water provides protection against cavities.

As we’ve been telling you for years, fluoride is a toxic chemical that can damage your thyroid, lower your child’s IQ, and up your risk of having a bone fracture and has even been linked to cancer — especially a rare form of bone cancer in young men.

But despite the serious health risks and the lack of any reason whatsoever to dump this poison into our water, the scam continues. Fluoride is even being added to some bottled waters!

If your water is fluoridated (which you can find out by calling your local municipal water authority), you’ll need a reverse osmosis filter to remove it.

And if someone tries to tell you about all that research proving how water fluoridation is saving our teeth, you can tell them that fable no longer holds water.

To Fracturing the Fluoride Myth,

Melissa Young

Sources:
“Spokane woman buys billboards to fight against fluoride” Peter Maxwell, April 13, 2017, KHQ, khq.com