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"Medicine" ..... a challenge to logic at times
How it thinks
 

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you can advise you about your personal health care needs.
The reader is encouraged to
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Medical philosophy is based on allopathy. Allopathy is founded on the notion that you must
have symptoms or something measurable to treat before you can treat it . If you have a symptom and
you treat the symptom and make it go away, it is theorised this would indicate a "cure" of the
cause of the symptom.

What happened to me
In April 2008, quite unexpectedly, I had a heart attack. The ambulance was summoned and
very promptly they arrived and took me to hospital, where under fluoroscopic examination, it
was determined that I had a blockage in one of my coronary arteries. The duty cardiologist
promptly put in a
stent and with that the main part of the problem was solved. For this I am
truly grateful and indebted to all who looked after me.
For  me the acute care I received was absolutely brilliant and life saving.

After this there was a period in hospital, where I was monitored for internal bleeding, and any
infections. Neither of these events occurred. Precautionary medicines were also given and
taken. And this is where I find some problems with the thinking of the medical profession.

Let me just set the scene. ALL of my blood measures were NORMAL My blood pressure was
NORMAL. In spite of that, I was given:
Lipitor a cholesterol lowering agent. Remember my cholesterol was normal. This drug also
lowers Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which assists cells to remain alive in the face of absence of
blood flow. This is not a good idea as I have been told by a medical practitioner that because
I was supplementing CoQ10, before the heart attack, I lived to see another day. CoQ10 is like
having an insurance policy. You only notice its affects when you really need it.
Metohexal a beta-blocker to lower my NORMAL blood pressure. My blood pressure was
always normal even during the heart attack episode. This drug has a co-effect of producing
dizziness and causing abnormal heart rhythms. Probably not something you would really want
risk inducing in a heart attack patient.
Coversyl another blood pressure lowering drug. Apparently one drug to lower my already
NORMAL blood pressure
was not enough.
Plavix, and Aspirin both are blood thinners, interesting that neither one of these on its own
was considered was not enough and both were given together rather than one at either end
of the day. Makes you wonder if either one on its own was expected to be of little value. Again
my platelets and clotting were NORMAL.

Do you know the NNT of the drug?
So what is the NTT? The NNT is the number of patients who need to be treated in order to
prevent one additional bad outcome (i.e. to reduce the expected number of cases of a
defined endpoint by one)
.(1)

So the NNT is really the measure of expected effectiveness of an intervention, like taking a
drug.

This is where it becomes eye opening.
Lets take Lipitor one of the most commonly prescribed cholesterol lowering drugs. If you go to
http://bp0.blogger.com/_ZiPiXEv_Q_g/R5DjN-M3c7I/AAAAAAAABAc/toN_Cn0Z3Jo/s1600-
h/BusWeek-NNT-Table.gif
(2)
you will see a table which tells you how many folks need to take Lipitor to make any difference
to health outcomes.
 












This means the absolute best result you could expect to get from cholesterol lowering drugs is
to have a 1 in 16 chance that the drug will do any good. Great if you are the 1 and a total
waste of money if you are in the rest of the 16. Added to that is the added dangers of taking

the drug which can set up a situation where the brain is deprived of the cholesterol it needs

to function and muscles can go into degeneration. There are alternatives




Niacin is given in large doses and it does cause temporary flushing and itching.
Niacin reduced total cholesterol by 10% and was associated with a statistically significant
reduction in the incidence of definite MI and/or CV death (ARR=5.0%, NNT(6 yrs) = 20).(3)
Niacin is a B vitamin. As a vitamin, it at least has a "normal" place and use in the body. Lipitor
is a prescription drug and is on a poison schedule
Is “Bad” Cholesterol Really Bad?
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Herbal supplements for Coronary Heart Disease prevention

Garlic consumption appears to result in moderate decreases in cholesterol levels,(3) and
weaker evidence indicates that the same may be true for
red yeast rice(11), soy,(4)
artichoke,(5) fenugreek .... A small crossover RCT(6) found that healthy hyperlipidemic
patients on a low-fat diet reduced cholesterol levels by an additional 4 to 5 percent with a diet
high in soluble fiber (e.g., barley, beans, oat bran, psyllium). A meta-analysis(7) of 67 RCTs
estimated that 3 g of soluble fiber from oats can decrease total and low-density lipoprotein
(LDL) cholesterol by 5 mg per dL (0.15 mmol per L). (8)
 

Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With

Type 2 Diabetes (12)

OBJECTIVE— The objective of this study was to determine whether cinnamon improves
blood glucose, triglyceride, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol levels in
people with type 2 diabetes.


RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS - A total of 60 people with type 2 diabetes, 30
men and 30 women aged 52.2 6.32 years, were divided randomly into six groups. Groups 1,
2, and 3 consumed 1, 3, or 6 g of cinnamon daily, respectively, and groups 4, 5, and 6 were

given placebo capsules corresponding to the number of capsules consumed for the three

levels of cinnamon. The cinnamon was consumed for 40 days followed by a 20-day washout

period.
 

RESULTSAfter 40 days, all three levels of cinnamon reduced the mean fasting

serum  glucose (18–29%), triglyceride (23–30%), LDL cholesterol (7–27%), and total

cholesterol (12– 26%) levels; no significant changes were noted in the placebo

groups. Changes in HDL cholesterol were not significant.
 

CONCLUSIONS— The results of this study demonstrate that intake of 1, 3, or6gof
cinnamon per day reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in
people with type 2 diabetes and suggest that the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with
type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
http://care.diabetesjournals.org/cgi/reprint/26/12/3215?: Diabetes Care 26:3215–3218, 2003

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Our bodies NEED Cholesterol
It’s important to remember that you actually NEED cholesterol in your body – including LDL,
or so-called “bad” cholesterol -- in order to maintain your health. There is actually no such
thing as “good” or “bad” cholesterol. Both HDL and LDL cholesterol perform vital functions in
your body, which is why it’s actually dangerous to bring your LDL levels down too low.

HDL (high density lipoprotein) and LDL (low density lipoprotein) are actually proteins that
transport the cholesterol to and from your tissues. Cholesterol in turn is a precursor to steroid
hormones. For example, you can’t make testosterone or estrogen, cortisol, DHEA or
pregnenolone, or a multitude of other steroid hormones that are necessary for health, without
cholesterol.

Even more importantly, you can’t make new cell membranes without cholesterol.  

So, the major reasons your body makes cholesterol in the first place, and why you have LDL,
is to take the cholesterol to the tissue so you can make new cells or repair old damaged
ones.  

Why is High Cholesterol Equated with High Heart Disease Risk?
If your arteries are being damaged on a chronic basis your cholesterol levels will remain
chronically elevated. This is NOT the problem in and of itself. Rather, this is your body’s
natural and purposeful response to healing.

The REAL problem is what’s causing the damage in the first place, such as having chronically
elevated blood sugar. The sugar molecule, in fact, causes far more damage than any other
molecule. (9)

Lowering cholesterol with drugs (Statins) has a growing body of papers that show statins have

long and persistent list of adverse reactions. Adverse events are not rare and need to be

considered in any regime of cardiovascular health. (16) This paper alone cites 900 such papers.
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What Drug Companies Don’t Want You to Know About LDL
Now, it’s important to realize that there are different sizes of LDL cholesterol particles, and it’s
the LDL particle size that is relevant, as small particles get stuck easily and causes more
inflammation.

Unfortunately, most people don’t hear about that part, and very rarely, if ever, get it tested.
Naturally, the drug companies really don’t want you to know that part of the science, because
it would severely limit the number of people going on cholesterol-lowering drugs, since statins
do not modulate the size of the particles.  

The only way to make sure your LDL particles are large enough to not get stuck and cause
inflammation and damage is through your diet.

In fact, it’s one of the major things that insulin does. If you eat properly, which is really the
only known good way to regulate LDL particle size, then it does the right thing; it takes the
cholesterol to your tissues, the HDL takes it back to your liver, and nothing gets stuck
causing damage.

So rather than worry about your cholesterol levels, you really need to work
lowering inflammation, which can be caused by numerous things, including:

* Oxidized cholesterol (cholesterol that has gone rancid, such as that from overcooked,
 scrambled eggs)
* Eating lots of sugar and grains
* Eating foods cooked at high temperatures
* Eating trans fats
*
A sedentary lifestyle
* Smoking
*
Emotional stress

So, as you can see, when you get to the bottom of it, the real “villain” is often an unhealthy
lifestyle, characterized by a heavy reliance on sugars, processed, highly cooked foods, and
insufficient amounts of exercise – not “high cholesterol.” (10)
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CHEMOTHERAPY - WHAT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER

In this most recent study, The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and

Death, 2008 (NCEPOD) found that more than four in 10 patients who received

chemotherapy toward the end of life experienced potentially fatal effects! And after reviewing

data from over 600 cancer patients who died within 30 days of receiving treatment, it was found

that chemotherapy hastened or caused death in 27 percent of cases. 13

 

 

The majority of the cancer patients in this country die because of chemotherapy, which does not

cure breast, colon or lung cancer. This has been documented for over a decade and

nevertheless doctors still utilize chemotherapy to fight these tumors,” said Dr. Allen Levin, MD,

author of The Healing of Cancer.

 

 

Despite its reputation as the gold-standard cancer treatment, chemotherapy has an average

5-year survival success rate of just over 2 percent for all cancers, according to a study published

in the journal - Clinical Oncology 14.

 

How Washington Hospitals Unleashed an MRSA Epidemic15

Over the past decade, the number of Washington hospital patients infected with a frightening,

antibiotic-resistant germ called MRSA has skyrocketed from about 140 a year to more than 4,700.

But these numbers, revealed by a Seattle Times investigation, don't appear in public documents.

Washington regulators don't track the germ or its victims, and Washington hospitals do not have

to reveal infection rates.

 

MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is spread by touch or contact. Six out of seven

people infected with MRSA contract it at a health-care facility. Many people first learned about the

germ in 2007 when the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that invasive

MRSA infections claim at least 18,000 lives a year, more than AIDS.

 

But MRSA has been quietly killing for decades, and the entire time, there has been a simple diagnostic

test that could have saved countless lives. However, not a single community hospital in Washington

screens every patient for the pathogen.

Sources:

Is this situation different in any of the world's hospitals? I would like to know.

 

    The above writing should NOT be taken as treatment advice. Treatment needs often
    change with changing circumstances. Only a health care professional who has examined
    you can advise you about your personal health care needs.
    The reader is encouraged to
    consult such qualified practitioners as they deem appropriate for specific assistance with
    any health problem he or she may have
    .
     

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References
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_needed_to_treat retrieved 13/06/08.
http://bp0.blogger.com/_ZiPiXEv_Q_g/R5DjN-M3c7I/AAAAAAAABAc/toN_Cn0Z3Jo/s1600-h/BusWeek-NNT-
    Table.gif
   retrieved 13/06/08
3  Stevinson C, Pittler MH, Ernst E. Garlic for treating hypercholesterolemia. A meta-analysis of randomized
    clinical trials. Ann Intern Med 2000;133:420-9.retrieved 09.09.08
4  Anderson JW, Johnstone BM, Cook-Newell ME. Meta-analysis of the effects of soy protein intake on serum
     lipids. N Engl J Med 1995;333:276-82.retrieved 09.09.08
5  Pittler MH, Thompson CO, Ernst E. Artichoke leaf extract for treating hypercholesterolaemia. Cochrane
    Database Syst Rev 2002;(3):CD003335.retrieved 09.09.08
6  Jenkins DJ, Wolever TM, Rao AV, Hegele RA, Mitchell SJ, Ransom TP, et al. Effect on blood lipids of very
     high intakes of fiber in diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol. N Engl J Med 1993;329:21-6.
     retrieved 09.09.08
7   Randomised trial of cholesterol lowering in 4444 patients with coronary heart disease: the Scandinavian
     Simvastatin Survival Study (4S). Lancet 1994;344:1383-9. retrieved 09.09.08
8   http://www.aafp.org/afp/20050315/1137.html retrieved 09.09.08
9
   http://www.ti.ubc.ca/pages/letter24.htm retrieved 09.09.08
10
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/09/09/cholesterol-pill-taken-by-thousands-
     causes-cancer.aspx?source=nl retrieved 09.09.08
11
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/red-yeast-rice/NS_patient-redyeast

12 Diabetes Care 26:3215–3218, 2003

13 http://www.ncepod.org.uk/2008sact.htm

14 Clinical Oncology in December 2004
15 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/12/13/how-washington-hospitals-unleashed-a-mrsa-epidemic.aspx

16 Am J Cardiovasc Drugs. 2008;8(6):373-418. doi: 10.2165/0129784-200808060-00004.

 

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Lipitor and other cholesterol lowering drugs (2)

Patient condition

NNT

With patients without heart disease but who have
risk factors such as high blood pressure

500 + To prevent ONE death or serious "medical"
conditions

With patients without heart disease but who have
risk factors such as high blood pressure

70 to 250 To prevent ONE heart attack or stroke

When used with patients who have had a heart
attack or have other signs of heart disease

16 to 23 to prevent a recurrence.

Niacin as cholesterol lowering agent
to lower cholesterol
NNT = 20
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