Alternative Medicine News – October 22, 2012

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The Spice That Treats Arthritis Better Than NSAIDs

If you have read Balance Point long, you know curcumin fights pain. It does this by lowering inflammation.

It can help IBS, colitis and even some types of cancer. But can it be as effective as medication?

Dr. Ajay Goel studied curcumin at the Baylor Research Institute in Dallas. He wanted to see how it did for relieving arthritis pain. He compared it with both placebo and a common arthritis drug.

The results were interesting. Curcumin blocked a wider range of inflammatory pathways than the drug. And, in the right dose it gave more relief than the drug. It also had less side effects.

The study is reported in the Daily Health News site. It gives dosages used. It also lists what drugs and conditions you need to be cautious about when using it.

You can read the article here.
The drugs don’t work: a modern medical scandal

If you suspect drugs don’t always do what they are supposed to, you’re not far off.

The problem is with how they are tested. Drug companies spend more money on marketing than on research. And they often cherry pick studies to make the drugs seem better than they are.

But the doctors who prescribe the drugs get most of their information from drug reps. They don’t know they don’t do what they’re meant to. Nor do their patients. The manufacturers know full well, but they’re not telling.

Here is a quote from the article:

“The results from every randomised controlled trial (45 out of 45) favoured the drug of the sponsor.”

Sounds a bit suspicious to me.

This article is by Ben Goldacre. He is a doctor practicing in the U.K. He strips away the misleading information to expose the real truth of what drugs do… or what they don’t.

Before you fill that next prescription, read this article. You will be better able to ask your doctor the right questions.

The Guardian newspaper has the details. You can read them here.

Natural Society
FDA Looking to Ban B6 Supplements, Give Boost to Big Pharma

Readers of Balance Point know that supplements are powerful.

And apparently the big drug companies know it also. Right now, they are trying to make some vitamins available only by prescription.

A case in point is vitamin B6. This is a crucial and basic nutrient. And many people use different forms of it in their vitamin regimen.

But the FDA is bowing to pressure from their constituents. “Wait,” you say, “aren’t consumers the constituents of the FDA?” Turns out, not so much.

The big drug companies are, in fact, the people the FDA wants to protect. They have already pulled one form of B6 off the market at the request of a drug company. And they are considering pulling off another.

Thanks to Judy Persin for alerting me to this. The Natural Society website tells it all here.

Life Extension Foundation
Selenium deficiency associated with increased inflammation in seniors

Oxidative damage and inflammation are big factors that speed aging.

Now a study of older folks in care centers shows one of the causes of this damage. The results include muscle loss, loss of function, frailty, sickness and early death.

The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging reports that a common factor for these is low levels of selenium. In fact, low selenium more than doubled the risks.

Selenium is a mineral that gives potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection.

The Life Extension Foundation has the research. You can see it here.
More Damaging Info About Smoking & Drinking

Okay, so you already know smoking and drinking are bad for you. That’s not big news.

However new research shows they are bad in ways you never imagined.

Most people know about the tobacco link with lung cancer. And, of course there’s the heart disease link.

And alcohol is very hard on the liver. Cirrhosis and liver cancer are two possible results.

But now, both smoking and drinking are linked to a different disease. The disease? Pancreatic cancer.

More support for avoiding these two things in your life.

Private MD Labs has the story. The link is here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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