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Health

August 13, 2014

"Revolutionary new blood test 'could detect ALL types of cancer'"

Bring it on!

A revolutionary blood test that could detect any type of cancer has been developed by British scientists. 

It is hoped the breakthrough will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms - saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures and biopsies. 

Early results have shown the simple test can diagnose cancer and pre-cancerous conditions from the blood of patients with melanoma, colon cancer and lung cancer with a high degree of accuracy.

August 06, 2014

Something else to worry about

"What Scares Bug Experts? The horrible disease that experts feared would come to the United States has come to the United States."

August 05, 2014

One of the most effective propaganda campaigns ever

I speak of the alleged harm of saturated fat. The harm I refer to is not that fat is, ounce for ounce, more caloric than either carbohydrates or protein. I mean the allegation virtually all Americans seem to believe--really, really believe--that saturated fat does terrible things to your circulatory system. How many times have you heard people say, or have you read someone writing, that a dish like a chili cheeseburger with bacon is an "artery-clogger" or is "a heart attack on a plate"?

As Milton Friedman used to ask so energetically: How do you know?

The original research was, apparently, very dubious. (See also this.) And informed opinion currently rejects the claim. Related: the advice we got to eat a lot of bread wasn't so good, either.

Bottom line: too many calories seems to be bad for you and fat has more than twice as many calories per gram as carbs and protein. But beyond that, enjoy your fat, saturated or otherwise. (Except, of course, for transfat. But that's another post.)

 

July 24, 2014

"Broccoli Loves Us"

I don't know about "love," but everybody seems to agree that it's amazingly good for us.

July 22, 2014

"Scientists Pave The Way For Possible Alzheimer's Blood Test"

Let's hope that this works out and real soon.

June 30, 2014

"Ketogenic diet can replace chemo for almost all cancers, says Dr Thomas Seyfried"

Interesting.

Unlike some of the shills and charlatans in this area, this guy is a professor with a long list of journal publications

June 26, 2014

"Maybe we don't all need annual physicals"

I find this article rather remarkable. When I was a kid barely a day went by without a public-service announcement on TV exhorting people to know the seven warning signs of cancer and urging people who thought they had one to see a doctor ASAP. "Early detection" was absolutely vital, they said.

Now we have Dr. Michael Rothberg, director of the Cleveland Clinic Medicine Institute Center for Value-Based Care Research quoted as throwing virtually all such early detection in the trash: "You're very unlikely to have any serious diseases that haven't shown symptoms." And, of course, we've recently been advised that mammograms and PSA tests should probably be avoided.

If I were a cynic--perish the thought!--I'd suspect these recent developments might be related to 1) government now funds a significant percentage of American health care, and 2) government is broke. 

June 25, 2014

Another vote for intermittent fasting

"Fasting diets like the 5:2 'can help prevent diabetes by reducing cholesterol after 10 to 12 hours'".

June 18, 2014

"Is Alzheimer’s Caused by an Infection?"

Interesting. Further research is clearly needed, particularly about the direction of causality.

Doctors from the International Alzheimer Research Center in Switzerland published a study indicating a high probability of a causal relationship, not just an association, between spirochete infections and Alzheimer’s disease.

What they discovered was pretty amazing. They found spirochetes in about 90% of Alzheimer’s patients, while the bacteria were virtually absent in healthy age-matched controls. [footnote omitted]

See also Paul Jaminet's posts "Is Alzheimer’s Caused By a Bacterial Infection of the Brain?" and "Eleven Steps for Overcoming Alzheimer’s and Other Chronic Infectious Diseases".

UPDATE: First link fixed now. Thanks, Brent.

June 17, 2014

"Six simple ways to prevent hospital infections and save your life"

Contracting an infection while in the hospital is a stupid way to get sick. And like most stupid things, it should be avoided

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