What’s behind the deep dark plot to keep miracle cures concealed from the public?

Introducing "Doc Gumshoe"

The one area of the web that has as many “self help” and “miracle solutions” newsletters (and marketing teasers) as personal finance is health — the investing newsletters promise eternal wealth, and the health newsletters promise eternal life (or something dang close). Readers ask us about the crazy marketing for these health newsletters all the time, so we’ve found someone who can help answer these questions. His name is Michael Jorrin, we’ll call him “Doc Gumshoe” and he’s a longtime medical writer who can help add a little skepticism and reality to the hype we all see every day. Here’s his first article for you, we’ll try to bring him back on a regular basis if and when there’s interest (so feel free to suggest other topics for the Doc in the comments section below). As with our other guest authors, Michael’s opinions and assertions are his own.

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What’s behind the deep dark plot to keep miracle cures concealed from the public?

We’ve all heard it before. And yet, the temptation to take a peek behind the kimono is hard to resist. Might there just be a grain of truth in this latest claim?

Here’s a web video ad from a newsletter called Logical Health Alternatives that comes close to dangling the promise of eternal life:

It starts with the headline “Poof! 20 million cancer cells gone!” And it goes on from there. The premise is that there is a natural cancer treatment that miraculously exterminates cancer cells by the millions – even billions – with no ill-effects to the patient. And, of course, the implication is that Big Pharma is doing its evil utmost to keep us from finding out about it, because if we knew about the wondrous effects of this natural cure, no one would spend a dime on Big Pharma’s ineffective and dangerous drugs.

The website describes a New York City physician, Dr Fred Pescatore, in glowing terms. Here’s what the spokesperson says:

“I’ve been working in the health publishing industry for nearly 20 years. And yet, never before have I encountered a physician making such breathtaking inroads in natural medicine.

“Exposing the REAL causes behind today’s deadliest threats. And delivering cures so shockingly easy—they boggle the mind! And put ‘modern’ medicine’s high-tech ‘wonder drugs’ to SHAME.

“His name is Fred Pescatore, M.D. Dr. Pescatore is a best-selling author, sought-after medical expert, and trusted physician to hundreds of patients (from around the world) who flock to his high-profile Manhattan clinic.”

The secret remedy that cures cancer and a lot of other diseases is called “Alpha G,” and, according to the website,

“It’s virtually unheard of here in the land of “cut, poison, and burn” cancer care.”

Behind the premise that Big Pharma is threatened by “natural” treatments is an assumption, shared by many, that there is a fundamental distinction between “natural” treatments and pharmaceutical drugs. Let me say, right off the bat, that whatever distinction there is, it’s exceedingly blurry. Many – maybe even most – drugs have origins in natural remedies. Take aspirin.

Aspirin: a Drug Originating in Tree Bark

Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) traces back its source to infusions made from the bark of the willow tree (Salix), which was used to treat aches and pains from the times of Hippocrates, in the fourth century BC. Willow bark was not without its ill effects, however, and practitioners looked around for substitutes that might work as well without the problems, including the bark and leaves of those pretty Spirea bushes. And in the 19th century, chemists found ways to compound the “natural” salicylic acid with other molecules to mitigate the harmful effects, and by the end of the 19th century they arrived at aspirin as we know it today. But it took a lot of tinkering.

Aspirin, some might say, is a miracle drug. It alleviates pain. It brings down fever. It reduces inflammation. And, perhaps most usefully, it inhibits the clumping together of blood platelets, even in very small doses. Because clots formed by blood platelets in small blood vessels in the brain are the cause of strokes, aspirin is a very effective guard against strokes.

But it’s not without its harmful effects. The same mechanism that inhibits platelet clumping can slow blood clotting in other parts of the body. Long-term, high dose aspirin is thought to be an important cause of bleeding in the intestinal tract. In that sense, aspirin is like every other drug. No drug (and no extract from tree bark or any other “natural” substance) is entirely without harmful effects. As the saying goes, “the poison is in the dose.” Too much of anything can be harmful, even deadly.

More Tree Bark Drugs

But let’s go back to drugs that have their origin in natural substances. Quinine was derived from the bark of the chinchona tree, and is effective as a treatment for malaria. Quite a lot of other drugs, such as the quinolones (which include such vital antibiotics as ciprofloxacin and the other floxacins) are molecules with structures similar to the quinine molecule.

One of the recent discoveries along that line was that a compound from the bark of the Pacific yew tree (Taxus brevifolin), called “taxol,” is effective in combating cancer. Cancer cells, like all cells, reproduce by mitosis, or splitting. The process by which they do so is complex, but it involves dividing some of the cancer cell’s crucial components, such as chromosomes and microtubules. A number of drugs can significantly inhibit the process. Taxol-based agents using this mechanism include paclitaxel (Taxol, Bristol Myers Squibb); docetaxel (Taxotere, Sanofi-Aventis), Abraxane (a newer formulation of paclitaxel from Celgene) and others. These agents are now synthesized and no longer require collecting huge amounts of yew bark, which is fortunate, since it was estimated that a single clinical trial might require harvesting hundreds of thousands of these trees.

So, Big Pharma, as well as Little Pharma and Tiny Pharma, are keenly aware of any clues that a “natural” substance might have disease-fighting capabilities. Their eyes are peeled and their noses are to the ground, because from those “natural” remedies might come pharmaceuticals from which they would make billions.

Here’s what the website says about “Alpha G.” I won’t paraphrase it, I’ll quote it directly. Here it is:

“Renowned medical experts spanning the globe have come to a shocking consensus… Alzheimer’s…diabetes…heart disease…impotence…and much more
are all symptoms of…

“The HIDDEN EPIDEMIC of the Baby Boomer Generation

“Researchers call it ‘the single most common thread to premature death’

“And, astonishingly…no one’s talking about it

“But now you can turn the tide against this stealth killer— with a solution so STUNNINGLY SIMPLE it puts modern medicine to shame!

“High blood pressure…Elevated cholesterol…Problem blood sugar…Bone loss…Sexual dysfunction.

“I’ll bet you know someone taking prescriptions for all these conditions. Maybe you face the avalanche of pill bottles every time you open your own medicine cabinet.

“But let me fill you in on a secret Big Pharma is desperate to keep tightly under wraps…

“Every single one of these sinister syndromes can be tied back to ONE HIDDEN CAUSE.

“In fact, as you’re about to discover inside this exclusive expose…

“There’s almost NO disease or health worry that isn’t directly related to this SECRET HEALTH MINEFIELD

“And in just a moment I’ll tell you how you can get the inside scoop on the jaw-droppingly EASY cure to this hidden cause.
That’s right—CURE”

About Alpha G

Okay, so what exactly is Alpha G? It appears to be alpha lipoic acid. This nutritional supplement is widely marketed. However, if you check the on-line sources for Alpha G or alpha lipoic acid, you will not find the kind of claims quoted above – nothing about curing any of the diseases mentioned on the video presentation. Why not?

Because if the marketers of those vitamins and supplements made any health claims, they would run afoul of the FDA. The FDA keeps a sharp eye on health claims of any kind, and especially on claims that a supplement or “nutraceutical” can cure or alleviate a disease. Claims of that kind have to be substantiated by evidence, and for lots and lots of supplements, that requirement is highly inconvenient, because there just isn’t any evidence. So the manufacturers and marketers of these supplements stay away from that dangerous ground. Which means that the claims have to be made by somebody else.

Is it really the case that establishment medicine doesn’t know anything about Alpha G, or is keeping it under wraps lest the availability of this miracle product utterly destroy the health-care establishment as we know it? Hardly. As it happens, if you go to PubMed, which is the website of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and do a quick search for published studies on alpha lipoic acid, you will turn up 3,532 citations. Most of them, as far as I could tell, were studies in animals (mice, rats, guinea pigs, ferrets) or laboratory studies (in vitro, as they are called). No randomized controlled clinical trials in human beings have yet been published to confirm that alpha lipoic acid actually has any health benefits, or, perhaps more important at this stage, to determine whether alpha lipoic acid has any harmful effects, and if so, at what dose.

However, if we search the NIH website that lists clinical trials, whether completed, ongoing, recruiting, or terminated, we find 70 for alpha lipoic acid. Most of them are in combination with other drugs, and a few are federally-funded (one by the National Institute of Aging). The diseases in which alpha lipoic acid is being investigated include heart and vascular disease, diabetes, HIV, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant, synthesized in our bodies, although in relatively small quantities. Like many organic molecules, it exists in two forms – the so-called right and left enantiomers. What does this mean? Complex organic molecules consist of several sub-units linked together. Molecules that are mirror images of each other can have the identical chemical composition, but function differently because of their shape. Think of the way a key fits into a lock – the exact mirror image of the key wouldn’t work at all, even though the profiles of the keys were identical. It’s the same thing with molecules. They work by fitting precisely into receptors, and if the right enantiomer is the one that fits, the left enantiomer is basically useless. For alpha lipoic acid, it’s the right enantiomer that has the antioxidant characteristics, but most manufactured alpha lipoic acid supplements are half and half right and left. It’s very difficult to separate the two forms, and nobody is quite sure what the left enantiomer does.

What we can be entirely sure of is that the health-care establishment and the pharmaceutical companies are watching alpha lipoic acid carefully. They are not bent on keeping it a secret or concealing its benefits, whatever those might turn out to be, from the public.

The Other Two Miracle Drugs

So, what are Dr Fred’s other two miracle cures? He calls the second one his “Secret Super Charger,” (SSC) and here’s what that presentation says about it:

“SSC is a secret ingredient–a delicious natural, ultra-healthy, relatively inexpensive plant extract with near-magical health-promoting powers. The plant is native to Australia, and ‘freakish’ is truly the word for it…

“It goes to work melting that stubborn belly bulge and balancing see-sawing blood sugar in a matter of DAYS.

“How does it work? Well, SSC blows away any other superfood you may have sampled in its enormous proportion of monounsaturates. These are the ‘good fats’ that help make olive oil so sensational, and SSC is nature’s richest source of them bar none…”

According to the presentation, the result is a cure for diabetes …

“A cure so powerful, yet so simple, ditching diabetes for good is almost EFFORTLESS!

“Forget about the needles, the ‘sawdust and grass clipping’ diet, and the potentially lethal blood sugar drugs. The supposed ‘global health authorities’ are beating a dead horse with these useless tactics.

“Because Dr. Fred’s breakthrough is all about using your body’s most powerful cravings to help you defeat diabetes once and for all.

“That’s right.

“Golden fried chicken…gooey chocolate brownies…and other ‘off limits’ decadent treats can actually HELP cleanse your body of diabetes”

What the plant extract is, the presentation doesn’t say. The reference to olive oil and mono-unsaturated fats is no doubt intended to add a morsel of legitimacy to the claim. But there isn’t any evidence that mono-unsaturated fats “cure” diabetes. Olive oil, and its presence in the Mediterranean diet, gets a lot of credit for improving cardiovascular health, and there is certainly a link between cardiovascular health and diabetes. But nobody has demonstrated, or even claimed, that olive oil cures diabetes or mitigates the symptoms.

And the third miraculous natural cure is tree bark. Here’s just some of what the presentation says:

“The tree bark CUREALL for sunburn, stroke…

“And everything in between!

“This is Dr. Fred’s No.1 recommendation for every patient he sees. No matter what ails them.

“Even deadly serious conditions like Alzheimer’s and hypertension are no match for this natural remedy. And you’d never guess the source…

“This virtual cure-all comes from one of nature’s oldest, simplest materials…

“Tree bark, of all things!

“But before you start chipping away at the old maple in your backyard, hang on just a second!

“We’re not talking about any old tree bark here. No, this one is highly unique. And it grows ONLY in a specific region along the European coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

“There’s almost NOTHING it can’t do

“Nature’s own ALLERGY medicine

“Erase the NO. 2 FEAR of getting older

“VISION LOSS!

“Forget the ‘LITTLE BLUE PILL’

“Hush that incessant RINGING in your ears!

“Armor your brain against ALZHEIMER’S disease

“Shield yourself from SUNBURN–from the inside out

“The safest STROKE prevention on the planet

“And that’s just the beginning of what TBC can do for you!

“Just look at what else this Tree-Bark Cure is capable of…

“Shave days off of wound-healing time–and prevent ugly, disfiguring scars

“Promote a youthful, glowing, wrinkle-free complexion

“Soothes the itching, scaly skin of psoriasis

“Even help kids with ADHD–one study showed that within a month, symptoms were barely noticeable!

“And these are just a few more entries on TBC’s mind-boggling roster of benefits.”

What It Would Take to Get These Miracle Drugs Approved As Drugs

So now we have the complete picture: alpha lipoic acid: a plant extract that’s high in mono-unsaturated fats: and another tree-bark extract.
There is a possibility that, with enough assiduous, painstaking lab work followed by carefully controlled clinical trials, one or more of these “miracle cures” might actually be demonstrated to confer some benefit to human beings. Here’s what would have to happen.

First, the active ingredient – the molecule that has the desired effect – would have to be identified, just the way the chemists in the 19th century determined that the active ingredient in those willow-bark infusions was salicylic acid.

Then there would have to be careful studies to determine a safe and effective dose of this active ingredient. One of the steps is usually to establish the minimum lethal dose. This is done, I am sorry to have to report, by killing laboratory animals. Enough of any drug – of just about anything at all – can be lethal; the question is, how small a quantity can be lethal. Once that has been established, they scale way back from that to determine the maximum safe dose for humans.

But will that maximum safe dose be effective? Now there have to be studies to demonstrate what is known as proof of concept –.i.e., will the active ingredient in this tree bark produce even one of those cures listed above. This might be done in relatively small-scale trials. But so far, we’re not anywhere near close to getting this drug approved by the FDA, or any other regulatory authority that I know of.
In the meantime, they need to do what is known as ADME studies, usually in healthy volunteers. It’s important to know the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of any drug. Based on this information, they can figure out how much to give (and by what route – oral, injectable, intravenous, topical), how often, how long it stays in the system, and other vital information. Even the route of excretion is vital – some drugs are excreted unchanged, and some are metabolized in the liver. The ones that are metabolized in the liver have the potential to interact with other drugs.

Now they have to demonstrate that it really works. This will require big randomized controlled clinical trials. Depending on the specific disease that they’re taking aim at, the trials could be huge, and they could be long-lasting. If it’s preventing sunburn, that’s one thing. They could find out pretty fast if it works. But if it’s preventing strokes, it would be considerably more complex. There are already stroke prevention drugs out there, besides aspirin, that work pretty well. They would at least have to demonstrate that their new drug worked just as well as established drugs (non inferiority).

The best evidence that would likely lead to regulatory approval (and a blockbuster drug!) would be a head-to-head trial that demonstrated that the tree-bark derived drug actually was superior in efficacy, and just as safe, as an established drug. In the case of stroke prevention, a likely trial would enlist persons who had already experienced a TIA (transient ischemic event, sometimes called a mini-stroke) and are therefore at high risk for a full stroke. Because not giving these people an established drug would be unethical, the trial would likely evaluate combination therapy with an established drug plus the new drug compared with the established drug alone.

And the cost of going through the necessary clinical trials to get a new drug approved and bring it to market is huge – it was estimated to average $1.3 billion (with a b!) in 2007, counting the efforts that fizzle.

Given all this, it’s no wonder that the marketers of “nutraceuticals” are not eager to go through the regulatory process. They would rather make their miracle cure claims by some other means, such as the presentation I’ve been quoting. But what you get when you go for a nutraceutical is a lot of big question marks – what’s the right dose, does it really work better than the alternatives, how much is too much, what else am I getting in this little pill?

Speaking for myself, I pass.

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And a word about myself. I have been a medical writer for about 25 years; before that I was a documentary film maker, and some of my films were about medical subjects. I am not a physician, but I have a pretty good scientific background. I wouldn’t dream of recommending any kind of treatment to anyone, and I cannot give medical advice. However, I understand the medical literature and the data and evidence behind it, and I have an inquiring and skeptical turn of mind. In this case it led me to question the hyperbolic claims in the Logical Health Alternatives presentation. In other cases, I scrutinize and question and, sometimes, challenge the positions of some of the established health-care organizations. Eternal vigilance is a small price to pay for health. — Michael Jorrin (aka DocGumshoe)


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100 Comments on " What’s behind the deep dark plot to keep miracle cures concealed from the public?"

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archives2001
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archives2001
May 13, 2013 11:23 am

Excellent…Thnx very much.
Would appreciate your research into the highly touted Carnivora that Pres Reagan allegedly
took to rid himself of colon cancer.
Regards,
David

Dick
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Dick
May 13, 2013 2:47 pm

It may have gotten him rid of colon cancer but it gave him dementia.

David Clumpner
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David Clumpner
May 13, 2013 7:15 pm

Afraid he had that long b4 but it obviously didn’t prevent that.
Sure would like to hear about any positive or negative experiences from someone.

Ellen
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Ellen
November 12, 2014 3:11 pm

I just heard that Reagan was given cold blood when he was treated for his gun shot wounds after the assassination attempt. Cold blood is known to cause brain damage.

Ivan Kirkpatrick
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Ivan Kirkpatrick
May 13, 2013 11:39 am

Very interesting report. I have quite a collection of diet supplements and such that supposedly are adding to my health profile. It is very useful to me to see a sceptical and critical thinking approach being applied to at least some of these claims. I really appreciate your work and would definitely like to hear more.

Paul D
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Paul D
May 13, 2013 12:13 pm

Thanks… interesting how these snake oil salesmen… and the investment gurus… get away from the regulations that others have to follow in making fraudulent claims.
I believe in supplementing with vitamins etc., but think of it as enhancing nutrition, not as a miracle cure. Sad to see it marketed as such by these greedy individuals.

sagenot
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sagenot
May 13, 2013 2:53 pm

You never heard of greedy Pharmaceuticals, or those drugs that have killed millions of people, & still do today? It’s the Pharma Companies that are in bed with the FDA, not the Nutraceutical firms.

archives2001
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archives2001
November 4, 2013 12:31 am

U got that one spot on sage!

Karen
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Karen
May 18, 2013 6:11 pm

Thanks so very much. Just much added value in helping us wade through all the waste! The truth is hard to come by today for all the marketing hype, and I for one am very sick of it all. Thanks this is such a valuable site to me. I appreciate all who contribute.

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Mad Professor
November 15, 2013 10:17 pm
Paul, While it’s obvious that the presentation is a bit too full of hype, none of it should be discounted off the cuff. I actually viewed the video version and then went searching for info on Alpha-G, Mighty Mouse and the other two substances when I found Doc Gumshoe. The video came to me via one of several advocacy organisation emails, from which I have actually derived a tremendous and priceless volume of totally reliable science. An example is the truth about cholesterols. Without dwelling further on that or Sagenot’s perfectly correct rejoinder, I am putting THIS to you:- You… Read more »
archives2001
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archives2001
November 16, 2013 1:56 am

Thnx Prof !

Myron Martin
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November 17, 2013 12:27 am

No you are not a mad professor, your comments are bang on, the pejorative “snake oil salesman” is improperly applied to non medical competitors to try and brainwash people to trust only medical opinions and treatments. The thing that bugs me the most as a firm believer in free enterprise is that the government is in bed with ONE expression of the healing arts and my taxes pay for the ignorance and irresponsibility of people who live decadent life-styles instead of taking responsibility for their own health. The government has no business backing one commercial enterprise above another.

jfenlin
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jfenlin
May 13, 2013 11:48 am

Any comments on the myriad of supplement marketers claiming to counteract deteriorating testosterone levels that come with aging?

Ashok Nagrani
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Ashok Nagrani
May 13, 2013 11:58 am

Thanks for the article. It is an excellent presentation.
I keep receiving health newsletters daily and always wonder about the legitimacy of their claims. It would be good to read a critique from someone more qualified than myself.

Paul Johnson
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Paul Johnson
May 13, 2013 12:08 pm

Doc Gumshoe will make a terrific addition to Travis’s already very useful website. I look forward to hearing more from Doc Gumshoe in the future.

highnesska
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highnesska
May 13, 2013 12:18 pm

Dear DocGumshoe,
First of all ~ welcome to the Gumshoe reading family.
The subject you are focusing on is vast and the information out there is often vastly misleading; I think that your “inquiring and skeptical turn of mind” is a great asset to have in your endeavors. I am looking forward to more, fine articles like the one you shared with us above. Best wishes. Maria Montgomery

Lorraine Tsutsui
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May 13, 2013 12:30 pm

What about research on coffee and chocolate?

Dorian
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Dorian
May 13, 2013 12:34 pm

I would like to hear your take on Al Sears MD, who has a new miracle cure every other day.
With respect to testosterone suppliments, I have been warned off them by virtue of the fact that I am a prostate cancer survivor.

chanterelle
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chanterelle
May 13, 2013 12:34 pm

Re:“SSC …. plant extract with near-magical health-promoting powers. The plant is native to Australia”. I believe this is referring to Macademia nut oil, which is sold on Dr.Pescatore’s website. It sounds great & tastes great, but it is expensive.
Doc Gumshoe, if you reviewed some of those 3500+ citations to animal & in vitro studies done on alpha lipoic acid, what effect was it found to have? Anything that would suggest a hint of evidence for the claims made?

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smandell
May 13, 2013 12:40 pm

Have my old tired eyes missed the “names” of the other two potential cures?
Doc, you’re more than welcome to participate in our forum. Make sure that Travis gets a full complement of these resources. We need him around for a long time.

Thanks, ya’ll. Steve

Gerald Jackson
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Gerald Jackson
May 13, 2013 1:02 pm

pretty sure that the ssc fat cure is a special macadamia nut oil from Australia
and the bark is from the French maritime pine, and usually named pycnogenol.
only the brand names that he touts will do you any good. all other brands have something wrong with them and are practically useless.

sagenot
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sagenot
May 13, 2013 3:15 pm

Pycnogenol is very effective in controlling cholesterol, but even Niacin NF does a decent job of that too. Statins on the other hand have some serious side affects, my cardiologist avoided them in my diagnosis.

Richard
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Richard
May 13, 2013 9:18 pm

85% chocolate is also good, I hear tell.

diane
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diane
August 13, 2013 3:18 pm

From what I’ve read, 72% pure cocoa (dark chocolate) is the recommended ratio.
First red wine, then dark chocolate. Life is good.

phanke
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May 14, 2013 1:58 pm

Both my cardiologists have been strongly promoting statins to me for years, and for years I have read about the dangers of statins and refused to take them. A different doctor confirmed my chiropractor’s advice that statins are bad for peripheral neuropathy but refused to pass that confirmation back to the doctor (one of the cardiologists) who recommended I see him (because of course a chiropractor’s advice is meaningless); it’s not smart apparently for one doctor to correct a basic error of another doctor, especially the latter is older. (Please call me Mr. X if you post this comment.)

Neil
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Neil
May 18, 2013 2:16 pm

Of course a chiropractor’s advice is meaningless. They are modern day snake oil salesmen.
They certainly don’t disclose the risks with their adjustments.

From a research study: After controlling for all other factors, getting a spinal adjustment upped the risk of stroke 6.62-fold.

They also peddle questionable technology, like “cold laser therapy”.

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david clumpner
May 18, 2013 8:36 pm

Neil,
Chiropractors are not all bad. Just like alopathic and holistic docs, there are good ones, mediocre ones and excellent ones; There’s a crucial role for each.
Science & Research does support a substantial segment of a chiropractor’s treatment.

All three are labeled ‘practice’ and ‘art’ for good reason….lol!

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canonfodder
May 19, 2013 10:21 pm

When I was introduced to the possibility of attending a seminar where chiropractors were taught how to up their client’s visits and how to convince them of the necessity of more of their services, I became rather skeptical of any who would approach their “medical” trade in such manner. This was an extremely expensive seminar too.

I’m sure that some of the services of some of these men are honest and good, but the idea of spinal adjustments for babies (which is recommended by some) is surely snake oil.

Myron Martin
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May 13, 2013 1:27 pm
As is often said, there are 2 sides to every story, and it is certainly helpful to have a person with some experience in an industry applying a skeptical, “critical thinking” mind to claims being made. I have no doubt that there are clever and unscrupulous characters lurking in the natural health field more interested in generating a profit than helping patients, just as there are in medical circles. That being said, a headache is not caused by a lack of Aspirin, so in my judgement, better to do some research to find and ELIMINATE the CAUSE, (as simple as… Read more »
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David Clumpner
May 13, 2013 7:47 pm
Myron: You, my friend, are a very wise astute individual. I agree with everything you state here…We must become our own physician and detective. I too have suffered from migraines for a considerable period of my life and learned several years ago that my headaches were my ‘engine warning light’. Taking aspirin and other pain relieving meds was like placing tape over that warning light. My continual problem is the fact that even knowing many of the contributing causes for my pain, I continue to ‘push the envelope’ to the brink but when the pain begins, I know I have… Read more »
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Alan Harris
May 16, 2013 1:21 pm

My sister used to suffer crippling migraines. 10 yrs later she discovered they were brought on by caffeine….aka tea and coffee). Now drinks decaf and hasnt had an attack for 20 yrs.

Dave G. Houser
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May 13, 2013 1:29 pm
This is a great idea Michael. I get as many online miracle health improvement pitches as I do those of a get-rich-quick financial nature. So congrats to Chief Gumshoe Travis for rendering you this platform. While there are dozens of Dr. Freds out there, obviously hired to tout pricy potions and supplements, I’ve found one — Dr. Marc Micozzi (www.drmicozzi.com) — a respected physician, epidemiologist and medical anthropologist, who does seem to offer some compelling, science-based commentary on the subject of complementary alternative therapies. You should convene with him and perhaps interview him for us — in skeptical Gumshoe fashion,… Read more »
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John Saggese
May 13, 2013 1:49 pm
I agree with your evaluation of the hype for supplements and alternative medicine. And, for alternative medicine to allege shadowy conspiracies to conventional medicine and big pharma is easy and convenient. HOWEVER … our American diet, medicine, and drugs have resulted in an epidemic of diabetes, obesity, and cancer. >The pharmas are eager to benefit from these, and now sell their products directly to the public via ads that encourage viewers to ask their doctors for the advertised product. >These products often have horrible side effects, all of which are described in a very soothing voice as if the side… Read more »
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Darrell
May 13, 2013 2:20 pm

Good article, but sonetimes I see other info about cures that work but not approved.as with the Canadian protest film over their government not approving “Essiac Tea” used by RN. Rene Caisse to cure cancer and a few other ills. By the way,after my wife was sent home to die from pancreatic cancer, she used the tea and her cancer was gone in 46 day.

sagenot
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sagenot
May 13, 2013 3:23 pm

That is such a heart warming message Darrell, pancreatic cancer is almost impossible to cure as you must know, God bless you & your wife for seeking out an alternative cure!

Cindy
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Cindy
May 14, 2013 4:02 pm
Darryl – Let me try this again : ) . I have three friends who recently were diagnosed with breast cancer. I became interested in Essiac tea because of a video I saw on You tube called “Cancer – the Forbidden Cure”. Apparently I can’t post the link. Just Google it. It is amazing documentary of Essiac and other forbidden cures. Anyways I am so happy to hear a testimonial on Essiac. Can you tell me if you brewed your own or did she buy it online(if so which one did she use or which recipe?) . Thank- you for… Read more »
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Darrell
May 16, 2013 10:40 am

Cindy, I buy the TEA in powder form and make my our, instructions come with the TEA from my source; Discount- Essiac-Tea.com. The funny thing is, after finding this product, I called and ordered it and they gave me a “MONEY BACK” guarantee. I have referred 36 people and 35 who bought and used have been cured including a small child in California with inoprable brain cancer. It’s free to read about, so check it out.

Cindy
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Cindy
May 17, 2013 5:05 pm

That is incredible Darryl. Thank-you for sharing.

Linda Belanger
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November 19, 2013 12:54 pm

Looking for help for my boyfriend that has CLL.

Dick
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May 13, 2013 2:49 pm

What about healthy exercise with some hard stress added from times to times , a balanced diet and a glass of good whiskey once or twice a week?

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Joan in Houston
May 13, 2013 3:01 pm

Just as each of us has different outside appearance (by which we can recognize each other), I suspect that each of us has a slightly different set of innards. I neither a physician or a zoologist. This is simply my surmise.

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Thomas J. Bates
May 13, 2013 3:19 pm

Good article, and look forward to seeing future.
Please be clearer in name of specific product being hyped–alpha lipoic acid is clear, although a generic product–so I’m not sure how someone pushing it could profit, just as I don’t know how someone pushing aspirin could profit.
What about the tree-bark product? Name of the compound pycognel? and brand that is different from all others/

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May 13, 2013 3:32 pm

Does he have a stock pick?

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Bill Irvine
May 13, 2013 4:18 pm

Yake a look at this webiste: YoungAgain.org Free books available in PDF format. Roger Mason is the author; he has done extensive research on supplements, tells his sources, and does not hesitate to idenitify the fakes and frauds.

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May 13, 2013 4:32 pm
Unfortunately, doc gumshoe did not read the AHCC info very carefully. It is not alpha lipoic acid, It is Active Hexrose Correlated Compound a medicinal extract of a special mushroom from Japan apparently in wide use in Japanese hospitals. What makes this mushroom extract different is it is taken from the roots rather than from the body of the mushroom. The name Alpha G comes from the fact that this mushroom not only contains the usual Beta-glucan polysaccharides (Beta-G) that most mushrooms have, which is hard for our bodies to digest, it also contains a polysaccharide called Alpha-Glucan (Alpha-G) which… Read more »
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Albert
May 13, 2013 5:02 pm

Will you give a complete story on “Hydrogen Peroxide” cures.

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May 13, 2013 5:17 pm

I use it twice daily and feel it has more uses than as a mouth wash.

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May 13, 2013 5:44 pm
First of all, I really enjoyed reading your article, and is a welcome addition to the Gumshoedom! Thank you for an informative article, and I would like to make two points: 1. As you pointed out in your article, ” …. and the cost of going through the necessary clinical trials to get a new drug approved and bring it to market is huge – it was estimated to average $1.3 billion (with a b!) in 2007, counting the efforts that fizzle.” This is precisely the problem with/for the pharmaceutical industry. The high cost of producing a blockbuster drug that… Read more »
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May 14, 2013 7:52 pm

Thanks, agree 100% with what you wrote, saved me a lot of time. Doc does describe the long,expensive route to drug approval quite well which is why I won’t invest in bio-tech. Give me Canadian juniors, lol.

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May 13, 2013 6:15 pm

We need to hear from people who have taken these nostrums up for a “test flight”, whether the results were positive or negative, miraculous or not. Survivability in the marketplace is probably a good indication of efficacy. Aspirin is an example of this. The question is: who can wait 30 years for the marketplace to filter out the winners?

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May 13, 2013 7:11 pm

While I like the idea of the Doc, he needs to brush up on his alternative cures. I agree with the previous poster who said that “Alpha G” is probably AHCC. And it most likely is Macadamia nut oil, and what kind of a health investigator can’t figure out that the tree bark extract in question is Pycnogenol? 0 for 3 on the first try. Not a very auspicious debut. Maybe some practice time with the Thinkolator would help. Or find a volunteer like Myron Martin who knows his stuff.

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May 13, 2013 10:40 pm
Thanks for the article. It is an excellent presentation Dr. Johnson. I had been taking a prescription drugs for my sugar level. Not high level but just a warning to keep it under control. Then I came across a tree bark remedy. I stopped the prescription drugs and exprimented it for about three months (my quarterly sugar level check up). Indeed, it worked. But I did not continue because I ran out of the supply and I have to get it from India. Also it is too much hassle to prepare it and to take it. It’s easy to swallow… Read more »
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May 14, 2013 4:07 am

HEY SAM, CAN YOU GIVE US THE NAME OF THE TREE BARK REMEDY, OR DO I HAVE TO BOTHER DR GUMSHOE MD

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May 14, 2013 1:43 am

Thanks for the info. I take so many supplements, and I’m not sure how I would feel if I didn’t take them, so it’s good for me to hear a little more on these subjects. Come back soon!

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May 17, 2013 10:22 am

Interesting, I thot everyone was allergic to mercury, rat poison and solvent which are the preservative in the flu shot and I would say (all the vaccine have these ingredients). I refuse to have a flu shoot and have not taken it in years. I take 5000 unit of Vitamin D a day and that protects me from the flu.
Disclaimer:
I am no doctor either have a good science background, therefore I can read, think and draw my own conclusion.
see links below:
http://blog.nutricell.com/flu-vaccine-debate-part-1 and
http://blog.nutricell.com/the-magical-medicinal-mushroom-2

Be inform

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May 14, 2013 3:42 am
I was interested in your comments about alpha g. I did a little digging on the recommendation and followed it to a product called IgG 200 df by xymogen and ordered it. I had been taking colostrum as an immune booster since I can not have the flu vaccine as I am allergic to something it it and came down with Bell’s Palsy a few years ago. i was certainly happy to find a dairy free, no additive product, and have not had any infections in over a year and a half. Before i used this,I would usually have 3… Read more »
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May 14, 2013 11:05 am
I do belive in several natural supplements, but almost always look for the basic supplement and not a fancy combination of ingredients. So many of the strongly advertised supplements are full of extra ingredients in addition to the primary one that actually does the most for our bodies. The extras are to make up a unique combination that can be claimed as “special” and to justify a high price, and they DO have high prices ! Typical is $18 to $39 for a months supply of a supplement. Some price break is often given for a multiple months order. How… Read more »
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May 14, 2013 11:14 am

I should mention that I do take Anatabloc, the great supplement which fights excess inflammation, and also take astaxanthin for its antioxidant property. Excess Inflammation is a causes of many ailments, pains, and even diseases in the human body. Oxidants are the poisons which are harmful and come from all the pollutants we are exposed to in our modern life.

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May 14, 2013 11:51 am

Can you share your source for anatabloc? The vitamin shops where I get my antioxidants, do not have anatabloc tablets. I do not mind online shopping. Thank you. Maria Montgomery

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May 14, 2013 6:25 pm

You can look up Anatabloc at http://www.anatabloc.com

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May 14, 2013 11:27 am

Thanks for an interesting article and the many thought provoking comments. Notwithstanding the Peeter Lamp rather knowledgeable comment (which I appreciate) and the many other excellent comments, including Myron Martin, David Clumpner, Stephen Gillis, Raja Muthupillai, to name a few, this was the most enlightening presentation I have yet reviewed. It should be permanent! Thanks to all, especially the commentators for a wonderful education.

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May 14, 2013 4:29 pm
Just a little warning for anyone with “silver” (ie mercury amalgam) fillings in their mouth planning to take Alpha Lipoic Acid (this warning applies to anyone who USED to have mercury fillings too). ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid) crosses the blood brain barrier and is a MOBILIZER and rather POOR chelator of all forms of mercury. Many people have accumulated significant amounts of cerebral mercury that typically target the pituitary gland leading to low cortisol and all the fatigue and hypoglycemia that come with it and also quite frequently “Andropause”, due to the lack of hormonal signalling to the testicles to… Read more »
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May 14, 2013 5:19 pm

In today’s world, one simple fact is – one only needs to CURE a disease ONCE, whereas, that same disease can be TREATED for LIFE.

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May 14, 2013 8:59 pm

PLEASE amplify S.M.T.M.

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May 15, 2013 5:11 pm
Does anyone on this site have any experience with alternative cures for prostate cancer? It’s well known that cancer cell need an acidic condition in order to survive and grow, and one approach that has been shown to be effective in combating cancer, and particularly metastasis, is the direct injection of baking soda into tumors in order to create an alkaline atmosphere that can cause those cells to die. The difficulty is in how to get that baking soda solution into the prostate tumors — it’s not an easy place to inject nor is it easy to find any medical… Read more »
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May 15, 2013 9:00 pm
Richard, As u’v probably noted on google and youtube, there are numerous articles on the curative nature of bicarbonate of soda. Dr Simoncini is one who has been on the cutting edge of baking soda therapy for sev yrs. I would also contact Dr Jonathan Wright, (Tahoma Clinic) for a recommendation to someone close to you. Here are links to research. Mails from Patients | Simoncini Cancer Center simoncini-cancer-center.com/en/patient_mail‎ Emails to Dr. Simoncini. … A. E. – UK. I watched you on TV with know The Cure and treating cancer with Baking soda. I found that very interesting! I hope&pray… Read more »
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May 15, 2013 9:15 pm

As an addendum I suggest you do extensive research on the whole systemic acid alkaline balance (homeostasis). Most all diseases do not flourish in an alkaline environment.
I would also throw away the toothpaste and ONLY use baking soda and sea salt to brush the entire oral cavity and teeth the LAST thing at night before retiring.
It is essential the mouth maintain an alkaline environ thruout the night. I’ve done this for
15 yrs now and avoided canker/herpes issues as well as having three painful abscessed molars pulled.

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May 15, 2013 9:48 pm
Many thanks for your suggested links. I’m very familiar with the work of Tullio Simoncini, but I didn’t know anything about Dr. Jonathan Wright, Donald J. Porter, the americannutritionassociation.org/newsletter or Beehives & Prostate Cancer. I will check them out as well as the other links you suggested. My experience with Dr. Simoncini goes back three years to when my cat developed feline mammary tumors. With the cooperation of a local veterinarian we did contact Dr. Simoncini in Italy and got a protocol from his office to treat her. While we could not get the cat to stand for the three… Read more »
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May 16, 2013 11:40 am

Forgive my mis-spelling; “Discount-Essiac-Tea.com” Sorry, I’m getting old?

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May 17, 2013 9:21 pm

Small correction– I got the wrong information from the lab about the PSA score. The previous score was 18.34 — the score on the test I took this past Monday came in at 12.77!!!

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May 16, 2013 11:20 am
Please check out; “Discount-ssiac-Tea.com”, it has worked for 3 friends who I refered it to. Read about what this does from thiers testamonials on Cancer, Diabetes, Chrons, Arthritis and about 15 others. My wife went through 31 treatments of 1 drug, the 55 treatments of Radiations, then 11 treatments of that crap they gave Patrick Swazey, plus all the other cheo drugs and nauseau drugs, then they sent her home with death expected in 13 weeks, approx. When the insurance company made us get another “Catscan” two months later, no CANCER and then they freaked, then we had to do… Read more »
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May 16, 2013 10:18 pm

Darrell et al:
Amazon has a better deal on the Essiac Tea…
I ordered a pound of it for around $20.

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May 17, 2013 3:40 pm

Yeah, and that’s why R.N. Rene Cassie wouldn’t give the formula out. The one I used worked, so I’ll stay with them. My personal recommends have used it for, Diabetes, Lung, Pancreatic, Colon, Bladder, Prostrate, Breast and Brain Cancer, Chrons Disease, and artheritis and all are cured including my Arthreitis. This comes from the “Ojibawa Indians”. I hope yours works for you. If you really want to be amazed, Read “Rene Cassie’s Story”, it is truly amazing.

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May 17, 2013 9:06 pm

Darrell:
Many thanks for your comment. I just read the “Rene Cassie Story” on the web site for “The Original ESSIAC Company and you are right — it is an amazing story. I have a friend who has been drinking ESSIAC tea for a while since having given up her chemotherapy, and I will check with her tomorrow. Do you personally know of anyone who has used ESSIAC to cure or contain fairly early prostate cancer?

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July 31, 2013 11:24 am

Darrell, you did not answer Cyndy’s question which seems to hurt the credibility of your statement, I am familiar with Cassie’s tea also and would like to hear your reply on the descrepancy……thanks b

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May 22, 2013 12:00 pm

Darrell, here you say it worked for 3 friends you referred to it but in your other response to me you said ” I have referred 36 people and 35 who bought and used have been cured including a small child in California with inoprable brain cancer”. Can you please explain this? Also I find no testimonials at there web site. I have the book called “The Essiac Report” and they say that Flor Essence is the original recipe from Rene and Dr. Charles A. Brusch MD. Alot of compelling evidence documented in the book. Facinating

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May 15, 2013 11:29 pm

Reading about Alpha Lipoic Acid led me to discover the PAGG stack. I just ordered a 3 month supply from Amazon. I was taking ECA stack with good success, but the side effects and kidney stress just wasn’t worth it.

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May 16, 2013 6:37 am

Thanks all for the really interesting discussion. Doc Gumshoe you are a wonderful addition to this very helpful useful website. Can anyone give me names of forums where the type of stuff discussed here is discussed daily–Thanks

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May 16, 2013 7:49 am

Hopefully u have come to the right sight. However there should be other sites and you challenged me to go exploring.
I first went to Drs Jonathan Wright and Mercola’s websites….Nothing there. Then Mike Adams (Natural Health)….Nope, nothing there either. Quite surprising so I sent Mike a query.
You might want to do the same, asking these experts and others, what interactive blog sites
they recommend.

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May 18, 2013 6:08 pm

I have used several supplements to good effect: One for supposodly “Incurable” COPD and the other to reverse Osteporosis – neither with any side effects pills admit to. .

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May 19, 2013 9:30 pm
I don’t find Doc Gumshoe enlightening. In fact, I believe that if he were to transcribe any of the BigPharma ads we are treated to nightly on TV networks, they would appear more pathetic, more misleading, and more like “snake oil” than the copy that Dr Fred used to sell his supplements. I have worked for pharma companies and spent a lot of time reading the warnings. I also know exactly how low the bar is for FDA approval of drugs, so reassurances that “science” backs up the claims is misleading at best. To get a new drug approved, you… Read more »
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May 20, 2013 12:03 am
Since we see the term so often, we should remember how the story of the snake oil salesman had its origins. In the late 1800’s many Chinese immigrants came to this country and worked on railroad construction. This was hard, back-breaking work, resulting in near continuous aches and pains. For relief, the Chinese took snake oil, which they had brought with them from China. This was ridiculed by the patent medicine salesmen of the time as being worthless. As proof, they offered the observation that there was no immediate relief from snake oil, if any, whereas you could immediately tell… Read more »
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May 20, 2013 2:44 am

WOW John….
Very sage analogy…. Will definitely remember and use that..
Thanx so much!

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May 20, 2013 4:54 pm
Doc, Several years ago the FDA commissioned a study that determined cigar smoking actually slightly decreased the risk of heart disease (while, of course, increasing the risk of certain forms of cancer), which got me to wondering if there is something in the type of tobacco used for premium cigars that suppresses tension, or in some way counteracts one of the other causes of heart disease? If so, is there a way it could be consumed in a manner that does not increase the risk of cancer, such as boiling in tea? I know it sounds crazy, but since heart… Read more »
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May 21, 2013 1:13 am

Jim,
That FDA research could possibly have some substance but there are so many other herbs/foods and supplements that show much more promise and have considerable more research behind them than one study from a collusive source.

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May 21, 2013 3:55 am

BrasscheckTV has some outstanding coverage on issues such as the politics/ collusion
in science and how it impacts government and corporate research in our foods and supplements: http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/food-1/lying-scientists-.html

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November 3, 2013 6:25 pm
I too find this site interesting, but also lacking in up to date factual references to bonafide products to apply to referenced therapies. I have 2 cents to throw into the pot. I shy’d away from treating my sleep apnea/snoring debacle with a CPAP machine shortly after my fears of claustrophobia set in. I found that losing 40 pounds of body weight alleviated a weight problem (I did this in 90 days), my snoring and a better sleep pattern. Now, I don’t sleep anywhere near 10 hours, but enough for me to not take naps. I sleep around 6 hours… Read more »
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November 4, 2013 12:39 am

Steve,
You and your wife should both be checked for LOW stomach acid.
Most docs aren’t aware of the exhaustive research on this and continue
to prescribe acid blocking drugs. Few actually do any tests at all.
As most folks get older, their HCL digestive acid diminishes.
One of the best tests is the Heidelberg which is a device they
have u swallow but there are others.
Most GERD occurs as a result of the weakening of the pylorus
valve, thus allowing food and acid to reverse and causing
the heartburn.

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November 4, 2013 3:08 pm

I found and started taking a natural HCL and Activator product from QNLabs.com and have had excellent response to it. The gastro physician wanted me to take a prescriptive pill but the cost and side effects did not interest me. Found out that the gastric acid out body is able to produce begins to decline around age 40 and by 70 we produce almost no digestive acid. The cause of most acid reflux has more to do with eaten foods going puetrid rather than an over supply of digestive acid.

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November 4, 2013 8:25 pm

Thnx Ed…
SPOT ON!!!
Why is it that very few mainstream alopathic docs know this?
Guess Big Pharma has them in their hip pocket!
How many illnesses and repercussions are caused by their toxic prescriptions?

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I’d caution anyone from taking anti-acid products. When the stomach acid is low, a person is not able to obtain enough iron from the food one eats. I was on dialysis for 10 months before receiving a kidney transplant. Dialysis does a poor job of removing phosphates from the blood, so a person has to take calcium to bind the phosphates so they are expelled in one’s stool. The first calcium prescription used is half a dozen tums (anti-acid tablets). If that is not enough, a stronger calcium product is prescribed. As a result, many dialysis patients need additional iron… Read more »
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November 4, 2013 8:10 pm
Main stream medicine and Big Pharma are very slow to accept alternative medicine. My wife has had Ulcerative Colitis for over 10 years and had progressed to the point where DR’s at one of the worlds leading Clinics in the U.S were recommending IV infusions with a mouse protein that had potential Severe side effects and if that did not work they were recommending surgical removal of her colon and all the problems that go along with that approach. She went to her Dentist and was telling him about her Colitis. He said, forget about those treatments and Google FMT… Read more »
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November 16, 2013 3:55 am
NBC’s Vitamin Ignorance An Apology by Andrew W. Saul, Orthomolecular Medicine News Service Editor (OMNS Nov 12, 2013) I would like to apologize for NBC News. It seems that the organization that brought us Lowell Thomas, John Cameron Swayze, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley has lowered its standard of reporting. NBC’s supplement-bashing headline article, “Vitamins don’t prevent heart disease or cancer, experts find” displays an ignorance of clinical nutrition that is difficult to ignore, and, thanks to its media prominence, can’t be. http://www.nbcnews.com/health/vitamins-dont-prevent-heart-disease-or-cancer-experts-find-2D11577445 Of vitamin supplementation, NBC specifically said that a “very extensive look at the studies that have been… Read more »
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November 16, 2013 7:08 pm
My thanks to David Clumpner for this compilation of sources that completely de bunk the hysterical and deceptive “hatchet job” by NBC News. Based on my own lifelong research of hundreds of books read, and dozens in my library for reference, many out of print, I know from personal experience how much effort it took to compile the list presented. Great work, in fact I would go so far as to say it is more comprehensive and valuable than all the Doc Gumshoe’s columns to date. That may sound harsh, but it is my considered opinion that DRUGS in the… Read more »
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November 16, 2013 7:16 pm
David: Thank you for your time and efforts in assembling this information. I have not completely reviewed, but I will. Let me tell you what was the final nail in the coffin for my opinion of mainstream medicine. I have been a competitive distance runner all my life, and a reasonably good one, at that. For example last year, at the age of 68, I ran a 5K in 26:04, and the Chicago lakefront 10 miler in under 90 minutes (I forget the exact time, but could find it in the race results). However, I also have high blood sugar.… Read more »
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November 17, 2013 12:09 am
Good for you John, obviously you are a man who thinks for himself as we all should instead of blindly accepting the word of a fallible man who may have financial incentives to steer you in the wrong direction, irrespective of his supposed professional status. STATINS are dangerous, the side effects can be devastating and there are far better ways to naturally control cholesterol. It always pays to “read the fine print” and indeed I have a whole laundry list of ingredients I check before buying any packaged grocery product. It never ceases to amaze me when viewing television the… Read more »
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November 17, 2013 1:45 pm
I’m a physician who took statins for about 12 years. The side effects were substantial and I am recovering. Slowly. Never again. Take a look at http://www.spacedoc.com As to the alpha-lipoic acid, I prescribe it a couple of times a year for diabetic neuropathy and occasionally for tingling and nocturnal leg pain and cramps. Need a 6-12 month trial of 600 mg 2-3 caps daily with food. References are extensive – search PubMed on “alpha lipoic acid diabetic neuropathy 600”. It was mentioned in JAMA Oct 7, 2009 p 1455 and the reference given was Tang J, Wingerchuk DM, Crum… Read more »
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November 19, 2013 5:22 pm

Thanx Doc,
Will give the ALA a trial for mine.

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January 23, 2015 8:52 pm

This is good, but Alpha-G isn’t alpha lipoic acid. Just a bit more searching should have gotten you to Alpha-Glycan polysaccharide peptides. That may not be what it is either, but it seems lazy to stop at ALA.

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