October 2002 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

The light at the end of the tunnel vision

Statins have been pushed by the pharmaceutical companies so hard for so long that many physicians are simply on auto-pilot: if the cholesterol is elevated, write the script for the statin, and have a nice day.

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One flu over the cuckoo's nest

It happens every autumn – the days grow cooler and shorter, Halloween decorations appear in shop windows, and someone always asks this question:

"What is your advice on getting a flu shot?"

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Questions about Parkinson's disease

In an e-alert I sent you last week ("Live Wires" 10/21/02) I told you about how the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) appears to slow the progressive deterioration of function for patients in the early stages of Parkinson's disease.

I received several e-mails about that one, and all of them zeroed in on one slightly confusing paragraph.

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Guidance for taking supplements

Have you ever tossed back a multi-vitamin and an herbal supplement with the same glass of water and wondered if by taking them together, one might compromise the effectiveness of the other?

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Cancer treatment side effects

When your body is under attack from both a disease and a treatment that depletes so many of the body's resources, the immune system needs every source of help it can get. So I was pleased when I recently came across two studies that offer a few rays of hope to those who have to endure abrasive cancer therapies.

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Natural treatments for depression

But because omega-6 is abundant in processed foods, while the primary dietary source of omega-3 is fish, the omega ratio of a typical diet is by some estimates more like 20:1. And that's particularly important to today's e-Alert because I've come across two studies that confirm the positive effects that omega-3 intake has on depression.

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The hidden cost of prescription drugs

PhRMA is an advocacy group that represents pharmaceutical manufacturers. Their one and only job is to make the industry look good. They have no powers and certainly no real intention to regulate anyone.

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