Tuesday, January 12, 2010
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"The total body of scientific evidence overall supports the benefits of nutritional supplementation," reports certified clinical nutritionist Neil E. Levin, nutrition education manager at NOW Foods in Bloomingdale, Ill. "Surveys show that most people trust vitamins, relying on them as a form of nutritional insurance, and most doctors surveyed recommend them to their patients."
The Lewin Group has published evidence-based research reporting that the proper use of certain dietary supplements can save billions of dollars in health care costs while improving the quality of life and preserving the independence of seniors.
The occasional negative report, however sensational, should be regarded skeptically when contrasted with a solid body of evidence. According to the FDA's Consumer Update, it's a smart idea to "think twice about chasing the latest headline. Sound health advice is generally based on research over time, not a single study touted by the media." Read more...
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sometimes they're consciously spun. More often they're just phrased in an opaque way.
Given all the stories in recent weeks on cancer screening (mammograms, psa tests, pap tests), the effectiveness of medicines, drugs and supplements (statins, tamoxifen, vitamin D), not to mention the focus on the health care bill, it is a good time to briefly discuss a few better ways to present medical results.
Relative Risk vs. Absolute Risk
To make my points general, I'll refer to an abstract cancer X rather than any particular real cancer, which is anything but abstract.
That being said, imagine that a headline announces that screening for cancer X reduces deaths from it by 25 percent. Imagine as well that another headline announces that screening cuts deaths from cancer X by about 1 in 1,000, reducing the rate from 4 in 1,000 to 3 in 1,000. Read more...
Sunday, January 3, 2010
In fact, the Harvard report notes that at least one-third of Americans and 75 percent of people who have cardiovascular disease are vitamin D deficient. To make that determination, the report states that "deficient" is defined as less than 20 nanograms of 25-hydroxyvitamin D per milliliter of blood (ng/mL); "insufficient" is from 20 to 30 ng/mL, and "sufficient" as any level greater than 30 ng/mL. The Vitamin D Council, however, states that everyone should maintain a level of 50 to 80 ng/mL, which means that according to their standards, a great many more people would be classified as being vitamin D deficient.
Vitamin D deficiency is a serious problem, as this vitamin plays a critical role in bone strength (including osteoporosis and fractures associated with falls), coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, heart failure, muscle pain, infection, some types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, depression, asthma, and memory loss. Read more...
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
Nutty Guys Issues Public Notice on Voluntary Recall of Butter Toffee Peanuts and Yogurt Covered Peanuts
December 31, 2009 - Nutty Guys in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing a voluntary recall of all Butter Toffee Peanuts and Yogurt Covered Peanuts with sell by dates before March 15th 2010. Insects were discovered in some of these products. If you have affected Nutty Guys Products with a sell by date of March 15 2010 or earlier, please contact Nutty Guys for instructions and refund.
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