Watching out for Our Health

I have been reading up on a lot of different health topics recently. I had a scare in my family when my brother had chest pains, and we were all relieved to find out it was just indigestion. It scared me enough though to want to get healthier and help my family get the same way too. I have never had any health issues myself, but I learned a good bit from sites like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-XrmuTU0UQ. That is where I learned about Coenzyme Q10, which is something that is naturally found in our bodies.

It is in every single cell in a body, and these cells use the CoQ10 to do just about anything and everything for the body. What I was mostly interested in though was the fact that it helps to protect the heart. » Read more: Watching out for Our Health

Wine and Health – An Introduction

The use of wine and our strong convictions of its health benefits, abstainers and teetotalers notwithstanding, are probably as old as wine itself dating back to the first civilizations in the ancient world. In Mesopotamia ca. the third millennium BC, the Babylonians believed wine to have medicinal and therapeutic effects and it was considered so pure and free of contaminations that it was preferred-along with beer-over water. In Ancient Egypt more than two thousand years BC, wine also became a common ingredient in “prescription drugs” for curing a variety of ailments. The drugs were formulated using other ingredients too, such as water and particularly those derived from medicinal plants.

And stories abound from the Far East where the Chinese would lace wine with animal parts to concoct drugs to cure just about any ailment. Even Hippocrates, the father of medicine who had a keen sense of physiological and metabolic reactions in the human body not only used wine as a prescription drug in Ancient Greece but also pioneered it into an antiseptic for treating wounds.

The link between wine and its medicinal and therapeutic benefits grew stronger through the various eras and Middle Ages up to modern times. So compelling was the link that following the decreasing death rate of convicts and migrants who were treated with wine aboard Australia-bound ships in the early part of the nineteenth century, it spawned the founding of vineyards and wineries by British doctors throughout the rest of the century. Many such wineries have grown into global businesses responsible for some of the largest wine outputs in the world. For example, Lindemans and Penfolds were founded in the early 1840s by Drs. Henry J. Lindeman and Christopher R. Penfold, respectively.

But as wine became integral to religions from Biblical times and the evils of alcohol took root into societies, wine, its health benefits, and its sociological impacts became very controversial and spawned the anti-alcohol temperance movement in colonial America. In 1916, federal health authorities removed alcohol from the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), “the official public standards-setting authority for all prescription and over-the-counter medicines and other health care products manufactured or sold in the United States.” Then in 1920, the Volstead Act was enacted under the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution making the manufacture, sale, importation, and distribution of alcohol illegal which lasted until 1933 when the Twenty-first Amendment was ratified to repeal National Prohibition. During Prohibition, consumption of alcohol and homemade wine for personal use was still allowed though each state and often towns or counties were left to implement further control according to local needs. Wine for sacramental and medicinal uses was also exempt. In Canada, provinces had already started implementing prohibitory laws in 1917.

Much research on the health benefits of wine has been documented particularly since the nineteenth century. But the temperance movement had been strong and gained renewed momentum in the 1980s in advocating the evils of alcohol on public health. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a now very influential organization, was first founded in 1980. Then during Ronald Reagan’s first presidential term in the 1980s, First Lady Nancy Reagan launched the “Just Say No” drug awareness campaign which naturally included alcoholic beverages. Senator James Strom Thurmond, whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver in 1993 and whose wife later became addicted to alcohol, was a long-time, staunch anti-alcohol advocate. He led the offensive responsible for implementing (in 1988) the now-familiar warning on labels of all wines sold in the U.S. The ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, now the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB) text reads as follows:

GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery and may cause health problems.

But there was a major turnabout in 1991 when French scientist Dr. Serge Renaud made public his theory of the French Paradox which observed that the French suffer a relatively low incidence of coronary heart diseases (CHD) which is the major cause of death in industrialized countries despite having a diet relatively rich in saturated fats found in, for example, eggs, dairy products and particularly cheese, and meat. Renaud’s work catapulted sales of red wine in the U.S. and a renewed interest in the health benefits of wine when CBS aired its French Paradox TV segment on 60 Minutes that same year. The French Paradox, the countless epidemiological studies and laboratory studies and experiments, such as those by renowned Kaiser-Permanente cardiologist Dr. Arthur Klatsky make a strong case in asserting the J- or U-shaped relationships between the consumption of alcohol and mortality rate. More specifically, these have demonstrated that moderate alcohol consumption resulted in a lower mortality rate compared to abstainers and teetotalers or heavy alcohol drinkers. As well, moderate consumption has also been linked to a lower morbidity (disease) rate.

Moderate consumption is generally defined to represent 14 g of pure alcohol (ethanol) per day which can be obtained from 148 mL (5 fl oz) of twelve-percent-alcohol wine-careful with that “two glasses a day” guideline-or from 355 mL (12 fl oz) of five-percent-alcohol beer or from 44 mL (1½ fl oz) of forty-percent-alcohol spirit. And to enjoy and maximize the health benefits of moderate drinking, consumption must be daily and not averaged out by, for example, drinking seven times the recommended amount at one Saturday-evening party, and should be part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle including regular exercise.

As of 1999, wine destined for the U.S. market could then be labeled by TTB approval with a directional health-related statement directing consumers “to consult [their] family doctor about the health benefits of wine consumption” or to request the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) and Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) published Dietary Guidelines for Americans “to learn the health effects of wine consumption.” But Senator Thurmond and temperance advocates such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and MADD struck again and effectively forced the TTB in 2003 to defeat directional statements on labels on the grounds that these were inherently misleading and confusing and gave the impression that the government endorsed the health benefits of alcohol consumption which encouraged consumers to imbibe further. After all, the whole premise of alcohol control is that wine as well as beer and distilled spirits have been considered intoxicating beverages and not medicines.

The wine industry with the support of such trade organizations as the Wine Institute and the American Vintners Association (AVA) lobbied the federal agencies for more substantive health-related claims and reached a compromise of sort. Henceforth, under the authority of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA Act), the new TTB regulations stipulated in part that:

A specific health claim on a label or in an advertisement is considered misleading unless the claim is truthful and adequately substantiated by scientific evidence; properly detailed and qualified with respect to the categories of individuals to whom the claim applies; adequately discloses the health risks associated with both moderate and heavier levels of alcohol consumption; and outlines the categories of individuals for whom any levels of alcohol consumption may cause health risks.

Such requirements have made it almost impossible to obtain approval to include health claims, directional or substantive, on labels or in advertisements particularly that claims must contain a disclaimer “advising consumers that the statement should not encourage consumption of alcohol for health reasons,…” According to Richard Mendelson in From Darling to Demon: A Legal History of Wine in America, not a single health claim has been approved by the TTB since the regulation came into effect.

But there is hope. There has been vast progress in the last decade in the health benefits of moderate wine consumption. Though we-except for anti-alcohol advocates-have been thirsty for more good news on the role of wine on our health, research is nonetheless far from conclusive given the often contradictory findings and the breadth of malaises, illnesses and diseases on which wine is believed to have effects. The list ranges from heart diseases, strokes, cancer, dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes to arthritis and osteoporosis, and yes, even erectile dysfunction just to name a few. But a great deal of focus has naturally been on cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases.

In future articles, we will examine the science of the complex interactions between wine and health that are so near and dear to our hearts-literally.

Psychiatry is Junk Science

FACT versus OPINION

A FACT is something that can be proven to exist by visible evidence.

An OPINION is something which may or not be based on any FACTS.

A Belief or Conclusion is based on what one thinks rather than on what is proven or known to be true.

Using these definitions is important when considering the psychiatric drugs used on our citizens.

FIRST HAND DATA

From the original source.

SECOND HAND DATA

Not obtained from the original source; Borrowed.

THIRD HAND DATA

Derived, as information, from the second after the original or primary source; hence, stale. Also, of questionable reliability.

SCIENCE

An organized body of knowledge which, proceeding from certain definite axioms (laws or rules), is able to predict knowledge. It does not have variables in it.

Science is the systematically arranged knowledge of the material world gathered in a four step process:

1) Observation of phenomena;

2) Collection of data;

3) Creation of a theory by inductive reasoning [i.e. reasoning from the facts to a general rule or principal; from Latin inducere introduce, imply, persuade,

4) Testing the theory by repeated observation and controlled experiments. And it is workable and invariably right.

Margaret Hagen, Ph.D., a psychologist and lecturer at Boston University, says these are some of the key criteria for a science:

“The findings discovered through observation in one laboratory must be replicable in another laboratory. Data measured and gathered by one instrument must be the same as data gathered by another similar instrument. And thus the objectivity comes…from a system that demands consistent and repeatable results.”

JUNK SCIENCE

According to Peter Huber, author of Galileo’s Revenge: Junk Science in the Court Room:

“Junk science is the mirror image of real science, with much of the same form but none of the same substance….It is a hodgepodge of biased data, spurious inference, and logical legerdemain [trickery], patched together by researchers whose enthusiasm for discovery and diagnosis far outstrips their skill. It is a catalog of every conceivable kind of error: data dredging, wishful thinking…and, now and again, outright fraud.”

Paula Caplan, Ph.D., author of Manufacturing Victims:

“What is now called ‘psychology’ is…’junk science’….As disquieting as this may be, in the psychology industry, scientific principals are violated, research is ignored and, in some cases, data are misrepresented or even fabricated to fit the need.”

DISEASE versus DISORDER

DISEASE: In medicine, strict criteria exist for calling a condition a disease. In addition to a predictable group of symptoms, the cause of the symptoms or some understanding of their physiology [functions and activities] must be established. This knowledge elevates a diagnosis to the status of a disease.

A “fever” is not a disease, it is merely a symptom.

Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite that is transmitted from an infected to an uninfected individual by the bite of a particular mosquito. Its symptoms include periodic chills and fever. These coincide with mass destruction of blood cells and the release of toxic substances by the parasite, which cause the disease.

SYNDROME or DISORDER: In the absence of a known cause or physiology, a group of symptoms that one sees repeatedly in many different patients is a syndrome or disorder. In psychiatry, all of its diagnoses are merely syndromes or disorders—groups of syndromes presumed to be related. “The diagnoses are called disorders because none of them are established diseases,” says Dr. Joseph Glenmullen, Harvard Medical School psychiatrist.

Depression, Anxiety and ADHD are labeled as “disorders” based on the opinion only of psychiatrists. There is no known physiology or cause by which they can be identified. There is no medical or scientific way to test for and confirm any of these to be an “illness” or “disease.”

CURE

To bring back to health, make well: to get rid of.

HEAL

To make whole again.

PSYCHIATRY: NO CURES

  • “We do not know the causes [of any mental illness]. We don’t have the methods of ‘curing’ these illnesses yet”. [Dr. Rex Cowdry. Psychiatrist and director of National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 1995]
  • “The time when psychiatrists considered that they could cure the mentally ill is gone. In the future the mentally ill have to learn to live with their illness.” [Norman Satorius, president of the World psychiatric Association, 1994]
  • “What’s a cure?…it’s just that it’s a term that we don’t use in the medical [psychiatric] profession.” [Dr. Joseph Johnson, California psychiatrist during court deposition, 2003]
  • “Psychiatrists were surveyed about their “fantasies” about their practice. Their Number 1 fantasy was: “…I will be able to ‘cure’ the patient.” The Number 2 fantasy was: “The patient wants to know what his or her problem is.” [Dr. Sander Berger, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Michigan State University, Psychiatric Times, 1998.]

Cancer care package

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have cancer What are the physical and emotional difficulties come and what does it violate sanity It is depressing to think about cancer and how it affects a person’s life and the relationships around you.

The success rate of treating cancer increases rapidly as scientific advances are made of this means that people who are diagnosed early may be approaching a time where a diagnosis of cancer may not need to be afraid because the mortality of most types of cancer continues to decline. Today many people consume unhealthy diets too high in fat and too low in fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, this trend is also seen in many developing countries in their efforts to make cancer care package. Once a person has been diagnosed with cancer, diet becomes very important. This is due to diet and nutrition will determine the progress and direction of the healing process.

Radiation therapy is given to all cancer diagnoses. As seen in the data presented and has made great strides over the past decade with increased survival rates. Major advances in technology also allows us to minimize the side effects seen with treatment. This change has been brought to the forefront of radiation oncology cancer treatment, but still misunderstood by many laymen what we do for cancer therapy. Very often there is confusion that leads to the idea that we are part of the radiology. But as we know it did not happen to us.

Funding for research is a priority in the fight against cancer and save lives for many years. During this research costs have increased, thus limiting what research is being done. The lack of sustained investment in cancer research left us far behind in doing research and save lives from cancer.

Healthy Salaries in Health Care

If you think you need to be an MD to earn a prime salary in health care, think again. The doctors are not the only ones pulling down healthy salaries. Some of the highest health care salaries may well surprise you.

In fact, you may be surprised to discover that the top current salary among non-MD health professionals is earned by a pharmacist. Today the prime salary for a pharmacist is about $105,000 a year. Pharmacists are not mere medication dispensers, either. These professionals must know what goes into medications, what their primary effects are, and what their potential side effects may be. They are also teachers; they are responsible for teaching patients the right way to use medication, including what to avoid when using it.

Because many people develop chronic illnesses or conditions, a pharmacist may become someone’s primary health care professional for a very long time. His knowledge of medication and his ability to convey intelligent use and alternatives to his customers is invaluable. Becoming a pharmacist is almost as involved as becoming a medical doctor: a typical pharmacist today finishes two years undergraduate science study, passes a pharmaceutical college entrance examination, and, if accepted, finishes a four-year course of study earning a doctorate in pharmacy.

Physician assistants are also highly salaried; today’s physician assistant is likely to earn $85,000 a year. Today, a medical doctor is just as likely to delegate routine physical examinations, basic treatments, and basic patient counseling to a physician assistant while the doctor tends directly to the most specialised problems of his patients. More important, physician assistants find themselves part of a fast-growing career path, particularly in the inner city or the rural area, according to several health field surveys.

A physician assistant typically earns a college degree and obtains health-care work experience before or while finishing an accredited program and a national examination. But the PA’s education does not stop there; typically, they are required to finish one hundred hours of continuing education in the newest medical techniques every two years, and they must re-certify every six years.

If you have the kind of personality that empathises with and reassures others, you may want to consider a career as a radiation therapist. Typically, this professional earns about $77,000 a year, and the job includes reviewing diagnoses and prescriptions from radiologists, preparing X-ray equipment, and keeping continuously updated and accurate records. According to numerous reports, moreover, radiation therapy is thought to be one of the steadiest-growing health career fields.

Typical radiation therapists earn bachelor’s degrees heavily oriented toward the sciences and toward physics, since they work with the physics side of the body. Certification in radiation therapy is also a requirement.

These are the three highest-salaried, non-medical doctor careers in the health field today. Following them to complete the top five are physical therapists (around $76,000 per year), and occupational therapists ($71,000). Health care careers whose salary ranges are between $49,000-70,000 are, in ascending order, physical therapy assistants ($49,000), cardiovascular technicians (also $49,000), certified occupational therapy assistants ($51,000), dietitians ($53,000), radiologic technicians ($54,000), respiratory therapists ($54,000), medical and clinical laboratory technicians ($56,000), diagnostic sonographers ($64,000), occupational health and safety specialists ($64,000), registered nurses ($67,000), orthotists and prosthetists (artificial limb specialists/technicians, basically; $67,000), audiologists ($67,000), dental hygienists ($68,000), speech-language pathologists ($68,000), and nuclear medicine technologists ($68,000).