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If you don’t know your credit score you probably live under a rock. Or you’ve never turned on a television and been bombarded with ads promising to get you a free copy of your credit report or “repair” bad credit. What you may not know is that there are hundreds of other consumer scoring systems out there, systems that rate everything from how likely you are to buy a product to whether you’re a security risk when you step on a plane. Most of these scores are secret. So secret, in fact, that you aren’t allowed to see them or even know of their existence. They affect your life in a billion different ways both large and small. And while all are a blatant invasion of privacy, some are more dangerous than others. One of the most frightening is the FICO “Medication Adherence Scale.” Big Brother says you WILL take your meds A little over a year after the passage of the so-called Affordable Care Act, the credit score gods at ...

A lot of things happened in the world of science and medicine last year. Some were downright terrifying—like the scientists creating human/animal hybrids or “chimeras” in labs dotted across the country. Or the secret meeting where scientists discussed building artificial human DNA from scratch. Or the scientists who created a new and deadly form of influenza in the lab. Some seriously scary things happened in science last year. But there were also some truly amazing stories, and not all of them got the coverage they deserved. For instance, scientists discovered a formerly unknown passageway between the brain and the rest of the body, which might be one of the keys to understanding Alzheimer’s. Others showed we might one day be able to restore memories we thought were forever lost to Alzheimer’s. And yet another group successfully froze and then thawed a rabbit brain without damaging the connections between neurons—something that was pure ...

In the 1980s, an American doctor pioneered a cancer treatment that increased patients’ life expectancy by years. Why have you never heard about it? Because Big Medicine set out to silence him. The drug-free, no-radiation treatment for all cancers Nick Gonzales didn’t set out to be a cancer doctor. He planned to be a researcher instead. But during med school he met a man who would both change the course of his life and make a difference in the lives of hundreds of cancer patients.   William Kelley wasn’t a cancer doctor either. In fact, he wasn’t even a doctor—he was a dentist. He had, however, been treating “incurable” cancer patients for over 20 years with great success. Patients who had been given only months to live were still alive and well 5, 10, and even 15 years later. His treatment? Nutritional therapy. From 60 days to live to 8 years or more Gonzales was intrigued. He tracked down Kelley’s patients ...

For all the naysayers still denying the link between diabetes and diet soda, a new study just put several more nails in the coffin of your arguments. The study, from the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Sweden, found that drinking just 200 ml (less than 7 ounces) of diet soda per day made people a whopping 2.4 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. And drinking a liter a day—roughly one-and-a-half standard 20-oz bottles—made them a shocking ten times more likely to become diabetic.   If you feel like you’ve heard this before, you have.   At least once a year we get another well-designed study showing that diet soft drinks increase the likelihood of diabetes. Usually this is met with one or two inferior studies claiming that no, it’s sugary soft drinks that make you diabetic and diet versions are blameless.   Well. This study does what no other study to date has, at least to my knowledge. It found that both ...

I first wrote about the so-called “21st Century Cures Act” several months ago, after it passed the House. I said then that it should scare your pants off—that while it promised to “modernize” the drug approval process, it would really set medicine back a hundred years in many ways. At the time, the bill was meeting some opposition in the Senate and so had been broken down into several smaller bills in an effort to shove them through on the quiet. A few weeks ago this atrocious Act reared its ugly head in the Senate again. And quietly, with no fanfare, while the whole of the country was caught up in the post-election insanity that’s infected us this year, the Senate hammered several more nails in the coffin of our right to make our own medical decisions. The 21st Century Cures Act has now been passed by both houses of Congress. It only needs the President’s signature to become law. And considering that the present occupant of the White ...

Taking prescription drugs can feel like being on a hamster wheel. You start out with one, but it has a nasty side effect. So you take another to counteract that. But the new drug causes a different problem. So you end up with another, and another…till eventually you’re taking a whole handful of pills each day. Just keeping track of what you’re supposed to take and when can feel like a full-time job.   But eventually you settle into a routine. You know exactly what you’re taking, and when you’re supposed to take it. You know what needs to be taken with food and what doesn’t. You’ve got it all sorted out. Except…you’re probably taking drugs you don’t even know about. You’re probably drinking prescription…water Over 70% of Americans take at least one prescription per day. Many of us take more than one. And the more drugs we take the more find their way into the water supply. Forget hormone ...

When I was a kid, it was still very common for people to die of simple “old age.” And until old age did creep up on them, in general most folks were pretty healthy. I knew precisely two people who had diabetes, for example—one a family member who developed type 2 well into her 60s and one a child with type 1. The only people I knew who took high blood pressure medications were a handful of old folks, mostly in their 80s or nearing them. For the biggest part of my life, no one took anti-anxiety medications, though I did have one neighbor who took antidepressants for a few months. (She’d had a “nervous breakdown” after losing her husband. The entire neighborhood rallied to support her. After 3 months she stopped taking “her pills,” as she called them, and went on to have a perfectly normal life including a second marriage and two more children.) During my school career, the nurse’s office wasn’t full of asthma ...

If a politician says “I feel your pain,” it’s a pretty sure bet they’re lying. But new research suggests that if your best friend tells you the same thing instead, they might be telling you the literal truth. There's a chance they might actually be feeling your real, physical pain. The concept of contagious emotions is nothing new. We've had an inkling that emotions can spread for a long time, and recently science has begun to back the idea up. You might have missed it, but earlier this year an intriguing study found that stress is contagious. It showed that one stressed-out person can “infect” another. And for years, positive psychologists have told us that happiness is catching. But these two issues are purely psychological. They involve a response to the emotions of others around us. The idea of physical pain being "contagious" is a whole different ballgame. Being around someone who’s hurting might cause an ...

It’s that time of year again—flu season. From coast to coast, the signs and posters are popping up like some mutant pharma-derived mushrooms: Get Your Flu Shot Here. Well, you all know what I think of that advice. A resounding “Bah, humbug!” about sums it up—but don’t take my word for it. Back in 2014, the Cochrane Foundation—whose sole purpose is to examine the evidence for different medical treatments, drugs and so on without bias—concluded that getting a flu shot “shows no appreciable effect on working days lost or hospitalization.” The CDC’s own numbers show that the flu vaccine is seldom even 50% effective. Even if their numbers aren’t massaged to show the vaccine in a favorable light, it still averages out to only about 40% effective. That’s not very compelling. And the evidence against flu vaccination keeps rolling in. This year, the nasal spray version of the vaccine isn’t being ...

A few months ago I wrote about the antibacterial chemical triclosan being added to your toothpaste. The bad news is, it’s still there if you use Colgate Total. (If you have this junk sitting in your bathroom, throw it away now and buy something else—preferably a non-fluoridated brand without artificial sweetener.) The good news, on the other hand, is that the FDA has finally used a little scientific common sense. This fall, they’ve done what they should have done many years ago—they’ve banned triclosan and its sister chemical triclocarban for use in soaps, along with 17 other noxious chemicals. It would be nicer if they’d banned it in toothpaste too, but it’s a start. Antibacterial soaps don’t work any better than normal soap The “antibacterial everything” craze we’re experiencing is a very, very recent phenomenon. Not surprisingly, it’s been driven not by real medical concerns but by the ...

I hate to mention the dreaded “Z-word” after all my railing against fearmongering, but I can’t let this pass without comment. Because once again we’re being lied to. Once again some very important information is being glossed over. Once again, the American media just isn’t reporting the facts because they don’t align with what CDC and the WHO want us to believe. So no matter how much I hate to bring it up, we need to talk about Zika yet again. What I’m going to tell you today isn’t going to make it to the mainstream news. The Zika industry is well and truly established, with toxic chemicals being sprayed across the south, a vaccine “trial” underway, and genetically modified mosquitos on the loose. There’s probably no stopping this train now. Too much money is already being made by way too many people. So any evidence that conflicts with the “official” story will be suppressed. Any resistance to the ...

Weight loss is big business. It seems like every day there’s a new fad diet in the news. Newsstands are full of magazine covers promising to reveal the secret to a slimmer body. There’s junk mail in our email inboxes promising to help us lost 20 pounds in a week. Celebrities are telling the world how they lost X pounds in X days by eating only kale smoothies or something equally silly.   Weight loss sells books. And ebooks. It sells magazines and newspapers. It powers websites. It sells seminars and workshops and pre-measured “diet” meals. It sells memberships to diet clubs and support groups. It sells fitness equipment. And it sells ridiculous fringe products like so-called “skinny wraps” that promise miracles with no effort. It’s big, big business.   Meanwhile, while we’re reading articles that promise to show us how to “Lose Your Belly in 7 Days!” the experts shake their heads and warn us ...

Rice is a large component of the typical Asian diet, but health authorities are now saying that this staple food is even worse than sugary drinks. The Singapore health officials have now labeled white rice Public Enemy Number One in the fight against diabetes. While sugar-laden soda and obesity are the prime causes of diabetes in the western world, Singapore Health Promotion Board chief executive Zee Yoon Kang says that Asians are already more likely to develop diabetes than Caucasians and the starch in white rice may just push them over the edge. And he’s got the science to back this statement up. Mr. Zee’s claim is based on a large meta-analysis of studies including more than 350,000 people and spanning some 20 years. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, presented some chilling findings for anyone who eats white rice on a regular basis. It found that eating just one plate of white rice per day raised the risk of diabetes by a shocking ...

Back in the spring I talked about sunscreen, skin cancer, and how the science behind the sun exposure fearmongering is far from cut and dried. For instance, several studies have found that regular sunscreen users are more likely to get melanomas than people who don’t use any. Other studies have found that people who work outdoors have lower melanoma rates than people with indoor jobs. And of course there is the issue of sunscreen itself—chemical sunscreens are loaded with toxins and your skin is the perfect delivery system.   Amidst all the conflicting science, one thing does seem fairly uncontroversial: it appears that the thing that really affects your risk of skin cancer isn’t your overall sun exposure. It’s how often and how badly you’ve suffered sun burn. The more times you’ve burned, and the worse the burn has been, the more likely you are to develop skin cancer at a later date. And the more sunburns you ...

If you’re diabetic, imagine this: You get up in the morning and instead of pulling out your glucose meter you open a contact lens case. Rather than pricking your finger yet again and squeezing out a drop of blood to wet the test strip, instead you power up your smart phone. Then you put in the contacts. You blink a few times and open an app on your phone. There on the screen is a display showing your blood glucose level. The app gives you several options. You can view your reading in real time—it’s updated once every second. You can look at a graph showing you the past 24 hours. You can program an alarm to sound if the numbers start to drop too low or creep too high. If you choose to, you can tell it to automatically call 911 if your numbers fall into truly dangerous territory. You can even send your readings to your doctor with the touch of a finger. And you’ll never have to prick that finger again. Because you’re not wearing contacts due to a ...

For the first time in more than twenty years, the nutritional labels on food packaging are getting an update. Some of the changes are dramatic. Some are small. Manufacturers have till 2018 to actually roll out the new labels. But Big Food, to put it lightly, is having a conniption fit.   I’m usually the last person to pat the FDA on the back. But in this case, I think they’ve actually done something right. The changes drop some of the less useful information and add things that—if we pay attention—might make a real difference in how we eat. This includes removing the listing of calories from fat. This is a step in the right direction, though the number of grams of different types of fat will still appear.   The new labels will also include a Daily Value percentage for vitamin D and potassium. Deficiencies in both are common, so this is encouraging. For years, Big Medicine denied that vitamin D deficiency was a problem. But as ...

“Healthy” is the watchword of the decade, closely followed by “heart-healthy.” We’re told to eat healthy, get a healthy amount of exercise, do healthy this and healthy that. It’s a word that’s lost whatever power it once had. In fact, as I talked about in another post, it’s really just a weasel word. Today “healthy” is nothing but an advertising tool, a term that can be twisted to mean whatever the advertiser wants it to mean. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the arena of “healthy” food. Slap the word “natural” on a product and its sales will jump. But tell people that it’s “healthy” too and sales will go through the roof. Heck, some medical association might even add the product to their “guidelines.” Today, the word “healthy” is used to describe any number of foods. Of course fresh fruit and vegetables don’t need to brand themselves as ...

150 minutes. That’s the magic number that conventional medical wisdom tells us we need to exercise each week. If we don’t get at least that 150 minutes, we’re told, we’re risking our health and our very lives. It’s the bare minimum.   And it can’t be just any old exercise. No. It has to be “moderate to vigorous” exercise. So you can spend 4 hours a day, seven days a week working in your garden, but by this guideline you’re not getting enough exercise and you’re going to die years earlier. You can go for a two-hour walk every day, but if it’s not a “brisk” walk, by these guidelines you’re not getting enough exercise and you’re going to die years early.   I’ve long said that this is a big load of horse hockey. Because the truth is that each body is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all prescription for anything, including exercise. Different bodies may need ...

If you needed another reason to avoid conventionally-grown produce and factory-farmed meat, here it is: we now have measurable proof that organic produce and grass-fed meat are better for you. Oh, and so are free-range eggs and milk from grass-fed cows. Not that most of us needed convincing. But for your friends and neighbors who may pooh-pooh your commitment to eating real food, this research might be just the ammunition you need. It’s no secret that conventional produce is covered with pesticides and a surprising amount of it is also GMO. This includes a lot of fruits and vegetables that you might not expect. Things like tomatoes. And potatoes. Squash and beets, among others. Not all varieties are GMO, of course. But with 10 different strains of GMO tomato and 6 of GMO potato, it’s a good bet that we’re all eating some GMOs if we’re not buying organic. A study from the University of Newcastle, however, says that there’s yet another reason to ...

It hasn’t been a good year for Big Ag giant Monsanto. After a long court battle including an appeal, a French court has done what would be unthinkable here in the U.S. — found Monsanto guilty of poisoning a farmer with one of its chemicals. Unfortunately it wasn’t the infamous “Roundup” in question but an older product called “Lasso.” It is, however, a step in the right direction and shows that sometimes David really can win against Goliath.   The ruling isn’t a mortal wound for Monsanto. It’s not even a bloody nose. It’s more like a bee sting. But here’s the thing: one bee sting won’t kill you, but a thousand might. And this isn’t the only hit the toxic company took this year.    California listed glyphosate, Roundup’s main ingredient, as a known carcinogen. The World Health Organization declared it “probably carcinogenic.” The biggest Native ...

The campaign against red meat has been going on for some time, but really kicked into high gear recently when the World Health Organization declared that red meat “probably” causes cancer. This conclusion was, by their own admission, based on low-quality studies. They also found “limited evidence” that eating it causes cancer in humans. The facts, however, didn’t keep them from publicly putting another nail in the coffin of red meat.   While I have no quibble with the idea that processed meat may contribute to cancer - it’s full of toxic chemicals - red meat is another story. The studies linking it to cancer and cardiovascular disease are so weak that it seems to be more like wishful thinking on the part of researchers.   The studies showing the benefits are numerous and robust. Yet the efforts to demonize it only grow stronger.   This concerns me deeply. There is obviously an agenda here. And it’s so ...

If you don't know your credit score you probably live under a rock. Or you've never turned on a television and been bombarded with ads promising to get you a free copy of your credit report or "repair" bad credit (most of which are scams). What you may not know is that there are hundreds of other consumer scoring systems out there; systems that rate everything from how likely you are to buy a product to whether you're a security risk when you step on a plane. Most of these scores are secret. So secret, in fact, that you aren't allowed to see them or even know of their existence. They affect your life in a billion different ways both large and small. And while all are a blatant invasion of privacy, some are more dangerous than others. One of the most frightening is the FICO "Medication Adherence Scale." Big Brother Wants You to Take Your Meds A little over a year after the passage of the so-called Affordable Care Act, the credit ...

For decades, the amount of government intrusion into our lives has steadily increased. Some of these intrusions, like NSA spying, have been beyond our control, but others we have welcomed with open arms. For example, the recent rash of cities banning foods they deem "unhealthy." This is a trend that is wrong on so many levels, it's hard to believe we've accepted it. And yet, we have.  Although the infamous New York City soda ban is probably the most well-known, food bans are becoming increasingly common across the country. In case you never heard of it, here's the NYC soda ban in a nutshell.  New York: a test case for more draconian policies?  In 2012 New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed that all food service establishments be barred from selling sugar-sweetened drinks in cups larger than 16 ounces. He apparently thought that New Yorkers were ignorant of the fact that 44-ounce drinks have a lot of calories and aren't the ...

There’s been a lot of hand-wringing the past decade about “superbugs.” These are bacteria that have become immune to all or most of the antibiotics created to kill them. It’s a growing problem, and it has multiple causes — most of which are entirely preventable. However, instead of cracking down on the practices that lead to antibiotic resistance, Big Government chooses to turn a blind eye. There’s a lot of rhetoric but no action. This is par for the course. When it comes to the public good or lining the pockets of its cronies, Big Government invariably leaves us hanging out to dry. It’s not a pretty picture but it’s not surprising either. However, you’d think that Big Pharma would be all over this impending crisis. They’re quick enough to jump on every other “public health” crisis and churn out side effect-laden pills. Why the lack of response on this one? Because there’s no money to be made in ...

Prescription drugs are the 4th leading cause of death in the country according to many sources. It’s a huge problem. Millions more suffer from side effects of medications, and all too often the side effects are worse than the condition the drug was intended to treat. The FDA approves an average of 24 drugs per year. Yet as a nation we’re not any healthier than we were a decade ago. We’re certainly less healthy than we were 40 years ago. 70% of adults take at least one prescription drug, and Big Pharma would like to see that number reach 100%. Big Pharma doesn't care about the side effects as long as we buy into the advertising and shell out the cash for their pills. Study results that show drugs are ineffective or even downright harmful are often hidden — even from the FDA. Drugs often aren’t tested thoroughly before they hit the market. And drug advertising often promotes minimizes huge or even life-threatening side effects. The result ...

Before I say anything else, I’d like to apologize. Last week I promised to explain how the new zika vaccine works and why it might be even worse than traditional vaccines. However, I can’t do that. Zika is going to have to take a backseat this week, because right now we have a REAL crisis on our hands. While the country was distracted by political hooey and I was distracted by things like zika and the FDA’s cave-in to Big Tobacco, something monumentally important happened. And folks, I have to confess it blind-sided me. I took my eye off the ball and I missed it. But I’m here today to remedy that. I’m talking about a Senate bill that just might become law. A law that would be a HUGE problem if you care about your health. It’s a bill that hands our food supply straight over to Monsanto and company, and flips us all the bird. But we just might be able to stop it if we all pull together and bombard our Congress critters with calls and emails ...

A couple of weeks ago I promised to tell you all about how the new zika vaccine will work and why it’s such a bad idea. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do today. But first, let’s recap: A few months ago, virtually no one but tropical disease specialists had ever heard of the zika virus. Then within weeks, it was all over the news. Scaremongering headlines claimed zika was causing an “epidemic” of birth defect in Brazil. What the news stories didn’t say was that there was absolutely no scientific evidence that it was true. Fast-forward to today: There’s STILL no smoking gun tying the two together. We’re assured there’s a “scientific consensus,” but again it’s based on virtually zero evidence. However, that hasn’t stopped the pharma machine. Suddenly, this little-known virus—which often causes no symptoms at all—is Public Enemy Number One, and billions of dollars have ...

The question of death has puzzled humans probably for as long as humanity has been around. We ask big, sweeping questions such as, “What happens to us after we die?” and even “Why does death exist?” These are philosophical and religious questions—things science cannot answer, and whose answers we might not accept even if it could. But there are other, more mundane questions that are just as perplexing. For instance, “What does it mean to be ‘dead’?” and even more importantly, “How do we decide when someone actually is dead and not just in a coma or something? What constitutes ‘dead’?” They’re surprisingly difficult questions to answer, and we’ve wrestled with them throughout the ages and continue to do so even today. Well, these questions just got even stickier than they were. Because science has discovered something truly incredible: hundreds of genes keep working even after ...

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