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Companies clash over statin side effects. Which is lying?

17 by / on 4 Apr 2016, / in statins

The complicated and confusing debate about statins – are they worth taking or not; are they safe or do they have nasty side effect? – has suddenly plunged into anarchic and uncharted territory by the claims of a new rival drug.

Prozac is the safest drug for depressed children. Why this is a myth.

18 by / on 22 Mar 2016, / in evidence based medicine

There can be few people who think that putting an increasing number of children on SSRI anti-depressants is really a good idea but then reflect that it’s just one of those things. Cash strapped NHS; time-poor GPs; waiting lists of months for therapy; drugs cheap; they may help some.

Prevention is the best way of tackling Alzheimer’s. So why is it being ignored and discredited?

7 by / on 8 Feb 2016, / in dementia

We all agree that Alzheimer’s is a dreadful disease and something has to be done about it because there’s no treatment and it’s costing billions. So prevention would be a good idea, wouldn’t it, especially since if it works it would both cut your risk and save vast amounts of money.

Evidence based medicine doesn’t protect patients – it just prevents them getting unpatentable treatments

8 by / on 8 Jan 2016, / in cancer, evidence based medicine

Leafing through the New Year papers I was struck by the similarity between the housing crisis the diabetes and obesity epidemics. In one case rapidly inflating prices pushing virtually all properties out of reach of anyone on an average wage, in the other a relentless expansion of supermarket shelving devoted to refined carbohydrates, driving an inexorable inflation of the nation’s waistlines.

The dietitians’ blowback against low carbs continues. Evidence in favour keeps mounting

9 by / on 1 Dec 2015, / in low carb diet

There is a feature of mine in the Daily Mail today which deals with recent research showing the rapid benefit a high fat low carb diet can have on a dangerous disorder known as NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease). You’ve probably heard about fatty liver disease in connection with drinking too much. This version looks like being the result of eating too much carbohydrate.

Why heart doctors will soon get fooled again

5 by / on 17 Nov 2015, / in statins

That old adage ‘Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me’ looks like a perfect description of why the heart disease establishment should be hanging its collective head. Having totally bought into one cholesterol-lowering class of drug – statins – it now looks ready to open its arms and pockets equally wide to embrace a new improved more powerful son of statin drug – the PCSK9 inhibitors – that will drive that deadly fatty stuff right to the floor.

The doctor who came to stay. Treating chronic disease by tackling the cause

5 by / on 17 Nov 2015, / in low carb diet

Given this blog’s commitment to tackling chromic disease by helping people change their lifestyle, I was delighted to discover that the BBC 1 was devoting its prime time 9.00 slot to a three part series about passionate young GP, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, who goes to stay with patients and turns their unhealthy lifestyle around.

The sugar tax: a beacon of hope for tackling chronic disease

7 by / on 3 Nov 2015, / in low carb diet

The sugar tax is obviously a very sensible idea but it’s much more than that. It’s prophetic, it’s a sign of a major change, it’s the swallow that could be heralding a medical summer. The tax is shorthand for a long running battle around what is a healthy diet, which turns out to be about a lot more than just diet.

Utopia: A realistic blueprint for an honest drug industry

4 by / on 20 Oct 2015, / in evidence based medicine

Generally we don’t trust utopias. If they don’t remain fantasies but emerge into the real world, we expect them either to rapidly descent into rigid authoritarian hells or to disintegrate into factions and unproductive chaos.

The Cancer Whisperer: How to broker a peace deal in the war on cancer

5 by / on 8 Oct 2015, / in cancer

Just over a year ago Sophie Sabbage was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She was a 48-years-old experienced personal development trainer, married with a young daughter. Her doctors agreed she didn’t have long to live but this week the book she only began writing just over a month ago, is being published.

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