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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Thiamine Supplements May Help Prevent Complications of Diabetes

Also, here's a link to a Web site discussing the use of benfotiamine, a fat-soluble synthetic form of thiamine, for prevention and treatment of complications of diabetes.

Monday, February 22, 2010

The World’s Oldest Clinical Trial!

Results From Ancient Babylon Say, “Eat Plants!”

Clinical trials are a crucial part of the modern scientific method. Yet the earliest recorded clinical trial, which incidentally dealt with food, was conducted around 2600 years ago, in ancient Babylon. There were no scientific journals back then, but we know about the study because it was reported in a book that is revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. I’m talking about the Book of Daniel, which is part of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Clinton’s Heart Problems Really Are a Result of His Diet

Why Won't More Doctors Tell Their Patients How to Make Themselves Heart-Attack Proof?

Back in 1855, a prominent Baptist preacher told his flock, “A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.” Nowadays, lies can travel even more quickly, thanks to the magic of the Internet. On Friday, February 11, 2010, the Associated Press sent around a news item titled “No cure for heart disease, Clinton’s case shows.” According to the article, former President Bill Clinton has just had more surgery to unclog his coronary arteries. He had a quadruple bypass in 2004, and now he has just had surgery to open up one of the bypasses. According to the Associated Press, Clinton’s cardiologist, Dr. Allan Schwartz, told a news conference, “This was not a result of his lifestyle or his diet.” That’s a lie.

Compare what Dr. Schwartz said with the opinion of Dr. William Castelli, who had been chief of the famous Framingham Heart Study. When an interviewer asked how many heart attacks can we wipe out by changes in lifestyle, Dr. Castelli responded, “All of them. There are five billion people on this earth. Four-billion-plus will never get a heart attack. Why can't we be like them?” Castelli explained that keeping cholesterol low through eating a healthy diet has added benefits: “Studies from China show that if your cholesterol is low, you won't get breast or colon cancer or diabetes either.”

To make ourselves immune to coronary artery disease, we simply need to keep our total cholesterol below 150 mg/dL. Castelli explained, “Your cells need cholesterol to make cell membranes and hormones. But when your total cholesterol is over 150—or your LDL ["bad"] cholesterol is over 90—the cells have more cholesterol than they can use and no way to get rid of the excess. They can't break down or oxidize it, so it starts to pile up as a waxy deposit that will eventually choke the cells.”