Saturday, May 15, 2010

Doc Who Harms No One Is Punished, But Docs Who Killed Can Practice.


In the US -- at least in my state -- the Medical Board will not even investigate any report of malpractice that does not result in loss of life or limb.  The fact that I have lost "life as I knew it" due to medical neglect isn't important.  I'm permanently impaired, but the doctor continues to practice without even reference to my complaint on his record.
Worse yet, because of the lies he placed in my medical records, I can neither work nor convince a judge that I deserve Disability benefits.  The judge keeps pointing back to the statements that I refuse treatment for depression because I don't want to work, and ignoring more current information like objective test results showing something very wrong.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Must-Read!

I've done some thinking-out-loud on the recent CFSAC meeting,
and  I've linked it to the uniformly great testimony that was
submitted Monday.

Hillary Johnson

I'll bring the pitchfork.  Who's bringing the tar and feathers?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Who's Running the Scam - Vitamin Companies... or Reader's Digest?

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Who's Running the Scam - Vitamin Companies... or Reader's Digest?

By Karen Lee Richards*
As I walked through the checkout line at the grocery store, my eyes fell
on the cover of the April 2010 issue of Reader's Digest.

It was hard to miss. The words
"THE VITAMIN SCAM" in big, bold, red letters almost jumped off the page.
Then right below it in a bright blue circle was the instruction to "Read this
before you pop another pill!"
Since I spend quite a few hours each week studying and writing about the
research behind various vitamins and supplements, I was anxious to get home
and see what this article had to say. Sadly, I discovered that this once
highly-respected periodical had resorted to tabloid tactics - using a
sensational headline on the cover to entice readers to buy the magazine.

And when I opened the magazine, I discovered that the article inside was
poorly sourced and bore little resemblance to the tantalizing headline
plastered across the cover.

Uncovering the Real "Truths and Lies"

The article, written by Christie Aschwanden, was entitled, "Vitamin Truths
& Lies."(1) It listed five "myths" about vitamins, explaining why they
were not true... then ended with one truth. Let's take an in-depth look at
these so-called myths and the evidence used to support RD's claims that
vitamins are a waste of money.

RD Myth #1: A multivitamin can make up for a bad diet.

Well, duh! I don't know anyone who thinks you can eat whatever you like
and then just take a multivitamin and expect to be healthy. Anyone with a
little common sense knows it's important to eat a well-balanced diet. One of
the main reasons for taking multivitamins in addition to eating well is to
help replace some of the nutrients that have been stripped from the
overly-processed food found in today's markets.

On top of starting with an absurd premise, the study they used to "prove"
their point had serious flaws. According to the article, "a long term study
of more than 160,000 midlife women...showed that multivitamin-takers are
no healthier than those who don't pop the pills, at least when it comes to
the big diseases - cancer, heart disease, stroke."

What they failed to tell you was that this "study" was not what we
normally think of as a clinical trial. Participants were not given high-quality
multivitamins daily for several years. Instead it was an interview which
included women who said they took at least one multivitamin a week - it didn't
matter what kind or quality of multivitamin. After eight years, data on the
incidence of specific cancers, heart disease and stroke were gathered and

I can't help but think this study was designed to fail. Why would anyone
logically expect that someone who took a cheap, synthetic multivitamin once
a week would experience a significant decrease in risk of major diseases?
It just doesn't make sense. But media outlets like the Reader's Digest were
only too happy to use it as "evidence" that multivitamins provide no

Speaking of not making sense... after three paragraphs of explaining how
multivitamins are worthless, they concluded by saying that women of
reproductive age should take a multivitamin to help prevent birth defects. So much
for Myth #1.

RD Myth #2: Vitamin C is a cold fighter.

In an effort to support their contention that vitamin C doesn't help the
body fight colds, a 2007 review that compiled data from several smaller
studies was cited. In these studies, participants took only about 200 mg of
vitamin C each day. Some took it all the time and others only after the onset
of cold symptoms. Once again, there was no control or consistency as to the
type and quality of vitamin C used. Not surprisingly, the study concluded
that vitamin C did not reduce the incidence of colds in the normal
population, although it was effective for subgroups consisting of marathon runners,
skiers and soldiers on sub-arctic exercises.(2)

What the author didn't bother to mention was that this review was updated
in February 2010. The update specifically noted that the data used in the
original review were based on intakes of vitamin C far below the levels
actually thought to be helpful.

Another thing the RD article neglected to mention was other studies that
used higher doses of vitamin C - like the 1999 study of more than 700
students. In this study, participants reporting cold symptoms were given 1,000 mg
of vitamin C for the first six hours and then three times daily
thereafter. Those without symptoms were given 1,000 mg three times a day. The control
group with cold symptoms was treated with pain relievers and d
econgestants. In the end, the students receiving the megadoses of vitamin C reported
85% fewer cold and flu symptoms than the control group.(3)

What these studies show is that while low doses of vitamin C may not help
us fight colds, higher doses can be very effective in supporting the body's
ability to fend off and reduce the symptoms of colds.

RD Myth #3: Vitamin pills can prevent heart disease.

The basic tactic used throughout this article was to completely ignore
studies that had a positive result and make general statements about studies
that didn't pan out - without giving enough specifics for the reader to
judge the validity of the studies. When it came to how vitamins might relate to
risk of heart disease, the author alluded to studies that purportedly
indicated vitamins C, E, B6, B12 and folate were not helpful in supporting
reduced risk of heart disease.

Just a couple of the studies relating to cardiovascular health that the
author chose to ignore included:
A CoQ-10 study of 109 patients in which 51% were able to stop taking
between one and three antihypertensive medications an average of 4.4 months
after starting CoQ-10 supplementation.(5)

A study in which 10 healthy participants took 500 mg of curcumin
(turmeric) each day for seven days. At the end of the week, they had:
A 33% decrease in the blood levels of oxidized cholesterol.
An 11.63% decrease in total serum cholesterol.
A 29% increase in HDL ('good') cholesterol.(6)
The jury is still out on how helpful some vitamins (like C and E) might be
in supporting reduced heart disease risk. Some studies have had positive
results while others have shown no difference. But there's little doubt that
other supplements, like CoQ-10, curcumin and vitamin D3, can be beneficial
in supporting cardiovascular health.

RD Myth #4: Taking vitamins can protect against cancer.

A 2008 study, which concluded that a combination of folic acid, vitamin
B6, and vitamin B12 supplementation had no significant effect on overall risk
of invasive or breast cancer among women, was cited as proof that vitamins
can't bolster the body's natural defenses against cancer. While there may
have been no reduction in cancer risk for women as a whole, what they
neglected to mention was that, for women over 65, there was:
A 25% reduction in the risk of invasive cancer,

And a 38% reduction in the risk of breast cancer.(6)
They also conveniently omitted multiple other studies providing evidence
that a number of different vitamins can support reduced cancer risk. For
In a 2007 study of 1,179 women, the incidence of several types of cancer
was as much as 77% lower in those supplementing with a combination of
calcium and vitamin D3.(7)

A new study, presented last week at the American Association for Cancer
Research's 101st Annual Meeting 2010, linked vitamin and calcium
supplementation with an apparent 30% to 40% reduction in breast cancer risk.(8)

Another supplement that has been strongly linked to reduced cancer risk is
curcumin, the primary component of the spice tumeric. According to the
American Cancer Society, "A growing body of laboratory research suggests the
spice turmeric has potent anticancer activity - and researchers have
launched a slew of human trials to find out just how powerful it may be."(9)
Laboratory and animal studies suggest that curcumin may help the body prevent,
control the spread of, or kill several types of cancer including breast,
skin, colon and prostate cancers. It is also being tested vis-a-vis other
cancers such as metastatic melanoma, mantle cell lymphoma, multiple myeloma and
advanced pancreatic cancer.(10-18)
And so Myth #4 bites the dust - it seems that taking certain vitamins may
indeed help the body protect against cancer.

RD Myth #5: Hey, it can't hurt.

The article went so far as to say that, not only are vitamins not helpful,
but they can actually hurt you. This contention was primarily based on a
2004 study designed to find out if beta-carotene (vitamin A) was effective
in preventing lung cancer. The researchers were surprised to discover that
instead of preventing lung cancer, the beta carotene actually seemed to
increase the incidence of lung cancer by 28% and overall mortality by 17%.(19)

We've long known that getting too much vitamin A can be dangerous, and
this study certainly provides another good reason to avoid over-supplementing
with it. But surmising that because too much of one particular vitamin may
be bad for you, you shouldn't take any vitamins at all is a bit like (to
use my grandmother's expression) throwing out the baby with the bath water.
There is a tremendous amount of research supporting the benefits of vitamins
and other supplements to promote better health.

RD TRUTH #1: A pill that's worth taking.

Finally, in a complete turn-around from the previous 'vitamins are
worthless' stance, the article acknowledges the importance of vitamin D
supplementation and recommends that most people take at least 1,000 IU of vitamin D
each day.

Even though they had previously said vitamins can't prevent heart disease
or protect against cancer, they support their vitamin D recommendation by
telling of research suggesting that it cuts the risk of heart attack in half
for men, and lowers the risk of at least half a dozen cancers. Yes, they
completely contradicted themselves, but at least this time they got it

The Truth Behind the Purported "Scam"

A scam is defined as "a fraudulent or deceptive act or operation" and
constitutes a pretty serious accusation. Although Reader's Digest boldly
proclaimed vitamins to be a scam on their cover, their article failed to show any
evidence of fraud or deception. On the other hand, they did pull something
of a scam on their readers by printing such a deceptive headline.

I'm deeply disappointed in Reader's Digest for publishing such a blatantly
biased article. At best, they've done a great disservice to their readers.
At worst, I fear they may have compromised the health of people who
counted on them to be an honest and trustworthy publication - all for the sake of
a cheap headline and the sale of a few more magazines.

* Karen Lee Richards is Lead Expert specializing in Fibromyalgia and
ME/CFS, for HealthCentral's ChronicPainConnection
Karen is co-founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) and was
Executive Editor of Fibromyalgia AWARE magazine for four years.


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2009 Feb 9;169(3):294-304.

3. Douglas RM, et al. Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common
cold. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2007 Jul 18;(3):CD000980.

4. Gorton HC, Jarvis K. The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing and
relieving the symptoms of virus-induced respiratory infections. J
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5. Langsjoen P. H., et al. Treatment of essential hypertension with
coenzyme Q10. Molecular Aspects of Medicine. 1994; 15:S265-72.

6. Soni KB, Kuttan R. Effect of oral curcumin administration on serum
peroxides and cholesterol levels in human volunteers. Indian J Physiol
Pharmacol. 1992 Oct;36(4):273-5. 1992.

7. Zhang SM, et al. Effect of Combined Folic Acid, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin
B12 on Cancer Risk: Results from a Randomized Trial. JAMA. 2008 November
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8. Lappe JM, et al. Vitamin D and calcium supplementation reduces cancer
risk: results of a randomized trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
Vol. 85, No. 6, 1586-1591, June 2007.

9. American Association for Cancer Research (2010, April 19). Vitamin and
calcium supplements may reduce breast cancer risk.

10. A Cancer Treatment in the Spice Cabinet? American Cancer Society.
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11. Aggarwal BB, et al. Curcumin Suppresses the Paclitaxel-Induced Nuclear
Factor-?B Pathway in Breast Cancer Cells and Inhibits Lung Metastasis of
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12. Kakarala M, et al. Targeting breast stem cells with the cancer
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15. Yoysungnoen P, et al. Anti-cancer and anti-angiogenic effects of
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16. Dorai T, et al. Therapeutic potential of curcumin in human prostate
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Apr;89(4):399-404. Epub 2009 Sep 15.

20. Goodman GE, et al. The Beta-Carotene and Retinol Efficacy Trial:
incidence of lung cancer and cardiovascular disease mortality during 6-year
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Beneficial Nutritional Supplements for XMRV Patients

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Beneficial Nutritional Supplements to Support XMRV Patients

During the Q & A period following her recent XMRV presentation sponsored by the HHV-6 Foundation and ProHealth, Whittemore Peterson Institute Research Director Dr. Judy Mikovits, PhD, was asked what kind of therapies those who tested positive for the XMRV retrovirus could try until specific drug or other treatments are developed.

Although Dr. Mikovits was quick to note that she is not a physician, she mentioned five areas of concern for people with XMRV and suggested that nutritional supplementation to strengthen those areas could be helpful.

Based on her insights, ProHealth suggests a number of options known to be helpful for these concerns, as outlined below. Please note, however, that Dr. Mikovits has made no specific product recommendations, nor does she endorse these products in any way.

1. Decrease Inflammation

In her presentation, Dr. Mikovits said, "...we know that CFS is a multi system disorder but there's lots of inflammation going on - you have allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities. There's a lot of inflammation and increased numbers of activated T cells and the production of these inflammatory molecules I mentioned known as cytokines and kinokines."

When it comes to decreasing inflammation, there are two options: drugs and supplements. The drugs that help reduce inflammation are non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, both over-the-counter and prescription. In terms of supplements, below are five good anti-inflammatory options to consider:

  • Vitamin D - Vitamin D is known to play an important role in supporting the body's defenses against inflammatory diseases. In a 2008 study, increased concentrations of the inflammatory marker serum tumor necrosis factor-alpha were linked to a vitamin D deficiency in healthy women.(1) The findings from this study indicate that low vitamin D has a negative impact on inflammation and immune response.

  • Curcumin - The use of curcumin to help the body fight inflammation dates back to ancient India where it was commonly used in Ayurvedic holistic medicine. In more recent times, researchers around the world have documented what one research team described as curcumin's "remarkable anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties."(2)

  • Zyflamend - Zyflamend™ is a supplement blend containing 10 herbs which are known for their ability to promote a healthy inflammation response: rosemary, tumeric (cucumin), ginger, holy basil, green tea, hu zhang, Chinese goldthread, bayberry, oregano, and baikal skullcap. One of the ingredients, holy basil, is also an antioxidant and supports healthy cortisol levels, which are two additional areas Dr. Mikovits recommends strengthening.

  • Proenzyme P - ProEnzyme P™ helps support the inflammation response system by utilizing systemic oral enzymes. These enzymes hasten the inflammation process to promote healthy tissue function. ProEnzyme P™ supports the inflammation response by helping the body to break up large pro-inflammatory immune complexes that have accumulated in the body.

  • FibroFreedom - The FibroFreedom™ formula contains four ingredients that promote a healthy inflammation response: white willow bark, MSM, boswellin, and curcumin - as well as five additional nutrients that can help with other common symptoms of fibromyalgia and ME/CFS.

2. Reduce Oxidative Stress

According to Dr. Mikovits, "Supplements [i.e., antioxidants] can help a lot because retroviruses cause a lot of oxidative stress.... Things like N-acetyl cysteine and glutathione (the detox type)."

We hear a lot about antioxidants these days because they are the body's natural defense system against harmful free radicals and are essential for overall good health. There are dozens of antioxidant products, like grapeseed and green tea extracts, on the market to choose from. Some particularly good antioxidant options to consider include:

  • Ultra Antioxidant - This is a combination of vitamins, herbs, and extracts that support the body in its fight against harmful free radicals. Ultra Antioxidant™ contains vitamin A (beta-carotene), Ester C®, and vitamin E - plus 12 other ingredients including alpha lipoic acid, green tea extract, grapeseed extract, N-acetylcysteine and L-glutathione, which all help to protect against free radical damage.

  • Reduced L-Glutathione - Glutathione has been called the "master antioxidant" because it enables all other antioxidants to achieve their maximum benefit. It protects the body by targeting and destroying reactive oxygen molecules and free radicals. Glutathione also flushes away toxins, supports cell health and integrity, and strengthens immune system activity.

  • N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) - N-acetyl cysteine is a potent antioxidant and cell detoxifier that is derived from the amino acid L-Cysteine. Its primary function is to enhance the production of glutathione.

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid- Alpha Lipoic Acid, an antioidant in its own right, also enhances glutathione levels as well as supporting the action of other antioxidants. In his review of research on alpha lipoic acid in the journal Free Radical Biology & Medicine, Lester Packer, MD, PhD, writes that alpha lipoic acid acts as an antioxidant "not only directly, through radical quenching and metal chelation, but indirectly as well, through recycling of other antioxidants and through the induction of increased intracellular levels of glutathione."(3)

  • ImmunoPro RX or ImmunPlex - Both of these products contain whey protein, which has exceptional amounts of cysteine and glutamine, the precursors required for the production of intracellular glutathione. Regarding whey protein concentrate, the journal Immunology reports, "The bioactivity occurs through the ability of the protein concentrate to help replenish Glutathione levels via continuous dietary provision of Glutathione precursors, especially Cysteine, during lymphocyte proliferation, thus supporting an optimal immune response. This process seems to not only increase intercellular levels of Glutathione and precursors at the time of ingestion, but also builds up stores of these substances within the cells that lasts for a substantial post-ingestion time interval."(4)

3. Upregulate Natural Killer Cell Function

Natural Killer cells are an important part of the immune system. They are lymphocytes circulating in the blood whose purpose is to kill certain types of target cells - particularly cancer cells and cells that have been infected with a virus. New research has revealed that Natural Killer cells also play a role in keeping T cells - another major player in the immune system - from over-responding and causing harm.(5)

Dr. Mikovits explained the part Natural Killer cells play in the pathogenesis of ME/CFS, "A key dysfunction in the immune system of CFS patients is this low Natural Killer cell activity and sometimes numbers. The Natural Killer cell has two jobs in the body - kill tumor cells and kill virus-infected cells. In CFS it's long been recognized (I think first identified by Nancy Klimas and her colleagues more than 20 years ago) that Natural Killer cells in CFS patients don't function normally although the dysfunction is not known, but that again gives us a clue to the pathogenesis. So this suggested to us that this chronic infection with a retrovirus (retroviruses are associated with immune deficiencies) might lead to the creation of actual immune deficiency that has patients susceptible to opportunistic infections and more likely to develop cancer."

A number of different studies have confirmed irregularities of the immune systems of ME/CFS patients - sometimes it is over-reactive and other times it is under-reactive. Since we now know that Natural Killer cells can actually help control both, it appears that upregulating the function of natural killer cells should have a positive effect on helping to improve the immune system for people with ME/CFS.

Three supplements that can be beneficial in upregulating Natural Killer cell function are:

  • EpiCor Immune Complex - EpiCor® is a yeast-based immunogen that in a 2007 study was shown to activate Natural Killer cells.(6) Another study done a year later found that two hours after the comsumption of EpiCor, the number of Natural Killer cells had doubled.(7) In addition to its support of the immune system, EpiCor is also a powerful antioxidant.

  • Transfer Factor Essentials - Transfer factors are tiny protein molecules produced by the T-cells of the immune system. Transfer Factor Essentials™ offers a complex blend of transfer factors plus vitamins and nutrients called Matrix 2000™ that works to stimulate and strengthen Natural Killer cells.

  • AHCC with Beta Glucan - AHCC with Beta Glucan™ is an immune enhancing combination of AHCC (a proprietary blend of mushrooms that helps increase immune-regulating cells) and beta glucan, a potent yeast extract. Beta glucan boosts immune system cells including Natural Killer cells, macrophages, and neutrophils - which provide the immune system's first line of defense, help remove cellular debris, and support recovery of damaged tissue.
4. Monitor and Possibly Reduce Hormone Levels

Thus far, only three things have been found that turn on the XMRV virus. Dr. Mikovits explained, "Two are called glucocorticoid response elements... When a protein actually recognizes that exact sequence and sits down, it tells the virus to turn on replication. And so, interestingly enough, what turns on the virus? Hormones - progesterone, androgen receptor and testosterone, and we don't know all the other hormones. There are a lot of estrogens and estrogen like compounds even in our environment these days, which might tell us maybe there's an estrogen compound that's not a naturally occurring estrogen in a plastic in the environment that is actually turning on the virus."

As for what to do regarding hormones, she said, "I don't know much about hormone therapies and how lowering hormone levels might help, but I do know anecdotally that a lot of women in a particular time in their cycle get much, much sicker and can't get over it. I do know in the laboratory, progesterone really upregulates the virus, so if you have a birth control pill… and again I don't really know anything about this... I'm not a physician... you might think about just keeping the levels balanced and avoiding the fluctuation."

The implication is that you might want to avoid anything containing progesterone or other hormone-related products, rethink the birth control pill, and maybe avoid pregnenolone, which is a precursor to progesterone & other hormones.

5. Balance Cortisol and Reduce Stress

The third thing known to turn the virus on is cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone that can turn on replication of the virus - like an on/off switch. Therefore, Dr. Mikovits recommends staying out of stressful situations, which of course is easier said than done. Since stress can't be avoided entirely, adding a supplement that aids in stress reduction may be helpful.

  • Magnesium - The primary supplement that helps the body to deal with stress and thereby balance cortisol is magnesium. In fact, magnesium is often called "the anti-stress mineral" because of its calming effect. Since cortisol and other stress hormones can cause serious magnesium loss, it is important to replace the magnesium in order to support a healthy balance. Magnesium is needed by every cell in the body for more than 300 biochemical reactions, but the body does not store it, so it's important to replenish the body's supply of magnesium daily.

Three ProHealth products that can help balance magnesium include: Magnesium Plus, Natural Calm and Osteo Calm.

In Summary
Much research still needs to be done before the possible impact of XMRV on ME/CFS and other neuro-immune illnesses is known and anti-retroviral or other treatments can be developed. In the meantime, Dr. Mikovits feels that addressing these five factors can be helpful.

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