Implanted medical devices have been in use for decades: pacemakers, ports, metal rods and tubes of all sorts and sizes, stents, etc.
In the January issue we were broadcasting doctor’s dislike of vitamins. This time we are in good humour and would like to inform you about what we LIKE: triple C – that is coffee, cocoa and… cholesterol! Yes – you may trust your eyes! This is finally a positive message about western-worlds-worst-health-enemy (WWW.HE): cholesterol. Whilst the manufacturers of cholesterol-lowering-medicines (CLM – modern magazines need abbreviations) are trying to convince the public that everybody should be taking one of their fabulous pills, there is the first signs that their best customers might be dropping out.
Evidence is mounting, that vitamin and mineral supplements do have adverse health effects. The latest on the list are calcium and vitamin E.
So far it has been believed(!) that vitamin E and selenium supplementation lower risk for prostate cancer (in men!). However, when early results after 3 years from a large controlled trial showed no fewer cases but even an excess risk for prostate cancer, the trial had to be halted.
We, and that is not only us medics, generally identify a disease before we look around for its treatment. Observers argue that, these days, the sequence sometimes is reversed: the marketing of a pharmaceutical agent gives birth to a disease, often by “medicalizing” what actually is a natural part of human existence. This has created an epidemic of insomnia, particularly in the US.
Supplements are not always what they pretend to be. A plausible theory exists that vitamin E, an anti-oxidant, would prevent cardiovascular disease including stroke.
Surely you have come across one of those unbelievable ads of how to lose weight in your sleep. One tends to see one of those six-pack stomachs snoozing and a voice in the in-off tells you that this is how you’re going to look when taking Dr. Fartys Wonderpills. I always find these things an assault to human intelligence and wonder genuinely how anybody can believe such rubbish. Until..
Scientific research has just demonstrated, scientifically, that a manually obtained blood pressure in the doctor’s office is higher than a blood pressure taken by an automated device without a white-coated doc insight – big news?
Doctor Axel Thieke brings his monthly medical column to the Seaside Gazette, with his customary cynical eye for the pharaceutical world
Each of us is colonised, inside and out, by micro-organisms. More than three pounds of micro-organisms in our gut alone, and many more on our skin.In fact, we harbour 10 microbial cells for each one of our own cells. If our microbial partners were merely fellow travellers with no effects on our health, their invisible…
Screening is meant to detect health problems before their ‘owner’ gets aware of them. Many ailments do only cause problems, complaints or even pain, once they’re too big to be treated successfully. Therefore one wants to find a problem that is still small enough to be healed.