Category Archives: Dietary Supplmts.

The Merry Old Land Of Oz

The career path of Dr. Mehmet Oz is most puzzling. Boasting a fine education (Tower Hill prep; Harvard undergrad; Penn med school; and Wharton), Oz did his residency at New York’s Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and is now an attending surgeon at the same hospital. He also holds various academic appointments at Columbia’s med school. His name appears on more than 150 research papers, and he has published over 20 books—most of which have “You” in the title.

Continue reading

About these ads

Food Fetishist Alert

I know how to get a certain group going–talk about eating healthy.

Continue reading

Let’s talk some more Taubes

Some reacted negatively to my applause for Gary Taubes.

Let’s discuss.

Continue reading

I’m Toxic, Hand me the Detox Stuff

This is a very lucid discussion of another junkscience scam–detoxing.

Detoxing is a health food supplement type scam that pretends to eliminate something bad–kinda like purging and cleansing enemas. Nonsense.

Alternative Medicine (cont.)

A fan sent a note of inquiry about a surge in alternative medicine talk and linked me to an item on WebMD about Alternative and Complementary methods of treating pain. Actually that is one place where the placebo effect of unscientific medicine can have good effects.

Let’s consider. Medicine for pain and psych stuff should always be liberally sprinkled with placebo laced methods. They work.

Benefits from placebo effect don’t mean you’re faking, it means you are cooperating and finding some chemical neurohumeral and psychological benefits.

Continue reading

Stop it, There is no Magic

You think there are supplements or additives or changes in diet that will make magic?

Continue reading

Scary Diet Supplement

Whoa partner–be careful on those dietary supplements. This one is lethal. Continue reading

Supplements exempt from Prop 65 rules in California

Companies selling dietary supplements containing lead have convinced a California Superior Court judge that chemicals  occurring naturally in foods do not count as chemical exposure for consumers and are exempt from Proposition 65’s warning label requirements. Continue reading

Research pours cold water on alleged benefits of sports products

Study reveals there is a ‘striking lack of evidence’ to back up claims made for trainers, drinks and supplements Continue reading

Ian Reid: Can calcium supplements cause heart disease?

People taking calcium supplements to mitigate their risk of developing bone disease (osteoporosis) may be doing more harm to their health than good. That’s because a growing body of research shows the supplements confer little benefit and increase the risk of developing heart disease. Continue reading

Calcium supplements ‘double risk of heart attack’, study finds

Doctors dispute results but advise people not to take supplements unless required for medical condition Continue reading

Josh Bloom: When Is a Drug a Drug?

“Dietary supplements” aren’t necessarily drug free or safe, let alone “nutritional.” Continue reading

Secret science: Researchers refuse to provide data in vitamin E-prostate cancer study

What does Dr. Eric Klein of the Cleveland Clinic have to hide? Continue reading

Vitamin E increases prostate cancer risk?

Will a new study end vitamin E as a dietary supplement for men? Continue reading

Multivitamins kill older women?

Will One A Day® make grandma have fewer days? Continue reading