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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Shiitake mushrooms may hold secret to treating sepsis.

This doesn't appear to be a joke.

"Reachers were investigating the use of beta-1-3, 1-6-D-glucan – a naturally occurring sugar found in the cell walls of fungi – to combat chronic bacterial infections, such as sepsis and pneumonia, which led to the development of a new therapeutic innovation."

I beat Type 2 Diabetes in 3 months

At age 73 my A1C level went to 7.6% turning my condition from pre-diabetic to full Type 2 diabetes.

By a simple diet change and an OTC mineral in three months, my A1C went down to 5.7 which is completely normal.

I am not clear which of the changes was most important, I suspect it was a synergistic action, so here are the major changes I made.

First, recent studies show that brief fasting is very useful. A three day fast will completely reset your immune system.

I am following a much easier schedule, 16-hour fasts, which essentially means three square means in 8 hours and no snacking after. Not that difficult to keep up.

Second, I now take chromium picolinate daily instead of when I get around to it.

Thirdly, easy for my spouse and I because we only use 5 lbs of white sugar a year and that mostly to feed yeast, we cut out all white flour, rice, and potatoes - high glycemic index foods.

We never did eat very much processed food and no fast food so transitioning to zero processed food chemicals was easy. Turns out whole wheat pizza and even cauliflower pizza taste better than traditional pizza - you just need slightly stronger sauce because the whole wheat bread is tastier.

Better than insulin or even constant blood sugar monitoring, although I have a friend who is so enamored with his disease that he won't even try my simple changes for a few months.

It always amazes me even after all these years how many people fall in love with a disease to the point where they simply won't try even easy, safe, and cheap potential cures or treatments.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Short term fasting makes chemotherapy much easier to tolerate

Convincing your doctor will probably be next to impossible so you should probably just look up all the online published research and decide for yourself whether or not you should fast a day or two before your next chemotherapy session.

The surprising results of research by individuals and by real doctors are contrary to every bit of common sense but then we are talking science and medicine, not common sense. Common sense told people thunder was gods throwing rocks at each other.

Fasting is moving more and more into the forefront of medical research as it has been found to not only help with weight control but even treat or even completely cure what are often thought of as diseases such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol, but are actually just a consequence of overfeeding.

In fact, the 2016 Nobel Prize in medicine went to a Japanese researcher Dr.Ohsumi for work on the good effects of fasting.

But while it does make sense that fasting could help with those conditions, it was totally unexpected to discover that when cancer patients fasted for upwards of two days before chemotherapy they didn't just tolerate the common post chemotherapy problems such as nausia and profound weakness, they were completely eliminated.

One patient in particular reported that she had been following the fasting routine and experienced no side effects from chemotherapy sessions until one time when she forgot to fast and had a terrible time after that round of chemotherapy.

On a personal note I recently began fasting for both weight and other medical conditions only to be surprised by not feeling any hunger at all for three days - it was absolutely easy.

Extreme fasting such as for more than a few days should be done with considerable caution but there are clinics in Europe which have utilized fasting for up to 30 days as a treatment for many diseases, clinics often supported by the government and insurance companies.

Fasting and tumor growth

Fasting mimicking diet also works


Fasting: More than a fad

Mice that fast periodically are healthier, metabolically speaking. To explore whether fasting can help people as well, Wei et al. studied 71 people who either consumed a fasting-mimicking diet for 5 days each month for 3 months or maintained their normal diet for 3 months and then switched to the fasting schedule. The fasting-like diet reduced body weight and body fat, lowered blood pressure, and decreased the hormone IGF-1, which has been implicated in aging and disease. A post hoc analysis replicated these results and also showed that fasting decreased BMI, glucose, triglycerides, cholesterol, and C-reactive protein (a marker for inflammation). These effects were generally larger in the subjects who were at greater risk of disease at the start of the study. A larger study is needed to replicate these results, but they raise the possibility that fasting may be a practical road to a healthy metabolic system."

Even fasting for 12-16 hours every day can have profound benefits for health and slow but steady weight loss.

How simple, just eat normally but for ONLY 8 hours, the same 8 hours every day. Basically this means ZERO snacking before or after a fixed time.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Blood Pressure medicine recalled due to contamination from Chinese source

Known as HCTZ Valsartan, or under other names by various generic manufacturers, the FDA and other drug watchdogs in Europe and Canada have reported that the Chinese pharmaceutical company making the raw materials are shipping contaminated drugs containing one or even two kinds of carcinogens.


Here are links to the recalled drugs and also a list of those not recalled.

NOT recalled

Under recall

Acativas (Teva)
AvKARE also Teva
Princeton/Solco and RemedyPrepack
AS Medication another Teva and Solco
BRYANT another Teva
 HJ Harkins another Solco Princeton

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Background - More Aspirin Studies Early Study Inconclusive

See next blog posting for the new studies, this is background.

As with many medical studies the results of studies on men and women and low dose aspirin are confusing and sometimes contradictory but remember that the newest studies published in peer-reviewed journals such as the NEJM or The Lancet, Nature, and Science, are built on the information obtained from the earlier studies and are therefore likely to be correct even when they contradict the older studies.

Studies of the results for women and girls are especially important because until recently most studies were conducted on men and only in recent years has it been shown that the results for women can vary greatly from those for men. That one chromosome is very important.

A randomized trial published in the NEJM in 2005 found only a tiny, 9% improvement in preventing initial heart attacks in women so the new studies should be considered especially important for women when considering the proven risks vs the small potential benefits of low dose aspirin therapy.

Quoted from NEJM:


Randomized trials have shown that low-dose aspirin decreases the risk of a first myocardial infarction in men, with little effect on the risk of ischemic stroke. There are few similar data in women.


We randomly assigned 39,876 initially healthy women 45 years of age or older to receive 100 mg of aspirin on alternate days or placebo and then monitored them for 10 years for a first major cardiovascular event (i.e., nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke, or death from cardiovascular causes)."

"Although aspirin is effective in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction and in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease among both men and women,1 its use in primary prevention remains controversial. To date, five randomized trials involving 55,580 participants have evaluated aspirin in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.2-6 In aggregate, these trials indicate that, as compared with placebo, aspirin therapy was associated with a significant, 32 percent reduction in the risk of myocardial infarction, but the data on the risk of stroke and death from cardiovascular disease remains inconclusive.7Moreover, three of these trials evaluated men exclusively, and fewer than 180 of the 2402 vascular events occurred in women. Thus, at this time, the current recommendations for the use of aspirin in primary prevention in women are based on limited direct data from women" 

Low Dose Aspirin Not Helpful and Actually Dangerous say 3 NEJM published studies

Taking a low dose aspirin has been considered the standard of good health practice for decades to prevent the first heart attack in otherwise healthy people.

Unfortunately this common medical wisdom isn't actually supported by a lot of evidence and now the New England Journal of Medicine has published three studies with more than 20,000 participants showing that not only is this not a good way for people over 65 (and probably younger) to prevent a first heart attack.

Also, because aspirin, even low dose or "baby" aspirin (between about 80 mg and 300 mg) reduces the ability for blood to clot it can encourage bleeding in the brain.

Effect of Aspirin on Disability-free Survival in the Healthy Elderly  
J.J. McNeil and Others   
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Effect of Aspirin on Cardiovascular Events and Bleeding in the Healthy Elderly  
J.J. McNeil and Others   
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Effect of Aspirin on All-Cause Mortality in the Healthy Elderly  
J.J. McNeil and Others   
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Monday, August 20, 2018

Low carb AND high carb diets increase chance of early death - Lancet published study

A study of 15,000 adults age 45-64 in 4 US communities who were part of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study between 1987 and 1989 and weren't on any extreme caloric diet, either high or low, was recently used as the basis of a follow up 25 years later.

By now there have been 6,283 deaths in the ARIC group but the study in The Lancet Public Health also looked at more than 400,000 people in other studies.

Those who had the lowest risk of mortality (death) from all causes were the ones who got about half of their calories from carbohydrates.

BOTH low carb <40% and high carb >70% diets resulted in greater risk of early death.

In addition, if the carbs were replaced by animal fat or animal protein the risk was also higher but if the carbs were replaced by plant-based oils or protein.

The study was recently published in The Lancet Public Health which is available online.