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Value of vitamin supplements
Three Groups That Need Supplements
Misleading News on Multivitamins
Supplements and Cancer
Patients Misestimate Benefits, Harms of Medical Interventions
Obama's Recent Treatment - All Wrong?
Post-Prostate Biopsy Infections
Overtreatment of Prostate Cancer
Overtreatment of Breast Cancer
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January 3, 2015     

Happy New Year!

In an attempt to get my newsletters out more frequently in the future, and to cover all the changing health news. I'll be making the collection of key articles on the main topic a little shorter and will feature a special part called "Interesting Tidbits".

The "Tidbits" section at the bottom will cover interesting health topics that you won't generally find in the news. 


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Good Health Means Taking Control.

For many people, aging is accompanied by chronic, disabling, painful, and long-lasting illnesses. Everyone wants to avoid this, and it is an avoidable situation, but it can requires a firm diligence to healthy living and eating habits, as well as taking steps to avoid the pitfalls that lead to chronic inflammatory diseases.  


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Nutrition experts: Debate over value of vitamin, mineral supplements is far from over!

Researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University and three other institutions have taken issue with recent claims that "the case is closed" on whether or not a multivitamin/mineral supplement should be taken by most people to help obtain needed micronutrients.


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The typical American diet is far from the nutritious buffet envisioned by public health officials. Our busy lives mean that we grab whatever food we can while on the go, including processed or junk foods. The role of vitamins, mineral and herbal supplements  is not to cure chronic illnesses, but to support nutritional gaps in the diet.    

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News headlines like "Are Multivitamins a Waste of Money?," "Vitamins Should Be Avoided" and "Your Multivitamins aren't Doing a D**n Thing" ) and even the editorial in one of medicines leading journals - the Annals of Internal Medicine - are misleading without reading the fine print. And the headlines never mention the fine print! 


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Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplements and Cancer

Results from this new study out of Harvard indicate that using a Multivitamin/Multimineral product offers healthy older men additional protection against cancer, suggesting that a healthy diet alone may not be sufficient to meet micronutrient needs.  


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Interesting Tidbits
 Patients Overestimate Benefits and Underestimate Harm from Medical Interventions 
Patients have unrealistic expectations of the potential value of medical interventions, according to a report published online December 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Those misperceptions can affect their ability to make informed healthcare decisions and may ultimately increase healthcare costs.

Obama's Recent Treatment - All Wrong?
President Obama was recently taken to the hospital to get a persistent sore throat checked. The tests showed a bit of swelling in the back of the president's throat, so a CT scan was ordered. The scan came back normal-it turned out that acid reflux was to blame. News reports don't say, but we can assume that acid blockers, the standard treatment for reflux, have been prescribed.  
Rectal Microbiota Behind Most Post-Prostate Biopsy Infections
Many men are routinely subjected to a prostate biopsy without a detailed discussion of the risks of infection and complications from the procedure. The latest research suggests up to twenty-five percent of prostate biopsies result in subsequent infections and other complications and up to seven percent of men having a prostate biopsy will develop an infection requiring hospitalization.


Overtreatment of Prostate Cancer Despite Limited Life Expectancy
According to an article in the Dec. Issue of Cancer, more than half the men 66 years and older diagnosed with prostate cancer, with a limited life expectancy, are aggressively treated. These men are then subjected to serious quality of life issues that are rarely discussed or explained to them before the surgery.

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Over-treatment: Riskier than breast cancer itself?
Mammography enables doctors to find tumors that are too small to feel. However, since the test does not determine the potential danger of a tumor, some women may undergo biopsies, surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy for breast cancers that are not life-threatening. This has sparked debate over whether potentially unnecessary testing and treatment may be worse than breast cancer itself.

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For you folks that live locally in the Fort Myers area, and snowbirds that will be transplanting themselves here in the near future, please note that I am giving local lectures throughout the season (until about April)

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