FDA warns against contaminated synthetic cannabinoid products

Posted 31 July 2018

The FDA has announced that hundreds of people have been hospitalized in 10 states and several deaths have resulted from the use of unapproved, synthetic cannabinoid products that have been contaminated with brodifacoum, a long-acting anticoagulant commonly used in rat poison. Brodifacoum can cause severe bleeding. The unapproved products are being illegally marketed at convenience stores and gas stations as marijuana substitutes under names such as “K2” and “Spice.” Such products pose risks not only to individual users, but also to the U.S. blood supply if blood donors have used these products.

[Statement from FDA warning about significant health risks of contaminated illegal synthetic cannabinoid products that are being encountered by FDA. July 19, 2018] https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm614027.htm

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Natural Cycles: ASA investigates marketing for contraception app

Posted 30 July 2018

Advertising watchdog launches formal investigation over description of product

Maev Kennedy Sun 29 Jul 2018 

The Guardian

The Advertising Standards Authority has launched a formal investigation into marketing for a Swedish app that claims to be an effective method of contraception, after reports that women have become pregnant while using it.

An ASA spokesman said it had received three complaints about Natural Cycles and its paid advertising on Facebook, which describes the app as highly accurate contraception that has been clinically tested.

“We would require robust substantiation from any company to support such a claim,” he said.

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Can DNA Predict Your Perfect Diet?

Posted 30 July 2018

Nutritional genomics would mean the end of dietary guesswork, but science hasn’t quite caught up to the hype

Markham Heid The Medium

Which diet is best for weight loss: low carb or low fat?

It seems like a straightforward question — one that a single well-designed study should be able to answer. But after nearly 20 years of such studies, the debate rages on. Taken together and applied to big groups, existing research suggests the two diets are about equally effective. But at an individual level, the effectiveness of these plans varies dramatically; some people lose 50 pounds or more, while others on the same diet end up gaining weight.

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Complementary Medicine, refusal of conventional cancer therapy, and survival among patients with curable cancers

Posted 26 July 2018

Alternative Cancer Treatments May Be Bad for Your Health

People who used herbs, acupuncture and other complementary treatments tended to die earlier than those who didn’t.

Nicholas Bakalar July 23, 2018 New York Times

Herbs, acupuncture and other so-called complementary treatments for cancer may not be completely innocuous.

A new study has found that many cancer patients treat these nostrums not as a supplement to conventional treatment, but as an alternative. This, the researchers say, can be dangerous.

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Two in five health supplements may not contain what they claim on the label

Scientists who analysed milk thistle and echinacea supplements sold in British health food shops, pharmacies and supermarkets discovered between 30 and 40 per cent of products did not contain the active ingredient as described on the label.

The early results from the British Herbal Medicine Association study suggest some supplements could be ineffective or have different health benefits to those claimed.

The study is due to be published next year but early findings were presented by BHMA chair Dr Chris Etheridge at the College of Medicine’s Plant Medicine Conference in London this week.

Scientists… Continue reading at The Telegraph or at the PressReader

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Contemporary bogus autism therapies summarized

Posted 24 July 2018

For her Woo Watch column, Kavin Senapathy has authored a two-part overview of autism relevant to consumer decision-making. Part 1 describes autism spectrum disorder; the false link between autism and both the MMR vaccine and thimerosal; mainstream therapeutic interventions; the autism acceptance movement; and eight dubious approaches:

  • (a) the DAN! Protocol,
  • (b) chlorine dioxide (CD/MMS),
  • (c) secretin,
  • (d) chelation,
  • (e) hyperbaric oxygen (HBOT/HBO2),
  • (f) chemical castration with Lupron,
  • (g) GcMAF, and
  • (h) stem cell therapies.

Reference: Senapathy K. On unsubstantiated yet prevalent therapeutic interventions for autism [Part I. Skeptical Inquirer, July 9, 2018

Part 2 lists red flags to look out for with any purported treatment or cure for autism and discusses five more unsubstantiated interventions:

  • (a) CEASE therapy,
  • (b) facilitated communication,
  • (c) gluten-free casein-free (GFCF) diet,
  • (d) non-GMO diets, and
  • (e) the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet.

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“Complementary medicine” (CM) use linked to worse outcomes for cancer patients

Posted 23 July 2018

From a national database of more than 1.9 million patients, researchers identified 258 users of CM who were diagnosed with non-metastatic breast, prostate, lung, or colorectal cancer from 2004 through 2013. This group was compared to four times as many nonusers of CM who were similar in neighborhood of residence, age, stage of cancer, concurrent health problems, insurance type, race/ethnicity, year of diagnosis, and type of cancer. All patients in both groups had undergone chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, and/or hormone therapy. The modalities involved were herbs and botanicals; vitamins and minerals; probiotics; Ayurvedic medicine; traditional Chinese medicine; homeopathy and naturopathy; deep breathing; yoga; Tai Chi; Qi Gong; acupuncture; chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation; meditation; massage; prayer; special diets; progressive relaxation; and/or guided imagery. The findings included:

  • CM use was associated with higher stage of cancer, younger age, being female, having private insurance, higher socioeconomic status, higher income, and
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Omega-3 no protection against heart attack or strokes

Posted 19 July 2018

Omega-3 no protection against heart attack or strokes, say scientists

Supplements do not offer cardiovascular benefits, researchers conclude from trials involving 112,000 people

Sarah Boseley Health editor The Guardian 18 Jul 2018

The widespread belief that taking omega-3 capsules will help protect you from a heart attack, stroke or early death is wrong, according to a large and comprehensive review of the evidence.

Thousands of people take omega-3 supplements regularly and for years. The belief that it protects the heart has spread – and is promoted in the marketing of the supplements – because the results from early trials suggested the capsules had cardiovascular benefits.

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UK ASA Ruling: Elle Fox t/a Bubbling Life

Posted 18 July 2018

A website for alternative therapy provider Bubbling Life (www.bubbling.life), featured a page headed ‘CEASE Functional Solutions for Medication & Vaccine Consequences’, which included text that stated “… Dr Tinus Smits, the founder of CEASE, having seen over 300 cases of all levels of severity, concluded that CEASE is a ‘very effective way to address ASD and autism with amazing results.’ In his clinical experience, autism is an accumulation of different causes with about 70% due to vaccines, 25% due to medication and other toxic substances and 5% due to certain diseases”.

A complainant challenged whether the claims, among other, made in relation to the causes of autism on the page titled ‘CEASE Functional Solutions for Medication & Vaccine Consequences’ discouraged essential treatment for conditions for which medical supervision should be sought.

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This NATURAL TRICK can CURE YOUR CANCER

Posted 16 July 2018

 

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