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Statins and Mortality

Dr. Neville S. Wilson. – 15 July 2007. The widely held belief that blood cholesterol levels are potentially harmful and should be lowered in order to prevent heart disease is a product of speculative and persuasive promotion by advocates of what has been called the “cholesterol hypothesis“. The pharmaceutical industry …

Butter is a GOOD fat and is Healthy

Reviewing Our Approach to the Obesity Crisis

(originally published Feb 1st 2011) The traditional approach to the management of obesity has been the recommendation to “diet and exercise”, and to elicit the support of family doctors with aims to modify unhealthy lifestyle habits. The limited success of such conventional strategies is clearly apparent in the unabated escalation …

The Expanding Role of Omega 3

While the health benefits of poly-unsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) omega-3 have been well established for the past three decades, it is only recently, since its appearance as a pharmaceutical agent, that this remarkable fish oil product has received recognition for its usefulness as a preventive and therapeutic agent in a …

The Fluoride Policy

THE DILEMMA: The Fluoride dilemma is not new and continues to extract comments and recommendations from responsible bodies who question the safety and wisdom of public water fluoridation. The proponents of fluoridation, on the other hand, continue to promote the image of safety and benefits to dental health, and resist …

The Enhance Trial – Its Failure and Concerns

The long awaited results, of what has become a controversial drug trial, were announced recently, generating intense debate in medical circles, evoking widespread media speculation, and eliciting critical comments from the chair of the USA House of Representatives.   Controversies arising in the wake of a disappointing outcome for the …

The Person Behind the Numbers

The review and revision of Clinical Guidelines for purposes of risk stratifying and risk reduction in cardiovascular disease prevention is an ongoing challenge and current initiatives focus on their implications for primary care providers.   The AHA guidelines for 2007 offer a timely and broader spectrum of risk not previously …