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False Claims of Benefit in Cholesterol Trials

     In the pre-statin era of the 1970-1980s many trials were conducted in an attempt to prove the validity of the “lipid hypothesis”, the theory that dietary fat and cholesterol were causative in heart disease, and that reductions in dietary and blood cholesterol would translate into reductions in risk for …

Prescriptions for Summer

Sunshine and summer days are a welcome seasonal phenomenon in the aftermath of short days,  cloudy skies,  and a shortfall of health-giving solar radiation. The summer sunshine that warms the earth consists of longer wavelengths of ultraviolet A (UVA) at 315 – 400nm, shorter wavelengths ultraviolet B (UVB) at 280-315nm, …

High Cholesterol Reduces Risks in Elderly

The traditional view regarding cholesterol and its impact on health and longevity is the perception of an associated increase in risk, with recommendations to reduce such risk by reducing blood cholesterol levels with a cholesterol lowering agent. (a statin drug).   Contrary to this widespread and popular perception, is the …

Glutathione – The Master Anti-Oxidant

It has been well established that antioxidants play a vital role in health maintenance and disease protection. (1). While it is common knowledge that vitamin C and vitamin E are health preserving antioxidants that may be delivered to the human cell via dietary or supplemental means, scant awareness of the …

THE ANTI-AGING PROPERTIES OF CARNOSINE

It is generally recognised that many disease processes, as well as the process of natural ageing, are caused by the formation of free radicals, a by-product of oxidation within the cells of our several body tissues. What is not well known is that another process, which irreversibly alters the normal …

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 …

How Long Will You Live?

While no one can predict with certainty what the span of your life may be, there is new scientific evidence to support a choice that will increase very significantly your best chance of a long survival. Unsuspecting and unpredicted events are an ever present threat to longevity, and minimising these …

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 …