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October 2008

Could you be hypothyroid?

Many people are, and don't even know it, although the lab tests are pretty simple.  What's more, there are MANY symptoms of low thyroid...

  • Abnormal blood pressure
  • Abnormal cholesterol levels
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Abnormal resting pulse rate
  • Brittle fingernails and hair
  • Constipation
  • Decreased libido
  • Depression and/or anxiety/panic
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility problems
  • Hair loss
  • Hoarse voice
  • Impaired immune function
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Irritability
  • Joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • Memory loss
  • Muscle aches, tenderness, and stiffness
  • Pale, dry skin
  • Puffy face
  • Sluggishness
  • Unexplained weight gain

Another factor is that people can test within normal levels, but still may need more thyroid, as the level is apparently not normal for them!

Check out my HND piece on the subject.

Is it health care, or health-I-don't care?

If you think that hospital accreditation means a whole lot, be prepared to get your feelings hurt.  There are way too many horror stories of hospitals passing the Joint Commission accreditation, only to have major deficiencies exposed weeks later.

In fact, one of the nation's most notoriously awful hospitals, which was finally closed down--after being given multiple chances to clean up its act--also received a glowing report from the Joint Commission.

Get the gory details in my HND piece.

Racing sled dogs: Cardio fitness champs

Veterinarian and PhD physiologist Michael Davis—of Oklahoma State University's Center for Veterinary Health Sciences—has long been interested in how racing sled dogs can perform in such incredible fashion, especially during the grueling Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

He identifies a few factors...
  • Rapid adaptation to exercise and endurance
  • Enormous aerobic capacity--far better than any human athlete could ever achieve
  • Using a high-fat diet to fuel exercise

Check out my recent HND article on the subject.

Is Morgellons an emerging new disease, or just old conditions under a new name?

Perhaps you've seen a TV show describing poor victims of a mysterious skin condition that no doctor can diagnose, or if he does diagnose it, the patients don't believe him.  Most likely, it was "Morgellons" disease--the newest medical hype to come down the pike.

Heck, when I first saw a show on it, I was almost convinced, but after doing a little research, determined that the show was incredibly biased, just to get the maximum ratings value.

I recently posted an HND article on it, and have already gotten plenty of hate mail--and I really do mean hate mail--from the true believers.

No doubt, many self-identified "Morgellons" people are suffering, but they will never get cured unless they remove themselves from this cohort of commiserating true believers.  Maybe when the CDC finally publishes its report the hype will end.  Maybe.

Formaldehyde in Breath: The Untold Story & Why it Matters

Our friends at the Formaldehyde Council keep posting good stuff on their blog.  They got some great material from eminent toxicology guru Dr. Robert Golden, as titled above.

The highlights are that

  • Formaldehyde is in everyone's breath often at levels above the "danger" amounts, so shrilly portrayed by an army of eco-poseurs

  • Generally speaking, the body does a wonderful job of removing this compound, before it can even get into the bloodstream, should you be exposed.

You've got to read the whole thing.

Financial conflicts of interest in health care

My late father-in-law was a psychiatrist, and he practiced in the days before a shrink became nothing more than a drug dealer.  Of course, meds have always been used in this field, but the influence of Big Pharma—only possible of course given the greed of some docs—has reached epic proportions.

In a piece entitled "Top Psychiatrist Didn’t Report Drug Makers’ Pay," the New York Times does a great job in exposing the financial misdeeds of "influential" psychiatrist Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff of Emory University.  Of course, since he was bringing bucks into the school, Emory looked the other way.

I've always marveled at the rapacious greed present in academia—the self-same academia that never fails to condemn business at every turn.

Heck, I could tell you my own stories about how one prof offered to create a study with results favorable to my product.  "For $200,000," he said, "we can make this come out any way you want."

By the way, that incident occurred at an Ivy League school, whose name starts with an "H."

The Formaldehyde Council has a new blog

Our good friends at the Formaldehyde Council have just launched a blog entitled "Formaldehyde Facts."

The first posting concerned an extremely biased video, submitted by Portland State University, which was nothing more than an infomercial for PureBond, a supposed substitute for formaldehyde in certain manufactured wood product applications.  Less than 24 hours after the posting, the video was pulled from YouTube.

In a bizarre twist, the CEO of Columbia Forest Products—makers of Purebond—sent a letter to customers and partners explaining that they requested that the video be removed, and that its posting was never authorized by Columbia.  This is strange, though, considering that three members of its senior management team—Elizabeth Whelan, CFP's Director of Forest Sustainability; Steve Pung, CFP's Vice President of Technology; and Ed Woods, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales—make appearances, along with the company's former CEO, Harry Demorest.

We expect more tough content on this blog in weeks to come.