Thursday, June 11, 2009

Health Claims Exposed ... the data are IN

Ten years ago the government set out to test herbal and other alternative health remedies to find the ones that work. After spending $2.5 billion, the disappointing answer seems to be that almost none of them do.

Echinacea for colds. Ginkgo biloba for memory. Glucosamine and chondroitin for arthritis. Black cohosh for menopausal hot flashes. Saw palmetto for prostate problems. Shark cartilage for cancer.

All proved no better than dummy pills in big studies funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

The lone exception: ginger capsules may help chemotherapy nausea.

Monday, June 08, 2009

RadioWill Sin Tax?

Should we tax soda? Should we tax hydrogenated oils? To what extent does this make sense?

My radio show starts tomorrow!! I'll be speaking about this and many more health related items, on my show, Tues from 5-6pm EST.

Call in and let me hear from you:
(412) 333-1360

Listen live:
www.pbrradio.com

Sunday, June 07, 2009

RadioWill Alternative Medicine

I want to talk for just a second about the distinction between "conventional medicine" and "alternitive medicine".

More importantly for you ... what does it mean, and how do you know what to do?

Here is the link to the audio ...

Looking forward to your thoughts,
Will

Alternative Medicine Infiltrates Conventional Medicine

The more important question is ... why?

What is it that conventional medicine is lacking, such that alternative medicine can step in and offer a solution?

We can talk all day about the merits of acupunction versus crystals versus chiropractic versus aromatherapy or homeopathy ... but conventional medicine is losing market-share to alternative therapies.

Why?

AP IMPACT: Alternative medicine goes mainstream
By MARILYNN MARCHIONE
At one of the nation's top trauma hospitals, a nurse circles a patient's bed, humming and waving her arms as if shooing evil spirits. Another woman rubs a quartz bowl with a wand, making tunes that mix with the beeping monitors and hissing respirator keeping the man alive.

They are doing Reiki therapy, which claims to heal through invisible energy fields. The anesthesia chief, Dr. Richard Dutton, calls it "mystical mumbo jumbo." Still, he's a fan.

It's self-hypnosis" that can help patients relax, he said. "If you tell yourself you have less pain, you actually do have less pain."

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