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Comment: Re:Medical corruption (Score 1) 711

by bretticus (#33296978) Attached to: A Million Kids Misdiagnosed with ADHD?
I'm sorry you had side effects from a medication or felt that your physician was not being honest with you. However what you are saying about cholesterol and statins is utter BS. Sure cholesterol is necessary for us to live -- every cell has cholesterol in its cell membrane to regulate membrane fluidity. We use it in construction of bile salts for fat absorption and to make endogenous steroids. But its role in cardiovascular disease is well documented since the 1950s. Here, let me cite you the Framingham Heart Study website. Literally thousands of papers demonstrate that high cholesterol, specifically LDL, leads to atherosclerotic plaque formation, then eventual arterial occlusion, infarct, and possibly death.

Regarding statins -- sure there are side-effects, the most notable being liver dysfunction and myalgia. But let me cite you another famous study, the Scandinavian Simvastatin Survival Study (4S). The pertinents: 30% relative risk reduction in all-cause mortality and 42% relative risk reduction in coronary mortality (patients with angina or prior MI).

So please cite me some evidence for what you are saying, or stop spreading ridiculous misinformation.

NHS Should Stop Funding Homeopathy, Says Parliamentary Committee 507

Posted by samzenpus
from the how-am-I-going-to-align-my-chakras-now dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Homeopathic remedies work no better than placebos, and so should no longer be paid for by the UK National Health Service, a committee of British members of parliament has concluded. In preparing its report, the committee, which scrutinizes the evidence behind government policies, took evidence from scientists and homeopaths, and reviewed numerous reports and scientific investigations into homeopathy. It found no evidence that such treatments work beyond providing a placebo effect." Updated 201025 19:40 GMT by timothy: This recommendation has some people up in arms.

Comment: Re:If we evolved to have them... (Score 2, Interesting) 260

by bretticus (#30561048) Attached to: Microbes That Keep Us Healthy Starting To Die Off
No problem :)

As for your question, infection implies pathological invasion of the host. Otherwise you are merely colonized with the organism. For example, many people have MRSA present inside their nose, but that doesn't mean they are infected. And yes, you do have a symbiotic relationship with your bacteria, especially the skin and gut. Just have a look at wikipedia for lots of fun facts.

Comment: Re:If we evolved to have them... (Score 2, Interesting) 260

by bretticus (#30557834) Attached to: Microbes That Keep Us Healthy Starting To Die Off
Basically. If you somehow lost them all in the same proportion, this might not happen. The general problem is that you take, for example, an antibiotic like clindamycin that selectively kills anaerobes of the gut but not Clostridium Difficile. Now all of a sudden you have created a selective pressure that favors the growth of C.diff, and you develop an infection with pseudomembranous colitis.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.