This article by Marlowe Hood appeared on August 23, 2018. It's great that a study has confirmed that the effects of alcohol are linear, just as are the effects of most things. It has been known for many decades, and nearly a century, that alcohol is a carcinogen, a mutagen, a universal toxin, and a "protoplasmic poison" as Herbert Shelton used to call it. The idea that a little bit of alcohol is good for you was never a reasonable claim or expectation. It was really just wishful thinking. And, it was politically motivated. You see, we live in an insane world where if one person wants to come home from work and relax by drinking a glass of wine, he or she can, but if another person prefers to smoke a marijuana cigarette, he or she is subject to arrest, prosecution, incarceration, forfeiture of their assets, etc. How do you justify that? You justify it by claiming that, unlike marijuana and other illicit drugs, a little bit of alcohol is good for you. And that's why most of the studies purporting that alcohol is a health boon were sponsored, directly or indirectly, by the U.S. government.
In the insane "War on Drugs" alcohol had to become a health food.
Most people drink, at least a little. So, what should they do? They should start by casting aside the delusion that a little bit of alcohol is good for you. The less alcohol you drink, the better. The ideal amount is zero, and if you can't get to zero, then get as close to zero as you possibly can. Keep striving to get lower and lower and lower in your consumption of alcohol, until you are at zero. That is the intelligent thing to do in light of what we know.
In Nature, alcohol is produced by bacteria, but ultimately, it kills them too. Why do you think alcohol can be used as an antiseptic? Alcohol is toxic to all living things, and it certainly does not belong in anyone's health program. Alcohol is anti-life.
Dr. Ralph Cinque
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Even an occasional glass of wine or beer increases the risk of health problems and dying, according to a major study on drinking in 195 nations that attributes 2.8 million premature deaths worldwide each year to booze.
"There is no safe level of alcohol," said Max Griswold, a researcher at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, Washington and lead author for a consortium of more than 500 experts.
Despite recent research showing that light-to-moderate drinking reduces heart disease, the new study found that alcohol use is more likely than not to do harm.
"The protective effect of alcohol was offset by the risks," Griswold told AFP in summarising the results, published in medical journal The Lancet on Friday.
"Overall, the health risks associated with alcohol rose in line with the amount consumed each day."
Compared to abstinence, imbibing one "standard drink" -- 10 grammes of alcohol, equivalent to a small beer, glass of wine or shot of spirits -- per day, for example, ups the odds of developing at least one of two dozen health problems by about half-a-percent, the researchers reported.
Looked at one way, that seems like a small increment: 914 out of 100,000 teetotallers will encounter those problems, compared to 918 people who imbibe seven times per week.
"But at the global level, that additional risk of 0.5 percent among (once-a-day) drinkers corresponds to about 100,000 additional deaths each year," said senior author Emmanuela Gakidou, a professor at the University of Washington and a director at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
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"Those are excess deaths, in other words, that could be avoided," she told AFP.
The risk climbs in a steep "J-curve", the study found.
An average of two drinks per day, for example, translated into a 7.0 percent hike in disease and injury compared to those who opt for abstinence.
With five "units" of alcohol per day, the likelihood of serious consequences jumps by 37 percent.
The "less is better, none is best" finding jibes with the World Health Organization's long-standing position, but is at odds with many national guidelines, especially in the developed world.
It is widely recognized in medical science that caloric restriction is the most proven technique of life extension. Under experimental conditions, it has worked in species large and small, including mammals. I don’t think it has ever been tested experimentally in humans, but there isn’t much doubt that it works.
And many people are acting on it, either through caloric restriction on a daily basis or intermittent fasting. I am seeing a lot about this online, including on Youtube.
But, I actually have an uneasy feeling about it- even though I doubt that it works. What I question is: is it worth it restrict your calories to the point of becoming underweight, where you actually scrawny-icize yourself in the hope that you will live longer?
Realize that if an overweight person, that is, a fat person, was to restrict calories and thereby reduce their excessive body fat, that obviously is an unmitigated, unqualified good. So, if you want to use caloric restriction to get to a healthy level of leanness, that’s fine. But, what if you’re already sufficiently lean? Would it pay to restrict calories and get leaner in the hope of living longer?
Well, in my opinion, there is a healthy weight for everybody, where you look the best and feel the best and have the best proportions and the most energy, etc. So, to get below your healthy weight, especially significantly below it, makes no sense to me, and it is an extreme thing to do.
And, it doesn’t come without risks of its own. You have less reserves in the event that you had a terrible trauma and couldn’t eat normally. If you are already bone-thin, what’s going to happen to you then? Your bones may get weaker from being so light. And if you get below your ideal weight, its very likely that you will lose muscle as well. And the truth is that Nature is working against us that way. There is a natural tendency to lose muscle mass just from getting older. And if you want to prevent it, you really have to work at it. The vast majority of people do experience sarcopenia- the age-related loss of muscle. It’s a cousin to osteoporosis- and you know how common and widespread that is.
So, in my opinion, the only practical and sensible thing is to restrict calories to the extent that it helps you maintain your best and ideal weight. And even if you got slightly thinner than that, you could get away with it and still have a high quality of life. But, if you deliberately make yourself thinner than that through eating restriction, you are doing something very extreme which may backfire.
Life isn’t just about quantity; it’s about quality. And it’s a higher quality of life in many ways if you maintain your best weight, where you look your best, feel your best, and act your best. You are not going to live forever no matter what you do, so you have to keep your priorities straight. To cause yourself actual wasting in the hope of living longer is, again, a very extreme and radical thing to do.
So, I never think in terms of restricting calories as an objective. I think in terms of maintaining my ideal weight and proportions, and strength and energy. And for me, it comes in right around 135 pounds at my height of 5’6”.
Would I prolong my life if I maintained my weight at, say, 125 pounds? I very well might, but I’m not interested. And that’s because I wouldn’t look as good (and of course, I look great) I wouldn’t be as strong, I wouldn’t feel as good about my masculinity from being so scrawny, and when I looked in the mirror I wouldn’t be seeing myself. I’d be seeing this very skinny guy. I would almost feel foreign to myself. So, why would I want to live like that? I wouldn’t want to even if I could be guaranteed to live longer, and of course, there are no such guarantees.
But, I would like to add that the awareness of the effectiveness of caloric restriction is something that we should at least use to keep ourselves from eating junk. For instance, if you are tempted to eat ice cream before going to bed, that’s surely extra calories that you don’t need, and restricting them can only do you good and not harm.
But, even though I don’t practice it as taught, I still enjoy reading about caloric restriction experiments, and I am they will continue. One amusing perspective is that if you restrict calories on a daily basis, you won’t enjoy as much food on a daily basis, but because you will live longer, you will consume and enjoy more food over the course of your lifetime than you otherwise would have. Is that true mathematically? I don’t know, but it is amusing to ponder.
You should definitely watch this: an ER doctor being interviewed on the street, talking about what he has seen from vaccinations, and why he doesn't get any, including the flu shot. He talks about the ridiculousness of all the tetanus shots that are given for all kinds of things for which there hasn't been an outbreak of tetanus in over 100 years. Yet, they are still giving the shots.
I am reminded of the old joke about the guy who was on a London train, crumpling up pieces of paper and throwing them out the window. The bloke next to him asked "What are you doing that for?" and he said, "to keep the elephants away." "But, there are no elephants" responded the other bloke. Said the first guy, "I know. Works like a charm, doesn't it?"
And after you’ve watched the video, do a Youtube search for VaXxed, and you’ll find plenty more, including doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals who don’t vaccinate themselves or their kids, including the famous Dr. Oz, who doesn't get the flu shot.
Right now, in the winter of 2018, there is reportedly a terrible flu epidemic going on. They are reporting a lot of deaths, including the deaths of many children and young adults. But, when somebody seeks medical attention for the flu, don’t you think they must ask them if they received a flu shot? It would be crazy if they didn’t, right? So, why aren’t they telling us what percentage of those stricken got the flu shot? I am thinking that many of them did because if few did, or if none did, they would surely be telling us that.
And, they keep urging people to get the flu shot, that it’s not too late, even though they admit that they predicted and selected the wrong strains, that the predominant virus that is behind the current outbreak was NOT included in the current vaccine.
But, I wouldn’t get the flu vaccine or recommend it even if it supposedly had the right strain. The effectiveness of the flu shot has NEVER been tested- in all these years. They have NEVER done a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of the flu vaccine- or any other vaccine. They say it would be unethical to do it. That’s because some people would be denied the vaccine. But, plenty of people aren’t going to get the vaccine anyway- by choice. So, why not compare their incidence of infection and health outcomes to vaccine takers? That, they say, would be like comparing apples to oranges.
Vaccination is a cult. It is a pseudo-scientific cult. Really, it is a religion; a part of the religion of Modern Medicine.
I do NOT get vaccinated- for anything- and I would sooner leave the country, permanently, rather than submit to vaccination. And if it comes to it, I will. I’m not kidding. And if I were traveling, and the country I was going to required vaccinations, I just wouldn’t go to that country. Hey, there is no place I have to visit. Most places I’m not going to visit before I die anyway, so what does it matter?
Vaccination is an archaic superstition that has been turned into a racket, and I shall fight it to my last breath.
I am sharing this latest communication from Dr. Uffe Ravnskov, with permission. Dr. Ravnskov is a Danish physician, a nephrologist, or kidney specialist. But, many years ago, he took a keen interest in the pushing of statin drugs for high cholesterol. And, as he explains better than anyone else, it really is crazy. Cholesterol is a vital substance found in every cell of the body. Cells couldn't exist without it because cholesterol is what enables cells to maintain an internal environment that is distinct from the surrounding medium. And that's just one thing that cholesterol does. Cholesterol is a precursor to many hormones. Cholesterol is extremely abundant in the brain. In fact, cholesterol is so vital to the brain, that the brain makes its own cholesterol. And the harms that come from taking statin drugs result from both the direct toxic effects of the drugs, and the very fact that they cripple cholesterol production. The idea that we should be taking substances that sabotage the body's ability to make cholesterol is to make war on one of the most vital and essential biological productions that occurs within the body. It is crazy. But, it's a case of widespread stupidity. President Trump takes a statin drug. That's what his doctor recommended. And I dare say he can afford good health care. But, with all his billions, he is not getting good health care because stupidity reigns. Anyway, read this by Dr. Ravnskov, who has a brilliant mind. The man knows how to think.
When do the criminal statin advocates become punished?
You need not be a medical expert to understand that the cholesterol campaign is led by fraudulent researchers and business people. A few weeks ago I received for instance You must be nuts! - the business of dementia, a humorous but also serious movie made by the photographer Obhi Chatterejee, where he in a simple way explains the truth about fat and cholesterol and also how he tried to treat his father, who had become dement due to statin treatment.
And many more have understood that. If you search Youtube with the words “cholesterol myth” you will get access to hundreds of videos where researchers, doctors, journalists and wise lay people present various types of revealing facts.
But nothing happens. Although the cholesterol campaign is one of the greatest mistakes in the medical world; although it has caused serious side effects in millions of healthy people; and although billions if not trillions of dollars have been spent in vain, politicians prefer to listen to professors when it comes to medical problems, and most of the professors in this area are unwilling to admit that what they have taught during many years is wrong. If the truth becomes known for the world, most of them may even loose large amounts of money from the drug companies.
Hopefully the well-known British cardiologist Aseem Malhotra may be able to stop the cholesterol madness. A few weeks ago he gave a long lecture in the European Parliament about the cholesterol and dietary madness assisted by Sir Richard Thompson, President of the Royal College of Physicians; the Dutch Professor Hanno Pijl and the progressive nutritionist Sarah Macklin.
We, members of THINCS, have published a book named Fat and Cholesterol don't cause heart attacks and Statins Are Not The Solution. Here you will find many chapters where some of us have documented the many frauds delivered by the food and the drug industry. You can buy the book directly from the publisher and on Amazon you can read comments about our book from 36 readers, 29 of whom haven given it 5 stars.
If you understand Hebrew, please listen to a discussion about the book on Israel Television between a journalist and Dr. Dan Keret, an Israeli researcher, who presents our book as “The Cholesterol Bible”. Even if you do not understand Hebrew, please listen to the two first minutes! It is a brilliant presentation.
Millions of people reach the point in life in which they need thyroid replacement. Some develop Hashimoto's thyroiditis, the auto-immune form of thyroid deficiency. But, many become hypothyroid without developing the antibodies for Hashimoto's. It's like their thyroid gland just conks out, perhaps from aging, but also, perhaps, because of anti-thyroid substances that occur widely in foods. Thyroid hormone is the most prescribed drug in America.
Thyroid hormone occurs in two forms: T3, which is the active hormone, and T4, which is the storage form of the hormone. The number refer to the number of iodine units it has. So, the body has to split off one of the iodines to make the hormone active.
Most medical doctors prescribe the synthetic form of T4 which is known as Levothyroxine or Synthroid. But, the problem is that many people don't convert it into T3 very well. They don't get any bump in T3 at all. There is a synthetic form of T3, but it's rather dicey; people tend to have reactions to it; it requires closer monitoring. Hence, many doctors just settle for the Synthroid.
However, there is also the natural dessicated thyroid, which is derived from baby pigs, which has both T3 and T4, and it is generally easy to take without difficulty. The ratio of T3 to T4 is weighted slightly higher to T3 in a pig than a human. But, it doesn't seem to matter, clinically, in most people. To my mind, the only thing Synthetic T4 can be counted on to do is push down the TSH. Since T3 is the active hormone, that's what matters most. And for people who don't convert synthetic T4 into T3, they really need a different and better solution. Dessicated thyroid may be that solution. It really may be the best option for a great many people, even though it's animal-derived. I know that many alternative/complementary doctors prefer to prescribe the natural dessicated thyroid, and even many regular doctors do. Hilary Clinton's doctor prescribed dessicated thyroid to her.
I am not a medical doctor, so I don't prescribe thyroid to anyone. However, when it's an issue for someone, I will usually refer that person to a wholistic M.D. who prescribes dessicated thyroid.
As far as trying to rehabilitate the thyroid through nutrition and supplements, such as iodine, tyrosine, etc., in a borderline case, you can try it. But, when a person is clearly and profoundly hypothyroid, I don't think it's wise to delay giving them thyroid replacement. In fact, I think it is very unwise. It is a major strain on the body to not have enough thyroid. It's not something to trifle with.
And again, it affects millions. For millions, hypothryoidism is inevitable. And that's why I think that routine blood testing of people over 50 should always include a thyroid panel.
And that is my take on low thryoid.