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VITAMIN THERAPY CENSORSHIP
Did you know that there are "good" medical journals, and that there are "naughty" journals? No kidding. The good journals are easy to access on the internet through a huge electronic database called Medline (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi) This wonderful, free service is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. In other words, by you. By your tax dollars. Generally it is money well spent, until you go a-searching for megavitamin therapy research papers. Then you will find that you can't find all of them. That is because of selective indexing. Medline chooses journals to index based on criteria that they publish but will not discuss.
As evidence, here is a copy of my recent letter to them:
I have used Medline for years, and it is a truly invaluable research tool. I have observed that the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, continually published since 1967, is not indexed, listed nor otherwise cited or available on Medline. May I ask what would perhaps disqualify this particular Journal from inclusion in the Medline database?
Here is the reply I got back from the National Library of Medicine:
"Dear Dr. Saul:
"The Literature Selection Technical Review Committee makes decisions about the inclusion of journals in Medline. Our Fact Sheet with FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about inclusion in MEDLINE and thus in PubMed will be found at this URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/j_sel_faq.html
"A more specific Fact Sheet for journal selection will be found at this different site: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/jsel.html.
"Thank you for your interest in our National Library of Medicine products."
(Clerk's name, deleted by the Newsletter) NIH Contractor Customer Service National Library of Medicine 8600 Rockville Pike Bethesda, MD 20894 email@example.com
The following text was appended to the response I received:
"The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the largest medical library in the world. The goal of the NLM is to collect, organize and make available biomedical literature to advance medical science and improve public health."
I see. Collect. Organize. Make available. Improve public health.
So, AFTER 36 CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF PUBLICATION, why is the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine NOT indexed by Medline?
Although a similar leading-edge nutrition-friendly journal, Medical Hypotheses, is indexed, the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine is not. This decision is the work of a National Library of Medicine "Literature Selection Technical Review Committee," which apparently declined to comment.
What are the consequences of such exclusion? In a nutshell, it stops the public from using their computers to learn about all of the scientific research and clinical reports demonstrating the effectiveness of megavitamin (orthomolecular) therapy. It also greatly hampers professionals from seeing pro-vitamin studies. Have you ever wondered why your doctor simply does not know about vitamin therapy? Well, wonder no longer. He or she can't read what isn't "collected," electronically indexed, or otherwise "made available" to them. If the vast majority of journals indexed by Medline are pharmaceutical-friendly, and yet nutritional research is censored, what do you expect?
My website, book (http://www.doctoryourself.com/saulbooks.html) and this Newsletter are not called Doctor Yourself for nothing. We have no choice. If we want to know, we have to learn for ourselves. Your taxes should be helping you do so, and not paying a closed-doors bureaucracy to decide what should (or should not) be "collected" and "made available" to "improve public health."
Here is a current example of vital research that Medline does in fact choose to index:
PIZZA PREVENTS HEART ATTACKS
Gallus S, Tavani A, Vecchia CL. Pizza and risk of acute myocardial infarction. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2004 May 12.
"OBJECTIVES: Pizza eating has been favourably related to the risk of cardiovascular disease, but the data are limited. To evaluate the potential role of pizza consumption on the risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), we considered data from an Italian study. DESIGN: We conducted a hospital-based case-control study on 507 cases of nonfatal AMI and 478 controls in Milan, Italy, between 1995 and 1999. RESULTS: The multivariate odds ratios were 0.78 for occasional, 0.62 for regular and 0.44 for frequent eaters. The estimates were similar across strata of age, sex, smoking and other major covariates. CONCLUSIONS: Some of the ingredients of pizza have been shown to have a favourable influence on the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, there is no single explanation for the present findings. Pizza may in fact represent a general indicator of Italian diet, that has been shown to have potential cardiovascular benefits."
If that impressed you, you will also surely want to know about this:
PIZZA PREVENTS CANCER
Gallus S, Bosetti C, Negri E, Talamini R, Montella M, Conti E, Franceschi S, La Vecchia C. Does pizza protect against cancer? Int J Cancer. 2003 Nov 1;107(2):283-4.
"We analyzed the potential role of pizza on cancer risk, using data from an integrated network of case-control studies conducted in Italy between 1991 and 2000. Cancer sites were: oral cavity and pharynx (598 cases), esophagus (304 cases), larynx (460 cases), colon (1,225 cases) and rectum (728 cases). Controls were 4,999 patients admitted for acute, non- neoplastic conditions to the same hospital network as cases. Odds ratios for regular pizza consumers were 0.66 (95% confidence interval, CI = 0.47-0.93) for oral and pharyngeal cancer, 0.41 (95% CI = 0.25-0.69) for oesophageal, 0.82 (95% CI = 0.56-1.19) for laryngeal, 0.74 (95% CI = 0.61-0.89) for colon and 0.93 (95% CI = 0.75-1.17) for rectal cancer. Pizza appears therefore to be a favorable indicator of risk for digestive tract neoplasms in this population."
But be careful of that olive oil, mate! Of course, this particular Medline- approved entry is not from Italy:
Wong GA, King CM. Occupational allergic contact dermatitis from olive oil in pizza making. Contact Dermatitis. 2004 Feb;50(2):102-3. (Department of Dermatology, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool, UK.)
Here is my all-time favorite: yet another article that Medline actually is indexing. It is not even from a medical journal. I am not making its mile- long title up, either. It is there at Medline, right now, just a few clicks away from you:
Simon HB. My husband subscribes to Harvard Men's Health Watch, but I read it even more than he does. I hope you can help us resolve a disagreement. He wants to have pizza two to three times a week for his prostate, but I don't think it's a healthy food. Who is right? (Harvard Men's Health Watch. 2003 Jun;7(11):8.)
In fact, when I did a search at Medline for "pizza," I got 435 responses. Man, there is scientific argument over literally anything.
I am proud (as well as relieved) to be the first to tell you that the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine has not published a single article on pizza. At least so far. Maybe if it did, it would make the cut at Medline.
Medline also indexes an item entitled: "I am a 71-year-old diabetic, and I've had trouble with my erections for seven or eight years. At first the problem was mild, but it's been getting worse. My doctor gave me a prescription for Viagra, but it didn't help. I tried two pills at once without any luck, but I did get a mild headache. Can I use three pills?" (Harvard Men's Health Watch. 2003 Sep;8(2):8.)
Surely the very name "Harvard" is enough to get your foot inside the Medline door. That, or "everything but anchovies."
The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine has a review board of medical doctors and university- and hospital-based researchers. Since 1967, it has published over 600 papers by renowned authors including Roger J. Williams, Emanuel Cheraskin, Carl C. Pfeiffer and Nobel prize winner Linus Pauling. (http://www.doctoryourself.com/hoffer_JOM.html) You should be able to access abstracts (concise summaries) of these papers, instantly and for free, via Medline. Well, you can't.
Perhaps you'd like to write to Medline and tell them what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org
And when you are done with both your pizza and your Viagra, would you please share any letters you may receive with me at doctoryourself.com/contact.html ?
A Google search for "hepatitis" will get you nearly four million responses; coincidentally, that is the approximate number of Americans with hepatitis C. So it's no wonder I get so many questions about this disease. Let us immediately cut to the chase.
Administered immediately and in sufficient quantity, vitamin C cures the entire hepatitis alphabet, A to E. Intravenous infusion of vitamin C may be necessary to do the job right.
Robert F. Cathcart, M.D., writes at his website, http://www.orthomed.com :
"Since acute hepatitis A, B, C, etc., is easily cured with massive doses of ascorbate, intravenously and with follow-up with oral ascorbic acid, it is tragic that it is not properly utilized. Hepatitis C is a special problem because only about a quarter of cases present as acute (when it would be easily cured). Chronic hepatitis C is more of a problem; however with massive doses of ascorbic acid orally, a no-sugar diet, vitamin E, selenium, silymarin (an antioxidant from milk thistle), and alpha lipoic acid among other nutrients, I have never seen a case to go onto acute hepatic necrosis or cancer of the liver."
I have known persons who took oral vitamin C to bowel tolerance and beat hepatitis. I have also seen a person fail with oral dosing alone, so do not take any chances with Hep. Get the IV.
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If you know of other sources, please let me know.
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ANY HOSPITAL CAN ADMINISTER INTRAVENOUS VITAMIN C Physician-authored instructions for administration are posted at the http://www.doctoryourself.com website and elsewhere on the internet. Search for "vitamin C intravenous."
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HEPATITIS B (George had already had chronic hepatitis B for seven years by the time I first met with him. Drug medicine had not helped, and yet vitamin therapy had never been offered to him. Here is his account of it: )
"I hadn't had many serious symptoms except fatigue for years. My liver function tests and bilirubin counts remained elevated. Worse, the disease had caused cirrhosis of my liver.
"I have been treated on two occasions with Prednisone, a steroid drug. Although this did bring my liver tests down, the side effects were terrible and the tests elevated after discontinuance of the drug. Then, the tests again rose to an alarming level and the doctors (by this time I had consulted a number of them) told me there wasn't anything else they could do.
"It was at this time I became a health nut. Since then, I have been taking megadoses of vitamins faithfully and have concentrated more on fresh fruits and vegetables. I now take 25,000 to 30,000 milligrams of vitamin C orally every day; large amounts of B-complex; a mega-multi vitamin; lecithin; desiccated liver tablets; chelated magnesium; and vitamin E.
"The results of my latest tests (taken last week) show the lowest level of bilirubin and lowest liver function scores in over a year. And this without any Prednisone.
"My doctor is surprised and still skeptical about megavitamins. She says she can't condone what I'm doing (there's not enough "medical" research on it) but she does say I had better keep doing it.
"Tell my case to people who remain unconvinced. I was a skeptic once myself."
George got these results in 9 weeks. I met him again more than ten years later. He was still taking "all those vitamins." And he had remained entirely symptom-free.
By the way, using megadoses of vitamin C, Dr. Frederick Klenner cured acute hepatitis in 48 hours. (http://www.doctoryourself.com/klennerpaper.html) (Of course, that was decades ago, and I'm sure vitamin C's chemical properties have changed quite radically since then. NOT!)
REMEMBER: THERE MUST BE 15 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR LIVER http://www.doctoryourself.com/liver_15_ways.html
More on High-Dose Intravenous Vitamin C: (Dr. Cathcart's papers published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine are not indexed by Medline, but these are: )
Cathcart RF. A unique function for ascorbate. Med Hypotheses. 1991 May;35(1):32-7. Review.
Cathcart RF. Cat-allergen sensitivity. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 1990 Sep;86(3 Pt 1):420.
Cathcart RF. The vitamin C treatment of allergy and the normally unprimed state of antibodies. Med Hypotheses. 1986 Nov;21(3):307-21.
Cathcart RF. Vitamin C: the nontoxic, nonrate-limited, antioxidant free radical scavenger. Med Hypotheses. 1985 Sep;18(1):61-77.
Cathcart RF. Vitamin C in the treatment of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Med Hypotheses. 1984 Aug;14(4):423-33.
Cathcart RF. Vitamin C, titrating to bowel tolerance, anascorbemia, and acute induced scurvy. Med Hypotheses. 1981 Nov;7(11):1359-76.
Cathcart RF. The method of determining proper doses of vitamin C for the treatment of diseases by titrating to bowel intolerance. Australas Nurses J. 1980 Mar;9(4):9-13.
Cathcart RF. Leg cramps and vitamin E. JAMA. 1972 Jan 10;219(2):216-7.
Many of Dr. Cathcart's articles are posted at his excellent http://orthomed.com website and also at http://doctoryourself.com , where a search for "Cathcart" will bring them up fast.
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ASKIN' ABOUT ATKINS
Many readers have written to me with questions about the safety and effectiveness of the Atkins and similar high-protein diets.
First of all, such diets are a positive boon to the meat-happy fast-food industry. For example, Arby's (the roast beef sandwich franchise chain) now offers their sandwiches without the bread or roll. To me, that is about as healthful as ordering a milkshake without the cup. While they instead serve the meat on a bed of lettuce, I ask you to compare weights and see what is really being marketed to you. . . and it isn't the lettuce. If it were, you'd see salad bars in Arby's, and Burger Kings, and MacDonalds. Well, do you? Of course not. Fast food is cattleman country, and that's the way it's going to stay.
Long term, rancher-recommended Atkins eating will, I think, result in an increase in kidney failure/dialysis, cardiovascular disease, depression, sleep disorders, constipation, and cancer. That is quite a list, granted. But high meat/high protein diets mean more cholesterol, more animal fat, less tryptophan crossing the blood brain barrier, less fiber, and more nitrogenous waste kidney burn out. Because meat is laced with so many chemicals and hormones, this is really a closely trimmed list of my grievances with high-meat, high protein diets.
Well then, let's ask someone else.
THE ATKINS DIET: A SECOND SCIENTIFIC OPINION
A sixth-grader's science fair project showed that mice fed an Atkins-like diet gained almost three times as much weight as mice fed a normal mouse diet. Jacob Gaskill, of the Brockport, NY Middle School, fed six mice a high protein, very low-carb diet of ground beef, nuts, cheese, eggs, and greens for a month. Six other mice got regular commercial mouse food for the same time period. The "Atkins" mice gained an average of 4.5 grams of weight each; the control mice gained 1.6 grams. Most interestingly, the Atkins mice ate 60% more food than the control mice. This alone may explain why the Atkins diet craze is such a boost to the fast-food biz. It reminds me of the "low tar" cigarette ploy: put less tobacco in each cigarette and people smoke more of them.
(Penders R. Science experiment calls on trendy diet. Suburban News, May 30, 2004, p 16.)
AN ATKINS ALTERNATIVE There is something I very much like about the Atkins diet, and that is the extent to which it reduces people's consumption of simple carbohydrates (sugars). But complex carbohydrates, properly meaning beans and whole grains, should not be discouraged. Americans already eat way too much protein, and to promote still more concentrated protein intake is a costly mistake.
I propose the following revision of the Atkins diet: Keep the greens and, yes, avoid that sugar. However, I submit that you cut the protein way down, and hold the meat. Don't let meat-fed mirages of weight loss keep you from eating your legumes and whole grains. Beans and grains are not what make people fat. Obesity comes from eating too much fat, eating too much in general, and exercising too little.
Remember: lots of meat does not make you thin. Lots of veggies do.
THIS MONTH'S SAFETY FACT Worldwide, about a thousand people a year are killed from being struck by lightning. Ask a vitamin critic to show you scientific evidence of ANY deaths from vitamins. Then send the evidence in to me at doctoryourself.com/contact.html, please. (On the outside chance that you are offered any, that is.)
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WHY LIGHTENING ISN'T SO SAFE http://www.lightningsafety.com/nlsi_lls/deaths_injuries01.html
NEWS TO CHEW ON: DENTISTS AWARD THE TOOTHLESS
"Fluoridation honors" were bestowed upon many communities (1), which happen to have the highest cavity and tooth loss rates, by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (AASTDD).
Fluoride added to water supplies, usually at taxpayers' expense, is publicized to save money and prevent tooth decay. Conspicuously absent are data supporting these claims.(2) In fact, government statistics reveal worse or less teeth in residents of fluoridation-honored communities than in their non-fluoridated counterparts. For example:
A) Dentists gave Fifty-Year Awards to fluoridating water systems including:
* Seven West Virginia and Five Kentucky water districts. Yet, 42% of mostly fluoridated (3) West Virginians and Kentuckians are edentulous (completely toothless) -- the country's worst toothless rates.(4)
* The Tulsa, Oklahoma, water department, where 19% of residents lost six or more teeth.(5) Compare that to New York State's two largest non- fluoridated counties, Suffolk and Nassau, where only 16% lost six or more teeth. Nassau and Suffolk received no kudos for retaining their natural choppers.
Further, an Oklahoma Department of Health Report reveals an "Alarming Prevalence of Tooth Decay Among Oklahoma's Children," where nearly 70 percent of third graders have cavities (6) although 75% drink fluoride-laced water.
* Nashville, Tennessee, where 20% lost 6 or more teeth. Contrast: Wichita, Kansas refused fluoridation repeatedly over the years (7)(8). Results: more teeth for Wichita - only 14% lost 6 or more, less than most fluoridated cities. Yet, no awards for Wichita!
B) "State Fluoridation Quality Awards" were given to:
* 96% fluoridated Indiana, where 25% have lost all their teeth; 45% have lost 6 or more teeth.(4)
* 96% fluoridated North Dakota where 5,262 children participate in fluoride mouthrinse/tablet school programs and 44% of eight-year-olds participate in sealant programs. Yet, 51% of 6 to 8-year-olds and 70% of 14-year-olds olds have tooth decay. (9)
C) "State Fluoridation Reaffirmation Award" given to Monticello, Arkansas. "The state of Arkansas children's dental health is in crisis and needs immediate attention" reports the Arkansas Department of Health (10). 72% of Arkansas third-graders have cavities despite 60% state-wide fluoridation (11).
D) "Community Initiative Awards" given to recently fluoridation-adopting communities, such as Pinellas County, Florida, over the strong objections of its citizens. (Citizens for Safe Water http://www.aquasafe.us/AquaSafe- Action.htm )
E) The "State Fluoridation Initiative Award" to Utah with the most teeth but least fluoridation of all the states (2%), not for their good dental health, but because "Utah has the most new systems fluoridating." This despite vigorous citizen opposition. (http://www.stopfluoridation.homestead.com )
"The Surgeon General declared tooth decay a silent epidemic (12). Yet, two-thirds of Americans drink fluoridated water," says lawyer Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation. "The truth is, most American children are fluoride over-dosed (13), and the poorly nourished get more cavities (14) regardless of fluoridation."
Contact: Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc., PO Box 263,Old Bethpage, NY 11804 email@example.com http://www.orgsites.com/ny/nyscof http://tinyurl.com/ad9k
References: 1) 2003 COMMUNITY WATER FLUORIDATION AWARDS, ASSOCIATION OF STATE AND TERRITORIAL DENTAL DIRECTORS, ANNUAL MEETING and NATIONAL ORAL HEALTH CONFERENCE, May 3, 2004. http://www.ada.org/public/topics/fluoride/fluoridation_awards.pdf 2) "What the 'York Review' on the fluoridation of drinking water really found," 28 October 2003, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York, UK http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/fluoridnew.htm 3) February 2002, CDC: Populations Receiving Optimally Fluoridated Public Drinking Water, United States, 2000. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5107a2.htm 4) CDC: Public Health and Aging: Retention of Natural Teeth Among Older Adults --- United States, 2002 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5250a3.htm 5) CDC: SMART: Selected Metropolitan/Micropolitan Area Risk Trends, Oral Health: Lost 6 or more teeth due to decay or gum disease http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/brfss- smart/ListMMSAQuest.asp?yr2=2002&MMSA=All&cat=OH&qkey=6605&g rp=0 6) COMANCHE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, February 26, 2004 http://www.health.state.ok.us/chds/comanche/Press- Media/2004/Tooth%20Decay%20and%20Oklahoma%20Children.htm 7) "The Ayes Have It! Wichita Water Department: A History 1882-1982", chapter 8, page 098 http://www.wichita.gov/CityOffices/WaterAndSewer/WWDHistoryBook/Cha pter8/8-98.htm 8) The Wichita Eagle, May 9, 2004, "What the Legislature Did" http://www.kansas.com/mld/eagle/news/local/8625104.htm 9) Overview of Oral Health in North Dakota Power Point Presentation http://www.health.state.nd.us/ndhd/prevent/mch/dental/summit2000/Oral% 20Health%20Access%20in%20North%20Dakota.ppt 10) Dental health of state's children said 'in a crisis.' By Anthony Childress, 4/20/2004 http://www.jonesborosun.com/archivedstory.asp?ID=9010 11) CDC: "Percentage of 3rd Grade students with Caries Experience (treated or untreated tooth decay) " http://www.cdc.gov/nohss/caries_experience/byState.htm 12) "First-ever Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health Finds Profound Disparities in Nation's Population" http://www.nidr.nih.gov/news/052500.asp 13) J Am Dent Assoc. 2002 Feb, Prevalence and trends in enamel fluorosis in the United States from the 1930s to the 1980s, Beltran-Aguilar ED, Griffin SO, Lockwood SA. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed &list_uids=11868834&dopt=Abstract 14) "The relationship between healthful eating practices and dental caries in children aged 2-5 years in the United States, 1988-1994," Journal of the American Dental Association, January 2004 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed &dopt=Abstract&list_uids=14959875=3>
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