Should I Drink Milk? Milk Drinkers Double to Triple Their Risk of Cardiovascular and Cancer Diseases (study)

DontDrinkMilkMilk is for calves!  Ok, that sounds a bit harsh you might say.  Well wait until you see the results of this study, “Milk intake and risk of mortality and fractures in women and men: cohort studies,” just published in BMJ.  (you can read it here…). You can bet this one wasn’t sponsored by the dairy council or association.

They followed over 60,000 women and 45,000 men in Sweden for a median of 22 and 13 years respectively. During this time, roughly 1/4 of participants died, mostly form cardiovascular disease and cancer.  Here are some of the findings:

  • Women drinking 3 or more glasses of milk doubled their mortality compared to those drinking less than one glass a day.
  • Men drinking 3 or more glasses of milk had less but still significant increased mortality.
  • For women, high milk consumption was associated with increased in fractures and increased hip fracture.
  • Milk intake was positively associated with oxidative stress as measured by 8-iso-PGF2a in both sexes and interleukin-6 in men.
  • Cheese and fermented foods had the opposite effects.

 

If you must consume dairy, make it fermented or cheese.

Dr. Paul

 

 

 

Initial Treatment of Diabetes- Metformin Confirmed Superior (study)

DiabetesSymptomsFor those who are diagnosed with diabetes that has not yet reached the severity requiring insulin, Metformin (which you can learn more about Metformin here… ) seems to be a superior choice as the first drug to use.

Metformin has been approved and successfully used for adolescents with type-two diabetes and children over age 10 with obesity or as an adjunct for type-1 diabetes.

In the article “Initial therapy for diabetes mellitus” (read here… ) they compared Metformin to sufonylureas, thiazolidinediones and dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors. Despite guidelines (by the American Diabetes Association, the American College of Physicians, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) suggesting Metformin to be a drug of choice, 57.8% of individuals began diabetes treatment with Metformin. Doing so was associated with reduced needs for subsequent added medications without any increase in rates of hypoglycemia or other adverse events.

You can also read the article “Initial Choice of Oral Glucose-Lowering Medication for Diabetes Mellitus:” by clicking here…

 

Dr. Paul

 

 

 

Fluoride in Your Water? Fluoride Supplements? Study Shows Fluorosis More Prevalent Than Ever

FluorideIsBadIf the only problem with too much fluoride were dental fluorosis (white specs on your teeth) the continued poisoning of the US population with fluoride would be a nuisance. Sadly the fluorosis caused by the added fluoride is the tip of the toxic iceberg.  Fluoride is an endocrine disruptor (interfering with thyroid function) and neurotoxin with direct toxicity to the brain.

In a news release “Gov’t Fails to Disclose Fluorides Disproportionate Harm to Black Community,” (you can read it here… ) it is revealed that in a recently obtained internal memorandum from 1962, the US public health service revealed “Negros in Grand Rapids had twice as much fluorosis than others”. The CDC’s 1999-2004 national survey showed 58% of black children verses 36% of white children had dental fluorosis.

These staggering numbers alone should be enough to call for an end to the misguided process of fluoridation of our water.

Also included is a memo regarding fluorosis in Georgia. You can read that here…

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Dr. Paul

 

 

 

What is the Link Between Marijuana Use and Anxiety (Does it Help or Hurt?)

anxiety2More and more you read or hear that marijuana is safe and that it “helps my anxiety”.  I run an opiate addiction clinic, where most are there to get off heroin, and most also smoke marijuana, saying it helps their anxiety.  The study “Immediate Antecedents of Marijuana Use: An Analysis from Ecological Momentary Assessment,” (which you can read here… ) looked at marijuana craving, peer use, and anxiety over multiple assessment times daily for two weeks.

Here are some of the findings:

  • Marijuana use days were associated with higher craving for marijuana.
  • There was higher anxiety prior to using marijuana and it did not decrease significantly following use.
  • Craving can increase anxiety.
  • Anxiety was related to marijuana withdrawal.
  • Those using marijuana for anxiety may get short term relief but anxiety returns.
  • 1/3 reported greater anxiety during marijuana use.
  • 1/3 reported greater anxiety during non-use of marijuana.

 

For the 1/3 who perceived less anxiety with marijuana, it seems likely they are physically dependent or addicted and the vicious cycle of withdrawal anxiety becoming better with use only to withdraw again is driving the THC use. Clearly not all individuals get an anti-anxiety benefit, and for many, it will cause anxiety or worse psychological symptoms.

 

To answer the question, does it help or hurt anxiety: for 1/3 of users it helps, but only temporarily, and then worsens the cycle of anxiety.

 

 

Dr. Paul