Mammography and Breast Cancer

If you have been reading my thoughts for some time, you know that I am not a big advocate of mammograms.  I really wish they would do the job they are supposed to do, but they just don’t.   Another study appeared recently, documenting the unpleasant consequences of well-intentioned mammographic screening.  It is not the […]

Vitamin Supplement Mistakes

If you read about vitamin supplements you must be confused.  Actually, it would be hard not to be. Vitamins are, by definition, essential to health.  Studies of hundreds of millions of people confirm that truth. However, a rash of recent studies have linked taking vitamin supplements to higher rates of a variety of diseases, especially […]

Autism and Immunizations

The widely disseminated comments of many organizations and authorities would lead one to believe that any possible linkage between vaccination and autism has been entirely disproven.  That is not so.  The theory that there might be a connection is biologically plausible.  One of the most consistent biological abnormalities among children with autism is their limited […]

Coffee and Prostate Cancer

It is nice to report good news. In this case, the good news is that a recent study of prostate cancer found that drinking coffee reduced risk. It is always essential to view dietary studies skeptically. There are so many reasons they can be misunderstood, or just plain wrong. The world is too complicated to […]

Researching the Heart, They Lost Their Minds

A classic study was recently released warning heart patients to avoid essentially all herbal medicines. One commentator recommended that instead of buying herbs patients should save their money and “buy a pair of shoes”. As this publication walks all over herbal medicine with callous regard, the shoes seem to be on the other pair of […]