Why Would You Ever Choose Olive Oil Over Butter?
A comparison table with data taken from the USDA database for olive oil here and for butter here. This is merely a compiled data. Rows where zeros were in both were deleted to reduce space. I created this to compare EVOO, a butter consistency olive oil that some people choose to eat, thinking they eat something healthier than butter. Do they? Continue reading
My latest blog explains all you need to know about protein. At first, mentioning the word “protein” you may think we know it all, but I found many people are confused about the meaning of protein.
Do You Know Protein?
This article explains protein from many angles. This is a first of many articles to come, with the goal of educating about various common health-related terms that are often used misinterpreted.
The New ADA Standards of Medical Care
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) released its 2019 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes (both type 2 and type 1) in advance of the official January, 2019 publish date. It is open access to all. I decided to summarize one particular part that seems to have “hit the road” by various other blogs, some twisting it out of context completely. As a member of the ADA, in this blog I feel obligated to summarize the essence of the new guide so that there is no confusion about what it does or doesn’t recommend. I also provide my thoughts at the end.
The ADA Standards of Medical care has 16 chapters, of which, in terms of the treatment of diabetes (both T2 and T1), Chapter 5. Lifestyle Management is most important, so I will focus most of this summary on that chapter with few exceptions. The following is a long section of quotes from the document, in which I emphasized some sentences by bold to call special attention. Continue reading
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A Slow Response But At Least A Response
I filed a petition with the FDA in 2014 to ban the Flouriquinolone Class of antibiotics from common prescription use. I requested it to have the label changed so that it is not used for everyday conditions, such as UTI, bronchitis, and similar diseases that are easily treatable by other antibiotics and which do not need a broad spectrum antibiotic. I recommended to have Fluroquinolones be reserved for life-and-death situations only when there are no alternatives and to change the label reflecting all adverse side effect that were already well understood, and to “blackbox” the medication. In my previous article on this subject, found here, I updated the FDA information, since new side effects made it imperative to immediately restrict all quinolones from common use. Why is this all interesting now? Because of a letter I just received from the FDA!
4-Years in the Making and an Invalid Response
Fluoroquinolones Back in the News
I have written many times about the fluoroquinolones family of antibiotics, referred to as quinolones on the run and often by the condition they so far were the most well-known for: causing major neurological damage–often permanent–leading to a condition termed FLOXED. I spent quite a bit of time fighting for blackboxing quinolones, which was finally achieved in 2016. There were many lawsuits on the part of those injured by quinolones as well. I wrote many articles about the trouble they cause, health stories, even about a suicide, and general information. See some here, here, here, here, here, and here.
The Drugs in the Fluoroquinolones Class:
- ciprofloxacin (CIPRO, CILOXAN)
- enoxacin (PENETREX)
- levofloxacin (LEVAQUIN)
- moxifloxacin (AVELOX)
- norfloxacin (NOROXIN, CHIBROXIN)
- ofloxacin (FLOXIN, OCUFLOX)
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What Research Should Be Funded?
In November 2018 through December 15, 2018, the NIH invited public comments to guide the kind of research they will support for the next decade. This comment period was short but critical. Historically, the NIH has been influenced tremendously by business interests that provide huge chucks of financial support to the government and thereby to the NIH. Thus there has ever been any unbiased research funding for nutrition research. This may also be true of other research areas–I am no familiar with them.
I found it very important to submit my commentary, which I did on the 11th of December, so a few days before the deadline. Here I copy-paste my commentary so you can see what I see as weakness in the NIH funding process through my recommendations. There is no way to know if the NIH considers anyone’s recommendations at all. However, it cannot hurt to try. Right? Right. So here is my comment, which starts with the greeting letter. I copy-paste the whole thing. I also attach it in a PDF in case you want to download it–it is a public document now: NIH–comment–AAStanton–12-11-2018 Continue reading
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Astroturfing is the practice of masking the sponsors of a message or organization (e.g., political, advertising, religious or public relations) to make it appear as though it originates from and is supported by grassroots participants. It is a practice intended to give the statements or organizations credibility by withholding information about the source’s financial connection. The term astroturfing is derived from AstroTurf, a brand of synthetic carpeting designed to resemble natural grass, as a play on the word “grassroots.” The implication behind the use of the term is that instead of a “true” or “natural” grassroots effort behind the activity in question, there is a “fake” or “artificial” appearance of support. (source: you guessed it, Wikipedia)
And who is the most well-known astroturfing entity that is publicly visible and is used by millions every day for what they think is good information? Wikipedia!
And you thought you knew Wikipedia! And you may even have donated money to Wikipedia every year–like I have been–thinking it is for an open database of great information that knowledgeable people edit and update. Right? Wrong.
Wikipedia is Astroturfing
According to the above TEDx, Wikipedia is Astroturfing and indeed, it is. I had my own Continue reading
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The image shows how cardiovascular disease is not associated with high cholesterol, yet the article concluded that high cholesterol causes coronary cardiovascular events.
coronary artery disease cause
Yellow highlighting is mine to show what actually does contribute to cardiovascular events.
How strange that scientists have to conclude the opposite of what their data shows to be able to publish!
Sugar is Addictive and Causes Diabetes
Sugar Pack in Sri Lanka–photograph by Marc Richard
I run a Facebook migraine group with thousands of members. The goal is to become migraine free, using only nutritional methods, which over the years has turned into what I call the Stanton Migraine Protocol(R). We have many discussions on foods in the group and sugar often comes up–sugar is something migraineurs should not ever eat. The members also post hundreds of testimonials into the group, which I then ask for permission to share on my testimonials page. Take a look at our success stories.
The Case of Sugar Warning
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