Diabetes

  1. Sunscreen May Actually be Causing Skin Cancer

    Sunscreen May Actually be Causing Skin Cancer

    UV "baking beds" prove to be the first step toward the
    crematorium

    If you've been with me for any length of time at all, you
    already know how I feel about conventional medicine's twisted
    take on skin cancers - and sunscreen. Why, in just the last 4 or
    5 months worth of Daily Doses, I've told you about how:

    A DEFICIENCY - not an excess - of full-spectrum sunlight is
    what's clearly linked to melanoma (Daily Dose, 7/8)

    Sunscreen may actually be CAUSING skin cancer, if the latest
    statistics and case studies are any indication (Daily Dose,
    7/15)

    The media intentionally misrepresents skin cancer's prevalence
    by lumping together the relatively rare malignant melanoma (NOT
    sun-caused) and the common, easily cured basal-cell cancer -
    which also isn't PROVEN to be caused by sunlight exposure (Daily
    Dose, 7/11)

    But the latest twist in the sunlight/cancer saga hits close to
    home for all those "sky-is-falling" helio-phobes (sun haters) in
    the mainstream: It turns out that artificial tanning - the same
    UV technology the sun-averse bake under to AVOID the "dangers"
    of natural sunlight - has now been proven to dramatically
    increase the risk of the most deadly and difficult to treat of
    skin cancers, malignant melanoma.

    According to an Oct. 15 Associated Press article, an 8-year
    study of more than 100,000 Scandinavian women between 30 and 50
    yielded an undeniable correlation between regular artificial
    tanning and the incidence of melanoma. Among the studies'
    shocking (to the medical establishment, not me) findings were
    these:

    * Women over 30 who salon-tanned once a month or more
    increased their risk of developing melanoma by 55%.

    * Women under 30 who UV-baked once monthly saw their likelihood
    of developing melanoma skyrocket by approximately 150%!

    * The risks were identical for women of similar age regardless
    of hair color - a factor some in the mainstream deem significant
    in determining melanoma risk.

    These findings beg the questions: Will the government step in to
    regulate tanning, as they have with cigarettes and other
    carcinogenic products? (Would you get in a UV bed that displayed
    a cancer warning above it?) Will the courts start allowing
    cancer liability lawsuits against the tanning industry, as they
    have against the tobacco industry? I'm not saying these things
    should happen, mind you, I'm just wondering if they will

    What's really tragic about this is the fact that while we're
    being duped into giving ourselves UV-induced skin cancer, we're
    missing out on the healthy sunlight we all need to RESIST cancer
    and disease. Keep reading

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    The vital vitamin that's D-monstrably missing nowadays

    I'll try to keep from gloating about this because it's such a
    serious subject

    But I'm definitely going to file this news flash under the "I
    told you so" heading in my file drawer:

    Scientists from the National Institute of Health have recently
    concluded that our nation is currently in the midst of a VITAMIN
    D DEFICIENCY CRISIS that's likely leading to skyrocketing rates
    of all kinds of diseases - from rickets and osteoporosis to
    diabetes, heart disease and many common cancers.

    Well, hallelujah! Conventional medicine is finally, grudgingly,
    seeing the light (wordplay intended) about something I've been
    saying for years: That all of the needless and misguided
    measures we've been taking to AVOID exposure to healthy,
    vitamin-D-rich sunlight are in fact increasing our risk of many
    diseases - some of them deadly.

    Now if we can just get the mainstream media to aggressively
    report this fact and convince people that there's no harm in a
    little sun, they might actually start SAVING some lives with
    their information

    Instead of killing us by keeping us in the dark (literally).

    My advice? Turn off the TV that's turning you into a
    light-hating vampire and get outside for a little
    life-nourishing, vitamin D-rich sunshine. There's nothing better
    for your health - except maybe avoiding those cancer-causing
    tanning beds

    Soaking up the rays,

    William Campbell Douglass II, MD

  2. Elimating Diabetes, Rather than Treating the Symptoms

    Elimating Diabetes, Rather than Treating the Symptoms

    The diabetes drug debacle

    Diabetes, especially the Type 2 (adult onset) variety, is one of the top killers of Americans - number 3 on the list behind heart disease and cancer. But if we don't soon change the way we live and eat, it may occupy the top spot before very long.

    As usual, the mainstream's response to this disease has been utterly backward. Instead of focusing on prevention by aggressively educating us about the dangers of the sugar-saturated, high-carbohydrate diet we've had crammed down our throats (in TV commercials for candy, soda pop, sports drinks, and breakfast cereals), they've put their might and main into developing NEW DRUGS to combat the disease!

    In other words: Treating the symptoms instead of eliminating the causes of the disease. Again. After all, that's how we treat heart disease and cancer, so why not diabetes? It's enough to make a doc like me scream bloody murder! But that's the way of today's conventional medicine, and we should all be used to it by now, right? All except the people WHO MAY HAVE DIED because of these drugs, that is.

    That's right - people aren't just dying of diabetes, but also from the "safe" drugs our selfless and beloved FDA has approved for the treatment of it. The most egregious example of this happened recently, when one pharmaceuticals giant pulled its diabetes drug from the market after their "safe" drug was linked to nearly 100 deaths or transplants caused by liver failure

    But the drama doesn't end there. According to a recent Reuters online article, two more of today's most popular diabetes medications are suspected of causing HEART FAILURE AND FLUID IN THE LUNGS among certain patients. Turns out that these drugs increase blood volume, which stresses the hearts (and kidneys) of patients with advanced heart dysfunction.

    What I'm wondering is this: If people with Type Two diabetes are far enough along in their condition to need these drugs, they're already very likely to be risking major heart problems. So why would drug makers develop and market products that could make the most deadly aspect of the condition they're designed to treat EVEN WORSE? And why would the FDA approve such medications? Odd, but not surprising

    It's a moot point, though. At the rate we're going, diabetes drugs are like a band-aid on a bullet wound. Until the truth gets out about the sugar and carbohydrate menace (not to mention the absurd "Food Pyramid" they're teaching our children in school), the side effects of these drugs are the least of our problems

    Unless, of course, they kill you.

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    The pen is mightier than the sore

    For as much as I rail against pop psychology as pseudo-science gobbledygook, I must give credit where credit is due. After all, the mind's power over the body cannot be denied - consider the well-documented "placebo effect," or the connection between spousal behaviors and perceived pain levels I told you about (Daily Dose, 2/22/03)

    Along these lines, some recent British research about how higher levels of stress or psychological distress can affect healing shows this connection more plainly than any other study I can recall. Here's how it worked:

    Two different study groups of equal size were instructed to spend 20 minutes per day writing. One group was to write about trivial things - the day's events, shopping, etc. The other group was told to write about the most upsetting and troubling experiences of their lives.

    Following the exercises, each participant was given a small puncture wound on the upper arm

    After 2 weeks, the group that wrote about the worst things they've ever been through had measurable smaller wounds than the "trivial" group. The researchers' conclusion: That people who express and deal with emotional trauma - whether on their own or at the behest of others - have a stronger healing and immune response than those who don't.

    Makes sense to me - I have long believed in a correlation between state of mind and recovery rates from physical trauma (like surgery).

    If I ever need to go under the knife, maybe I'll start keeping a diary so I can heal up as quickly as possible

    With an open mind (literally!),
    William Campbell Douglass II, MD

  3. Eat whatever you want, stay thin and live longer

    What if you could eat whatever you wanted, stay thin, and live longer? Well, some Harvard researchers are trying to find a way to do just that. But is it really such good news?
  4. Laughter is the best medicine

    We've all heard the old saying "Laughter is the best medicine," right? I've believed in this concept for years - as have many of my contemporaries in both alternative and mainstream medicine.
  5. A Harvard Study Proves that Watching TV May be Making Us Fattter

    But what's even scarier is the extent of the mainstream's naiveté on the subject. Case in point: Apparently, it takes a Harvard University study to convince us that sitting around watching the boob tube is making us fatter!
  6. Diabetics should think before they drink

    While this might sound like permission to catch up with your old friend Jack Daniels, it's important to note that there are some significant risks involved with alcohol and diabetes.
  7. Sowing the seeds of cancer prevention

    Dr. Joanne Slavin of the University of Minnesota says her research indicates that blood levels of specific estrogens linked to increased risk for breast cancer "decreased significantly with flax supplementation."

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