The NIH has foot-in-mouth disease
The more the government works to solve a problem, the worse it gets. Poverty, racial harmony, the war on cancer, the war on drugs, gun restriction, social security and national security all come to mind. The control of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) now joins the list of magnificent failures.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) released a report last year that will INCREASE the prevalence of STDs. The 38 "experts" of the NIH are promoting (surprise) condoms for the prevention of venereal disease. It's a pudgy report, typical of consensus-based medicine, where "scientific" truth is determined by committee vote.
The report is dangerous and destructive. It lulls our youth into a false sense of security. They want an excuse to practice "free love" and the NIH has provided it. This august body touts the benefits of condom use, but not the downside. There is no good evidence that condoms prevent herpes, chlamydia, hepatitis C, hepatitis B or HPV (genital warts) - which is responsible for 98% of all cervical cancers.
The only way to prevent these venereal diseases is abstinence. Why can't these scientists gather up the simple courage to give a clear and simple message to our youth?
Uncommon cures for the common cold
Symptoms of upper respiratory infections were relieved significantly by a combination of the herbs andrographis paniculata and Siberian ginseng in a Swedish study of 225 patients.
An earlier study of andrographis alone was conducted in Chile. Those who took the herbal supplement (1200 mg a day) showed an improvement in symptoms including earaches and nasal symptoms by day two of the study. Sore throat was the most drastically improved symptom.
Andrographis is just starting to gain popularity, so don't be surprised if it is hard to find. Check with larger health food stores. I have also seen it for sale over the Internet.
I wonder if adding Echinacea to the formula would make it even better? Of course I wish only your good health, but if you do happen to catch a cold, give it a try and report back.
Phytomedicine, October 2000
Phytomedicine, October 1999