“...and don't forget about all the chemicals that are used in "such small quantities" that the food laws do not require them to be included on the labels. Chemicals like taste enhancers, odor enhancers, texture enhancers. Even the "natural" and "organic" foods, if they are packaged, contain these. The suggestion to only eat recognizable food is worth considering.”
“For heavens sakes. Get to know your body. Nuture the confidence that you'll know when something isn't right, or the way it should be. Pay attention. Not that difficult. Stop listening to people who say you are too stupid to know. It's your body, you're living with it every day, and for how many years now??
Mammograms find cancer that already exists. Nothing about preventing cancer there.”
NoSillyName on Dec 12, 2010 at 23:34:31
“Good luck to you.
I just had my annual mammogram last week.”
moAb on Dec 12, 2010 at 14:54:30
“In fact mammograms do find various markers of breast cancer that are not in fact cancers. Some of them are identified prior to the actual presence of cancerous cells/tissue.
This is about preventing breast cancers.”
Genes only provide a framework. It's how we live that makes the difference.”
Sharon Hanson on Dec 11, 2010 at 11:39:54
“Right. The short answer is we're being poisoned on a daily basis and it's up to us to figure out what is going on and stop the poisoning. What have you done to figure out why we have such a high rate of cancer, autism, MS, Lupus, FM and CFIDS? Could it be pesticides? Could it be gadolinium? Could it be mercury?
“Thank you. There is a beach on one of the Hawaiian islands whose sand has become tiny bits of plastic. Whatever we can do as individuals, one piece at a time, to reduce our consumption and use of plastic ... I think part of what the artists are trying to tell us is that whatever power we use to destroy, we can also use to create. So the challenge is for us to re-create (in a sense) the beauty in our world.”
“Thanks so much for the straightforward talk about the role of calories and cholesterol in health. So few people say these things publicly, and you did it with humor, too. The best diet is a good, and balanced, diet, no Ho Hos.”
Jul 27, 2010 at 09:44:41
“Animal physiology is different in different species. Note that all the pictures for this piece feature dogs. Make sure your veterinarian has experience and is up-to-date on the research for your pet. Too many veterinarians give animals drugs intended, and researched, for people. Herbs or other substances also can have negative effects if the vet doesn't really understand how the substance and the animal's physiology interact.”
Jul 25, 2010 at 14:09:38
“The hospital I stayed in 2 years ago denied me food for 7 days after I threw up their fake eggs (from a carton). Then they tried to serve me coffee (!!!) and Ensure. My mom had to sneak in organic yogurt and bananas. The dietician tried to tell me that a banana would cause me more harm than the fake instant coffee. Herbal tea wasn't even an option--only black tea with flavoring. Seems strange that hospitals think real food, let alone avoiding any pesticides or processing, is the antithesis to healing. But then, nutrition isn't taught in medical school.”
Katie Young on Jul 26, 2010 at 12:49:51
“You should try being a vegan who has to stay in hospital. I broke my leg 3 years ago, and damn near starved to death over the 4 days I was there. When I told them that I also didn't drink anything with high fructose corn syrup, they promptly brought me a ginger ale, with you guessed it on the list of ingredients.”
Jun 17, 2010 at 20:41:24
“Thank you, Dr Palmquist, for starting your posts with information about how all beings go from health to disease and back to health. Please continue to emphasize this as you write about additional health topics for pets. It's important that people understand disease or ill health do not come racing out of nowhere ... nor do they lurk in dark corners waiting to ambush us. Most importantly, as you point out, we have OPTIONS that do not require suppression of the body's healing methods.
To the vaccination debaters: Vaccines for pets are just as controversial as vaccines for humans. Colorado State University, for one (and just one) has been researching the link between kidney failure and vaccination of cats for distemper. This is not hysteria--if you are interested it is very easy to find the research around vaccine-associated sarcomas. It is critical to weigh all the information available before making a decision. Vaccines are money makers for most mainstream veterinary practices, just like other health professionals who sell supplements and add-ons, just like beauty salons that sell product.”
hp blogger Dr. Richard Palmquist on Jun 18, 2010 at 09:09:16
“Absolutely. And people are quick to jump to conclusions on both sides. Right now there is evidence that vaccines may cause inflammation of blood vessels and trigger immune reactions against the body's own organs, but real diseases exist and vaccines help tremendously in saving lives. The thing is to find the most accurate information, share it with the public and then allow them some say in how their healthcare is done. Truth and balance are the goals. Individuals have individual genetics and ability to handle things like toxins and vaccines. Certainly we can all agree that evidence shows that many vaccines can be given far less than is currently the practice. (Support the Rabies Challenge Fund). In our office we have seen a marked drop in autoimmune diseases and allergies since we adopted the use of sensible vaccine protocols so many years ago. I talk about this in both my books.”
May 11, 2010 at 12:15:08
“Great exercise. For those who have had surgery, the internal scars will prevent bending like that, partially or completely. The only way for those people to regain flexibility, any flexibility, is a lot of bodywork (lymph & myofascial release), eventually working up to gentle yoga and walking, time, and commitment.”
mssreader on May 11, 2010 at 13:35:57
“lisamh, true about the internal scars but with yoga you can actually stretch those scars and in time completely erase their tightness and back to pre surgery flexibility. I know from experience. One must do it slowly but worth the patience it requires. One of my students has taken her crushed leg with pins to a position she never thought was possible sitting in half lotus we saw that her leg actually came closer to the floor by 3 inches within 8 weeks. She was thrilled and I was amazed at her progress.”
May 6, 2010 at 10:40:26
“While I am sure it is interesting to compare treatments and drugs to each other, when I see a health professional I am hoping they will focus on the human being in front of them. What is effective for a person with a particular problem and an individual history is a set of decisions based on observation and experience. When a distant committee decides a "standard of care" for a population subset, that is gross generalization. If the result is withheld care and bullying of practitioners to do things "a certain way," we are ignoring humanity.”
Will o Wisp on May 6, 2010 at 14:29:27
“Where do you think the basis of the Doctor's knowledge of what might work for you comes from? I guarantee he's not going to the Oracle of Delphi.”
Appleblossom on May 6, 2010 at 12:48:51
“Most humans are not going to be individuals when it comes to things. Three to four different treatments covers basically everyone.
There is also no reason not to work a "exception" into the language for the one or two who are apparently aliens.”
Apr 30, 2010 at 11:26:46
“If I understand you two correctly, then there are 2 (or more) FDAs? The one that approved for use all the defribrillators and drugs that killed people....that is backed up by modern, scientific research? That FDA is somehow safer, and better for the people, than the FDA that approved your goat feces? Interesting.”
Apr 30, 2010 at 10:37:01
“13: Um, yeah. Principles of biological medicine. Basic stuff. With the exception of places that practice Westernized medicine.
18: Opinion is not "truth," by the argument of scientific medicine. Opinion is just a statement of feeling, which, by that same method, must be disallowed. If you believe it to be true, cite the proof, by double-blind, placebo-controlled studies. If scientific medicine is the only way, that's what you need to show here.
19: The human being is a complex organism. If someone believes aspirin does not work, it won't. The studies that demonstrated the placebo effect, while quoted by many as being proof that other types of medicine don't work, were initially demonstrating that by showing care for another human being, you will help them. First of all. Secondly, compartmentalizing a human into boxes like tissue, bones, blood, cells, molecules, cytokines, enzymes, and then declaring that each of those operates independently of the others demonstrates a profound lack of understanding about multi-celled, complex organisms. When necessary, people can block the feeling of pain with willpower alone.
20: Mindless is the way you see it. That doesn't make it fact or wrong. Everyone has opinions. We don't have to all agree on every single item and nuance. Neither you, nor any of us, is qualified to judge for the entirety of humanity or society what is harmful or not. We may agree as cultures or societies that certain things are right or wrong; that is something else.”
Apr 30, 2010 at 10:14:36
“ok, I'll bite. How about these examples....
Direct experience. Rain falls, you get wet. Flick a switch, does the light turn on?
Observation. Burn a piece of wood, watch it turn to ash, see water on it while it burns.
Measurement. The length of a light wave from a star tells you how hot it is.
Use all your senses. Taste, smell, touch, seeing, all give you information about the weather today. You feel humidity. You smell rain coming. You can taste the ozone in the air after lighting strikes.
You may argue that these things are techniques, but they are the basis of all science, all proof. And you certainly would argue with someone who claimed that you could not state equivocably that rain is wet after being outside in one storm.
I don't know it all, but I do know that statements of all or nothing miss key information, by nature. The method recognized as modern and scientific is just the latest development. It is not the be-all and end-all.”
Apr 30, 2010 at 09:34:00
“But science does NOT know everything. Why bother giving out Nobel prizes each year if everything to be discovered and known has already been done?? Research continues, every day something new is discovered, and often is proving a previous "discovery" incorrect. Read the journals--in 2010, new species are still being discovered. Recently scientists found out that areas of the ocean floor, polluted to the point where no oxygen existed, were slowly being re-colonized by bacteria ... who are giving off oxygen.
The modern scientific method is just one way of doing something. There are lots of others. Mathematicians and statisticians rely on multiple ways of solving problems in order to prove their points. To say that science as defined in modern medicine is the definitive answer, the only answer, the answer beyond all reasonable doubt with no other possibilities, is missing the reality of life.”
squiems on Apr 30, 2010 at 10:47:36
“It is true that science doesn't know everything, but there's a lot science is pretty damn sure about. For example, homeopathy cannot work according to one of the most consistently supported scientific laws, the second law of thermodynamics.
Most homeopathic preparations exist at levels so dilute that probability wise, they are unlikely to contain a single molecule of the original substance it was made from. Effectively, that means the preparation is just water. Homeopaths like Mr. Ullman suggest that shaking the preparation somehow allows the water to "remember"the original substance. This is impossible according to the second law of thermodynamics, which mandates that any local order in a liquid must be extremely transient due to the inevitable increase in entropy. The second law of thermodynamics is among the most established of the natural laws; if it were not true, then the vast majority of what we know about physics and chemistry immediately becomes unexplainable. That is unlikely to the point where it can be ignored; it is much, much, much more likely that homeopathy has no effect on the body minus the placebo effect.
There is one medical condition homeopathic preparations can cure 100% of the time though: dehydration.”
Apr 30, 2010 at 09:25:27
“Wow, Caru, anger much?
Para 13 comment: they do. it's modern American medicine that goes against everything else.
Para 18 comment: your personal opinion, stated with spelling errors.
Para 19 comment: how little you demonstrate to understand about the human being, and health.
Para 20 comment: bullying, pure and simple.
Caru, take a chill pill and get over the fact that not everyone does or thinks or believes the same thing. What a beautiful world it is as a result!”
Caru on Apr 30, 2010 at 09:37:15
“Oops, sorry about 19, that was meant for something else.
Real 19: Explain to me how the entirety of human experience counts when checking the effectiveness of aspirin?”
Caru on Apr 30, 2010 at 09:34:40
“Anger? This article is really, really bad. It combines truth and lies to put forward the irresponsible suggestion that history needs to be rewritten so homeopathy is awesome.
13: Really? I mean, really?
18: Sorry about the spelling, but my opinion happens to be rather close to the truth.
19: Your personal opinion, stated with spelling errors. ;)
20: How is it not a mindless comparison?
What people think and believe is fine by me, as long as they don't hurt anyone else in the process.”
Apr 30, 2010 at 09:16:58
“"For instance, the substances of homeopathy are not legally recognized as drugs, nor need they be."
This is an argument used by the denialists ... it's actually not true. Homeopathic medicines ARE recognized AND regulated as drugs, by our very own FDA. Have always been. They absolutely are not dietary supplements, which have their own set of FDA regulations. (Yes, they too, are *regulated* by the FDA.)”
squiems on Apr 30, 2010 at 10:34:18
“Yea, alternative medicines like homeopathy live in a huge FDA loophole. All they have to prove is that they're not dangerous and they can be sold. If I could convince people goat feces could prevent cancer and prove to the FDA that it isn't dangerous, I could legally sell it today.”
Nichodeemous on Apr 30, 2010 at 10:02:28
“Homeopathy was regulated as over the counter drugs starting in the late 30s, but when the FDA regulations on drugs were made far more strict and thorough, requiring testing for effectiveness, homeopathy was not included in the new rules. It is the exception - not being required to prove effectiveness at all.
Just about everything sold to be ingested by humans is regulated by the FDA. All homeopathy has to do is list their ingredients and dilutions on their labels and not be dangerous to eat. No effectiveness needed.”
Apr 29, 2010 at 23:03:31
“Most so-called modern, scientific research today is just gathering hospital or clinic data and running it through statistical analysis. But if you want true humor, and some scary disinformation to see the light, just read through the media articles, fully. For instance, on Science Daily, just in the last couple weeks, there was the researcher who said getting rid of disease is a "waste of health care dollars." And his study was funded to find that out. There was the brilliant observation that "muscle and bone diseases affect each other." Well, DUH. The head bone's connected to the neck bone... Provenge, reported today, "is NOT a cure" for prostate cancer, and it costs $100k per person. Since scars stop nerves from working, the latest treatment for nerve injury is to stop the scar from forming. Nothing is proposed to actually help the nerves heal. And, don't forget the guy from the soap & detergent association who says we need chemicals like triclosan "more than ever" to deal with "increased threats from disease and germs." After awhile, it's hard to take the double-blind, placebo-controlled camp seriously. Smoke and mirrors. A single case is a proving.”
Zam Boni on May 3, 2010 at 16:52:27
“Seriously, what the hell are you ranting about? I want to pick your post apart, but it doesn't make enough sense for me to start.”
Apr 10, 2010 at 20:43:25
“This sounds like an extension of a larger problem in our society: We've become complicit in allowing nastiness to exist. Take a look at any "comedy" show today. Full of nasty personal attacks and the audience is laughing and laughing. In business and neighborhood associations, interpersonal relationships are sinking under snide remarks and petty fights. We're losing the idea that treating others with respect is a good thing. Honesty does not equal sarcasm.”
dmyron on Apr 11, 2010 at 08:26:08
“"Guns do not kill,people do." Our people need a lesson in civility.”
Apr 9, 2010 at 11:11:59
“Thank you for stating your comments in a public forum. May your career be bright and transformative. So many doctors lose their way once established within the system. I hope many of your fellow students share your beliefs and ideas. We need more doctors like you. I too, wonder: Do we all have the courage to enact even more change within this health system we have allowed to grow like a cancer on our lives?”
Apr 9, 2010 at 11:04:30
“I find it very sad that so many people today treat other human beings with such disrespect, antagonism and deliberate, thinly-veiled nastiness. Name-calling is called "comedy" and shown for hours on TV. The way we treat others reflects back on ourselves. Treating others badly is self-hatred directed outwards. Making nasty comments about others says something about the person making the comment, and it's not very nice. I hear people hiding behind the notion of "honesty," but true honesty does not contain disrespect. Disrespectful remarks in the cloak of honesty are violence toward another person. No wonder we have to have a "war" on obesity. No one seems to know anymore how to treat human beings as humans.”
Exene on Apr 9, 2010 at 11:14:33
“I agree that the nastiness extends beyond obesity. I'm horrified at what passes for comedy these days. Even children's movies are filled with snark and sarcasm.”