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    Issue 243...December 2013/January 2014....22nd Year

    EDITORIAL
    THIS MONTH's TOPICS
    New Guidelines on Assessment and Treatment of Cardiovascular Risk
    Sensational results from the EDTA chelation trial
    More on the risk of too much iron
    Melatonin to treat mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease

    NEWSBRIEFS
    • Impact of non-exercise physical activity on longevity in elders
    • Sweden first Western nation to reject low-fat dogma

    References

    RESEARCH REVIEW:  Microvascular Complications of Type 2 Diabetes
          By William R. Ware, Ph.D.

    THE AFIB REPORT


    Issue 242...November 2013....22nd Year

    EDITORIAL
    THIS MONTH's TOPICS
    Reversing Diabetes
    • Introduction
    • Severe calorie restriction
    • Comparison with low-carbohydrate or ketogenic diets
    • Conclusions
    American Heart Association call to action on cardiovascular disease

    NEWSBRIEFS
    • Obesity, diabetes and the risk of liver cancer
    • Antibiotics to treat sore throat in the US continues unabated
    • The journal Science organizes an interesting study
    • "Enriched" study enrolment encouraged by the FDA

    References

    THE AFIB REPORT


    Issue 241...October 2013....22nd Year

    EDITORIAL
    THIS MONTH's TOPICS
    The Risk of Too Much Iron
    • Introduction
    • Ferritin ranges regarded as normal
    • Association and thresholds of ferritin levels and the risk of various diseases
    • Ferritin thresholds for benefit in iron lowering studies
    • What is the optimum ferritin level?
    • Conclusions
    Preventing, slowing or reversing coronary plaque progression
    Mainstream medicine brings cancer overtreatment and overdiagnosis into focus

    NEWSBRIEFS
    • California sets new lower limits for methanol ingestion
    • Low-dose long-term aspirin and cancer risk
    • The scandal over studies concerning the blood pressure medication Diovan
    • Vitamin D reduces recurrent ear infections in young children
    • Vitamin D levels and breast cancer in individuals with low vitamin D status
    • Floroquinolone antibiotics and the risk of permanent nerve damage

    References

    THE AFIB REPORT


    Issue 240...September 2013....22nd Year

    EDITORIAL
    THIS MONTH's TOPICS
    Insights into obesity
    • Adiposity 101
    • Leptin resistance
    • Relation to insulin resistance
    • Which dietary components are implicated?
    • Indicated action
    • Importance of breakfast
    Biological plausibility of salvestrols and related blood tests for cancer

    NEWSBRIEFS
    • Reversal of type 2 diabetes
    • Statin use and breast cancer risk among women age 55-74
    • Hyperbaric oxygen for stroke recovery. Evidence of late neuroplasticity

    References

    COMMENTARY
    Infections May Be Causal in the Pathogenesis of Atherosclerosis
          By Uffe Ravnskov and Kilmer S. McCully

    THE AFIB REPORT


    Issue 239...July/August 2013....22nd Year

    EDITORIAL
    THIS MONTH's TOPICS
    Iron Overload, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes
    • Toxicity of iron
    • Iron and cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease
    • Iron stores and atherosclerosis
    • The association between iron levels, diabetes and the metabolic syndrome
    • Clinical use of phlebotomy to reduce body iron stores
    • Chelation, the alternative to phlebotomy or blood donation
    • Iron stores reduction and diabetic complications
    • Conclusions

    NEWSBRIEFS
    • Diabetic drugs and pancreatitis. Is there an association?
    • Toxicity associated with feeding pigs GM soy and corn
    • Methylfolate effective in treating major depression
    • Vitamin B12 and cognitive decline
    • Statin toxicity from clarithromycin and erythromycin

    References

    THE AFIB REPORT


    Issue 238...June 2013....22nd Year

    EDITORIAL
    THIS MONTH's TOPICS
    Breast cancer. Primary prevention with drugs
    American Cancer Society 2012 guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for breast cancer prevention
    Red meat and atherosclerosis
    Cochrane Collaboration changes its view of statin benefits in primary prevention

    NEWSBRIEFS
    • Aspirin lowers risk of melanoma
    • Blood pressure and the risk of coronary heart disease in diabetics
    • Diet and the risk of Alzheimer's disease
    • Mercury exposure in young adults and future diabetes

    References

    BOOK REVIEWS
    • The Body & The Brain Diet. A simple diet and exercise plan to obtain and maintain a healthy body and mind
      by Brian Sturgeon MD
      CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013 (available at amazon.com)
    • Tarnished Gold. The sickness of evidence based medicine
      by Steve Hickey PhD and Hilary Roberts PhD
      CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011 (available at amazon.com)
    • The Blood Sugar Solution. The ultra healthy program for losing weight, preventing disease and feeling great now
      by Mark Hyman MD
      Little, Brown and Company, 2012
    • Saving Normal. An insiders revolt against out-of-control psychiatric diagnosis, DSM-5, big Pharma, and the medicalization of ordinary life
      by Allen Frances, MD
      Harper Collins (William Morrow), New York, 2013

    Reviewed by William R. Ware, PhD

    THE AFIB REPORT


    Issue 237...May 2013....22nd Year

    EDITORIAL
    THIS MONTH's TOPICS
    Long-awaited results from chelation for cardiovascular event prevention trial
    A new era in drugs for diabetics?
    Curcumin prevents prediabetic progression and induces normal glycemia
    Curcumin may reverse type 2 diabetes
    Vitamin D and cancer risk
    Vitamin D and stroke
    Ideal cardiovascular health strongly connected to cancer risk
    Preoperative statins and heart attack risk
    ADHD. Some new and shocking statistics
    Drowned in a stream of prescriptions
    References

    THE AFIB REPORT


    Issue 236...April 2013....22nd Year

    EDITORIAL
    THIS MONTH's TOPICS
    Management of heart disease. A discussion of the mainstream view
    • Hypertension
    • Blood Lipids
    • Antiplatelet Therapy (Aspirin)
    Polyunsaturated fat, saturated fat and the omega-3 - Omega-6 controversy
    Connecting fructose consumption and obesity
    NEWSBRIEFS
    • Aspirin usage and age-related macular degeneration
    • Egg consumption, good or bad?
    • Kidney failure from combining blood pressure and anti-inflammatory drugs
    • Toxic metals and autism
    References

    THE AFIB REPORT


    Issue 235...March 2013....22nd Year

    EDITORIAL
    THIS MONTH's TOPICS
    Mental disorders for everyone
    Cures for diabetes. A status report
    Sugar. A healthy natural food or a toxic substance?
    When to take vitamin D supplements
    Maternal folic acid use and autism in children
    References

    RESEARCH REVIEW:  Vitamin K - Future Promise
          By Maurice Mckeown, BDS, Ph.D.

    THE AFIB REPORT


    Issue 234...February 2013....22nd Year

    EDITORIAL
    THIS MONTH's TOPICS
    Glucose control in type 1 diabetics
    Lifestyle interventions and type 2 diabetes regression
    Insulin alone for type 2 diabetes?
    Ketogenic diet improves glucose control in type 2 diabetics
    Flu vaccines - A recent analysis of effectiveness
    The ongoing Tamiflu saga
    Trends in hospitalization and mortality among infants by the number of vaccine doses and age
    Aluminum exposure and autism
    Dangers associated with sleeping pills
    References

    BOOK REVIEWS
    • Doctor, Your Patient Will See You Now. Gaining the Upper Hand in Your Medical Care
      by Steven Z. Kussin MD
      Rowman and Littlefield, New York, 2012
    • The Great Cholesterol Myth. Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease - And the Statin-Free Plan That Will
      by StephenSinatra MD and Jonny Bowden PhD
      Fair Winds Press, Beverly, MA, 2012
    • Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal
      by Peter R. Breggin MD
      Springer Publishing Company, 2012
    • Unaccountable. What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care
      by Marty Makary, MD
      Bloomsbury Press, New York, 2012
    • Transforming Health Care: Virginia Mason Medical Center's Pursuit of the Perfect Patient Experience
      by Charles Kenny
      Productivity Press, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, 2012

    Reviewed by William R. Ware, PhD

    THE AFIB REPORT

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