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    Monday, August 22, 2016

    VEGETABLE-BASED, LOW-CARBOHYDRATE DIET

    High-vegetable-based, low-carbohydrate diet associated with 20% lower risk of death over 20 years

    The one-tenth of people with the highest score for consuming a vegetable-based, low-carbohydrate diet were 20% less likely to die during a 20-26 year follow-up when compared to the one-tenth of people with the lowest score for consuming this type of diet according to a study from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 3:57 pm | [0] comments

    ANIMAL-BASED, LOW-CARBOHYDRATE DIET

    High-animal-based, low-carbohydrate diet associated with 23% greater risk of death over 20 years

    The one-tenth of people with the highest score for consuming an animal-based, low-carbohydrate diet were 23% more likely to die during a 20-26 year follow-up when compared to the one-tenth of people with the lowest score for consuming this type of diet according to a study from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 3:26 pm | [0] comments

    PROTEIN INTAKE & MORTALITY

    High-protein diet associated with 1.7-fold greater risk of dying over the next 18 yrs in those 50-65

    People 50- to 65-years old who consumed a high-protein diet, defined as consuming 20% or more of calories from protein, were 1.73 times more likely to die over the next 18 years than people who consumed a low-protein diet, defined as consuming less than 10% of calories from protein, according to a study from researchers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, USA.

    “None of these associations was significantly affected by controlling for percent calories from total fat or for percent calories from total carbohydrates,” the paper notes.

    “However, when the percent calories from animal protein was controlled for, the association between total protein and all-cause or cancer mortality was eliminated or significantly reduced, respectively, suggesting animal proteins are responsible for a significant portion of these relationships.”



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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 7:57 am | [0] comments

    PROTEIN INTAKE & CANCER

    Moderate-protein diet associated w/ 3.1-fold greater risk of cancer death over 18 yrs in those 50-65

    People 50- to 65-years old who consumed a moderate-protein diet, defined as consuming 10-19% or more of calories from protein, were 3.1 times more likely to die from cancer over the next 18 years than people who consumed a low-protein diet, defined as consuming less than 10% of calories from protein, according to a study from researchers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, USA.

    “None of these associations was significantly affected by controlling for percent calories from total fat or for percent calories from total carbohydrates,” the paper notes.

    “However, when the percent calories from animal protein was controlled for, the association between total protein and all-cause or cancer mortality was eliminated or significantly reduced, respectively, suggesting animal proteins are responsible for a significant portion of these relationships.”



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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 7:51 am | [0] comments

    PROTEIN INTAKE & MORTALITY

    High-protein diet associated with 4.3-fold greater risk of cancer death over 18 yrs in those 50-65

    People 50- to 65-years old who consumed a high-protein diet, defined as consuming 20% or more of calories from protein, were 4.3 times more likely to die from cancer over the next 18 years than people who consumed a low-protein diet, defined as consuming less than 10% of calories from protein, according to a study from researchers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, USA.

    “None of these associations was significantly affected by controlling for percent calories from total fat or for percent calories from total carbohydrates,” the paper notes.

    “However, when the percent calories from animal protein was controlled for, the association between total protein and all-cause or cancer mortality was eliminated or significantly reduced, respectively, suggesting animal proteins are responsible for a significant portion of these relationships.”



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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 7:47 am | [0] comments

    PROTEIN INTAKE & MORTALITY

    High-protein diet associated with 28% lower risk of dying over the next 18 yrs in those 66 and older

    People 66-years and older who consumed a high-protein diet, defined as consuming 20% or more of calories from protein, were 28% less likely to die over the next 18 years than people who consumed a low-protein diet, defined as consuming less than 10% of calories from protein, according to a study from researchers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, USA.

    “[T]his was not affected by percent calories from fat, from carbohydrates, or from animal protein,” the paper notes.

    In other words, a high-protein diet INCREASED the risk of dying prematurely in people 50-65 years-old, but REDUCED the risk of dying prematurely in those 66-years-old and older.



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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 7:25 am | [0] comments

    PROTEIN INTAKE & MORTALITY

    Moderate-protein diet associated with 21% lower risk of dying over the next 18 yrs in those 66+

    People 66-years and older who consumed a moderate-protein diet, defined as consuming 10-19% or more of calories from protein, were 21% less likely to die over the next 18 years than people who consumed a low-protein diet, defined as consuming less than 10% of calories from protein, according to a study from researchers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, USA.

    “[T]his was not affected by percent calories from fat, from carbohydrates, or from animal protein,” the paper notes.

    In other words, a moderate- to high-protein diet INCREASED the risk of dying prematurely in people 50-65 years-old, but REDUCED the risk of dying prematurely in those 66-years-old and older.



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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 7:18 am | [0] comments

    PROTEIN INTAKE & MORTALITY

    High-protein diet associated with 60% lower risk of cancer death over the next 18 yrs in those 66+

    People 66-years and older who consumed a high-protein diet, defined as consuming 20% or more of calories from protein, were 60% less likely to die from cancer over the next 18 years than people who consumed a low-protein diet, defined as consuming less than 10% of calories from protein, according to a study from researchers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, USA.

    In other words, a moderate- to high-protein diet INCREASED the risk of dying prematurely from cancer in people 50-65 years-old, but REDUCED the risk of dying prematurely from cancer in those 66-years-old and older.



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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 7:10 am | [0] comments

    Friday, August 19, 2016

    GINGER

    Ginger works as well as sumatriptan for migraine headaches; 88% vs 86% report high satisfaction

    Ginger powder works as well as the drug sumatriptan for treatment of migraine headaches and with fewer side effects according to a double-blind study from Zanjan University Of Medical Sciences in Iran which randomly assigned 100 patients with acute migraine to receive either sumatriptan or ginger.

    High satisfaction was reported by 88% of those given ginger versus 86% of those given sumatriptan.



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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 9:19 am | [0] comments

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    DRUG COMPANY LIES

    Drug adverse events were under-reported 3- to 33-fold in studies of weight loss drug orlistat

    Published studies of the weight loss drug orlistat (Xenical and Alii) under-reported adverse events 3- to 33-fold compared to the number of investigator-reported adverse events even though six of seven papers stated that “all adverse events were recorded” according to an analysis of orlistat studies by Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD and others from the Cochrane Collaboration.

    Do you believe that this is also true for studies of cholesterol drugs (statins) and blood pressure drugs and diabetes drugs and antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills and bone-building drugs and acid-blocking drugs and every other drug out there?

    Yes, of course it is.

    I believe that drug-induced side effects are dramatically underreported in all drug studies sponsored by the drug companies.

    This is just one example of this.



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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 10:27 am | [0] comments

    DRUG COMPANY LIES

    1318 drug-induced adverse events were not reported in published study of weight loss drug orlistat

    “For one trial [of the weight loss drug orlistat (Xenical, Alii)], we identified an additional 1,318 adverse events that were not listed or mentioned in the [clinical study reports] itself [or the published paper] but could be identified through manually counting individual adverse events reported in an appendix, ” according to an analysis of orlistat studies by Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD and others from the Cochrane Collaboration.



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    DRUG COMPANY LIES

    Multiple episodes of drug adverse events were only counted once & NOT reported in published studies

    “We discovered that the majority of patients [given the weight loss drug orlistat (Xenical, Alii)] had multiple episodes of the same adverse event that were only counted once, though this was not described in the [clinical study reports] [or the published paper],” according to an analysis of orlistat studies by Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD and others from the Cochrane Collaboration.



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    DRUG COMPANY LIES

    Patients given orlistat had twice as many days with adverse events, but this was not reported

    “We also discovered that participants treated with orlistat experienced twice as many days with adverse events as participants treated with placebo… Furthermore, compared with the placebo group, adverse events in the orlistat group were more severe... [however] None of this was stated in the [clinical study reports] or in the published paper,” according to an analysis of orlistat studies by Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD and others from the Cochrane Collaboration.



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    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    OBESITY & CANCER

    Obesity-related cancers increase 7% in women for every ten-year increase in adulthood overweight

    Being overweight for a longer duration during adulthood significantly increased the incidence of all obesity-related cancers by 7% (for every ten-year increase in adulthood overweight duration), of postmenopausal breast cancer by 5%, and of endometrial cancer by 17%” according to a new study which followed 73,913 women for an average of 12.6 years.

    Comment: I would not worry about a 7% increase.



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    Sunday, August 14, 2016

    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Antidepressants’ benefit is clinically meaningless compared to a placebo says Harvard researcher

    The supposed benefit of prescription antidepressants is clinically meaningless when compared to a placebo notes Irving Kirsch, PhD from Harvard Medical School.

    When analyzing data from both published and unpublished studies of prescription antidepressants, Irving Kirsch found a difference between antidepressants and a placebo were only 1.8 points on the Hamilton Depression Scale.

    “The [Hamilton Depression Scale] is a 17-item scale on which people can score from 0 to 53 points, depending on how depressed they are,” Kirsh writes.

    “A six-point [6-point] difference can be obtained just by changes in sleep patterns, with no change in any other symptom of depression.”

    “The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which drafts treatment guidelines for the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, has established a three-point difference [3-point difference] between drug and placebo on the [Hamilton Depression Scale] as a criterion of clinical significance.

    “Thus, when published and unpublished data are combined, they fail to show a clinically significant advantage for antidepressant medication over inert placebo.”



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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Antidepressants benefits due to the placebo effect mostly, if not entirely, says Harvard researcher

        “Antidepressants are supposed to work by fixing a chemical imbalance, specifically, a lack of serotonin in the brain,” writes Irving Kirsch, PhD from Harvard Medical School.

        “Indeed, their supposed effectiveness is the primary evidence for the chemical imbalance theory.

        “But analyses of the published data and the unpublished data that were hidden by drug companies reveals that most (if not all) of the benefits are due to the placebo effect.

        “Some antidepressants increase serotonin levels, some decrease it, and some have no effect at all on serotonin.

        “Nevertheless, they all show the same therapeutic benefit.

        “Even the small statistical difference between antidepressants and placebos may be an enhanced placebo effect, due to the fact that most patients and doctors in clinical trials successfully break blind [and figure out who is taking the drug, and who is taking the placebo, biasing the results].

        “The serotonin theory is as close as any theory in the history of science to having been proved wrong.

        “Instead of curing depression, popular antidepressants may induce a biological vulnerability making people more likely to become depressed in the future.”



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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    For mild to moderate depression, antidepressants are no better than a placebo, Irving Kirsch, PhD

    For mild to moderate depression, antidepressants are no better than a placebo, Dr. Irving Kirsch, a psychologist from Harvard University who has been studying placebos for 36 years, said in an interview on Sunday, February 19, 2012 on the television show "60 Minutes".

    "The difference between the effect of a placebo and the effect of an antidepressant is minimal for most people", Dr. Kirsch said.

    "Whatever difference there would be, would be clinically insignificant."

    "If they were mildly or moderately depressed, you don't see any real difference at all," Dr. Kirsch notes 4.5-miuntes into the video.

    "The only place you get a real difference is at the extreme levels of depression." (4.5-minutes into the video).

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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Half of antidepressant studies show NO difference between drug and placebo, Irving Kirsch, PhD

    "The difference between drug [antidepressants] and placebo is very, very small, and in half the studies, [the difference] is nonexistent" said Dr. Irving Kirsch, a psychologist from Harvard University who has been studying placebos for 36 years, in an interview on the television show "60 MInutes" on Sunday, February 19, 2012 (5-minutes into the video).

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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Antidepressants increase the risk of relapse into depression says Harvard researcher

        “Among the side effects of antidepressants are sexual dysfunction (which affects 70–80% of patients on SSRIs), long-term weight gain, insomnia, nausea, and diarrhea,” writes Irving Kirsch, PhD from Harvard Medical School.

        “Approximately 20% of people attempted to quit taking antidepressants show withdrawal symptoms.

        “Antidepressants have been linked to increases in suicidal ideation among children and young adults.

        “Older adults have increased risks of stroke and death from all causes.

        “Pregnant women using antidepressants are at increased risk of miscarriage, and if they don’t miscarry, their offspring are more likely to be born with autism, birth malformations, persistent pulmonary hypertension, and newborn behavioral syndrome.

        “Furthermore, some of these risks have been linked to antidepressant use during the first trimester of pregnancy, when women may not be aware that they are pregnant.

        “Perhaps the most surprising health consequence of antidepressant use is one that affects people of all ages.

        “Antidepressants increase the risk of relapse after one has recovered.

        “People are more likely to become depressed again after treatment by antidepressants than after treatment by other means – including placebo treatment.

        “Furthermore, the degree to which the risk of relapse increases depends on the degree to which the particular antidepressant used changes neurotransmission in the brain.

        “Given these health risks, antidepressants should not be used as a first-line treatment for depression.”


    —Kirsch, 2014, Bottom of page 132, column 1



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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    The FDA’s Flawed System of How Antidepressants Get Approved; Negative Trials Ignored

    Irving Kirsch, PhD from Harvard Medical School tells how antidepressants get approved by the FDA and why it is a flawed system.

    Only Two Positive Drugs Studies Needed for Approval, While Negative Trials Ignored

    He notes that drug companies only have to provide two studies showing positive results to get a drug approved regardless of how many trials failed to show any benefit.

    “The FDA requires two adequately conducted clinical trials showing a significant difference between drug and placebo,” Kirsch writes.

    “But there is a loophole: There is no limit to the number of trials that can be conducted in search of these two significant trials.

    “Trials showing negative results simply do not count.

    “Furthermore, the clinical significance of the findings is not considered.

    “All that matters is that the results are statistically significant.”



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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    You can get the same benefit without drugs if you are mildly or moderately depressed, Irving Kirsch

    "You can get the same benefit without drugs [if you are mildly or moderately depressed]," said Dr. Irving Kirsch on the television show "60 MInutes" on Sunday, February 19, 2012 (13-minutes into the video).

    Dr. Kirsch is a psychologist from Harvard University who has been studying placebos for 36 years, who says that for mild to moderate depression, antidepressants are no better than placebo.

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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Physical exercise improves mild depression as much as antidepressants notes UK’s Dr. Tim Kendall

    Physical exercise is a treatment prescribed for the mildly depressed in Great Britain noted 60-Minutes correspondent, Lesley Stahl, on the television show "60 MInutes" on Sunday, February 19, 2012 (12-minutes into the video).

    "By the end of 10 weeks, you get just as good a change in their depression scores as you do at the end of 10 or 12 weeks with an antidepressant," noted Dr. Tim Kendall, a practicing psychiatrist and Joint Director of the National Collaboration Centre for Mental Health who reviewed both published and unpublished studies of antidepressants for Great Britain's National Health Service.

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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Great Britain found that for mild to moderate depression, antidepressants were not effective

    "We came to the conclusion, that for mild to moderate depression, these drugs probably weren't worth having," noted Dr Tim Kendall, a practicing psychiatrist and Joint Director of the National Collaboration Centre for Mental Health who reviewed both published and unpublished studies of antidepressants.

    "Like [Dr.] Irving Kirsch, they were surprised by what they found in the drug companies unpublished data," noted 60-Minutes correspondent, Lesley Stahl.
    .
    "With the published evidence, it's significantly overestimated the effectiveness of these drugs, and it underestimated the side effects," noted Dr. Kendall.

    Great Britain's National Health Service decided to dramatically revamp the way that antidepressants are prescribed 60-Minutes correspondent, Lesley Stahl noted on the television show "60 MInutes" on Sunday, February 19, 2012 (10-minutes into the video).

    It did so after doing it's own review of clinical trials, Stahl noted.

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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    The FDA requires only two studies show positive results to approve a drug

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will approve an antidepressant or any other drug if only two trials show positive results, regardless of whether there are numerous other studies showing that the drugs are no more effective than a placebo. This fact was noted on the television show "60 MInutes" on Sunday, February 19, 2012 (8.5-minutes into the video).

    "To approve any drug, the [US] Food and Drug Administration merely requires that companies show their pill is more effective than a placebo in two clinical trials even if many other drug trials failed," 60-Minutes correspondent, Lesley Stahl noted.

    "The FDA for antidepressants has a fairly low bar. A new drug can be no better than placebo in ten trials, but if two trials show its better, it gets approved," noted Walter Brown, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Brown University’s School of Medicine.

    "That's not the way I would do it if I were King," Dr. Brown noted.

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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    The serotonin deficiency theory of depression is probably not correct says Walter Brown, MD

    Walter Brown, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Brown University's School of Medicine, questions the theory that depression is caused by a deficiency of serotonin as was noted in an interview he did on "60 MInutes" on Sunday, February 19, 2012 (8-minutes into the video).

    "The experts in the field now believe that that theory [of serotonin deficiency as the cause of depression] is a gross oversimplification, and is probably not correct," Dr. Brown said.

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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Antidepressants provide no benefits to people with mild to moderate depression, Walter Brown, MD

    "[Walter Brown, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Brown University's School of Medicine] says that [people with mild depression] are getting virtually no benefit from the chemical in [antidepressants]," noted 60-Minutes correspondent, Lesley Stahl, in an interview she did on "60 MInutes" on Sunday, February 19, 2012 (8-minutes into the video).

    Dr. Brown has coauthored two studies of antidepressants that largely corroborate Dr. Irving Kirsch's findings, that antidepressants are not much more effective than placebo for people with mild to moderate depression.

    "The number of antidepressant prescriptions over the last decade has increase, and most troublesome, the biggest increase is in those who are mildly depressed who are the one's who are least likely to benefit from them," Dr. Brown noted (7.5-minutes into the video).

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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    17 million Americans taking antidepressants

    Seventeen (17) million Americans are taking antidepressants according to a story on Sunday, February 19, 2012 on the television show "60 MInutes" which interviewed Dr. Irving Kirsch, a psychologist from Harvard University who has been studying placebos for 36 years, who says that for mild to moderate depression, antidepressants are no better than placebo.

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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Sales of antidepressants total $11.3 billion per year

    Sales of antidepressants total $11.3 billion per year according to a story on Sunday, February 19, 2012 on the television show "60 MInutes" which interviewed Irving Kirsch, a psychologist from Harvard University who has been studying placebos for 36 years, who says that for mild to moderate depression, antidepressants are no better than placebo.

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    Friday, August 05, 2016

    STATINS

    Statins have an immunosuppressive effect

    A recent vaccine study found that statins have an immunosuppressive effect.

    Older people on statins given flu vaccines for various strains of flu had a 38-67% lower response to the vaccine than people not on statins.

    This apparent immunosuppressive effect of statins on the vaccine immune response was most dramatic in individuals receiving synthetic statins,” the paper notes.

    LDL cholesterol inactivates bacteria and viruses; in other words, adequate amounts of LDL are a good thing, not a bad thing

    Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD has noted that LDL cholesterol inactivates bacteria and viruses, however, he has also noted that this fact is not widely known.

    Therefore, my guess would be that this is the reason that statins have an immunosuppressive effect, that is, statins lower LDL cholesterol which is involved in the immune response.



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    Thursday, August 04, 2016

    U.S. WEIGHT GAIN

    Average weight of an American man is 15 pounds more than 20 years ago (1994-2014) 196 lbs vs 181 lbs

    The average weight for an American man has increased by 15 pounds, from 181 lbs to 196 lbs, in the past 20 years (1994-2014) according to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



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    U.S. WEIGHT GAIN

    Average weight of American women is 17 pounds more than 20 years ago (1994-2014) 169 lbs vs 152 lbs

    The average weight of American women is 17 pounds more than 20 years ago (1994-2014), increasing from 152 pounds to 169 pounds, while their height remained the same according to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



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    U.S. WEIGHT GAIN

    Average weight of Black American men is 18 pounds more than 20 years ago (1994-2014)

    The average weight of Black American men is 18 pounds more than 20 years ago (1994-2014) while their height increased by one-fifth of an inch according to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



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    U.S. WEIGHT GAIN

    Average weight of Black American women is 22 pounds more than 20 years ago (1994-2014)

    The average weight of Black American women is 22 pounds more than 20 years ago (1994-2014) with their height being the same according to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



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    U.S. WEIGHT GAIN

    Average weight of 11-year-old American girls is 7 pounds more than 20 years ago (1994-2014)

    The average weight of 11-year-old American girls is 7 pounds more than 20 years ago (1994-2014) although their height is the same according to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



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    U.S. WEIGHT GAIN

    Average weight of 11-year-old American boys is 13.5 pounds more than 20 years ago (1994-2014)

    The average weight of 11-year-old American boys is 13.5 pounds more than 20 years ago (1994-2014) although they are one-inch taller in height according to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



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    Wednesday, August 03, 2016

    PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

    Antidepressants found to have very little effect when compared to active placebo, Peter Gotzsche, MD

    Antidepressants have been found to have very little effect when compared to an active placebo—a placebo which causes dry mouth so that neither the patients nor the researchers can guess who is getting the real drug—notes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

    He notes that the effect of the real antidepressants—tricyclic antidepressants in these trials—found a difference of only 1.3 points on the Hamilton Depression Scale, but the smallest effect that can be perceived is 5-6 points.

    [Note: Studies show that serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSIR’s) are no more effective than tricyclic antidepressants.]

    [For example, a meta-analysis published in 2000 which compared the efficacy of these two classes of drugs concluded that “There is no overall difference in efficacy between SSRIs and TCAs [tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline].”]

    Patients improve by the same amount naturally within a few days

    Dr. Gøtzsche also notes that other antidepressant studies have found that it only takes a few days longer for the placebo group to improve by 1.3 points on the Hamilton Depression Scale which is simply the spontaneous remission of the disease.

    In other words, antidepressants have very little effect and most of the improvement that people experience over time is simply the natural, spontaneous remission of the depression.

    I realized this in 1994 when my mother was told to take an antidepressant for two months to see if it was going to work, followed by another antidepressant for two months, followed by another antidepressant.

    At the time I thought how incredibly ineffective these drugs must be if it takes two months for them to have an effect.

    Below is a quote of exactly what Dr. Gøtzsche wrote.



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    PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

    Antipsychotic drugs used for schizophrenia are not very effective notes Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

    Antipsychotic drugs used for schizophrenia have very little effect on improving the disease notes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

    These drugs effect on improving symptoms of the disease when measured on a scale used for schizophrenia (the PANSS) was only 6, when the difference that is considered minimally clinically relevant is 15.



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    PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

    ADHD drugs may cause brain damage notes Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

    “The benefits of drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are also uncertain.
        “The short term relief seems to be replaced by long term harms, and animal studies strongly suggest that these drugs can produce brain damage, which is probably the case for all psychotropic drugs,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.



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    PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

    Getting rid of all antidepressants would improve health, lengthen life says Prof. Peter Gotzsche MD

    “Given their lack of benefit, I estimate we could stop almost all psychotropic drugs without causing harm—by dropping all antidepressants, ADHD drugs, and dementia drugs (as the small effects are probably the result of unblinding bias) and using only a fraction of the antipsychotics and benzodiazepines we currently use,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.
        “This would lead to healthier and more long lived populations.
        “Because psychotropic drugs are immensely harmful when used long term, they should almost exclusively be used in acute situations and always with a firm plan for tapering off, which can be difficult for many patients.
        “We need new guidelines to reflect this.”



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    PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

    Many patients have become dependent on antidepressants & psychiatric drugs, Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

    We also need widespread withdrawal clinics because many patients have become dependent on psychiatric drugs, including antidepressants, and need help so that they can stop taking them slowly and safely,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.



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