Acid Blockers Cause Brain Damage, Kidney Disease?

June 7th, 2016 by Thisisnatural.com No comments »

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Increase the risk of Alzheimer’s by 50%? Kidney disease by up to 50%? Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the science shows. Over the years, we’ve written extensively about the dangers of stomach acid drugs—conventional medicine’s completely wrongheaded answer to stomach pain and acid reflux. Scientists aren’t certain what causes acid reflux, but a leading hypothesis is that it’s [...]
Acid Blockers Cause Brain Damage, Kidney Disease?
Increase the risk of Alzheimer’s by 50%? Kidney disease by up to 50%? Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the science shows.

Over the years, we’ve written extensively  about the dangers of stomach acid drugs—conventional medicine’s completely wrongheaded answer to stomach pain and acid reflux.

Scientists aren’t certain what causes acid reflux, but a leading hypothesis is that it’s caused by a stomach environment that is not acidic enough. The lack of acid in the stomach short-circuits the signal needed to close the pyloric valve.

Stomach pain apart from acid reflux may also be caused by a lack of stomach acid. It sounds counterintuitive, but the lack of acid leads to poor digestion, causing undigested food to ferment in the gut. This leads to painful intestinal gas and other symptoms of “bad bacteria” (such as helicobacter bacteria) taking hold. Here, too, more acid, not less, will help.

Despite this evidence, conventional medicine gives us proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to treat stomach pain and acid reflux, which work by eliminating  acid production—thus making the problem even worse .

Unfortunately, the bad news doesn’t stop there. Recent studies have revealed a frightening spectrum of side effects caused by acid blockers:

A large study  published in JAMA Neurology  found PPIs to be linked with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study found that regular use of PPIs increased the risk for dementia by as much as 52% compared with nonusers.

Two new studies  have linked  acid blockers with chronic kidney disease. The increase in risk is cited as 20–50%.

Another study  found that PPIs may raise the risk of heart attack by 15–20%. Other studies have shown that PPIs damage the lining of blood vessels and thus promote cardiovascular events.

The link with pneumonia and other infectious diseases was established years ago. This may be because acid is a barrier to infectious organisms getting inside your body.

Because stomach acid helps digest food, too little stomach acid can lead to nutrient deficiencies (since it is harder for the body to extract minerals and vitamins from food) and food poisoning. Reduced calcium absorption, for instance, leaves people who regularly take PPIs susceptible to bone fractures.

It can also be hard to stop taking  PPIs once started. When patients stop taking them, fermentation can cause pain. It may also be hard to re-establish the ability to produce acid.

Given these dangers, why do doctors continue to suggest these drugs to their patients? As always, it is instructive to follow the money. Blockbuster drugs in this class such as Prevacid, Prilosec, and Nexium bring in billions of dollars each year and are some of the most widely prescribe d  drugs in the US. Nexium alone brings in about $6 billion a year . With so much money at stake, drug companies presumably do not want us to learn the truth, and drug companies are often the only source of information on the subject for doctors.

The good news is that stomach pain can be managed without using these dangerous drugs. Restoring stomach acid with hydrochloric acid supplements both helps the stomach signal the pyloric valve to close and also helps control the helicobacter bacteria. Lifestyle changes can also help reduce stomach pain and acid reflux, such as losing weight and eating a healthy diet.
Tue, 07 Jun 2016 13:06:15 +0000

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Ignoring Consumer Protests, FDA Throttles Medical Foods

June 7th, 2016 by Thisisnatural.com No comments »

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Want your doctor to help you manage your diabetes with specially formulated foods? The FDA says no way. Action Alert! What does your doctor know about nutrition and its ability to heal illness? That’s a good question for many conventional doctors, but most integrative doctors actually know a lot about it. And the FDA has [...]
Ignoring Consumer Protests, FDA Throttles Medical Foods
Want your doctor to help you manage your diabetes with specially formulated foods? The FDA says no way. Action Alert!

What does your doctor know about nutrition and its ability to heal illness? That’s a good question for many conventional doctors, but most integrative doctors actually know a lot about it. And the FDA has no business telling them what to do.

Recently, the FDA issued its final guidance on medical foods. In doing so, the agency completely ignored the many passionate comments from ANH-USA members and our allies. The agency has decided to severely restrict consumer access to medical foods—and is banning medical foods for diabetes patients.

Why? Presumably because the use of medical foods might interfere with Big Pharma profits. With the FDA, money always seems to be the same transparent motivation. In 2010, Americans spent $34.4 billion on prescription diabetes drug s . The drug industry is expected to make as much as $54 billion on diabetes drugs alone within the next four years.

“Medical foods,” by federal definition , aren’t simply a diet plan prescribed by a doctor. They are foods that are specifically formulated and processed for a sick patient.

Medical foods do not require FDA premarket approval. Manufacturers of such foods can make disease claims without random controlled trials. Medical foods do, however, have to follow current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs), facility registration, and other safety requirements.

The FDA’s final guidance drastically limits the number of medical conditions that medical foods can claim to help manage. Specifically:

The guidance uses “inborn errors of metabolism ” (IEMs) as the criterion for determining which diseases or conditions are included on the list.

For example, inherited biochemical disorders in which absence of an enzyme interferes with the metabolism of protein, fats, or carbohydrates would be treatable with medical foods.

Don’t get too excited, though—the guidance specifically excludes diseases resulting from essential nutrient deficiencies like scurvy and pellagra.

More to the point, the examples given by the agency that fit the new IEM standard are restricted to rare genetic conditions that affect a small fraction of people, and are not applicable for patients who have more common disorders, no matter how controllable the condition might be with medical foods.

Outrageously, the guidance specifically excludes diabetes—both type 1 and type 2, as well as gestational diabetes—because, according to the FDA, diabetes can be controlled by simply managing or tweaking one’s normal diet (together with taking FDA-approved drugs, of course). According to the FDA, type 1 diabetics should use carbohydrate counting or the carbohydrate exchange system to match their insulin dose to their carbohydrate intake. And type 2 diabetes patients should simply restrict calories, eat regularly, increase fiber intake, and limit their intake of refined carbohydrates and saturated fats—in addition to taking prescription diabetes drugs.

We applaud a food-based approach to controlling many chronic conditions, particularly diabetes, but the FDA’s specific advice to diabetics (like the agency’s decision to declare that a “healthy” American diet includes getting 10% of calories from sugars added during processing, as we reported recently ) is woefully out of date—and is therefore bad medicine. By contrast, nearly all integrative physicians and even many conventional doctors would argue that diabetes requires very aggressive nutritional intervention, and medical foods can be a part of the treatment plan, at least for some patients.

For example, this ingredient list  for the medical food for diabetes provides many of the essential nutrients required—including cinnamon, a number of specific vitamins, and plant sterols—all of which are essential toward managing diabetes. Now there won’t be any more medical food for diabetes.

Frankly, it’s outrageous that the FDA is able to override doctors’ judgment and tell them what’s necessary for their patients. It’s true that conventional physicians are often remarkably deficient in nutrition training and knowledge—but the FDA is even more deficient in that regard. You may recall that Congress conducted an audit of the FDA and concluded that the agency “cannot fulfill its mission because its scientific base has eroded and its scientific organizational structure is weak.”

This is yet another instance of the FDA inserting itself into the doctor-patient relationship—an illegal federal infringement on the practice of medicine, which is supposed to be regulated at the state level.

Action Alert! Tell Congress that the FDA is violating federal law in its interference with medical foods, and ask them to instruct the FDA to retract its guidance and listen to the consumers who have already clearly told the agency how important medical foods are to their health. Please send your message immediately!
Tue, 07 Jun 2016 13:31:19 +0000

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Another Anti-Supplement Sneak Attack from Blumenthal?

June 7th, 2016 by Thisisnatural.com No comments »

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We expect it to be slipped into a must-pass defense bill. Major Action Alert! Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) may be up to his old tricks and attempting to attach a last-minute amendment to must-pass legislation that would threaten Americans’ access to supplements. This after our champions already shut down his previous attempts in a markup committee [...]
Another Anti-Supplement Sneak Attack from Blumenthal?
We expect it to be slipped into a must-pass defense bill. Major Action Alert!

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) may be up to his old tricks and attempting to attach a last-minute amendment to must-pass legislation that would threaten Americans’ access to supplements. This after our champions already shut down his previous attempts in a markup committee last month.

The bill is the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an appropriations bill to fund the military for FY 2017, introduced every year to fund defense spending. The House passed its version of the bill earlier in May. The Senate may be considering the bill as early as next week.

Blumenthal can offer the amendment, because it pertains to the availability of supplements on military bases.  Troublingly, it would extend an existing policy  that regulates certain supplements on military bases. It would now force all supplements offered for sale to members of the military at exchange stores or commissaries to undergo a third-party review for “recognized public standards of identity, purity, strength, and composition, and adherence to related process standards.” This may sound innocent, though it is anything but.

First, by law, supplements must already hold to current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs), which require that the products be processed in a consistent manner and meet quality standards. Second, supplement companies will likely be expected to pay huge sums for this review. Only the biggest companies—many of them owned by Big Pharma—will be able to comply. Yet another government-created monopoly will be handed over to big drug companies.

In addition, once this regime is established, it will be only a short step to expand it to all US consumers, not just the military. Then the pharmaceutical industry will have what it really wants: complete control over the supplement industry. Many supplements will become drugs and soar in price while their availability is restricted. As with any monopoly, quality will also decline, because regulations are never a substitute for real competition involving new and small as well as old and large companies.

Supplements are incredibly safe, and are already fully regulated by both the FDA and the FTC. This amendment is a misguided attempt to limit access and hamper individual health freedom.

The truth of the matter is that the current regulatory regime governing dietary supplements is working —which is why supplements have such a sterling safety record. In fact, our counterparts at ANH-Europe found  that UK residents were about as likely to get struck by lightning as to die from taking dietary supplements.

We’ve come to expect this sort of maneuver from Blumenthal: what can’t be accomplished through more conventional democratic means, he and his anti-supplement allies try to accomplish through sneaky, eleventh-hour maneuvering before the public can catch wind of it. This military appropriations bill could have hundreds of proposed amendments attached to it, and not all of them will be discussed by the Senate. With your help, we hope to prevent the Blumenthal amendment from ever being considered on the Senate floor. The natural health community has responded vigorously to defeat previous attacks against supplements: in one instance , our readers sent nearly 100,000 messages in less than twenty-four hours. The time has come again to make our voices heard on Capitol Hill to protect our access to quality dietary supplements!

Major Action Alert!   Write or call your senators and urge them to stop any attempts by Blumenthal to attach his amendment, which will take dangerous steps toward limiting consumers’ access to dietary supplements. Please send your message immediately.
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Are You Eating Meat Glue?

June 7th, 2016 by Thisisnatural.com No comments »

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There’s a good chance the premium cuts you’re buying and eating at restaurants are actually cheap cuts stitched together with “meat glue.” Action Alert! If you needed one more reason to only eat beef that is grass-fed and locally raised, consider the prevalence of “meat glue” in industrial meat. The “glue” is actually an enzyme [...]
Are You Eating Meat Glue?
There’s a good chance the premium cuts you’re buying and eating at restaurants are actually cheap cuts stitched together with “meat glue.” Action Alert!

If you needed one more reason to only eat beef that is grass-fed and locally raised, consider the prevalence of “meat glue” in industrial meat.

The “glue” is actually an enzyme called transglutaminase, which is either synthesized from the cultivation of bacteria or made from the blood plasma of pigs and cows. Companies use it to bind together scraps of meat that can then be sold as handsomely portioned cuts. Strips of cheap meat are bound with the glue, refrigerated, and then sliced. The company that makes the meat glue, Ajinomoto, even illustrates how this can be accomplished to sell imitation “filet mignon.”

Products using meat glue and sold in supermarkets must be labeled indicating that it has been “formed from pieces of whole muscle meat” or that it has been “reformed from a single cut.” The language is deliberately evasive—we would call it a lie—and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) allows it to continue.

The larger problem, however, is in the restaurant industry, where consumers are almost never told their steak is being held together with glue. One meat company told reporters that gluing meat is common practice, and that most glued product by far is filet mignon destined for the food service industry.

The deception involved in this common practice is not the only worrisome aspect of it. Many food pathogens reside on the surface of meat and are normally killed when the meat is cooked, even if the inside is left rare. But in a glued steak made up of several pieces of meat, pathogens on the surface of the pieces end up inside the meat—increasing the likelihood of bacterial contamination by a hundred times.

There are other concerns. Dr. Aristo Vojdani has pointed out that patients may have immune reactivity to meat glue: of 288 individuals tested, 9% reacted to meat without glue, but 28% reacted to meat with glue.

Because the body itself naturally makes different kinds of transglutaminase (transglutaminase-2, or TG2, resides in the skin, while TG6 is found throughout the central nervous system), ingesting meat glue could also lead to autoimmune disorders in which the immune system attacks the transglutaminase that the body needs.

Like gluten, meat glue is a common ingredient in the American diet and could be causing inflammation for millions of people, which of course leads to other chronic health problems.

Action Alert! Send a message to both the USDA and the Federal Trade Commission. Urge USDA to ban the use of meat glue, and tell the FTC to stop allowing the lies about meat glue on food labels. Please send your message immediately.
Tue, 07 Jun 2016 13:32:06 +0000

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