Ascorbic acid does not reduce the anticancer effect of radiotherapy

Lo and behold, after continued and prolonged precautions over the use of oral antioxidants during cancer treatment that counter the pro-oxidant (cell killing) effects of radiation treatment, researchers in Japan found a high concentration of vitamin C (>75 umol) actually induced the death of cancer cells and enhanced the cell killing effect of radiotherapy. The researchers suggest further study and say there is no harm done when vitamin C therapy is simultaneously administered with radiation treatment.  See abstract below:

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Death By Modern Medicine: Acid Blockers

The problem is common.  Stomach acid rises up into the esophagus to cause a burning sensation that worsens when you lay down to go to sleep.  The initial heartburn problem is complicated now by sleep interruption or deprivation.   The desperate sufferer visits the doctor who mindlessly prescribes a powerful acid blocker called a proton pump inhibitor (Prilosec) that completely shuts down acid secretion.  Problem solved.  But now you are hooked on lifetime acid blockers that are designed to cause temporary rebound heartburn the moment one attempts to wean away from this drug.

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Don’t Pee On My Leg And Tell Me It’s Raining – Judge Judy

I’m writing about modern medicine in context of the false claim that America offers the best medical care anywhere in the world. You may have your head in the sand on this topic and believe what may have existed in the distant past. The USA ranks 37th in quality of healthcare in the world. [The Patient Factor] Even the long-standing annual decline in the US death rate came to an end in 2015. [New York Times, June 1, 2016]

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Choose your hospital wisely

Well, the ambulance driver may make a better choice than grandma will.  Choosing a hospital may seal the fate of a person dealing with an emergent health issue.  A recent article in the New York Times notes that inadvertently choosing the wrong hospital can increase your risk of dying by 3-fold and your chance of avoidable complication by 13 times!  [New York Times Dec 14, 2016; PLoS One Dec 14, 2016] Generally high-volume hospitals deliver better care.

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Tests Predict Disease Years Before Symptoms: But Do You Really Want To Know? And Can Doctors Do Anything About It?

Modern medicine is getting into the soothsayer business.  Various technologies now make it possible to foresee the health future of an individual and predict with some certainty which maladies may befall a person years before symptoms or signs become apparent.

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