Physicians in medical schools are taught to follow treatment guidelines as
set by medical societies. Do they follow them in their practices? Generally
yes! Why? If later charged with malpractice, a valid defense is that they
used the guidelines in evaluating conditions and in their treatment.
Another reason is that they consider the guidelines to be valid--after all--they are set by the profession!
But, HOW VALID ARE THE GUIDELINES IN REALITY?
The New England Journal of Medicine has revealed that much of the guidelines are poorly conceived!
"Among 357 recommendations in 17 guidelines issued between 2005 and 2011, 121 (34%) combined a strong recommendation with low-quality evidence. The investigation studies focused on endocrine practices.
"In a second study, researchers reviewed 169 guidelines on prostate, lung, breast and [colon and rectal cancer] published between 2005 and 2010...On average, guidelines fulfilled only 2.75 of the 8 standards.
"...[The guidelines] by professional societies, advocacy organizations, and government agencies often conflict with each other, and as these two studies show, many are flawed." [Emphasis added.]
Alternative medicine, anyone?
"Statin use has been associated with excess risk for muscle weakness, muscle cramps, [etc.]" So notes Journal Watch, a publication for physicians, June 20, 2013.
Investigators from the military healthcare system studied some 14,000 patients who used statin drugs for a minimum of 90 days and 37,000 non-users. They found that statin users "were significantly more likely to have a wide range of cardiac risk factors...as well as other chronic diseases...
"Comment: The excess risk for strains, sprains and other injuries [was expected but] concerns about other associated [conditions,] and inhibition of coenzyme Q10 synthesis [were not expected.]"
Editor's Note: Q 10 affects muscle metabolism, and is a nutrient used in Alternative Medicine.
This study from Norway found a correlation between body mass index and vitamin D. The lower the vitamin D in the blood, the greater the body mass--in 1 in 3 women and in 1 in 2 men. ... read more about Vitamin D and Body Mass
Because vitamin D deficiency has been established to have adverse [muscle and skeletal] consequences, optimization of vitamin D status [is indicated..."] ... read more about Vitamin D as Alternative Medicine
"Regular aspirin use is associated among post-menopausal women with a
reduction in the risk of melanoma."
So states Journal Watch, a private publication for physicians, on March 18, 2013. The original study was published in Cancer, and was the result of an analysis by the Women's Health Initiative...
"Researchers followed nearly 60,000 women for a median of 12 years...Women who reported using aspirin regularly had a 21% lower incidence of melanoma than those taking nonaspirin NSAIDs* or those not taking [any] NSAIDs."
... read more about aspirin reducing the risk of melanoma
According to a report from the American Heart Association, sugar-sweetened
drinks "may be linked to about 180,000 deaths in the world each year."
The report noted that about 25,000 deaths in the U.S. each year were associated with the sugary drinks.
"Of nine world regions, Latin America/Caribbean had the most diabetes deaths related to the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages...East/Central Eurasia had the largest number of cardiovascular deaths. Japan, with very low consumption of sugary beverages, had the lowest death rate...
... read more about sugary drinks
"Average number of times each week U.S. surgeons operate on the wrong
patient or body part: 40
"Rank of preventable errors among the leading causes of death in the United States: 3
"Roll up a sleeve for the blood pressure cuff. Stick out a wrist for the pulse-taking. Lift your tongue for the thermometer. Report how many minutes you are active or getting exercise.
"If the last item isn't part of the usual drill at your doctor's office, a movement is afoot to change that. One recent national survey indicated only a third of Americans said their doctors asked or prescribed physical activity."
EDITOR'S NOTE: And even fewer physicians prescribe ANY Alternative Medicine!
Alternative Medicine continues its march over dangerous drugs.
A new report in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute says, "...Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [aspirin and its spin-offs,) (NSAIDs) have been shown to reduce chronic inflammation and risk of many cancers, but their effect on risk of [liver cancer] and death due to chronic liver disease [up to this point] have not been investigated.
"We analyzed...data on 300,504 men and women aged 50 to 71 years... with adjustments for race/ethnicity, cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, diabetes, and body mass index...
... read the results and discover if aspirin affects the risk of liver cancer
Exercises for Rotator Cuff Injuries
Sleep and Menopause
Breast Cancer and Green Tea
Avocados and Weight Loss
A Vitamin for Hair Loss
for Heart Disease via Alternate Medicine
Ashwagandha, an Alternate Medicine Anti-Depressant
Aspirin Against Cancer via Alternate Medicine
Underactive Thyroid Hypothyroidism
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