Lower threshold, increase drug sales

Of course they recommend changing lifestyles (not so much diets), but they know it means more drug sales in the end.

Tens of millions more Americans will qualify for a diagnosis of high blood pressure and will need to change their lifestyles or take medicines for the condition, under new medical guidelines released Monday. The guidelines, formulated by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, sharply lower the threshold for normal blood pressure, in effect moving the goalposts for patients nationwid

Source: Criteria for high blood pressure revised under new guidelines | Toronto Star

This happened a few years ago for cholesterol, again the result was many more were going to be getting drugged.

The lower threshold for statin prescriptions is certainly welcome news for their manufacturers; the drugs have been among the most prescribed class in the U.S. in recent years, and in 2013, rosuvastatin (Crestor) topped the list, earning AstraZeneca $5.4 billion in sales, according to IMS Health.

 

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15 square inches lost! 

In Episode 148, David Crowe speaks with David Smith of the UK charities Genital Autonomy and 15 Square. The conversation covers male genital mutilation (circumcision), female genital mutilation (FGM) and transgender changes of minors. They cover the reasons why circumcision still exists and why it is so much less common in the UK than in the US. They discuss the purpose of the foreskin and  what harms occur from its removal. Circumcision is contrasted with FGM, where the autonomy of the child is

* Duration: 57:52

* Published: 2017-07-19 9:46:30 AM

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Shaken Baby Strikes Again. And Joe Whitaker Sits in Jail

This syndrome may be fake, but its consequences are real (unless this story is a hoax). 

In 2013 Joe and Charlotte’s baby Jaden suddenly collapsed. The parents called 9-1-1 but almost immediately doctors suspected child abuse. Despite a number of medical experts testifying that Jaden had a genetic or nutritional defect that caused weak bones and other health problems, Joe was convicted of child abuse and sentenced to 15 years, the minimum the judge could give him. David talks with his wife, Charlotte, who has not only lost her husband, but has completely lost Jaden (who recovered fr

* Duration: 57:42

* Published: 2017-06-06 3:32:17 PM

* Episode Download Link (79 MB): infectiousmyth.podbean.com/mf/feed/sfgux8/TIM_060617.mp3

* Show Notes: infectiousmyth.podbean.com/e/the-infectious-myth-shaken-baby-strikes-again-and-joe-whitaker-sits-in-jail-060617/

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Pediatricians Say Scrap The Fruit Juice

Real fruit and filtered water in metal flasks the only way to get your water intake.

Pediatricians Say Scrap The Fruit JuiceFruit juice has been marketed (and in some cases, recommended by physicians) as a healthy, natural source of vitamins and calcium. Kids like the way it tastes — in fact, children and adolescents continue to be the highest consumers of fruit juice and juice drinks, but nutritional benefits are very questionable.

Source: Pediatricians Say Scrap The Fruit Juice

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