Today we look at the top 20 iTunes hit chart, doctors and Covid misinformation, the new awful drug approval process, how Big Pharma combines drugs to drive profits, how a meat diet enhances longevity, why a veg diet might cause hip fractures, how processed meat can hurt you, a new source of lithium, and much, much more.
This morning after reading The Arrow, I found this article on Fox News ("Heart drug combining 3 medications in one is added to World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines"):
Just like you said! Toward the end of the article it says, "The three drugs contained in the polypill include acetylsalicylic acid, which helps thin the blood to prevent blood clots; ramipril, an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor that lowers blood pressure; and a cholesterol-lowering drug called atorvastatin."
So, aspirin, a common blood pressure med, and a statin (aka Lipitor). As you would say, "Jesus wept."
I look forward each week and get a reliable 'woo-hoo' when it hits my mailbox. Dr. Eades, thank you for your weekly distillations. I recognize that they take a significant amount of your time and I'm really glad you enjoy sharing it. You're an American treasure, at least to me! Looking forward to PP 2.0 :-)
I just posted a comment that appeared twice and when I tried to delete one of them they both disappeared.
Anyhow, what I said was that Ozempic et. al are drugs that act on the monoamine neurotransmitters which is why people feel full. For the last 65 years, other drugs have been approved that also work in this way, but most have been withdrawn due to adverse effects.
So. The truth about processed meats had me on the floor laughing! Also thank you for peeling back the onion revealing the truth about the hot diet drugs. Some woman in Louisiana is suing the Wegovy drug company because she barfed her way to thinness and subsequently lost her teeth too. Ya never know what miracles the human body can conjure up.
The one thing that you haven't covered about Ozempic yet is it's apparent psychological effects:
Going through the comments were very eye-opening.
Yikes - it seems it's more bad news for truth every day. Also loved the fact that you said this one would be short . . . hardly! But loved every bit of it. Seems that you've combined The Arrow and the Quiver in positive ways. Maybe do that more often? Whatever you do - just keep on keepin' on. You're a source of sanity in an increasingly insane world. Thanks, Mike - and good luck with the talk. Looking forward to hearing it.
Only one that I saw:
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talk is finished
Great stuff as always!
I'm curious about this: "patients on Wegovy had a 20% lower incidence of heart attack, stroke or death from heart disease compared to those on a placebo." How long are people ON the drug? I thought it was short term? Do people stay on it after they lose weight? Do they ever get their appetites back? And as for the "set point" idea -- Wegovy changes the "Set point?" I thought it mostly made people nauseated? What a load of rubbish....
I'm also a big fan of Bastiat, and getting increasingly disappointed in the Wall Street Journal.
Do you think it would improve things if the FDA's mandate would be changed from safe and effective to just safe? If they focused on safety only perhaps they would do a better job. Efficacy seems the more controversial or troublesome concept, and keeps drugs useful for some people in some situations off the market. "Off label use" seems to recognize that safety should be the only concern.
Your confirmation bias is once again showing on climate change, picking Judith Curry being interviewed by John Stossel no less.
Interestingly Judith Curry was hired as an expert witness by the state of Montana in their defense of a lawsuit, brought by young people, claiming that Montana was violating their rights by not addressing climate change. Apparently the state never even put her on the witness stand and the judge, a Montana judge! ruled decisively in favor of the young people thank goodness.
Perhaps you should address the documented fact that even the big oil companies like Exxon asked their scientists to project what the temperature impacts of climate change would be in the decades to come back in the 1970s. The scientists of course, came up with accurate projections and warned Exxon of the disastrous consequences of the continued burning of oil.
Exxon being more interested in bucks than human Life proceeded to use this information to Climate proof their rigs and other machinery, and hide their scientists conclusions from the public. They then poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the exact same kind of PR as the cigarette manufactures did. Doubt, doubt doubt was their mantra and it’s succeeded.
And so folks like you support an industry that is documented to prematurely kill close to 10 million people a year from air pollution caused by fossil fuel burning alone.
Exactly how is that compatible with the Hippocratic oath?
I truly don’t understand why you and so many of the other doctors who I admire for their independence and fresh thinking on health and an appropriate distrust of big Pharma and big medicine fall for the distortions and lies and propaganda of the carbon combustion complex, the most powerful richest, most profitable, and most venal industry in the history of the world.
Never before seen in modern history, marine heat waves covering 40% of the oceans are killing, literally billions of sea creatures as I write this, Antarctic ice loss never imagined record-breaking heat on every continent, glaciers rapidly melting on every continent (do you also deny that is happening) apparently mean obviously mean nothing to you.
I will continue to read your columns because they’re entertaining and informative. Yet I will continue to grimace every time I see your utterly biased and uninformed takes on climate change.
Regarding the vaxxed/unvaxed deaths, as I recall it, the unvaccinated deaths appeared to be higher because a dose of vaccine wasn’t counted as such until two weeks after it was injected. The shot depressed the immune system for two weeks and the patient was more likely to get Covid during that time.
If you received a dose, but caught Covid and died within two weeks, you were counted as an unvaccinated death.
I’m not sure if that trend was continued into the second dose because technically, one was not fully vaccinated until two weeks after second dose.
An off-topic YouTube video that I think of as Metabolism 101. It's only basic information, but the elementary approach (pun intended :) is a pretty good one.
A few comments.
I don't know anything about top pop songs but in every area of activity there are paradigms that develop that people follow, until suddenly a disruptor appears. That's a lovely photo of MD.
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2808358: How can anyone who thinks not see this as stupid? If you use wrong filters on structured searches you get wrong answers.
"Big Pharma Never Misses a Trick" just wait till they find a way to patent breathing when wearing a mask.
"Do Acid Reflux Meds Cause Dementia? I read this article aloud to MD, and she responded with, “Well, it might not be the drugs directly. It could well be all the stuff the drugs allow people to eat".” I think this is a world view that MD has: always think of alternative explanations. In quantitative science I always do a rough estimate to confirm a detailed answer. Always find some way to check an answer.
"GLP-1 Agonists in the News. "It isn’t so much about willpower: It’s about biology"." I think we agree with this though not the analysis that follows. You have often posted pictures of people from 50+ years ago. The big question should be why that "set point" has changed.
Lots of laughs, which I need! The analysis of iTunes is particularly interesting.
Even after a meal of steak and a vegetable, I desire something with a sweet taste. Instead of consuming something with too much sugar, I consume one scoop of HLTH meal replacement powder with added berries, and psyllium husks with water or whole milk. That satisfies my craving. What are your thoughts regarding this product as a desert?
Dr. Eades: You are definitely on to something regarding the issue of climate change. It appears that there are few, if any, modern day issues in society that cannot be laid at the feet of climate change, In reality, we know very little about what's actually happening. And in the context of Jason Crawfords article on science, there is very little actual scientific inquiry occurring, For example, none of these questions can be answered:
1. Why throughout history is there no correlation between atmospheric CO2 and global temperature?
2. What amount of the (questionable?) rise in global temperature that is being alleged is anthropengic versus the result of natural phenomena
3. Why is the Great Barrier Reef coral growing?
4. Why is the effect of atmospheric H2O and clouds not considered a driver of global temperature when it is a more significant green house gas than CO2?
5. Why does actual NOAA and NASA global ocean and atmospheric data not reported by the media? Could it be because this raw data does not show any warming trends,?
6 What are the benefits of increasing CO2 in the atmosphere?
7. How much of sea level rise being measured in various locations is the result of tectconic or local land subsidence issues as opposed to sea level rises purported from loss of glaciers?
These are just a few--there are many more. Alarmists sceintitst are the Big Pharma of this issue?
Could you please give us the links to the rest of your hog butchering experience?