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Vitamin B3 beats Big Pharma's Zetia cholesterol drug
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Posted on 03/30/2010 8:24:19 AM PDT by Scythian

(NaturalNews) The utter worthlessness of Big Pharma's cholesterol drugs was demonstrated recently by a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine which showed that niacin (a low-cost B vitamin) out-performs Merck's drug Zetia for preventing the build-up of arterial plaque, a symptom of cardiovascular disease.

As the study reveals, Zetia failed miserably. Patients taking niacin showed a "significant shrinkage" in artery wall thickness, while those on Zetia showed no such improvement. At the same time, the rate of "cardiovascular events" in the niacin group was only one-fifth that in the Zetia group, demonstrating that niacin is far more effective at preventing heart attacks and other similar events than Zetia.

But curiously, as soon as niacin started to show a real benefit over Zetia, researchers cancelled the study. The premature ending of the clinical trial stopped the process by which even more useful information about the benefits of niacin might have been learned.

5,800% higher price than niacin

Merck, the maker of Zetia, was likely horrified to learn that a low-cost B vitamin out-performed its blockbuster drug. Sales of its Zetia drug are reportedly over $5 billion. It's no wonder: Zetia sells for as much as $3.89 per pill.

Niacin, on the other hand, costs as little as 6.7 cents per pill, even in a "no-flush" time-release formula from a quality source like the NSI brand from Vitacost: http://www.vitacost.com/NSI-No-Flus...

These price differences make Zetia 5,800% more expensive than niacin. And yet niacin works better.

So if niacin works better, and if modern medicine claims to be serving patients instead of profits, why don't doctors recommend B vitamins instead of expensive cholesterol drugs? As you have already guessed, the reason is because Zetia earns all kinds of ridiculous profits for Big Pharma and B vitamins don't.

The fact that doctors continue to prescribe Zetia, in fact, demonstrates how thoroughly our modern medical system has failed to recognize and embrace things that work to help patients rather than things that make the most money for powerful drug companies. If our modern system were actually based on what works, doctors would be prescribing various vitamins, minerals, herbs, superfoods and nutritional supplements (including anti-cancer mushroms).

But no... our system isn't based on what helps patients. It's based on what makes the most money, and so patients are put on dangerous (even deadly) pharmaceuticals that can cost 5,800% more than low-cost natural remedies that actually work better!

The big question: Does modern medicine help society at all?

It really makes you wonder: Beyond emergency treatments and critical care, does modern medicine offer any net benefit to society at all? More and more people are now coming to the conclusion that no, modern medicine harms far more people than it helps.

The key question to ask is this: What if our medical system disappeared tomorrow? Would we be better off or worse off?

The startling (but true) answer is that we would be better off. Without cancer screening, for example, breast cancer rates would plummet (because screening causes cancer). Without cholesterol drugs, blood pressure drugs, diabetes drugs and chemotherapy, people would live far longer, with less liver damage, kidney damage and brain damage.

In all, pharmaceuticals do not save lives. They destroy lives while making huge profits for drug companies. And yet much of western medicine is based on the administration of these dangerous, over-priced chemicals.

There's a fascinating book entitled What if Medicine Disappeared? by Gerald Markle and Frances McCrea. (http://www.amazon.com/What-Medicine...)

This book explains why modern medicine does far more harm than good. It doesn't explain, however, why doctors who think they're so smart continue to prescribe a patented medication that's 5,800% more expensive than a nutritional solution that works better.


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KEYWORDS: cholesterol; niacin; nutraceuticals; nutriceuticals; statins; vitamins
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1 posted on 03/30/2010 8:24:19 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Scythian

bump


2 posted on 03/30/2010 8:28:18 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Scythian

now you know why McCain wants to regulate Vitamins and supplements.


3 posted on 03/30/2010 8:28:42 AM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Scythian

Bump for later.


4 posted on 03/30/2010 8:29:16 AM PDT by An American in Turkiye
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To: Scythian

but but but BIG GOVT wants to regulate and shut down the natural foods markets and create an exclusive market for the FDA controlled drug companies.


5 posted on 03/30/2010 8:29:21 AM PDT by George from New England (Escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: Scythian

I thought these commercials were on TV in the early hours of the morning or on weekends?


6 posted on 03/30/2010 8:30:43 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Walkingfeather

MCCain the filthy liar who gave us McCain Feingold and wants to give us amnesty - hates vitamin supplements.

I guess he wants us to drink more beer - so his wife and daughter canpromote gay marriage and sodomy.


7 posted on 03/30/2010 8:31:32 AM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain called AMERICANS against amnesty - "racists")
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To: Scythian

All true. I wouldn’t give statins to my worst enemy.

Make sure you take B3 as actual NIACIN and not the “non-flush” types as they are worthless.

And also avoid “hydrogenated” anything along with oxidized vegetable oils. Animal fats have a far higher threshhold for “oxygenation”.


8 posted on 03/30/2010 8:31:35 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: George from New England

John McCain is leading the charge.


9 posted on 03/30/2010 8:32:16 AM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain called AMERICANS against amnesty - "racists")
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To: Scythian
In all, pharmaceuticals do not save lives. They destroy lives while making huge profits for drug companies.

This post is B.S. opinion wrapped in a news headline. Pharmaceuticals are responsible for me being able to lead a healthy, active life, and I'll fight anyone who wants to tear down the industry right down to my eyeteeth.

BTW, weren't you the one posting about being on your deathbed from "Morgellons"?

10 posted on 03/30/2010 8:32:46 AM PDT by Yossarian (A pro-life democrat is one who holds out for something in return for his pro-abortion vote.)
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To: traderrob6

Have tried various niacins down through the years, flush and non-flush, OTC and prescription. Worthless to me. Great for when it works.


11 posted on 03/30/2010 8:34:49 AM PDT by handmade
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To: Yossarian

“This post is B.S. opinion wrapped in a news headline. Pharmaceuticals are responsible for me being able to lead a healthy, active life, and I’ll fight anyone who wants to tear down the industry right down to my eyeteeth.”

Some truly are Godsends, others, ie statins are, the opposite.


12 posted on 03/30/2010 8:34:58 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: handmade

I take 500mg morning and evening and am thrilled with the results.

Private message me, I’ll explain.


13 posted on 03/30/2010 8:37:06 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Yossarian
"This post is B.S. opinion wrapped in a news headline."

This is true of way too much stuff posted around here.

14 posted on 03/30/2010 8:37:37 AM PDT by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: Scythian

I’ve been taking Niacin for a few months thanks to comments from a kind FReeper on one of these posts...possibly you. Thanks.


15 posted on 03/30/2010 8:39:10 AM PDT by spyone (ridiculum)
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To: traderrob6

How much Niacin do you take a day. I took it for a few years when I had PADs. I helped a lot. I think they were 500mg.


16 posted on 03/30/2010 8:42:09 AM PDT by CJinVA
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To: Scythian
(NaturalNews) The utter worthlessness of Big Pharma’s cholesterol drugs...

Oh now there an unbiased source. For your information I have been taking high B natural multivitamins for many years and still have high cholesterol levels. So I call BS on this “report”.

17 posted on 03/30/2010 8:42:43 AM PDT by McGruff (Don't criticize. Explain to me who I should support other than Sarah Palin.)
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To: Scythian

Big Pharma is a pet peeve of mine.

Yeah, I know “wonder drugs”, etc. No doubt some of them are.

But by and large these companies are in bed with the doctors to scam the public. I’ve had several instances of doctors changing my prescription to some new, vastly mroe expensive drug when the old one went off patent. Only to find out it’s simply a combination of two older drugs which, when combined, earns them a new patent.

And the price?

I used to use 2 spearate psoriasis ointments, which had been around for a while and costed about $80 / tube. The new stuff (those 2 mixed)? $1,200. Yeah, you read that right.

I asked the doctor “why not stay with the cheaper stuff?”

Her answer (no doubt right out of a drug company brochure) “Oh, they work better when mixed”.

For the record, at least in my case, No, they don’t.


18 posted on 03/30/2010 8:47:17 AM PDT by Pessimist (u)
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To: Scythian

bump for later.


19 posted on 03/30/2010 8:48:53 AM PDT by Bush_Democrat (Ex-Dem since 2001 *Folding@Home for the Gipper - Join the FReeper Folders*)
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To: Walkingfeather
"now you know why McCain wants to regulate Vitamins and supplements. "

McCain's Folly



20 posted on 03/30/2010 8:49:35 AM PDT by FrankR (Those of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: Yossarian
This post is B.S. opinion wrapped in a news headline.

In a lot of cases, I argue on your side. But in this case, you're incorrect. I don't have the references here, but the evidence was overwhelming in a CE conference I did two years ago that high dose niacin is the ONLY medication to actually reduce plaque in the arteries. I'll try to find the references.

21 posted on 03/30/2010 8:52:42 AM PDT by jammer
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To: traderrob6

I had my cholesterol measured at 240 and started taking fish oil, plant sterols, and 500-1000 mg of niacin daily. All available over the counter for maybe $30/month total.

Lowered my cholesterol to 170 in 3 months.

Love the flush!


22 posted on 03/30/2010 8:53:44 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: traderrob6

I do not want to get into the argument about statins: poison or not poisons. However, this study looked at something we should expect with an FDA process for approval in the future (maybe). Why do I say maybe? The FDA looks at classes of drugs. Now if every antihypertensive required proof of extending life in hypertensive patients, the approval process would stretch out to years, perhaps even decades. If every anti cholesterol medication relied on artery thickness the same would occur. Therefore they use “surrogate markers.” The surrogate marker for antihypertensives is lowering the BP, the surrogate marker for anti cholesterol drugs is the cholesterol level. For those who believe statins are evil and that all medications are evil, I have no response and don’t want to argue about it. Accusations are easy to make but it is impossible to prove a negative so it is almost impossible to defend against an accusation. The burden of proof rests on the person making the accusations. They have their opinions and they must be respected but unless proven, they must be taken with a grain of salt. I do not know this literature as I was an Oncologist but all of you can go to Pub Med which is the library of the NIH (I think). Whoever runs it, NIH or some other Government entity) allows anyone to type in a drug name and references pop up. If you are one who believes all medical research is “fixed” your position must be respected. For others, Pub Med is a good point to start if you want to understand diseases and drugs. In addition Goodman and Gilman is an excellent pharmacology reference. Although retired, I buy it for my Kindle. I am sure you can go to any hospital library and they will help you. You do not need to be on-staff.


23 posted on 03/30/2010 8:54:51 AM PDT by AZFolks (uet)
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To: Yossarian

A really smart thing to do would be to review the actual study and critique the design for it’s flaws before you blast the study as BS.


24 posted on 03/30/2010 8:54:58 AM PDT by kruss3 (Kruss3@gmail.com)
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To: Scythian

Niacin has its own side effects, so it should be monitored with blood tests like other cholesterol drugs.


25 posted on 03/30/2010 8:56:28 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Yossarian
BTW, weren't you the one posting about being on your deathbed from "Morgellons"? Yes, and I'm alive and well and doing fine thanks to Natural Supplements, I'm on of the few that has been able to walk away from it.
26 posted on 03/30/2010 8:57:13 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Scythian

Zetia does work as a lipids improver but it does not reduce calcium buildup which is what they first hoped

that is what started all this Zetia bashing


27 posted on 03/30/2010 8:58:53 AM PDT by wardaddy (Greetings Comrade!)
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To: Scythian

Niacin does not work as good as Statins btw...I know this because I tried.

Pravachol is very good to me,...and cheap..20/month


28 posted on 03/30/2010 9:00:00 AM PDT by wardaddy (Greetings Comrade!)
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To: Moonman62

By the way, I bought a great fish oil to, with the highest DHA ratio, all tested for heavy metals, loving it ...

http://www.xtend-life.com/product/Omega_3_DHA_Fish_Oil.aspx

View the label, also, Magnesium will reduce plaque buildup along with L-Arginine, but don’t take L-Arginine if you have had a heart attack or stroke ...


29 posted on 03/30/2010 9:01:19 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: nnn0jeh

ping


30 posted on 03/30/2010 9:01:34 AM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: glorgau

Mine's never been above borderline bad (maybe 212 to 220), but three years ago the doc suggested I take a prescription; instead I just started taking an underdosage - only one tab a day, versus the 4 to 6 recommened - and at the next annual I was about 202......he told me "just continue what you're doing".

31 posted on 03/30/2010 9:03:09 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Pessimist

my psoriasis is cured....no messy creams, oiontments or jels....the answer is UVB narrow band...have your doc write you a script, and buy a light box ( from 800 to 4000, depending on the type you get ) 6 weeks, every other day, 4 weeks at twice a week, and it will be gone...maintenance of about 1 time a week and eventurally you will not even need it much


32 posted on 03/30/2010 9:06:36 AM PDT by joe fonebone (They will get my Fishing Rod when they pry it from my cold dead fingers)
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To: Scythian

What’s the Government recommended Cholesterol level suppose to be this week? They keep changing it...pretty soon most everyone will be requested (Healthscare mandated?) to take a statin.


33 posted on 03/30/2010 9:09:38 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: traderrob6
"Make sure you take B3 as actual NIACIN and not the “non-flush” types as they are worthless.'

That's odd, because I took Whole Foods Non-flush Niacin 500mg, and credit it for lowering my Cholestrol from 220 to 180.

34 posted on 03/30/2010 9:12:13 AM PDT by gitmogrunt
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To: CJinVA

ARE you saying they cured or stopped PADS?

I believe I’ve got PADS myself.


35 posted on 03/30/2010 9:15:13 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER ( EPA will rule your life)
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To: Scythian
It's interesting that your article fails to mention that this study was supported by another evil drug company called Abbott Labs, and that they weren't comparing Merck's Zetia to OTC niacin but to Abbot's proprietary formulation of niacin called Niaspan.

This study is not an indictment of other cholesterol lowering drugs like Lipitor and Crestor that stop cholesterol production in the liver. These two drugs have a long and solid track record of saving lives.

The lead investigator of the study said the study was concluded early because the results were clear and there was no need continue subjecting the Zetia patients to something that wasn't working. Mindlessly bashing the pharmaceutical industry should be left to the mindless.

If you are on a niacin therapy, you better be getting your liver enzymes checked regularly.

36 posted on 03/30/2010 9:23:24 AM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: gitmogrunt

I take 2000 mg CVS flush free niacin daily. I have been for about a year. At first my cholesterol went down, now I am not so sure.


37 posted on 03/30/2010 9:43:06 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: woodbutcher1963

Fish oil is better than niacin in my opinion, but you need to get a good, heavy metal tested fish oil.


38 posted on 03/30/2010 9:48:58 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: joe fonebone

I used to do that, and it did help. But it never completely went away.

It does get much better in the summer though.


39 posted on 03/30/2010 9:50:11 AM PDT by Pessimist (u)
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To: woodbutcher1963

bookmark for later


40 posted on 03/30/2010 9:51:25 AM PDT by madmomma
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To: Scythian

The big question: Does modern medicine help society at all?

In all, pharmaceuticals do not save lives. They destroy lives while making huge profits for drug companies

This is sheer idiocy offered by the worst kind of idiots. Tell someone who survived drug resistant staph, thanks to Vancomycin, that drug companies destroy lives. I have a relative who is alive today thanks to Gleevec. Vaccinations have done nothing to save lives? Do you idiots remember polio and what it did to a healthy body? Have you ever seen a child suffering from Pertussis? How many thousands are spared from death by malaria each year because they have access to drugs like Fansidar, Lariam and Malarone?

I read this crap and wonder what kind of moron would post such stupidity here and who would agree with it. It's absolutely mind-boggling. Where do you think the new drugs to treat bacterial infections that don't respond to current classes of drugs will come from...the health food and supplement industry? Who will save us from drug resistant TB......practitioners of homeopathy? Thank goodness our fate isn't in the hands of the clueless.....yet.

41 posted on 03/30/2010 9:54:28 AM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Pessimist

Have you tried coconut oil?


42 posted on 03/30/2010 9:57:16 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Should people be questioning their government? Yes and "Where's the birth certificate?")
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To: Mase

In a recent study “Oregano Oil” out performed Vancomycin in a real study, when Vancomycin failed, “Oregano Oil” worked. And for $35 you can purchase Allimax or Allimed and it KILLS MRSA where all other drugs fail, and it’s been proven, it’s made from Garlic and has a very high Allicin content.

And by the way, there are almost no side effects to Oregano Oil, which is probably, pound for pound one of the strongest antibiotics on the planet, proven in studies to surpass Vancomycin.

Don’t ask me to prove it unless when I do you are willing to admit you were wrong and that the Drug Companies are covering up cheap, safe, and effective cures ...


43 posted on 03/30/2010 9:58:25 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: B4Ranch

Coconut Oil is in large part what helped me become Morgellons free at the very end, that and OptiMSM (MSM) not MMS ...

Love Coconut Oil ... Had it in my oatmeal in the morning just today (like aways)


44 posted on 03/30/2010 9:59:30 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: AZFolks

If you are ever curious about the efficiency of the FDA, just 30 minutes worth of research will show you that they are a 99.99% worthless agency who supports corporations not science.


45 posted on 03/30/2010 10:00:49 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Should people be questioning their government? Yes and "Where's the birth certificate?")
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To: Mase
Although there is a combined effect of the many compounds found in oregano oil, its effectiveness is largely attributed to a primary ingredient, the phenol carvacrol. When lab tested, carvacrol was found to be one of the most potent antibiotics known to science. In tests done at Georgetown University, it was found to be more effective than penicillin, streptomycin and even vancomycin (considered to be the strongest of all antibiotics). Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, oregano oil does not create resistant strains of mutant bacteria. It is able to naturally and effectively eliminate any pathogen that is unfortunate enough to cross its path.
46 posted on 03/30/2010 10:03:11 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Scythian
Without cancer screening, for example, breast cancer rates would plummet (because screening causes cancer).

OMG, they expect me to take anything they say seriously after I read some stupid crap like this?

47 posted on 03/30/2010 10:09:15 AM PDT by dbwz (DISSENT IS PATRIOTIC)
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To: Scythian
In a recent study “Oregano Oil” out performed Vancomycin in a real study, when Vancomycin failed, “Oregano Oil” worked. And for $35 you can purchase Allimax or Allimed and it KILLS MRSA where all other drugs fail, and it’s been proven, it’s made from Garlic and has a very high Allicin content. And by the way, there are almost no side effects to Oregano Oil, which is probably, pound for pound one of the strongest antibiotics on the planet, proven in studies to surpass Vancomycin. Don’t ask me to prove it unless when I do you are willing to admit you were wrong and that the Drug Companies are covering up cheap, safe, and effective cures ...

Prove it!

48 posted on 03/30/2010 10:14:47 AM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: dbwz

Mammograms increase cancer in women ..

http://www.naturalnews.com/027641_mammograms_brst_cancer.html


49 posted on 03/30/2010 10:19:15 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: dbwz

In fact, a new study just presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), concludes the low-dose radiation from annual mammography screening significantly increases breast cancer risk in women with a genetic or familial predisposition to breast cancer. This is particularly worrisome because women who are at high risk for breast cancer are regularly pushed to start mammograms at a younger age — as early as 25 — and that means they are exposed to more radiation from mammography earlier and for more years than women who don’t have breast cancer in their family trees.


50 posted on 03/30/2010 10:20:58 AM PDT by Scythian
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