March 25, 2012

Quackery 1A May Be Cancelled

1 Aussie MDs Oppose Teaching Pseudoscience

A group of Australian doctors and medical researchers called Friends of Science in Medicine are protesting the teaching of what they call pseudosciences in Australian universities, and have petitioned them to stop offering "courses in the health care sciences that are not underpinned by convincing scientific evidence." The courses include aromatherapy, homeopathy, iridology, reflexology, Chinese herbal medicine, naturopathy, and even chiropractic when it strays from treating muscular and skeletal problems. The schools have resisted complying, and alternative medicine trade groups say that 70 percent of Australians use such therapies, and wouldn't do so if they weren't effective. The FSM says that any positive results are due to the placebo effect and simple natural recovery.

More at Theatlantic.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Homeopathy Called Witchcraft

Tags: Chinese Herbal Medicine, Naturopathy, Australian MDs, Quackery, Psudosciences, Aromatherapy, Homeopathy, Iridology, Reflexology, Friends of Science in Medicine

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Unique Risk Factors

2 Pregnancy Increases Heart Attack Risk

Pregnant women and are at and triple to quadruple increased risk of having a heart attack than their non-pregnant counterparts, they are more severe and they are a 2 to 3 time more likely to die. in physiology, hormone levels and greater blood volume due to pregnancy are three of the factors that increase their risk and they can last up to three months postpartum. Another reason which is quite common in pregnant women is coronary dissection which results when the layers of the arterial wall separate and occlude blood flow. Because the reasons for a pregnant woman having a heart attack differ from factors for other demographics, researchers conclude that the standard treatment for heart attacks many not be the best approach.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: The Dangers of Obesity During Pregnancy

Tags: Healthy Pregnancy, Heart Attack, Coronary Dissection

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Lowers Systolic Pressure

3 Raisins and Soy Prevent High Blood Pressure

A three month study involving 46 individuals with pre-hypertension, blood pressure from 120 over 80 milligram of mercury (mg Hg) to 139 over 89 mg Hg demonstrated that eating a handful of raisins three times daily can lower systolic pressure, the top number, by up to 10.2 percent. It is believed that potassium and antioxidants in raisins lower blood pressure. Another much larger study that began in 1985 found that 18-30 year olds who reported consuming 2.5 or more milligrams of isoflavones a day had a lower systolic pressure compared to people who ate less than 0.33 milligrams of the compound found in soy. Researchers like the idea of being able to dramatically reduce blood pressure without medications, especially since only one third of people with high blood pressure can manage it.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Black Tea Can Help Lower Blood Pressure, Daily Pomegranate Juice May Lower Blood Pressure, Chocolate Lowers Blood Pressure, Heart Disease

Tags: Antioxidants, Blood Pressure, Hypertension, Isoflavones, Potassium, Soy, Pre-Hypertension, Systolic Pressure, Raisins

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