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How the "Urine Toxic Metals" Test Is Used to Defraud Patients, 2/10/2014
In October 2011, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation charges Usman wirh unprofessional conduct in her management of the Coman boy. The complaint states that she failed to obtain informed consent for his treatment, failed to maintain appropriate medical records, and prescribed chelation therapy, dietary supplements, hormones, enzymes, antifungal drugs, and various other treatments that have not been proven effective against autism .

The Dark Side of Linus Pauling's Legacy, 23/9/2014
Nevertheless, to test whether Pauling might be correct, the Mayo Clinic conducted three double-blind studies involving a total of 367 patients with advanced cancer. The studies, reported in 1979, 1983, and 1985, found that patients given 10,000 mg of vitamin C daily did no better than those given a placebo . Pauling criticized the first study, claiming that chemotherapeutic agents might have suppressed the patients' immune systems so that vitamin C couldn't work . But his 1976 report on Cameron's work stated clearly that: "All patients are treated initially in a perfectly conventional way, by operation, use of radiotherapy, and the administration of hormones and cytotoxic substances." And during a subsequent talk at the University of Arizona, he stated that vitamin C therapy could be used along with all conventional modalities . The participants in the 1983 study had not undergone conventional treatment, but Pauling dismissed its results anyway.

Questions and Answers, 16/9/2014
Before sending any question about herbs, dietary supplements, or hormones, please check our supplement/herb index page to see whether an article on this topic is available.

Quackwatch, 7/9/2014
"Bio-Identical" Hormones (updated 1/19/08)

Dietary Supplements, Herbs, and Hormones (index to many articles) FEATURE TOPIC

Contact Reflex Analysis Is Nonsense, 24/8/2014
People can only get fat from prostate and ovarian hormones going bad.

Index of Questionable Treatments, 13/8/2014
Dietary Supplements, Herbs, Hormones Index

Orthomolecular Therapy, 30/5/2014
Orthomolecular therapy dates back to the early 1950s when a few psychiatrists began adding massive doses of nutrients to their treatment of severe mental problems. The original substance was vitamin B3 (nicotinic acid or nicotinamide), and the therapy was termed "megavitamin therapy." Later the treatment regimen was expanded to include other vitamins, minerals, hormones, and diets, any of which may be combined with conventional drug therapy and electroshock treatments. A few hundred physicians now use this approach to treat a variety of conditions, both mental and physical.

The Rise and Fall of Laetrile, 7/1/2014
Beard developed at least three alleged cancer tests, the most notable of which was his Anthrone Color Test. He claimed nearly 100% accuracy if patients who were pregnant, had liver disease or diabetes, or were taking sex hormones were excluded. He also claimed that the test was so sensitive that it was able to detect the development of cancer within 2-3 weeks after malignant transformation took place.

Regulatory Actions Related to the Use of Desiccated (Armour) Thyroid, 9/11/2013
Desiccated thyroid extract, made from dried animal glands, was the most common form of treatment for hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels) before the individual thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) were discovered and became commercially available. During the 1960s, science-based physicians stopped using it because its potency can vary from batch to batch, which would make it harder to optimize the patient's thyroid hormone levels.

Practitioners who prescribe desiccated thyroid typically diagnose "hypothyroidism" (underactive thyroid gland) in people with normal thyroid function. Many of these doctor base their diagnosis on "low" temperature readings determined by placing the thermometer under the armpit. This is not a valid test of thyroid function. Proper diagnosis requires blood tests that measure thyroid hormone levels. Because synthetic hormones are more reliable, the prescription of desiccated thyroid should be considered a sign of poor judgment. Even worse, from what I have seen, many practitioners who prescribe it are prone to misdiagnose and overtreat patients in other ways.

Chelation Therapy: Unproven Claims and Unsound Theories, 9/11/2013
In adult humans, the principal calcium storage depots are the bones, which contain over 99% (1,300 grams) of the calcium in the body. The rest is contained in the soft tissues (0.6%, 7 grams), plasma (0.03%, 350 mg), and extravascular fluids (0.07%, 700 mg). The homeostatic mechanism by which the plasma calcium level is maintained involves the action of PTH, and 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D3. These hormones regulate absorption of calcium from the gut, reabsorption in the kidney tubules, and mobilization from the bone.

The Legacy of Adelle Davis, 19/10/2013
Let's Get Well is "dedicated to the hundreds of wonderful doctors whose research made this book possible." There are thousands of references in it (on one of her television appearances she said "jillions"). . . . One could guess that a large corps of helpers, each armed with scissors, read large quantities of literature, most of it published in the English language. It is credible that when a reference was encountered to vitamins, minerals, hormones, cancer, and so forth, the reference was snipped out and placed with hundreds of others . . . which were then used to support her often uncritical and unscientific assumptions.

Mesotherapy Not Proven As a Safe Alternative to Liposuction, 27/9/2013
Touted as a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction, mesotherapy involves injecting medications and plant extracts into layers of fat and connective tissue under the skin. The injected ingredients may include agents that are used to open blood vessels, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, enzymes, nutrients, antibiotics and hormones. Mesotherapy may be used in conjunction with dietary modification, hormone replacement therapy, exercise and nutritional supplements. No drug is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in mesotherapy.

Growth Hormone Schemes and Scams, 25/9/2013
It might even turn out that lower growth-hormone levels are an indicator of health. Research findings indicate that mice that overproduce growth hormones live only a short time, suggesting that growth-hormone deficiency itself does not cause accelerated aging, but that the opposite may be true. . . .

Desiccated Thyroid: Be Wary of Doctors Who Prescribe It, 10/9/2013
Desiccated thyroid extract, made from dried animal glands, was the most common form of treatment for hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels) before the individual thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) were discovered and became commercially available. During the 1960s, science-based physicians stopped using it because its potency can vary from batch to batch, which would make it harder to optimize the patient's thyroid hormone levels. Today, desiccated thyroid—also called Armour ThyroidŽ—is made from pig thyroid glands by Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of Forest Laboratories, Inc., of St. Louis.

While desiccated thyroid contains both T4 and T3, the balance of T4 and T3 in animals is not the same as in humans, so the hormones in animal thyroid pills aren’t necessarily “natural” for the human body. Further, the amounts of both T4 and T3 can vary in every batch of desiccated thyroid, making it harder to keep blood levels right. Finally, even desiccated thyroid pills have chemicals (binders) in them to hold the pill together, so they are not completely “natural”. Desiccated animal thyroid is rarely prescribed today, and there is no evidence that desiccated thyroid has any advantage over synthetic T4 .

A. Armour Thyroid contains both thyroxine (T4) and tri-iodothyronine (T3) extracted from the thyroid gland of pigs. One grain, about 60 mg, of desiccated pig thyroid extract contains about 38mcg of T4 and 9mcg of T3, a ratio of around 4 to 1. The normal concentration of these hormones in the human thyroid is, however, at a ratio of 14 to 1. In other words, Armour thyroid extract contains excessive amounts of T3 relative to T4 when used to replace thyroid hormone in man. Moreover, as pig thyroid contains other substances apart from T4 and T3, Armour Thyroid is not a pure preparation of thyroid hormones. Historically, extracts of animal thyroid glands were the only way to treat thyroid underactivity, but since the 1950s pure synthetic thyroid hormones have been available in tablet form (thyroxine sodium and liothyronine ).

B. The concentration of thyroid hormones in Armour Thyroid USP is regulated by the manufacturer to United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards. Despite this, there have been significant problems with the stability of Armour Thyroid in recent years, prompting a massive recall of tablets . Because of these stability problems with Armour Thyroid, there is potential for fluctuations in thyroid hormone levels in the blood of patients treated with Armour Thyroid. These fluctuations may be unpredictable and have adverse effects on patients’ health.

A. There is no currently available tablet preparation containing thyroxine and tri-iodothyronine (T4/T3) in a combination that adequately reproduces the relative quantities of these hormones produced by the human thyroid gland. Neither is there a preparation that produces a sustained release of thyroid hormones in a pattern similar to that from the human thyroid gland.

E. The BTA keeps an open mind about whether using an appropriate formulation of T4/T3 combination tablet would, in the future, provide health and quality of life benefits in the treatment of hypothyroidism for a subgroup of patients. However, based on the current evidence from rigorous studies of large numbers of patients using the currently available formulations of synthetic thyroid hormones, combined T4/T3 cannot be recommended because of a lack of benefit and a small number of undesirable and harmful effects seen on combination treatment.

Because synthetic hormones are more reliable, the prescription of desiccated thyroid should be considered a sign of poor medical judgment. Even worse, from what I have seen, many doctors who prescribe it are prone to misdiagnose and overtreat patients in other ways. My advice is very simple: If you encounter anyone who prescribes desiccated thyroid extract, head for the nearest exit.

Why You Should Stay Away from Insulin Potentiation Therapy, 31/8/2013
Proposed. Uncontrolled proliferation of cancer cells is stimulated by a number of growth factors, including insulin (which stimulates energy uptake) and insulin-like growth factors (IGF) I and II (which stimulate cell division and growth). There are many more receptors for these hormones on the cell membranes of cancer cells than there are in normal cells. And some cancer cells actually secrete these hormones themselves, resulting in still faster growth. More insulin receptors means more insulin effect, so more drug will enter cancer cells due to the various mechanisms already outlined. This allows the drug to be given in a smaller dose, far less toxic to normal cells, while building up lethally toxic concentrations in cancer cells. Thus the growth mechanism of the cancer cell is used against it in IPT.

Be Wary of Gero Vita, A. Glenn Braswell, and Braswell's 'Journal' of Longevity, 5/6/2013
Male-pattern baldness is responsible for 95% of all hair loss in men and also occurs in women. Although a specific cause cannot be identified, it is probably related to hereditary factors (especially among Caucasians), an excess of male hormones (androgens) such as testosterone, and possibly attacks on scalp hair follicles by the body's immune system. Nutritional deficiencies are not a factor, and there is no reason to believe that Braswell's lotion stimulated hair growth. Although the ad claimed that European doctors had reported an 80% success rate in experiments, medical experts who investigated this claim concluded that the studies did not provide sufficient basis for such a claim .

A Cautious Look at Mesotherapy for Fat Reduction, 30/3/2013
Mesotherapy is a controversial technique in which substances are injected into into layers of fat and connective tissue under the skin. It was originally used for pain relief, but in recent years has been widely promoted for "rejuvenating" skin, and “melting fat” for "cellulite" reduction and other body contouring. The injected ingredients can include agents that are used to open blood vessels, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, enzymes, nutrients, antibiotics, and hormones. Treatment sessions consist of multiple small injections of a liquid formula into the area(s) of concern through a fine needle attached to a syringe or mechanical gun. The depth, amount delivered per injection, and treatment intervals vary with the condition being addressed. Searching with Google, I found fees ranging from $130 to $600 per body area per session plus an additional charge for the first consultation. Anywhere from 3 to 15 sessions may be recommended. Mesotherapy is not covered by health insurance. Most practitioners are physicians, but some are intrained laypersons.

Glenn Braswell's Advisors, 11/2/2013
Donald C. Thompson, MD, DPh,* a family practitioner in Morristown, Tennessee, whose activities and interest have included pain management, hormones, herbs, exercise, meditation, anti-aging therapies, orthomolecular treatment, chelation therapy, glandulars, homeopathy and psychotherapy.

Some Notes on "Anti-Aging" Programs, 11/12/2012
It might even turn out that lower growth-hormone levels are an indicator of health. Research findings indicate that mice that overproduce growth hormones live only a short time, suggesting that growth-hormone deficiency itself does not cause accelerated aging, but that the opposite may be true. The the risk/benefit ratios for testosterone replacement and GH treatment have not been established in older persons, and trials of DHEA have failed to show significant clinical benefits in normal aging.

It is important to study substances that might have favorable effects upon the promotion of health (such as the possibility that some anabolic hormones might protect, if only for a short term, against the frailties of old age). However, it is not proper to market such substances with unsubstantiated claims. Moreover, there is no FDA supervision to assure that hormonal products marketed as "dietary supplements" are safe or effective or even contain the ingredients listed on their labels.

Cavitational Osteopathosis, Bouquot, NICO, and "Biological Dentistry", 22/10/2012
The patient visited Connealy's center in 2007 for a consultation about bio-identical hormones and was introduced to Panahpour by the medical staff. After conducting a dental examination, Panahpour falsely advised the woman that she had mercury poisoning and required (a) removal of two teeth and all of her amalgam fillings, (b) repair of previous root-canal treated teeth that were badly infected, and (c) surgery to remove bone fragments from two sites where wisdom teeth had been extracted 45 years earlier.

Massage Therapy: Riddled with Quackery, 19/10/2012
The aromatic oils are alleged to contain hormones, antibiotics, and antiseptics, and to represent the "life force," "spirit," or "soul" of the plant. Some proponents claim that aromatherapy is a complete medical system that can "revitalize cells," strengthen defense mechanisms, and cure the cause of disease. Although pleasant odors may enhance a person's effort to relax, there is no scientific evidence that they can influence the course of any disease . In addition, some people are allergic to aromatherapy products or find that their irritate the lining of their nose.

Be Wary of Multiple Sclerosis "Cures", 15/5/2012
ACTH or other corticosteroids administered into the spinal canal; chloroquine; x-ray treatment; immunosuppression with chlorambusil (Leukoran), Lumustine, or 5-Fluorouracil; immune modulation with thymus hormones (Thymosin, Thymuline/Facteur Thymique Scrique, Thymopoetin 5, TFX-Polfa, THX, T-Activin); myelin basic protein; Interferon gamma; interferon inducers (Tilorone, Poly-ICLC, Staphage Lysate); Progabide (for spasticity); heart and pancreas extract (Pancorphen); snake venom (PROven, Venagen, Horvi MS9); cellular therapy; autogenous vaccines; chelation therapy; "metabolic therapy"; promazine hydrochloride (Sparine); Le Gac Therapy (antibiotics plus hot tubs); acupuncture; electrical stimulation of the dorsal column of the spinal cord; hyperbaric oxygen (HBO); sympathectomy; ganglionectomy; surgical spinal cord relaxation (cervicolordodesis); vertebral artery surgery; surgical implantation of pig brain tissue; Cambridge or other very-low-calorie liquid diets; high-dosage or vitamin C, and various other high-dosage vitamin or mineral regimens.

"Organic" Foods: Certification Does Not Protect Consumers, 16/4/2012
Food grown without pesticides; grown without artificial fertilizers; grown in soil whose humus content is increased by the additions of organic matter, grown in soil whose mineral content is increased by the application of natural mineral fertilizers; has not been treated with preservatives, hormones, antibiotics, etc.

Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; petroleum-based fertilizers or sewage sludge-based fertilizers; bio-engineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too .

High Doses of Vitamin C Are Not Effective as a Cancer Treatment, 3/10/2011
The 1976 report emphasized that all of the patients had been "treated initially in a perfectly conventional way, by operation, use of radiotherapy, and administration of hormones or cytotoxic substances." The vitamin C patients were reported to have a mean survival time 300 days longer than that of the controls.

A Skeptical Look at St. John's Wort, 20/9/2011
"Dietary Supplements," Herbs, and Hormones

The most logical definition of "dietary supplement" would be something that supplies one or more essential nutrients missing from the diet. However, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994—commonly referred to as DSHEA—defines "dietary supplement" as any product (except tobacco) that contains at least one of the following: (1) a vitamin, (2) a mineral, (3) an herb or botanical, (4) an amino acid, (5) a dietary substance "for use to supplement the diet by increasing total dietary intake," or (6) any concentrate, metabolite, constituent, extract, or combination of any of the aforementioned ingredients. Herbs ,of course, are not consumed for a nutritional purpose and often are marketed with therapeutic claims. The supplement industry, which lobbied vigorously for passage of this act, included them in this definition to weaken the FDA's ability to regulate their marketing. Since DSHEA's passage, hormones have also been marketed as "dietary supplements."

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