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Uncovering Lies Told By The Medical Industry

May 28, 2015
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The HCG Diet Controversy

The HCG diet is one of the latest diet fads that has actually been around since the 1930’s. A doctor by the name of A.T.W Simeons was using HCG to treat young male patients with underdeveloped gonads. Simeons discovered that the boys were starting to eat less and lose weight as a result of HCG.

Eventually Simeons did some research on this substance and was the first to promote HCG as a way to lose weight. Since that time the HCG diet was promoted over the decades as a way to lose weight. The diet has enjoyed some success over the years but it has not become real popular like some of the other well known diet plans.

HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin and it is a hormone that is produce in females during pregnancy. This hormone is also sometimes present in the body when cancer forms because certain cancerous cells produce high levels of HCG when present. However, it has not been proven that HCG causes cancer.

The HCG diet receives a lot of controversy and criticism because it requires a person to eat only 500 calories per day while taking HCG drops or injections. Many medical professionals and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do not think this type of diet is safe for that reason. Also, they are not convinced with the idea that HCG actually stops a person from experiencing hunger pains.

HCG

Spokespersons for the FDA have stated that HCG causes dizziness, fainting, gall stones and some problems to a person’s heart. Medical professionals are concerned that some people will illegally inject HCG shots into their system just so that they can lose weight.  The most grievous complaint about the HCG diet is the fact that people are restricted to 500 calories a day. People who eat an extremely low calorie diet will probably be undernourished and suffer from other medical problems related to hunger and/or starvation.

The main reason why many members of the medical community and the FDA is against HCG diets is because they have not been proven to be effective. While it is true that people do lose weight (since they are only eating 500 calories a day); it has not been proven that HCG stops hunger pains and that it is necessary for the weight loss process. Until further research can conclusively prove that HCG is effective for weight loss, people are strongly advised not to use this substance for this purpose.

So are the concerns about the HCG Diet founded? Or is this yet another lie told by our health care system to keep us fat and on the road to needing a multitude of drugs produced by Big-Pharma?

April 23, 2015
by littletinylies
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Is The Ultimate Herpes Protocol Built on Lies?

Testimonials on the official website, of course, detail success stories about people who have purchased The Ultimate Herpes Protocol and have had their herpes cured in a matter of months, weeks, or even days. Actual medical research and data supporting these claims are nonexistent (or are, at least, not available to the general public on the Internet), but so are legitimate claims of fraud and scam. The author is also willing to throw in two extra ebooks that are supposed to help with online dating and optimism, respectively; checkout is through Clickbank, which is a legitimate payment service. So can this book actually help you or is it yet another scam in an industry rife with fraudulent products and claims?

How Does it Work?

This ebook claims that a person who has herpes can not only treat the effects of herpes but can also eliminate it from the body altogether. The treatment is supposed to be done in three phases, the final of which will supposedly drive herpes from the body forever. These treatments are all natural and none of the ingredients of the treatments is known to cause allergies.

Phase one centers around boosting the immune system so that it can better fight the herpes. Since people who have herpes may also be more vulnerable to infection than those without herpes, phase one also seeks to boost the immune system so that it can resist these other infections and diseases that might prey on a weakened immune system.

Phase two involves stripping the protein coating from the herpes virus, leaving herpes more susceptible to the attacks outlined in phase one. The idea is that the effects of phase one and phase two will combine to deal the virus a serious blow—and to set up the effects of phase three.

Phase three stops herpes from making copies of itself, thereby preventing the virus from spreading and replicating. If herpes cannot combat a boosted immune system, has no protein coating, and cannot clone itself, then it cannot persist in the body. Supposedly, doing these three phases will entirely eliminate the herpes virus from the body.

Who Does it Claim to Benefit?

The claim is that anybody can use the treatments outlined in this ebook; in fact, the official website claims that thousands of people have been healed by following the steps outlined in the book. Ms. Addington, however, does point out that in rare cases, some people might have allergic reactions to these remedies. She also cautions against pregnant women using these remedies even though she does not believe they will cause complications. There is also the assertion that, since everyone is different, some people may not benefit from this treatment plan due to physiology, severity of the virus, etc.

The original website also details some of the cons of common herpes treatment drugs, accusing them of destroying the immune system to the point of allowing the person with herpes to catch multiple illnesses. The author claims that following the instructions in this ebook will benefit people by allowing them to get off of these destructive medicines and to use a significantly safer and cheaper treatment instead. If legitimate, this treatment could benefit people by preventing them from getting HIV, meningitis, and other serious diseases thanks to an immune system compromised by herpes.

While thousands of people have supposedly been healed by this book, none of them (except for those such as Herpeshelper who have something to gain by supporting this ebook) has come forward and said, “I purchased this ebook, followed its instructions, and am now herpes-free.” In fact, support groups for people with herpes are dismissive of this or any other claims of a herpes cure. There are no written accounts by satisfied customers with no ties to the ebook excitedly detailing how they were cured of herpes. No online gathering place of people who have herpes is touting this cure for the virus—which would be the logical thing to do since the main purpose of such groups is often to share treatment tips and tactics. In this Internet age, that is unusual; as with anything medical, the consumer must make up his or her own mind.

Is The Ultimate Herpes Protocol Worth the Money?

People who are suffering from herpes with no end in sight would likely feel that just about any amount of money spent would be worth getting rid of the virus. Besides, they already spend a good deal of money on treatment and a good deal of time suffering, so what would a relatively small amount of money cost them in the long run—especially if the treatment were successful? Of course, if the treatment is not successful, then they have, at best, wasted their time and money; at worst, they will not be able to get their money back due to some legalese that is often part and parcel of scams.

March 4, 2015
by littletinylies
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How Honest is Your Doctor?

Most people trust their doctors A survey conducted in America found that only 8% of patients were suspicious of their doctors. How do doctors feel about all this? Are they really honest with us?

Does your doctor give you complete information?

A survey conducted by ‘Health Affairs’ magazine found that 33% of doctors preferred not to give full details on diagnosis of a serious health condition. 20% felt that a doctor should on occasion be ‘economical’ with the truth. Nearly half of all doctors did not want their patients to know that they had commercial relationships with certain pharmaceutical firms and at least 10% said that they had lied outright to patients during the last 12 months. Admittedly, that means that the majority of doctors do try to tell the truth and give full information, but the results of the survey are nonetheless disturbing.

Will your doctor tell you about an error?

Quite possibly not. The AMA suggests that prescribing the wrong medicine accounts for the second largest amount of accidental deaths in the US. If all the doctors who accidentally caused a patient’s death were being honest about their error, there would be many more lawsuits and scandals. As many as 20% of hospital deaths are associated with adverse reactions to prescribed medication.

What about conflicts of interest?

A physician should have his patients’ best interests at heart – that means that having ties to big pharma might represent a conflict of interest. Of course, not all doctors will openly promote specific drugs unless they really think they work, but there’s no denying that medical reps are trained to condition doctors and promote brand loyalty. Even when the doctor tries hard to be impartial, reps are often able to persuade them to prescribe a certain brand of medication. On the shadier side of the coin, kickbacks for doctors from drug companies are common. If you can make money out of a medication you’ve been persuaded to believe in, you might be inclined to overlook any ‘minor’ issues you have with the drug.

Big Pharma Kickbacks

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Will your doctor tell the truth?

It must be really hard to give terminally ill patients the full truth about their condition, but it’s part of a doctors job. The ten percent of doctors that lie are usually doing so to ‘soften the blow’, holding out false hopes to the desperately ill. But is this excusable? Would you prefer to be patronized, or would you prefer to know the truth? Studies say that most patients prefer an ugly truth to a white lie.

What can you do about all this?

Ask a lot of questions. Most doctors won’t directly lie if you confront them with a direct question. If you’re not sure about what your doctor told you, try going for a second and even a third opinion.

February 10, 2015
by littletinylies
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‘Pharmaceuticals Prevent Disease’ and Other Health Care Lies

Pharmaceuticals can prevent disease…

A lot of people believe that pharmaceuticals can help to prevent disease, but if one looks more closely into the matter, we will find that excessive use of pharmaceuticals simply makes us more vulnerable to disease. Of course, if you’re genuinely ill, then medicine can help you, but any doctor will tell you that prescribing drugs is a trade-off between the relief the medicine might bring and the damage it does to one’s body. In fact, the excessive use of antibiotics both in agriculture and in the human population is leading to the appearance of ‘super bugs’ that can’t be treated with antibiotics. The idea that pharmaceuticals can prevent disease is obviously a clever marketing tactic used to persuade healthy people to use drugs that they don’t need.

Health Care Lies

It’s a good idea to get a flu vaccination…

If flu always stayed the same, it’s possible that an effective flu vaccine could be developed, but the flu virus evolves rapidly and by the time pharmaceutical companies have come up with a vaccine for a strain of flu, the flu has already changed into something completely different. Reputable sources claim that the 2010 flu vaccination actually made people more likely to succumb to flu rather than preventing it. There’s one other problem with flu shots. If your body is already fighting off infection without you having experienced symptoms, the flu shot will catapult you straight into a dose of flu you might otherwise have been able to fight off.

Your doctor knows everything…

Actually, he doesn’t. Most of the time, he’s just using educated guesswork. If one intervention doesn’t work, he tries another. Unless you have an obvious problem like an open wound or very extensive testing is done, your doctor can only guess what the matter is based on what you tell him. This ‘hit and miss’ approach can mean that you’re being treated for a condition while you are actually suffering from a completely different ailment. That’s not to say that doctors don’t have good knowledge and experience, but we do have to recognize that they are not as infallible as many people believe they are.

Pharma Cartoon

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Pharmaceutical companies are all about discovering cures…

Let’s be realistic. If you’re completely cured, you don’t need medicine any more. There may be deeply ethical people working in the pharmaceutical industry, but its primary aim is to make money. If you make your money from sick people, then it doesn’t really make sense to cure them altogether. Another approach to money making would be to persuade healthy people that they need to use medication.

January 23, 2015
by littletinylies
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Muscle Gaining Secrets You Need to Know (What Your Trainer Isn’t Telling You)

You’ve been going to the gym for years, you’ve worked out as hard as anyone, you’ve eaten all the six egg omelets you can stomach and you’re still not gaining any muscle. You just stay the same.

At first, your trainer might have said you’d hit a plateau, that you’d work through it and see improvement later. After a while, that theory wasn’t holding true, so he told you that you simply weren’t training hard enough. This, despite the fact that you’ve been training till you’re ready to drop and spent most of your life in ‘recovery’ as you hit one muscle group after another with grueling exercise that made your muscles ache for days after you trained.

What your trainer doesn’t know (or maybe he’s just not telling you)

Some of us are ‘hard gainers’. That means that we’re genetically skinny, or to give the body type its correct name an ‘ectomorph’. What your trainer doesn’t know is that ectomorphs don’t and can’t gain muscle in the same way as other people do. In most cases, a guy who isn’t gaining muscle isn’t working hard enough, just like your trainer says, but in your case the whole approach to exercise for muscle gain is simply wrong for your body.

The standard procedure is to train each muscle group really hard and then give it lots of time to recover before training it again. In your case, you’re just injuring yourself for no good reason. According to Jason Ferruggia, TV fitness personality and author of the book ‘Muscle Gaining Secrets 2.0’ you need to train your muscles more lightly and more frequently than other people do. You also have to change the exercises you’re using more frequently in order to progress.

What your Personal Trainer isn't telling you

How to be a fitness Renegade

Now that you know the basic principles behind muscle building for someone with your body type, you might have a few questions. Will I have to work out for hours every day? How does it work? And is it worth getting Muscle Gaining Secrets 2.0? Does it really have anything in it that I don’t already know?

Let’s take on these questions one at a time. Jason Ferruggia (aka ‘The Renegade guy’) says that your rebellion against standard wellness wisdom needn’t be a full-time crusade. All you need is enough time to do a 45 minute workout four times a week. If you can’t manage four training sessions, three will work, but the results will take a little longer to show.

Your workouts won’t be the muscle straining, exhausting ordeals that they were before, but each muscle group will get looked after more often because your overtired nervous system and muscles won’t need as long to recover between workouts. The end result? More exercise than you were getting before, less pain and exhaustion and better results.

Let your gym membership expire

With Jason Ferruggia’s workout plan, you won’t even need a gym membership. You can do the exercises in your own home without any special equipment. The focus is on body weight training and even your Personal Trainer (who is also about to get his marching orders) knows that body weight training is considered to be the best way to train according to the latest fitness philosophy.

You can get the results you want on your own – all you need is the right guidelines to follow and you can prepare your own training program and track your own progress. Muscle Gaining Secrets 2.0 provides you with all the tools, tips and tricks you need and you’ll save a fortune on trainers and gym memberships.

You’ll feel better too. There’ll be no more ‘train to the point of failure’ nonsense. Instead you’ll be following the much more comfortable training routine that The Renegade Guy used to build his own, very impressive physique. Maybe you’ll be needing that gym membership saving to buy yourself some new shirts that accommodate your expanding muscles!

April 23, 2014
by littletinylies
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Benefits of a Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program

If you’re overweight or obese, you’d probably like to lose weight, not only to look and feel better, but also to mitigate the health risks associated with being overweight. These range from heart disease to cancer, osteoarthritis and type II Diabetes (to name but a few).

Most people are tempted to ‘go it alone’, but this can be not only difficult but even dangerous. What works for another person, may not work for you and you may make yourself unnecessarily uncomfortable without achieving any tangible results. What’s more, fad diets can actually have a negative effect on your health or result in weight-loss that’s only temporary. It can be hard to unravel the little tiny lies surrounding the many so-called ‘miracle’ weight loss supplements on the market – such as Green Coffee Bean Max, Garcinia Cambogia and many more besides. Many people will tell you that they have become discouraged, or have even given up trying to lose weight for this very reason.

On the other hand, if you consult a doctor who specializes in weight loss treatments and diets, a thorough evaluation is performed. This will not only involve determining your body fat percentage and waist measurement, but also extends to an examination of your medical history and tests that will help to pick up any health problems that you may have developed and that will affect the approach to your weight-loss program.

Apart from the health benefits of having a weight loss program that’s tailored to your individual needs, you’re far more likely to be successful in losing weight and keeping it off. Your initial evaluation will help you to measure your progress. Physical changes that are less obvious, such as your blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate will be monitored and if you are on medication, dosages can be adapted to suit the changes taking place in your body.

Doctor Supervision Improves Weight Loss Efforts

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Losing weight with the help of a doctor will involve several check-ups to monitor how you’re doing and you can use the opportunity to discuss any concerns with your doctor on a regular basis. Having an impartial support-system in place is a great help when adopting the lifestyle and diet changes that have been recommended for you.

Once you’ve reached your target weight, you might find that you need follow-up consultations that will help you to make sure that you’re still on the right track especially if you find that you’re beginning to gain weight again.

All in all, medical supervision should be considered a ‘must’ for anyone who needs to lose a significant amount of weight, and certainly before self-prescribing Green Coffee Extract the Lemonade Diet or any of the other fad diets and supplements available for purchase. Although it will definitely cost you something, the benefits far outweigh the costs and it’s an investment in your future health and well-being that you definitely won’t regret for a moment.

April 2, 2014
by littletinylies
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Natural ways to manage bacterial vaginosis

If you suspect that you have bacterial vaginosis, you should see your doctor since the symptoms are very similar to that of a yeast infection and it takes medical tests to confirm if the infection is caused by a yeast fungus or a bacterium. Once you are sure that your infection is bacterial in origin, you can try the following natural methods to treat the problem. You are unlikely to experience a ‘quick cure’, but you will be dealing with the cause of your infection which can help you to clear it up permanently.

For a start, wear cotton underwear as opposed to synthetic fabrics. Cotton help to keep the area dry which helps to create an environment that is less favorable to bacteria. Wash the vaginal area frequently. Ask your pharmacist for a wash product that will be safe to use in the vaginal area and don’t use a douche since douching has been connected with bacterial vaginosis. Don’t use soap as despite little tiny lies told by some companies, soap can actually make matters worse.

Cut out antibiotics and birth control pills. Like the gut, the vagina is populated with flora, some of which is beneficial and helps to prevent infections. Antibiotics and birth control pills are major culprits in disrupting the balance between good and bad bacteria.

Antibiotics and the OCP disrupt healthy bacteria

Many sufferers find drinking pure cranberry juice to be effective as a cure for bacterial vaginosis. This is thought to be a result of the acidity of cranberries. Another remedy that has been much endorsed is the application of a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. This is applied directly to the vaginal area. Other remedies include eating raw garlic and adding tea tree oil to bath water.

Wash with a mix of apple cider vinegar and water

Taking a folic acid supplement orally helps to strengthen your immune system and restores balance to your body. There are claims that relatively quick relief is obtained when using folic acid. Another supplement that can be of help is acidophilus. Since bacterial vaginosis is caused by an imbalance in the vaginal flora taking this probiotic orally, or even inserting the capsules into the vagina makes sense as a strategy to restore the balance. Some women obtain a similar effect by eating yoghurt or applying it to the vaginal area. Applying vitamin E to the vaginal area helps to relieve itching and discomfort.

Last but not least, eat healthy foods, cut down on or eliminate sugar and processed foods and get plenty of exercise to help your body build up its defenses and ability to heal itself.