Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a fairly common occurrence and a common cause of death and disability worldwide. Car accidents, falls (especially the elderly) and contact sports cause a huge number of such injuries every year. Scaling down from the US figures, we probably have 10’s of thousands of cases annually and survivors are often left with cognitive, behavioural and communicative difficulties. Many people are left with a permanent need for help in performing daily tasks at huge costs to themselves and the country.
I recall reading some time back an article on blood pressure guidelines from the United States. Drug company lobbying ultimately set the limits whereby someone would be defined as having high blood pressure requiring treatment with their products.
Those of you who have read my other article on cholesterol lowering drugs known as ‘statins’ will realise that I have a dim view of their supposed benefits. However, I did not include in that article research suggesting that rather than simply being of absolutely minimal benefit, they may well be causing more harm than good.
When it comes to nutrition and dietary advice, listen to anyone at your peril. A couple of years ago I wrote an article on how to lose weight (read article here) it was a very general article, and pretty easy to follow. Essentially ignore the advice we get from so called ‘experts’ and start by halving virtually everything that’s white on your plate, chips, bread, rice, sugar etc. and you will have made a great start. I didn’t get into nutrition as I am not an expert in that field, just some simple advice that holds just as true today.
Those of you who have read my articles on drug company fraud should appreciate this little article tucked away in the business section of the NZ Herald.
It’s getting near summer again and we must be nearly due for the annual ‘slip slop slap’ message pounding the airwaves. Horror stories will emerge about people who did not follow this advice and ended up with melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer.
A lab study examining hundreds of ingredients has demonstrated that resveratrol could help improve the human immune system, and may also enhance the effect of vitamin D.
In an analysis of 446 compounds, researchers in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University discovered just two that stood out from the crowd for their the ability to boost the innate immune system in humans —the resveratrol found in red grapes and a compound called pterostilbene from blueberries.
A couple of months ago a major study was released into the heart health benefits of what some in the global media called ‘a little known supplement’ Co-Enzyme Q10 (CoQ10).