Is Your Drug From the Medical Museum?

Is Your Brain in Jar Medical MuseumIs Your Drug From the Medical Museum?

If you are a curious tourist, visit the Medical Museum where you will be shocked with the sight of glass specimen jars filled with tissue samples.  There you will find relics of past medical treatments and machines, such as the Iron Lung machine. Left Image Brain in Jar at the Medical Museum courtesy of wikimedia commons.

Although some of museum artifacts are horrifying, you might be surprised to learn your doctor may be treating you with a drug or technique already relegated to the medical museum.  They just don’t know it yet.

Five of Twenty in the Medical Museum

Of the top twenty drugs prescribed by mainstream medicine, five are clearly from the medical museum: statin anti-cholesterol drugs (number 2 and 12) , Levothyroxine thyroid pills (Number 4), and SSRI antidepressants (17 and 19).

Are You Taking A Statin Cholesterol Pill?

Firstly, we will discuss why the serum cholesterol test and statin cholesterol pills were relegated to the medical museum back in 2004 with the publication of the calcium score study by Paolo Raggi from Tulane University.  Dr Raggi recruited 500 patients with known underlying heart disease all on statin drugs to reduce cholesterol, and followed for 6 years with annual calcium score and serum cholesterol levels.  Of the 500 patients in the study, 41 of them suffered heart attacks.  In this group, annual calcium score progression was greater than 15%.  For the other 450 patients who were heart attack free, annual calcium score progression was less than 15%.  Surprisingly, the serum cholesterol was the same for the two groups, those who had heart attacks and those heart attack free.  Dr Raggi’s study was nothing less than a paradigm shift in the management of heart disease, relegating the serum cholesterol test to the medical museum, having been replaced by the annual calcium score.  However, mainstream cardiology ignored and buried the Raggi study for the past 14 years.

The good news from the Raggi study for those with high calcium score, if you can alter diet and life style to reduce calcium score progression to less than 15% per year, then you have a good prognosis regardless of starting calcium score.

Why is calcium score so much better than cholesterol testing? Think about it.  The serum cholesterol is measured in the blood stream distant from the wall of the diseased artery.  On the other hand, the calcium score is a measurement of pathologic change taken directly from the diseased arterial wall.  With the calcium score, we are imaging progression or regression of the atherosclerotic process itself within the wall of the coronary artery.

What is the calcium score test?

The calcium score is a CAT Scan (Computerized Axial Tomography) without IV contrast (plain) limited to the heart with imaging of the coronary arteries.  The computer adds up the calcium in the coronary arteries to yield a “calcium score” representing the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries.  The calcium score correlates with future mortality from heart disease.  The higher the calcium score, the higher the mortality.

How to reduce calcium score? 

Dr Matt Budoff studied aged garlic showing excellent result for reducing progression of calcium score.  The women’s health initiative study showed that the estrogen treated arm had reduced calcium score by 35%.

What About Statin Drugs for Calcium Score?

Multiple Statin Drug studies show no benefit for calcium score.  Results with statin drugs were similar to placebo. Similarly, studies show no correlation between amount of calcification in the coronary arteries and serum cholesterol level.

Below image: Medical Museum courtesy of CNN Travel.

en Weirdest Medical Museums CNNAre you taking Levothyroxine Thyroid Pills ?

If you are taking a thyroid pill, you might be surprised to find out your thyroid pill might be taken from the medical museum.   As of 2016, levothyroxine (also known as T4 monotherapy) has been relegated to the medical museum with the publication of Dr Antonio Bianco’s study of 469 Levothyroxine (T4) treated patients compared to controls.  The Levothyroxine treated patients more likely to have lower serum T3/T4 ratios, higher BMI (Body Weight),  more likely to be taking Beta-Blockers drugs, Statin drugs, and SSRI Anti-depressant drugs. And they were more likely to suffer from cognitive Impairment. (Peterson, Sarah J., Antonio C. Bianco. (2016).

Dr  Antonio C. Bianco, MD, PhD, past president of the American Thyroid Association and professor of medicine at Rush Medical School says this:

Despite normal TSH tests, these patients still have many nagging symptoms of hypothyroidism. “Patients complain of being depressed, slow and having a foggy mind,” ….

“They have difficulty losing weight. They complain of feeling sluggish and have less energy.  Yet we doctors keep telling them, ‘I’m giving you the right amount of medication and your TSH is normal. You should feel fine.’”

“Better medications (than Levo) are needed to treat hypothyroidism….Patients who continue to have symptoms on Levothyroxine monotherapy might try a pill that contains both T3 and T4. “    (Antonio Bianco MD 12-Oct-2016)(Peterson, Sarah J., Antonio C. Bianco. (2016)

Dr Bianco’s study showed that T4 only monotherapy has been relegated to the medical museum, having been replaced with a better formulation, the combined T3 and T4 thyroid pill such as Nature-Throid from RLC labs, a natural desiccated thyroid product.

Above image: Iron Lung Courtesy of Melnick Medical Museum

Are you taking an SSRI Antidepressant Pill ?

Are you taking an SSRI antidepressant to help control menopausal symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats? SSRI antidepressant pills have been relegated to the medical museum with the publication of the Irving Kirsch article,” “Antidepressants and the placebo effect.” In Zeitschrift für Psychologie (2015).

Your SSRI antidepressant pill may induce temporary neuro stimulation followed fairly rapidly by drug induced tolerance, after which the drug serves as “addictive placebo”.  Getting off the drug requires a tapering schedule to avoid uncomfortable withdrawal effects.  When the drug stops working, patients go back to the doctor asking for more powerful combinations of psychoactive drugs, leading to the tragedy of lives destroyed by brain damaging drug cocktails freely prescribed by the medical system.  If your doctor has prescribed SSRI antidepressant pills for your menopausal symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats, then you are taking a treatment that belongs in the medical museum.  Menopausal symptoms are caused by estrogen deficiency.  There is no estrogen in SSRI antidepressants.  This blatant medical abuse of women by the medical system must be halted immediately.

More Drugs in the Medical Museum- Synthetic Hormones

If your OB/Gyne doctor is not prescribing bioidentical hormones for your menopausal symptoms, then you may very well be taking synthetic hormones from the Medical Museum.  There are many synthetic hormones such as Medroxyprogesterone commonly prescribed to women for various hormonal complaints.  Medroxyprogesterone was shown carcinogenic, causing breast cancer in the Women’s Health Initiative Study.  Cancer researchers use medroxyprogesterone to induce breast cancer in laboratory animals, the “Medroxyprogesterone model of breast cancer” in animals.   Medroxy progesterone belongs in the Medical Museum, on the shelf beside DES (Diethylstilbestrol), banned when found to induce cervical cancer in the daughters of women who took the drug.  Also on the same shelf is methyl-testosterone banned when found it induced liver cancer.

Banned Drugs in the Medical Museum

About 10% of all drugs approved for use by the FDA are later banned after they are found to be “bad drugs”.  These are sent to the medical museum.

Discontinued or Banned Vaccines in the Medical Museum

Examples are the live Sabine polio vaccine  discontinued in the US in 2000 because the vaccine itself was causing VAPP, vaccine associated paralytic  polio.  The Swine flu vaccine was banned in 1976 because of increased Guillan Barre syndrome after vaccination. etc.  The whole cell pertussis vaccine was associated with increased mortality in children receiving the vaccine.  In Sweden, whole cell pertussis vaccination was suspended in 1979, and was  later replaced with a safer acellular Pertussis vaccine.  In Japan,   DTP vaccination was banned in 1993 due to safety concerns.(31)(46) A partial listing of discontinued vaccines in the Medical Museum .can be seen here: Discontinued_Vaccines

 Banned Procedures Are Sent to the Medical Museum

A number of procedures such as Arthroscopy for Osteoarthritis, Bone Marrow Transplant for Breast Cancer,  have been relegated to the medical museum.

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