Doctors on TV: Don’t Believe What They Say

Don’t believe what they say

A really interesting study was published in the December 17 issue of the prestigious British Medical Journal.

The PDF of the study is available here.

Basically, the researchers watched 40 randomly-selected episodes of the two most popular health talk shows: The Dr Oz Show and The Doctors.

The researchers carefully listed for specific medical recommendations. Then, they searched to see if the recommendations given on TV has any basis in fact whatsoever.

The Results

For both shows, the results were about the same (see Table 2 in the paper for the actual data).

Dr Oz – 54% of recommendations had either No Evidence or Evidence which disagrees with what was said on TV.

The Doctors – 38% of recommendations had either No Evidence or Evidence which disagrees with what was said on TV.

The authors concluded,

Recommendations made on medical talk shows often lack adequate information on specific benefits or the magnitude of the effects of these benefits. Approximately half of the recommendations have either no evidence or are contradicted by the best available evidence. Potential conflicts of interest are rarely addressed. The public should be skeptical about recommendations made on medical talk shows.

Our Advice

It’s not for us to tell you what you should or should not watch on television.

Just keep in mind that these shows are entertainment, designed to capture a certain segment of the audience who will watch the commercials.

Stick with talking with your doctor, pharmacist, or other qualified healthcare professional instead.

The Detox Myth: Save Your Money

Green Detox Drink

We have some bad news for some of you who are into detox and detox cleanse

The idea that you can “detox” your body…it’s all a myth. A legend. A lie perpetrated by companies trying to sell you an easy path to health and wellness.

The idea that you can eat junk food and then wipe the slate clean with a concoction of vegetables passed through a blender is, again, simply not true.

Natural Detox

Our bodies are already full equipped to eliminate “toxins” to begin with.

Our livers serve as industrial chemical factories, converting anything that could be harmful into something that is less harmful and which is easier to eliminate via urine, feces, or even sweat.

And speaking of urine…our kidneys are also amazingly efficient at detecting and eliminating many substances which can be harmful.

Even our lungs get involved by eliminating excessive alcohol.

In fact, alcohol is a great example.

When we consume alcohol, the liver breaks alcohol down into acetaldehyde, which is actually quite dangerous.

But the acetaldehyde is immediately converted into carbon dioxide and water, which are body can easily eliminate.

Now excessive drinking over many years can cause liver damage, in part due to the excessive build-up of acetaldehyde.

But for the average, casual drinker, even for one who occasionally binges, a “detox” after a night out on the town is simply not necessary.

We’ll come to what is “necessary” in a moment.

What is in my detox cleanse?

Chances are, your detox cleanse product has a blend of fruit and vegetables. The most common ones are green vegetables (kale, spinach, broccoli), fruit (especially cucumber), and citrus (usually lemon or lime).

Passing fruit and vegetables through a blender and drinking the resulting mixture is not harmful.

However, it may cause stomach upset and diarrhea.

In fact, it’s the resulting diarrhea that vendors of these so called “cleansers that work” or “best colon cleanse” point to and say “See! It works!”

Occasional diarrhea is fine. But inducing it on a regular basis is simply not a great idea.

We can lose a great deal of water and electrolytes from diarrhea. So to induce it on purpose to get rid of “toxins” is not a great idea.

What are “toxins” anyway?

The definition of toxin is,

toxin (from Ancient Greek: τοξικόν toxikon) is a poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms…Toxins vary greatly in their severity, ranging from usually minor (such as a bee sting) to almost immediately deadly (such as botulinum toxin). Source: Wikipedia.

In other words, a toxin could be, for example, the substance in the bee sting that causes the itch. Or the substances in certain mushrooms which makes them poisonous.

So toxins have nothing to do with eating too many cookies or drinking too many whiskey sours.

The best way to undo the cookies or drinking?

1. Rehydrate with water (not sports drinks)

2. Eat fruit and vegetables (don’t drink them)

3. Get some exercise

The irony is that increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables and water, coupled with exercise, could lead to an important health benefit…weight loss!

No Evidence

There is absolutely no evidence that any of those expensive detox kits do anything.

Nothing.

End of story.

Can they be harmful?

Probably not. But again, who knows?

We recommend staying away from detox regimens that trigger diarrhea, or anything involving colon cleansing or similar products.

And we definitely recommend staying away from enemas or similar procedures.

Detox Myth Debunking

A group of pharmacists and other scientists in England have set out to educate consumers about this detox nonsense.

You can read all about their exploits here. One of their findings is startling:

The dossier concluded that ‘detox’, as used in product marketing, is a myth and worryingly many of the claims about how the body works were wrong and in some cases the suggested remedies were potentially dangerous.

The bottom line is very simple, folks.

  1. Detox is a myth.
  2. Products which claim to detox or detoxify your body are a waste of money.
  3. If you want to reverse bad dietary habits, then do it without depending on pills, shakes, drinks, or other instant solutions.

 

 

Fish Oil Information and Posts

Fish Oil Cap

Now that we have two blogs going, we think it makes sense to aggregate all of our fish oil posts and articles on one page.

So, here it is!

We’ll update this page as new information is added.

 Why Quell? - We carry the Quell line of fish oil supplements. If you’re wondering why that’s the case, we explain ourselves in this post.

Fish Oil Help You Sleep? – I have to admit. I thought this story was unlikely to be true…until I actually looked at the clinical data.

Fish Oil and Blood Pressure – Here is another “I didn’t believe it until I read the data” post.

Can Fish Oil Cure ADHD? – We don’t think fish oil is a cure for ADHD, but it can be a big help, especially if it means less prescription stimulants. What would you rather give your kid? A prescription stimulant, or fish oil?

Fish Oil and Alzheimer’s - There are some really interesting studies out there looking at the positive effects fish oil supplements have on Alzheimer’s. We don’t think fish oil is a cure, but as in ADHD, it can really help with the symptoms. It might even help with memory.

Use Quality Products – Fish oil is not a simple product to make. So it is sensitive to mediocre manufacturing processes. This is a big reason why it’s so important to stay away from the cheap brands and spend a little more on a good brand. You can get away with a cheap multivitamin, but not a cheap fish oil.

Want Cheap BioFreeze? Don’t Shop At That Store!

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Don’t shop there…

Last night I was shopping with my family at a local discount store.

You know the kind.

They sell a hodgepodge of products, ranging from lawn furniture to snacks to jewelry to cosmetics…all at low low prices.

These stores are actually pretty good for some things.

In our case, their snack prices are excellent. And it’s a good place to stock up on cheap toys for the pool.

But…imagine my surprise when I spotted BioFreeze on the shelf.

Naturally, I checked it out.

Alarmingly, the price was $16.99 for a 4 ounce tube.

$16.99!

I was shocked.

We carry 4 ounce BioFreeze for nearly half that price.

Even with the cost of shipping you’re way better off buying your BioFreeze from us than from this “bargain” store.

And that doesn’t even account for the free goodies we usually toss into the package, such as samples of other great pain relievers, coupons, and other treats.

So, if you’re looking for a good, safe pain reliever, definitely try BioFreeze. We use it, and so do many of our customers.

But please, save your dollars and don’t buy it from the “discount” stores.

Why is their BioFreeze so expensive?

I can’t say for sure, but I have a hunch.

You see, these types of stores make pennies worth of profit on the bulk of their sales.

So those snack and cookies that we bought probably only brought in a few percentage points worth of profit for that store.

So they have to make up for this low profit by charging much more for a select number of products.

I suspect that products which are expected to be expensive, such as certain cosmetics, might be more profitable for these kinds of stores.

Health care products, such as BioFreeze, would also fit in that category.

In fact, I noticed that their prices for other high-value health care products also seemed unusually high.

Want Cheap BioFreeze?

If you want to save money on your BioFreeze, here are a few suggestions:

First, BioFreeze is available in large pump bottles. These range in size from 16 ounces to a gallon. A few of our customers keep one downstairs and one upstairs, so pain relief is never far away.

Second, the roll on typically uses less product than applying the gel. In other words, there’s little product waste with the BioFreeze roll on, since the bottle controls how much is dispensed per application.

For some folks, a few swipes with the roll on is all that’s needed to experience fast pain relief.

Third, if BioFreeze is not knocking down your pain by 50% or more, then it may not be the right product for you. Consider other pain relievers, such as CryoDerm Heat, Sombra Warm, or Imbue patches.

Pill could reset body clock to fight jet lag

 

An interesting article in The Telegraph suggests that a simple pill can help reset the body’s internal clock.

Manchester University researchers have found than an enzyme keeps the body operating on a normal 24 hour circadian rhythm.

When that enzyme is suppressed that rhythm effectively resets itself, making it easier for the body to adapt to being up at night or asleep in the daytime.

Previous studies have shown that when the body’s clock is out of synch for long periods of time it can lead to serious and even fatal health problems.

Team leader Dr David Bechtold said the findings paved the way for the invention of a pill to inhibit enzyme CK1epsilon in humans.

It sounds like any pill will take years to develop, and would likely be a prescription medication.
But, it’s nevertheless the case that unusual changes in sleep patterns from travel, work schedules, or other causes can dramatically affect our ability to sleep well.
This lack of sleep, in turn, can negatively affect our health.
The comments below the article mention melatonin as a possible way to deal with jet lag.
What’s interesting (and something we did not realize) is that melatonin is not permitted in the UK.
Fortunately, here in the US, we can buy melatonin freely.

The problem with melatonin

Melatonin is a tricky molecule. On the one hand, it’s already produced by our bodies, so it’s perfectly safe when taken by mouth.
However, melatonin was not “designed” to be absorbed after swallowing a pill.
In fact, when you swallow melatonin, a very small percentage of that dose (10% or less) is actually absorbed by the body.
The rest of it is flushed away in our urine.
That makes most melatonin pills fairly useless.

The solution? Sublingual Tablets

The secret to a successful melatonin product is to take the melatonin as a special tablet that dissolves under the tongue.
In that part of the mouth, the skin is quite thin, making it ideal for taking certain medications.
Plus, it goes right into the circulation, so the problem mentioned earlier no longer exists.

Travel Tips

So if you are planning a trip that involves crossing through multiple time zones, here are a few tips for you:
Diet – Try to focus on increasing your normal intake of both water and fiber. Both of these can help you prevent mild dehydration (and the malaise that can accompany it). It can also help prevent travelers constipation.
Exercise – If you have an exercise routine, try your best to maintain it. Even something as simple as packing a jump rope in your suitcase can help you burn off calories from poor diet during travel, and can help you get tired, so you’ll sleep better.
Travel Schedule – Try to arrange you travel so you have one day to adjust to your new time zone.

How To Wash Your Chiroflow Water Pillow

Can you do this?

Wondering how to wash your Chiroflow Water Pillow?

Read on and watch our latest video!

What is a Chiroflow Water Pillow?

Simply put, the Chiroflow is the most comfortable pillow available.

The Chiroflow has three components.

First, it has a super soft, hypoallergenic polyester fiber filling.

Second, it has a thermal insulator to keep the pillow cool, which is important because variations in temperature can disturb your sleep.

Thirdly, the Chiroflow has a built-in pouch that you fill with water.

So you can adjust this pillow to be as firm or as soft as you want.

Even better is that the pillow adjusts to the shape of your head and shoulders.

So the pillow adjusts to you, whether you sleep on your back or your side.

This results in the most comfortable pillow and sleep possible.

How do you wash your Chiroflow?

Like any other pillow, a Chiroflow can accumulate oils and moisture from your hair and skin.

This can discolor and stain the Chiroflow.

So how do you wash it?

There are two things to consider.

First, you need strong detergents and bleach to wash any pillow.

But, you also need to keep that water pouch in mind, as you don’t want the detergents to damage the pouch in any way.

Our Experiment

We conducted an experiment with three Chiroflow pillows. The details are explained in the video.

Basically, we washed three pillows using different detergents and different washing conditions.

The “Winning Formula” in the video includes both washing machine settings and a detergent mix.

While Washing a Chiroflow

One tip…the pillow has some weird behaviors while in the wash. So watch the video to see what you need to do during the wash cycle.

And…keep the pillow out of the dryer!

Protect Your Investment

To save the hassle, we recommend a pillow protector.

The protector adds an extra layer of protection between the pillow and your pillow case.

In fact, many of our customers get two protectors and cycle between them, making sure there’s always a clean pillow on hand.

We hope this post and video help you wash your Chiroflow and keep it clean.

 

Where to Buy Chiroflow Pillow

Our main Chiroflow page provides all the details on this great pillow, now at a lower price.