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Do We Really Need to Cut Salt?

Dr. Paul Maher just finished a two-part series on dietary salt that is well worth a read, especially if you are convinced we need to cut our consumption.

Part 1

Part 2

Polititians and public health mandarins have been on the low-salt bandwagon again for the last couple years.  Some researchers question whether it’s even possible to reduce salt consumption as low as they would have us.

I’ll consider the polititians’ opinions on my salt intake as soon as they produce reasonable wait times at the post office, reasonable service times at the Department of Motor Vehicles, improve public school student achievement scores to a respectable level, balance state and federal budgets, and drastically reduce corruption in their hallowed halls. 

Steve Parker, M.D.


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What Are Physicians Doing Now That Will Look Ridiculous 50 Years Later?

For potential candidates, keep track of Paul Maher’s (Skeptic’s) Health Journal Club blog.

Not Paul Maher, M.D.

I had an elderly patient who had been given radiation therapy for tonsillitis as a girl.  This was maybe 60 years ago.  I had never even heard of such therapy.  Much later in life, she developed thyroid cancer.  Did the radiation exposure cause her thyroid cancer?  Hard to prove, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

Did you know that schizophrenia was once treated with brain surgery and insulin shock (physician-induced hypglycemia)? 

Not any more.

Have you heard of Gardasil, available for a couple years as a vaccine given to adolescent girls and young women to prevent cervical cancer?  I bet you’ve heard of it if you live in Texas because Governor Rick Perry mandated its administration to public school girls.  [He was over-ruled.]  If memory serves me well, Perry’s wife was on the payroll of the company that makes the vaccine. 

Dr. Maher (M.D, M.P.H) examines the data on Gardasil in a May 24, 2010 post

Steve Parker, M.D.

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