TWO MEDICAL STORIES FOR YOU

Dear Reader,
I am submitting herewith two new medical recommendations (from Physician’s Watch) for your active disinterest. Caveat emptor!

NEW SEAFOOD RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN

The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition has recommended that pregnant, breast-feeding, and postpartum women consume at least 12 ounces of seafood weekly, especially oily ocean fish like salmon and sardines. Six of the twelve ounces may come from albacore tuna.

The coalition, which comprises groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC, says that “recent studies indicate the nutritional benefits of fish consumption during pregnancy greatly outweigh potential risks from trace methyl mercury consumption.”

The recommendation contrasts with that previously issued by the FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency. In 2004, these groups advised that women who are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning a pregnancy consume up to 12 ounces of lower-mercury seafood (e.g., shrimp, canned light tuna) weekly, with albacore limited to 6 ounces. They also recommend that such women avoid high-mercury fish (e.g., shark, swordfish).

The FDA plans to review this information but is not ready to change its current stance, reports the Washington Post.

May I ask: and what of the stink? How will the long-deprived husband come near the wife if her breath is redolent of the remnants of all manner of crustaceans and fish? Bah!

NO EVIDENCE THAT INDIVIDUALISED HERBAL MEDICINE IS EFFECTIVE

A review in Postgraduate Medical Journal finds no convincing evidence to support the use of individualized herbal medicine for any ailment.

Individualized herbal medicine, as practiced by traditional herbalists, involves prescribing mixtures of several herbs rather than single substances or standardized combinations. A systematic review found three relatively small randomized clinical trials of this approach.

Two showed no statistically significant benefit of individualized herbal medicine over placebo for treating osteoarthritis of the knee (20 patients enrolled, 14 analyzed) or preventing chemotherapy-related toxicity (120 enrolled, 111 analyzed). The third found it better than placebo for irritable bowel syndrome but inferior to standardized herbal treatment (116 enrolled, 99 analyzed).

The authors conclude: “Because of the high potential for adverse events and negative herb–herb and herb–drug interactions, this lack of evidence for effectiveness means that its use cannot be recommended.”

So, essentially, if you have osteoarthritis of the knee, nothing works, including acupuncture? You suffer till an orthopod chops off your knee and replaces it with some plastic toy that costs as much as a small car? Bah!

10 responses to “TWO MEDICAL STORIES FOR YOU

  1. Jackie,
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    Powerkis,
    I am not Jackie, unfortunately! It happens in life, this waking up in bed and wondering who you are with…
    In the internet, this can be a side-effect of ‘tabbed browsing’.
    🙂

  2. Rambodoc: Unrelated to this post (just like the above comment!), I think you may like today’s post over on my blog. Wordplay is a great source of amusement to me which is why I read your blog in the first place. Thanks,

  3. That comma is of course a full stop.

    Shefaly,
    Normally I would have disagreed with aforesaid blanket assertion, but since this is a Saturday evening, and I am feeling romantic, I will agree with whatever you say.
    😀

  4. For those interested in Shefaly’s post (sullied by unsavory comments from this blog), check it out here.

  5. Tuna Thoran (Kerala Style)

    Absolutely no stink. Even I eat it. And if smell is indeed a problem, there is always paan 🙂

    Ashok,
    Are these iTunas? 🙂
    Not me, thanks!
    But I can always flash in the paan!

  6. @ Rambodoc’s comment to powerkis

    ROTFL. Ram, your comment is simply superb.

    Voracious Blog Reader

    Thank you, VBR!
    🙂

  7. @ Rambodoc’s comment to powerkis

    ROTFL. Ram, your comment is simply superb.

    Voracious Blog Reader

    What is this, an encore?
    😀

  8. The dear WordPress gave me an error message after submitting my comment. Had to go to the previous page and submit it again.

    Encore? Certainly yes :d

    Voracious Blog Reader

  9. Rambodoc , Not very good news for vegetarian mothers. Poor women they will feel guilty, they are not doing their best for their child.

    Prerna, much of these western societies consider seafood as vegetarian. Only beef and lamb count as serious non-veg stuff.
    So, no problems!
    🙂

  10. Cool guestbook, interesting information… Keep it UP. excellent site i really like your stuff.

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