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!