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CONSUMER RETORT

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

January 8, 2003 

Dear Reader, 

Well, it came. Right there, amid the holiday bills and what seemed like hundreds of catalogs announcing after-Christmas sales, was my latest issue of Consumer Reports. 

And they're at it again. This morning, when I saw the first article in the February issue of Consumer Reports, I was so frustrated that I immediately sat down to tell you about it. 

HYPER DRIVE

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

January 7, 2003 

Dear Reader, 

Over the holidays, an old friend and former colleague sent me a news clipping with a report on the results of a major new study. And on the face of it this looks like good news for anyone coping with high blood pressure. 

But guess what? Below the surface of this research, there are dangers that come along the good news. Although you would never know it by reading any of the articles that appeared in the medical press. 

THE P WORD

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

January 6, 2003 

Dear Reader, 

Prozac for kids. 

It sounds absurd, almost like a joke - like Viagra for kids, or HRT for kids. But I wasn't laughing last Friday when I turned on the evening news to hear that the FDA had approved Prozac for the treatment of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder in children aged 7 to 17. 

FIRE DOWN BELOW

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

December 23, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

I have great news for anyone who suffers from heartburn or acid reflux. 

HSI Panelist Allan Spreen, M.D., recently sent me an eye- opening article from the Boston Globe Magazine with an overview of the marketing of the prescription heartburn drug, Prilosec. Here's a quote from the article: 

Still Booming

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

November 26, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

More than 100 years ago it was the first medication to be mass-marketed in tablet form. Today, more than 80 million tablets are taken by Americans every day, and worldwide sales will top $29 billion dollars this year. There have been contenders and there have been pretenders, but for sheer longevity as a household word, no pharmaceutical has ever had a run quite like aspirin. 

GONE FISHING

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

November 13, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

I recently saw the movie "The Perfect Storm" for the first time. In the scene where George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg are hauling enormous swordfish onto their boat, all I could think was: Excellent source of omega-3, but WAY too much mercury. That's what happens when you write about health and nutrition every day - it finds its way into just about everything you do. 

In an e-Alert I sent you last spring ("Fish in fashion" 

THE PRO SHOP

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

November 14, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

Would you be surprised to learn that our bodies are made up of more bacterial cells than human cells? I certainly was. But don't let this factoid scare you - fortunately most of the bacteria in our body perform useful chores such as helping to eliminate toxins and protecting us from Salmonella. 

CUBBY, ANNETTE AND THE AIN-M

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

November 7, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

As the old Frank Sinatra song goes... 

Here is the best part You'll have a head start If you are a mouse and very young at heart 

Okay - it doesn't go exactly like that, of course. But a recent study (using mice) claims to provide some new information about how to reduce the effects of aging by altering just one dietary habit. 

HIDING THE R

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

November 4, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

Imagine trying to change the course of an ocean liner, without a compass, in the midst of a raging storm. 

In the four months since the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) abruptly discontinued its multiyear hormone replacement therapy (HRT) study - researchers, doctors and the women they serve have been trying to figure out where they are, and, more importantly, where to go next.