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A BOUQUET OF FLOWERETS

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

August 21, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

It's a concept almost too good to be true: a supplement that women could take daily to help prevent breast cancer. 

And if researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have their way, within a decade or less this supplement could be a reality. 

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Something new from the cruciferous 
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TALKING THE TALK, WALKING THE WALK

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

August 19, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

My grandmother used to say, "What you eat today walks and talks tomorrow." As a child, this made no sense to me at all. I would look at a carrot and try to imagine how, in 24 hours time, it would be walking around somewhere, talking with the other carrots I ate that day. 

THE NEW BIG OIL

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

August 20, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

I received an e-mail last week from HSI Panelist Allan Spreen, M.D. who suggested I read a new article titled "The Great Con-ola" - an in-depth piece that could be subtitled "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Canola Oil (but Were Afraid to Ask)." 

WHO CAN MAKE A RAINBOW?

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

July 30, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

Al Roker's weather map yesterday was just about every shade of yellow, red and orange. Other than the shores, there wasn't a spot of blue to be seen. Simply put, it was a hot one. And today in Baltimore, it's more of the same. With the heat index it will feel like 105 to 110 degrees. I guess if you're in Vegas, where it is actually 108, that doesn't seem so bad. 

CHASING FIREFLIES

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert 

July 29, 2002 

Dear Reader, 

Earlier this month the health news was dominated by seismic shifts in the safety of hormone replacement therapy. Now it seems like everywhere I turn I'm finding new information on prostate cancer. I don't want to hit you over the head with this subject, but this weekend I came across a report that's a perfect follow up to the study I told you about last week that demonstrated how the misreading of prostate specific antigen 

GOING HOLLYWOOD

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert

August 12, 2002

Dear Reader,

When you tune in to a television talk show you expect to see celebrities pitching their latest movie, book or TV show. What you may not expect is that a celebrity might casually plug a product without mentioning that, oh by the way, they've received payment in return for their pitch.

But that's exactly what's going on quite frequently these days. And guess what they're pitching? You get bonus points if you said, "prescription drugs."

BEAUTIFUL BRAIN

 Health Sciences Institute e-Alert

 August 7, 2002

 Dear Reader,

 How much would you guess is spent annually in the U.S. on Alzheimer's disease (AD)? $10 billion? $25 billion? $50 billion?

If you chose the third one, you're half right. The answer is an astounding $100 billion, with more than 50% of those costs devoted to caregiving alone. But a new technology, combined with efforts to improve the diagnosis process, will hopefully bring significant and much needed changes to the way Alzheimer's is treated.

RENDERING UNTO CAESAR

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert

 August 5, 2002

 Dear Reader,

 It was the infamous $2.7 million dollar cup of coffee - you know the one: the McDonald's cuppa joe that was so hot that when a New Mexico woman spilled it on herself a jury made her a millionaire for her pain and suffering.

TELL IT TO THE JUDGE

Health Sciences Institute e-Alert

August 1, 2002

Dear Reader,

It's like an episode of Judge Judy. The parties enter the
courtroom. The plaintiff: the Attorney General of Ohio (on
behalf of Ohio and 28 other states). The defendant: the
pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS).

The charge: BMS did fraudulently apply for a patent for a
chemotherapy drug developed with taxpayers dollars.

How does the defendant plead? Innocent as a newborn lamb, of
course.