Full disclosure

Here’s an interesting bit of medical news that the media missed during its recent smear campaign against supplements. In fact, this article was actually published the very same day the headlines started spouting dire warnings about vitamin E for men and multivitamins for women. But THESE findings may be much more relevant than anything either of those studies turned up…

I’m a firm believer that when you’re evaluating any medical or health recommendation, it’s important to follow the money trail. And there’s never been a more disturbing example of this than the guidelines for diabetes and hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol and triglycerides).

According to a study published two weeks ago in the British Medical Journal, about half the experts who served on the committees that wrote the national guidelines for diabetes and hyperlipidemia over the past decade had financial conflicts of interest. Up to 4 percent didn’t even disclose those ties. Of those who did declare a conflict, 93 percent reported some form of payment or stock ownership from drug manufacturers with an interest in diabetes or hyperlipidemia.

In other words, most of the people who made up the current drug-heavy diabetes guidelines that your doctor insists you follow are nothing more than paid shills for the pharmaceutical companies. (Granted, they’re not mandatory, but most physicians do adhere to these guidelines for fear of legal repercussions and loss of hospital privileges).

In most cases, decisions based solely on profit are usually wrong. I suppose that can be said for many industries. But the difference is, “wrong” in other industries can be uncomfortable. In medicine, it can be deadly–and that’s simply unacceptable.

When you hear me rail against the American Diabetes Association, now you know why.  They just don’t have your best interests at heart.

The reason I’m pointing this out is because I want you to know that you can always trust this e-letter–and my Logical Health Alternatives newsletter. I have never compromised my integrity and will never write anything that I don’t believe in firmly and with conviction. Consider this your safe haven for health information.

That’s my promise to you.