June 30th 2009, 10:24
Medicine likes to trumpet its treatment of heart disease because it is possibly the only degenerative disease where the numbers of fatalities are falling. However, the self-congratulation is premature. Heart disease remains the number-one killer in the West, still dispatching some 40 per cent of us.
As WDDTY publisher Bryan Hubbard noted in this month's cover story (July 2009), every 37 seconds in the US alone, someone's heart fatally packs up. So, in our special report this month, we've taken a closer look at medicine's treatment of heart disease to discern where exactly medicine is going wrong. What we found was nothing short of revelatory: in fingering cholesterol as the bad guy, medicine essentially is taking aim at the cavalry.
June 2nd 2009, 10:28
What Doctors Don't Tell You had its genesis in a swine flu epidemic-33 years ago. In 1976, at the start of my career as a young editor at the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate, one of my columnists was Dr Robert Mendelsohn, who wrote The People's Doctor. Mendelsohn had been entrenched in the very heart of the American medical establishment. Nevertheless, here was this kindly, mildmannered man, your prototypical Jewish grandfather, denouncing medicine as excessive and unproven. Every week, his column would savage yet another medical sacred cow.
In 1976, America was in the grip of an identical pandemic scare. It was the first time most of us had ever heard of swine flu. Prompted by his medical advisors, the then President Gerald Ford launched an ambitious programme to vaccinate every last person in the US, a programme that was on the scale of the polio vaccination of the 1940s and 1950s.