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Medical Myths That Can Threaten Your Life

Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 10:42 AM

In many ways the practice of medicine is a modern wonder. Doctors are able to cure many disorders that previously were deadly or debilitating. But at the same time, mainstream medicine has spawned various myths that can do a great deal of damage to our health, says Russell Blaylock, M.D., a nationally recognized, board-certified neurosurgeon, author and lecturer.

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Low blood pressure is ideal. You need antibiotics to get over an infection. Foods with cholesterol and saturated fat can kill you. These are the health messages we’ve received over the years from well-meaning doctors and mainstream medicine, but they are not necessarily true, Dr. Blaylock tells Newsmax Health. He also dispels these and other myths in the latest issue of his newsletter, “The Blaylock Wellness Report.”

Lower blood pressure is always better.
“No, it’s not true, and in fact it can be quite dangerous, particularly in the elderly,” he says. “They have narrowed blood vessels and it’s very difficult to get that blood to the brain. And if you lower their blood pressure sometimes even to what’s considered normal levels, then they don’t get enough blood to the brain and they can pass out, fall and hit their head, or have a stroke.”

Such occurrences are not uncommon among some people prescribed blood pressure-lowering medications, he says.

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Only antibiotics can cure infection.
“Prevention is more important than cure,” Dr. Blaylock says. And plant chemicals contained in some foods and drinks, such as flavonoids, can actually inhibit the growth of bacteria.

“For instance a flavonoid found in ordinary tea concentrates in the bladder and can kill bladder organisms that are common to bladder infections,” he explains, “and if used in high enough concentrations could cure the infection, and certainly can make it where you don’t have to take as many antibiotics for as long.”

Cholesterol and saturated fat is bad for you — period.
People mistakenly believe that cholesterol causes atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes, he says. While it certainly plays a role, omega-6 fats — vegetable, corn, safflower, and peanut oils — can be worse culprits.

“Those are much more likely to cause heart attacks and strokes than cholesterol.”

As for saturated fats, Dr. Blaylock says they are not as harmful as some would have us believe.

“When you look at the medical literature and not the hype that is put out there and told to a lot of physicians, there is very little evidence that saturated fat is harmful,” he says. “But there is growing evidence that saturated fats in the proper amount [are] helpful and the body needs them and uses them.”

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