From: Tim Campbell on
On Jan 30, 3:07 pm, "chorley...(a)" <chorley...(a)>
> Oh heck physicians of that day didn't even know the basis of the
> difference between filterable and non-filterable viruses.

But apparently at least this one knew enough to take note of a simple
occurrence among those ill with influenza following their ingestion of
bicarbonate. Causal connections can be validly observed outside of a
laboratory setting; particularly when the pattern occurs repeatedly,

From: Courtney on
On Jan 30, 3:07 pm, "chorley...(a)" <chorley...(a)>

> Hard science would tell you you are just wrong.

"Hard science" like this?

Study: Money Talks in Drug Trials
June 5, 2007

http://www.intelihe IH/ihtIH/ EMIHC256/ 333/21291/
558296.html? d=dmtICNNews

SAN FRANCISCO (The New York Times News Service) -- Money talks -- and
loudly when a drug company is funding a clinical trial involving one
of its
products, according to a study released Monday.

University of California at San Francisco researchers looked at nearly
head-to-head studies of widely prescribed cholesterol- lowering
medications, or
statins, and found that results were 20 times more likely to favor the
made by the company that sponsored the trial.

"We have to be really, really skeptical of these drug-company-
studies," said Lisa Bero, the study's author and professor of clinical
pharmacy and
health policy studies at the university.

The research, reported in the online editions of PLoS Medicine, a San
Francisco medical journal, focused on studies of six statins --
including Pfizer
Inc.'s Lipitor, Merck & Co.'s Zocor and the generic drug Mevacor --
that had
already been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The trials
involved comparing the effectiveness of a drug to one or two other

"If I'm a clinician or funder of health care, I really want to know
within a
class of drug which one works better," Bero said.

"What our study shows is that depends on who funds the study."

UCSF researchers also found that a study's conclusions -- not the
research results but the trial investigators' impressions -- are more
than 35
times more likely to favor the test drug when that trial is sponsored
by the
drug's maker.

Drug manufacturers, through the industry's trade group, said the
government cracks down on biased research.

"The new study overlooks the crucial role of the Food and Drug
in reviewing and approving claims that are based on clinical trial
said Ken Johnson, senior vice president of Pharmaceutical Research
Manufacturers of America, in a statement.

"Our industry is dependent upon well-designed clinical trials that
will pass
muster with the FDA," Johnson said.

Mark Gibson is deputy director of the Center for Evidence-Based Policy
Oregon Health & Science University, which reviews existing clinical
evidence for
drug effectiveness and safety. He called the UCSF study an "important
piece of

"If Americans really want to be able to have sound evidence on which
to base
their choice of treatments, they need to think about ways to fund
research," he said.

About half of the 192 statin trials examined in the study between 1999
2005 were funded by drug companies. Bero said drug companies fund up
to 90
percent of drug-to-drug clinical trials for certain classes of

About a third of the statin trials did not disclose any funding
Trials with no disclosed funding source were less likely to favor the
test drug than those with industry funding, researchers found.

The researchers found other factors that could affect trial results.
example, pharmaceutical companies could choose not to publish results
of studies
that fail to favor their drugs, or they could be designed in ways to

The study found the most important weakness of trials was lack of
clinical outcome measures. In the case of statins, some trials focused
less-direct results such as lipid levels but failed to connect the
results with key
outcomes such as heart attacks or mortality.

"None of us really care what our cholesterol level is. We care about
having a
heart attack," Gibson said. "For the drug to be worthwhile taking, it
has to
be directly related to prevent a heart attack."

The UCSF study was funded by a grant from the California Tobacco
Disease Research Program.

The study, "Factors Association with Findings of Published Trials of
Drug-Drugs Comparison," can be found online at www.medicine.
plosjournals. org .

Copyright 2007 The New York Times News Service. All rights reserved.

From: Courtney on
On Jan 31, 6:41 pm, "Lou" <lpog...(a)> wrote:

> No significant benefits have been observed when starting
> to take vitamin C after the onset of symptoms.

> That doesn't mean that bicarbonate doesn't work. But your subjective
> experience, however suggestive, isn't proof.

Numerous times I have also found that though I can sometimes dampen
out a cold, in its early stages with vitamin C; once the cold is
underway C seems to have little effect.

This is why I was so intrigued by my experience with bicarbonate. I
was right in the midst of a severe cold and from the first dose the
cold was dampened and then tapered out. I have a sister out west who
is having a similar experience with a cold.

I'm not offering this as "proof." Just offering my experience. Those
who may have "ears to hear" may wish to give it a try - all others
feel free to disregard.