Research finds most fish oil supplements ineffective

Jan 24
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Research finds most fish oil supplements ineffective
Fish oil, with its high levels of the salubrious omega-3 fatty acid, is one of the most commonly consumed health supplements in Australia and New Zealand. The best solution is to eat fresh fish. However, according to new research, the vast majority of …
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Consumer Reports: The truth behind the hype of weight-loss shortcuts
"There's no natural herb that leads to weight loss," says Dr. Pieter Cohen, a physician at Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts. "And of all dietary supplements, the ones for weight loss seem to cause the most harm …
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After Nearly 5 Years, GMP Compliance Still A Challenge for Many Supplement
Dietary supplements as a category have enjoyed incredible growth since formally coming into existence in 1994 with the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). It's a fairly easy business to get into with relatively very few …
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Supplements That Can Save Your Sight

Jan 20
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Supplements That Can Save Your Sight
Omega-3 fatty acid supplements in the form of fish oil can help, says Dr. Levinson The fatty acid known as DHA “is needed for the integrity of the retinal cells, and has been shown to promote retinal development and repair in prior studies,” according …
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Should diet pills be part of your New Year's resolution?
Many supplements couldn't be farther from natural. In fact, Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance's Dr. Pieter Cohen, M.D., found that 27 dietary supplements were still on the market between eight to 52 months after they were banned by …
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Dr. McGeorge settles the expiration date debate

Jan 12
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Dr. McGeorge settles the expiration date debate
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Questions and Answers on Natural Health
As health problems require the personal advice of a health care professional, we are unable to answer questions personally. Karima Burns, MH, ND has a …. Another wonderful way to supplement our calcium levels is through herbal teas. It is absorbed …

Greiff: The end of wild sushi

Jan 8
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Greiff: The end of wild sushi
Researchers keep trying to farm bluefins from egg to maturity, though doing so poses challenges: As juveniles, bluefins have a larval stage and feed on other fish larvae and microscopic sea creatures that consume algae. When they are older, they must …
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Mountain News: Beacons useful in locating corpse
"Our glaciers are melting, sea levels rising, temperatures soaring." He also points to the changing condition of Lake Tahoe, which has had reduced clarity even after cleanup efforts. The problem is growth of algae, a product of warmer temperatures.
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The misfits of the animal world: From hipster toads to werewolf mice, some of
Super-sensing sea cow: Manatees' hairs, it turns out, are like whiskers turning them into super-sensors. However, their sensitive … The embryos release waste which the algae feed on, while the algae photosynthesis and release oxygen. This makes it …
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Latest Marine Phytoplankton Supplements News

Jan 4
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Changing Antarctic Climate Linked to Marine Food Web: Penguins in Peril?
These periodic phytoplankton blooms are crucial for the entire polar food web. They're key to krill "recruitment," which is the addition of new, young individuals into the krill population. When climate conditions lead to peaks in the abundance of …
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Dec 31
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Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) December 29, 2014

In reviewing the most compelling consumer-related litigation topics of 2014 for its readership, Online Legal Media and its flagship publication note that the most-read legal news stories for the year have touched on a wide array of alleged legal issues–ranging from the debate over testosterone supplementation and women’s health (TVM) issues, to hip replacement problems and diabetes medication side effects.

Additionally, the GM recall over problems with ignition switches was at the forefront of readers’ minds in 2014. According to NBC News*, (3/18/14) plaintiffs Ken and Beth Melton settled with General Motors in the fall of 2013 following the death of their daughter Brooke, only to later petition to have the settlement rescinded after new allegations over the ignition switch began to surface early in 2014. The Meltons are suing the automaker* (Melton et al. v. General Motors LLC et al., case number 14A1197-4, in the Georgia Court of Cobb County.)

Meanwhile, Stryker Orthopaedics made headlines this fall when they agreed to a mediated settlement worth $ 1.45 billion over the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate Modular-Neck and ABG II Modular-Neck hip replacement system** . Bloomberg reported** (11/4/14) that Stryker plaintiffs having undergone revision surgery could each qualify for more than $ 300,000 in compensation. Consolidated lawsuits in both state (In Re Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip Implant Litigation, 296 BER-L-936-13, Bergen County Superior Court Hackensack), and federal court (In Re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, 13-mdl-2441, US District Court, District of Minnesota, St. Paul) could cost the medical device maker in excess of $ 1.45 billion after all expenses are in, according to The New York Times***. The mediated settlement was announced 18 months after the devices were recalled in 2012.

Donning and doffing lawsuits continue to have an ongoing presence, in which plaintiffs have challenged employers who require their workers to perform mandated tasks off the clock without payment. The recent case involving wait times for mandated security screening that was brought against Integrity Staffing Solutions Inc., an entity that provides warehouse workers to Amazon, went to the US Supreme Court4. According to Reuters**** (12/9/14), the verdict earlier this month found in favor of the defendant****, with the Court noting that screening time was not compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act (Integrity Staffing Solutions Inc. v. Busk et al., case number 13-433, in the Supreme Court of the United States).

Among women’s health issues, laparoscopic power morcellation, a procedure that, according to an FDA safety communication, employs a device to divide uterine tissue into fragments for removal through a minimally-invasive incision†. At issue, as noted by the FDA, is that “Based on an analysis of currently available data, the FDA has determined that approximately 1 in 350 women who are undergoing hysterectomy or myomectomy for fibroids have an unsuspected type of uterine cancer called uterine sarcoma. If laparoscopic power morcellation is performed in these women, there is a an alleged risk that the procedure will spread the cancerous tissue within the abdomen and pelvis, significantly worsening the patient’s likelihood of long-term survival.†” In Burkhart v. LiNA Med. U.S., No. 5:14-cv-01557-EGS (E.D. Pa. filed Mar. 14, 2014), the plaintiff alleged that the procedure caused the spread of cancer in his wife, ultimately leading to her death. The New York Times reported in April that Johnson & Johnson had suspended sales of its power morcellator for an undefined period of time††.

Risperdal (risperidone), an atypical anti-psychotic, has continued to percolate throughout 2014 for an alleged adverse reaction known as gynecomastia, or the growth of male breast tissue†††. According to Medscape (3/17/14), a large Canadian research study, which is currently in the process of peer review prior to publication, noted that older men who used Risperdal had a 69 percent higher risk of developing gynecomastia over non-users†††. A gynecomastia allegation against Risperdal was made by plaintiff Aaron Banks in 2010††††. According to Forbes, Banks was 21 at the time he developed male breasts††††. His Risperdal lawsuit (Banks v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, January Term 2010, No. 00618) was settled in 2012 on the first day of his Risperdal trial, according to Bloomberg§ (9/10/12).

Arguably, one of the two most compelling legal issues to surface for readers over the past year is the ongoing testosterone supplementation debate. According to the Mayo Clinic§, testosterone therapy is used to treat extremely low testosterone levels in men that can allegedly lead to symptoms of sagging energy, strength and sex drive. Research, however suggests that healthy men who take testosterone needlessly risk potentially serious health issues, including stroke and other cardiovascular events§§. Dr. William Finkle, an epidemiologist and CEO of Consolidated Research who teamed up with UCLA and the National Institutes of Health to study the issue, stated in Healthday (1/29/14) that unneeded testosterone supplementation in healthy men can double the risk of a heart attack§§§. The current multidistrict litigation involving testosterone supplement allegations is In re: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Product Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2545.

Perhaps the most compelling legal issue for readers has been the advent of Xarelto, an anticoagulant that, according to Bloomberg Businessweek (12/4/14), has been blamed for causing some patients to bleed to death§§§§. Currently, attorneys for plaintiffs who allege harm from Xarelto are seeking to consolidate lawsuits in order to go before a single judge. Bloomberg reports that attorneys are projecting the potential for thousands of lawsuits to be filed over the drug. The case is Xarelto Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2592, U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.§§§§

Thousands of monthly readers have followed the latest legal news and information on these topics, many of which have fallen from the radar of traditional media outlets.

The Top 10 Legal News Topics of 2014, along with the potential side effects readers were seeking information on, are:

Xarelto Lawsuit (alleging uncontrollable bleeding)

Stryker Hip Lawsuit (alleging tissue inflammation, tissue degradation, metallosis toxicity)

Actos Lawsuit (alleging bladder cancer, heart attack, heart failure, edema)

Testosterone Lawsuit (alleging heart attacks)

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit (alleging pain, lack of mobility, uterine perforation, infection)

Air Bag Lawsuit (alleging lack of deployment, unnecessary deployment)

Power Morcellator Lawsuit (alleging potential spreading of unknown cancers)

Risperdal Lawsuit (alleging gynecomastia or male breast development, diabetes)

Asbestos Lawsuits (alleging asbestosis, asbestos cancer, mesothelioma)

Donning & Doffing Lawsuits (alleging off-the-clock work, unpaid wages, unpaid overtime).

*”GM Changed Ignition Part Without Telling Drivers, Regulators”, NBC News, 3/18/14,

**”Stryker to Pay More than $ 1B for Recalled Devices”, Bloomberg, 11/4/14,

***”Stryker Settles Suits by Hip Implant Patients for $ 1B”, The New York Times, 11/3/14,

****”U.S. top court rejects worker pay for security-screening time”, Reuters, 12/9/14,

†”FDA discourages use of laparoscopic power morcellation for removal of uterus or uterine fibroids”, FDA Safety Communication, 4/17/14,

††”Johnson & Johnson Suspends Global Sales of Fibroid Surgery Device”, The New York Times, 4/30/14,

†††”Antipsychotic May Boost Gynecomastia Risk”, Medscape, 3/17/14,

††††”J&J Sees Male Breasts and Quickly Settles Risperdal Suit”, Forbes, 9/11/12,

§”J&J Settles Risperdal Lawsuit on Opening Day of Trial”, Bloomberg, 9/10/12,

§§”Testosterone therapy: Key to male vitality?”, Mayo Clinic, 7/10/14,

§§§”Testosterone Therapy Might Increase Heart Attack Risk: Study”, HealthDay, 1/29/14,

§§§§”Bayer, J&J Fight Calls to Unify Blood-Thinner Death Suits”, Bloomberg Businessweek, 12/4/14, readers are looking for the latest and most comprehensive legal news available. Those seeking legal help can request assistance by completing a form which is then distributed to attorneys specializing in these cases. Over two and a half million people visit the site yearly, and hundreds of thousands of request forms have been submitted by qualified readers looking for legal guidance.


Founded in 2001, Online Legal Media owns and operates websites providing information for the general public and the legal community. With over 2.5 million annual visitors, hundreds of thousands of requests for legal help from its readership and over 80,000 pages of content across its sites, Online Legal Media offers the most comprehensive legal news coverage on the web. is an online legal news publication for people who face once-in-a-lifetime circumstances. serves as a portal for trial attorneys to network and to market their firms to other attorneys and legal professionals. provides pending and settled class action updates. offers up-to-date resources and news for those suffering from asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. Online Legal Media is based in Santa Cruz, California.

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Can a Mushroom Kill an HPV Infection?; CBCD Reviews Results of a Study

Dec 27
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Rochester, NY (PRWEB) December 24, 2014

“Infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV)? The CBCD recommends taking Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR.” – Greg Bennett, CBCD

A new study showed that an extract from the shiitake mushroom reduced the human papillomavirus (HPV) to undetectable levels. Judith Smith, a pharmacologist from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston said that “In a pilot study of 10 women infected with HPV, three appear to have cleared the virus after taking the supplement daily for three months and remained clear of the virus one month after their last dose of AHCC, a shiitake mushroom extract.” (1) During the study, “two other women saw declining virus levels and are continuing to take the compound for up to six months total. Five women who were early entrants in the test were assigned to take the pills for less than three months. They failed to knock out their infections. The pills had no side effects.” (1) The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD) is encouraged by the results of this small study. However, as Judith Smith noted, “It can be hard to know whether HPV has been vanquished, so the researchers are scanning the women for immune proteins produced in response to the virus.” (1) In other words, the study authors are not sure that the HPV virus is completely removed from the bodies of study participants. It is possible that the virus could return in the future. Until further tests are conducted on the shiitake mushroom extract, the CBCD recommends that HPV infected individuals take Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR against the latent HPV. The formula of these natural antiviral supplements was tested in two separate post-marketing clinical studies that followed FDA guidelines.

Click to learn more about HPV symptoms.

The formula of Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR was tested by Hanan Polansky and Edan Itzkovitz from the CBCD in two clinical studies that followed FDA guidelines. The studies showed that the Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR formula is effective against the HPV and other viruses. The clinical studies were published in the peer reviewed, medical journal Pharmacology & Pharmacy, the first, in a special edition on Advances in Antiviral Drugs. Study authors wrote that, “individuals infected with the HPV…reported a safe decrease in their symptoms following treatment with Gene-Eden-VIR.” (2) The study authors also wrote that “we observed a statistically significant decrease in the severity, duration, and frequency of symptoms.” (2)

Both products can be ordered online on the Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR websites.

Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR are natural antiviral dietary supplements. Their formula contains five natural ingredients: Selenium, Camellia Sinesis Extract, Quercetin, Cinnamomum Extract, and Licorice Extract. The first ingredient is a trace element, and the other four are plant extracts. Each ingredient and its dose was chosen through a scientific approach. Scientists at polyDNA, the company that invented and patented the formula, scanned thousands of scientific and medical papers published in various medical and scientific journals, and identified the safest and most effective natural ingredients against latent viruses. To date, Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR are the only natural antiviral products on the market with published clinical studies that support their claims.

The shiitake mushroom includes “active hexose correlated compound (AHCC), which is a fermented mushroom extract that is commercially available and promoted for immune support … the available literature clearly suggests that AHCC is an immune-modulating compound … Supplementation studies with AHCC have demonstrated positive effects on immune function in humans and animal models, including decreased tumor formation (and) increased resistance to viral and bacterial infection.” (See Natural Medicine Journal, from 2011) (3)

What other treatments are available against the HPV?

“There are no drugs approved against the HPV. Current treatments include procedures, such as cryotherapy, conization, and the Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP). These procedures use liquid nitrogen, a surgical knife (scalpel), a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser, or electrical current to remove the abnormal growths caused by the HPV. These growths include cells that harbor the active virus. The procedures do not target cells with the latent virus. Since they do not remove the latent virus, these procedures only produce a temporary remission.” (2) In contrast, Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR were designed to target the latent HPV.

Individuals interested in viewing published studies on the formula of Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR can go here:


Click to learn more about Novirin and HPV and Gene-Eden-VIR and HPV.


(1) Seppa, N. “Mushroom extract might eradicate HPV infection,” – November 4, 2014.

(2) Polansky, H. Itzkovitz, E. Gene-Eden-VIR Is Antiviral: Results of a Post Marketing Clinical Study. Published in September 2013.

(3) Ritz, B. “Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC) and

Immune Outcomes in Humans: A Review” – Natural Medicine Journal. Published in 2011.

The Hidden Dangers Of Taking Vitamins

Dec 23
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The Hidden Dangers Of Taking Vitamins

Vitamins and supplements are common solutions to many relevant health issues. Moreover, government research has shown that over half of American adults take nutritional supplements daily. Yet each year, millions of people take these substances in the wrong dosages, in improper combinations or as part of fad remedies or diets.

Taking the wrong supplement is not just a matter of missing out on the benefits. In fact, thousands of patients experience serious side effects and illness from off-the-shelf vitamin and herbal solutions. In the case of the dietary supplement Ephedra, which has been used to help people lose weight or increase energy, there have been over 80 deaths linked to its use.

Some people also have exposed themselves to possible overdoses by taking a combination of herbal and vitamin supplements that contain overlapping doses of nutrients. Excessive doses of vitamin A, for example, can cause liver and nerve damage, bone loss and birth defects. Yet many off-the-shelf supplements contain more than twice the daily dosage of vitamin A that is considered safe.

Similarly, vitamin D can be so toxic when it is taken in large doses that it can cause the body to over-absorb calcium, even pulling it from the bones and potentially causing a wide range of serious health problems.

Because of the limited regulation in the supplement industry, some vitamins contain lead, which is toxic for the human body.

Recognizing the dangers linked to supplements and the confusion about taking such products, companies such as American Health Sciences developed supplement lines that work best when taken together and that are recommended by doctors nationwide.

The Clinician’s Choice line, for instance, is a family of toxin-free supplements designed to be taken together to efficiently deliver the purest essential vitamins and minerals directly to where the body needs them.

These pharmaceutical-grade supplements were created by a team of over 30 doctors with their patients’ health and needs in mind and are manufactured to the highest standards possible.

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Hudson Valley nature sightings, 11/30

Dec 19
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Hudson Valley nature sightings, 11/30
They are true jellyfish with several hundred fringed tentacles that serve as sticky collectors of both phytoplankton and zooplankton. Adult moon jellyfish, with a pinkish umbrella up to ten-inches across, are most commonly associated with ocean beaches.
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Biology trumps chemistry in open ocean
While phytoplankton's ability to adjust their physiology to exploit limited nutrients in the open ocean has been well documented, little is understood about how variations in microbial biodiversity — the number and variety of marine microbes – affects …
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Latest Sea Algae News

Dec 15
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The One Dish to Eat in Argentine Patagonia Is…Seaweed
Algueros initially collected algae species native to the Argentine Sea, such as Ulva (a.k.a. sea lettuce), a bright green, edible variety; Gracilaria, which looks like a mane of auburn hair and holds high quantities of agar; and kelp. But the varietals …
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Algae Blooms: Presidential Order Might Be Needed To Battle Growing Pollution
In this file photo from 2007, sea lions, poisoned by toxic domoic acid, the result of an unusually large bloom of microscopic ocean algae that sickened and killed California birds, sea lions and dolphins from San Francisco to San Diego, are treated at …
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Algae in Kochi Waters Could be a Source of Green Fuel
Meanwhile, a study led by CMFRI principal scientist P Kaladharan showed that the loss of sea meadows in the Lakshadweep lagoons would adversely affect tuna fishery. The sea-grass, which is considered to be underwater prairies, is facing severe damage …
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Oceans aren't beating the heat, UH prof. says
The effects, which University of Hawai'i at Mānoa professor Axel Timmermann projects could happen over the next 100 years, include dying sea organisms, coral reef bleaching and something many climate experts have warned about for decades: rising sea …
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