Posts by Dr. Neville Wilson

How You Start Your Day is Key to Health

There was a time, some would argue, when we ‘had time’. Family crowded round the oil based table cloth, devouring lashings of thickly buttered toast and rashers and hot tea. It looked like a scene out of an Avoca catalogue. Fast-forward 50 years. Most people are on their way to work before the sun rises.…

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Prozac vs Omega3 for Depression

DR. NEVILLE WILSON – 28.03.08 Startling disclosures, from previously hidden sources, that Prozac is no more effective than placebo in the treatment of clinical depression has met with reactions ranging from surprise to despair. However, these revelations are neither new, nor surprising. Unconvincing outcomes from earlier trials raised serious questions about the efficacy, as well…

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Statins and Mortality

Dr. Neville S. Wilson. – 15 July 2007. The widely held belief that blood cholesterol levels are potentially harmful and should be lowered in order to prevent heart disease is a product of speculative and persuasive promotion by advocates of what has been called the “cholesterol hypothesis“. The pharmaceutical industry has supported and exploited this…

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The Fluoride Policy – & Health Questions

Dr. Neville Wilson – 28 July 2008 THE DILEMMA: The Fluoride dilemma is not new and continues to extract comments and recommendations from responsible bodies who question the safety and wisdom of public water fluoridation. The proponents of fluoridation, on the other hand, continue to promote the image of safety and benefits to dental health,…

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The Enhance Trial – Its Failure & concerns

Dr. Neville Wilson. – 04.02.08 The long awaited results, of what has become a controversial drug trial, were announced recently. Controversies arising in the wake of a disappointing outcome for the ENHANCE TRIAL have provoked challenging commentaries from critical observers, and also defensive responses from the research team, seeking to minimise the impact of the…

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The Person Behind the Numbers – Future Guidelines for Risk Assessment – Dr Neville Wilson

Dr. Neville S. Wilson.     31 August, 2007. The review and revision of Clinical Guidelines for purposes of risk stratifying and risk reduction in cardiovascular disease prevention is an ongoing challenge and current initiatives focus on their implications for primary care providers. The AHA guidelines for 2007 offer a timely and broader spectrum of risk not…

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Homocysteine: Risk Assessment in Clinical Practice – Dr. Neville Wilson

Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino-acid which derives from dietary protein and  which, under conditions of nutrient adequacy, is broken down to harmless methionine through a process of methylation. However, if methylation cannot take place, due to a lack, or absence, of certain B-vitamins, and certain other nutrients, then blood levels of homocysteine can rise,…

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Revisiting Statin Mechanisms and Effects – Dr. Neville Wilson

An informative overview of statin mechanisms was recently published (Medicine Weekly 26 Sept.2006) in which the authors promote the safety of statins, their efficacy in stroke reduction and their benefits to patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS). (Drs. Vaughan and O’Sullivan). Their review of current literature serves to establish HMG CoA reductase inhibitors as powerful…

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A Challenge to the Criticisms of Nutritional Therapy.

A Challenge to the Criticisms of Nutritional Therapy. -Dr. Neville S. Wilson  –  March 2007 Attacks on the nutritional health industry are not uncommon and can be expected to continue since they represent a lobby intent on undermining the growing interest in and widespread use of nutritional supplements by health conscious people who desire optimum…

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Fasting Cholestrol is not necessary

A recent change in the design format of patient request forms was instituted by the laboratory that I routinely use for chemical pathology analysis. In a departure from the previous format the new forms include an option for fasting lipids, in which instance an analysis of lipoproteins HDL-C and LDL-C and Triglycerides is reported. These…

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