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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 3, 2006 / 12 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

Federal advisory committee recommends shingles vaccine — But is inoculation right for you?

By Drs. Michael A. Glueck & Robert J. Cihak

The Medicine Men
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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended that Americans 60 and older receive the recently approved Merck vaccine against herpes zoster (shingles). Zostavax is described as a "souped-up version" of Merck's chickenpox vaccine for children, containing a live virus that is 14 times more potent.


But should all seniors over 60 rush to inoculation?

HERPES ZOSTER
Herpes zoster is an acute, localized infection with varicella-zoster virus, which causes a painful, blistering rash. Shingles, is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After an episode of chickenpox, the virus becomes dormant in the body. Herpes zoster occurs as a result of the virus re-emerging after many years. Post-herpes nerve root pain may last for years.


Herpes zoster may affect any age group, but it is much more common in adults over 60 years old, in children who had chickenpox before the age of one year, and in individuals whose immune system is weakened. The disorder is common, with about 600,000 to one million cases in the U.S. per year. There are an estimated 45-50 million Americans over age 60.

TO INOCULATE OR NOT
In their October 28, 2006 news release on the shingles vaccine the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) decided not to take a pro or con stance on this issue — but rather a Fox News like approach of here are the facts — you make the decision.


In a study of 38,000 persons, half of whom received the vaccine and half of whom received placebo, "people who got the shot developed shingles at only half the rate of those who got the fake vaccine," reported the Associated Press (Arizona Daily Star 10/26/06).


The actual number of shingles cases was 315 (1.6%) for the treatment group and 642 (3.3%) for the placebo group (Oxman MN et al. N. Engl. J. Med., 2005; 352:2271-2284).


The price of $150 is expected to hurt demand for the vaccine. Medicare is supposed to start paying for the vaccine in January, but it will be treated as a prescription drug, and Medicare will not pay physicians an administration fee. Pharmacists are being urged to add Zostavax to the menu of vaccines they administer to adults (San Francisco Chronicle 9/26/06).


Joel M. Kauffman, Ph.D., reviewed the adverse affects sub-study performed on one-sixth of the Zostavax study subjects. Extrapolating the results to the entire study population, he noted that the treatment group had 132 more cases of serious adverse events, and 4,677 more cases of one or more adverse events than the placebo group.


Recalling early reports of successful treatment of symptomatic shingles with intravenous Vitamin C, Kauffman notes, "Since intravenous sodium ascorbate is known to be quite safe, treating only those patients who develop clinical manifestations of shingles would seem to be a far better approach, both medically and financially, than mass vaccination with a large number of adverse effects, if this treatment is as effective as has been stated" (Kauffman, J.M., J. Am, Phys. Surg., 2005:10:117).


Jane Orient, M.D., Tuscon, Arizona, reported successful treatment of shingles with high doses of Vitamin C, ("Treating Herpes Zoster with Vitamin C: Two Case Reports,") in the J. Am. Phys. Surg., Spring 2006.

TO C OR NOT TO C
This raises another interesting point for curious minds. If high doses of Vitamin C have been effective against Herpes zoster might they also be effective against Herpes simplex (genital herpes)? Genital herpes is a highly contagious sexually transmitted disease. The cause is a strain of the herpes simplex virus. Genital herpes may be extremely painful and embarrassing.


We may never get the answer as drug companies are unlikely to fund a double blind study with vitamin C since they already market Acyclovir, and it's anti-viral derivatives that are far more profitable.

IN SUM
For the readers we suggest you weigh the facts and check with your personal physician (Family Practitioner or Internist) and make an informed decision that is right for you.

Editor's Note: Michael Arnold Glueck, M.D., wrote this week's commentary

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Michael Arnold Glueck, M.D., is a multiple award winning writer who comments on medical-legal issues. Robert J. Cihak, M.D., is a Discovery Institute Senior Fellow and a past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Both JWR contributors are Harvard trained diagnostic radiologists. Comment by clicking here.

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