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Allergies, Sensitivities, and Intolerances with Russ Jaffe, MD

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
The differences between allergies, sensitivities and intolerances are described. Testing to differentiate these etiologies are offered and therapies to deal with them presented.            

American Cancer Society Waffles on Need for Screening Tests for Cancer

submitted by: admin on 06/18/2016
  In a field plagued by frequent controversy, the American Cancer Society (ACS) claims to have taken a major step forward to provide transparency in how justified it is in recommending cancer screening tests. It blames oncologists with a conflict of interest...what would you expect from an organization that depends on income from big pharma and the mammography...

Are Electronic Medical Records a Good Idea?

submitted by: admin on 05/17/2015
A survey of 8500 primary care doctors published in the November of 2012 journal, Health Affairs, revealed that 69% now use electronic medical records. They complained that health care has become unaffordable for 59% of their patients and that 52% said insurance restrictions too far too much time to deal with. Only 15% of MDs felt the US health care system worked...

Cancer Screening Tests

submitted by: admin on 02/17/2015
No one wants to get cancer but if we do, we want to find it early when it might be more curable. Keep in mind that cancer screening is not the same as prevention. There are a wide range of cancer screening tests that are available today that are regularly prescribed by the medical profession that have been assumed with a very limited scientific basis to be beneficial. However,...

Comparison Shopping by Doctors Saves Hospital Costs

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Physicians are primarily concerned with providing the best laboratory tests and patient care possible, and cost is not a huge consideration. A study published in Internal Medicine in April of 2013 showed that if hospitals would post the cost of tests on lab requisitions that MDs would pay more attention to ordering fewer and less expensive tests. In...

Defensive Medicine in Orthopedics

submitted by: admin on 05/25/2019
A new survey of orthopedics surgeons showed roughly a third of the imaging tests they ordered, such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans, are meant to protect them from lawsuits rather than for the benefit of the patient.  Defensive medicine, where physicians order diagnostic tests of little benefit largely to protect themselves from lawsuits, are up as high as...

Diagnosing Hypothyroidism

submitted by: admin on 05/25/2019
Do you feel tired, or are you a little overweight, maybe constipated or maybe your skin is a little too dry? Perhaps your hair is getting a little thin and brittle. Is your cholesterol up? You may not have thought of it, but you might possibly have low thyroid.  One of the most common complaints patients have is that they are fatigued. For years doctors...

Five Screening Tests for Heart Disease You May Not Need

submitted by: admin on 04/12/2015
  There is no good evidence that if a person is symptom free that any of the common tests that screen for heart disease are helpful according to the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Even for people who smoke or those with diabetes or obesity there's no good evidence that heart screening tests save lives or prevent disease. These tests...

Heart Attack Prevention

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
  Heart attacks are preventable through a healthy lifestyle. An unhealthy lifestyle leads to inflammation and the development of arterial plaque. Tests for early detection and risk factors are reviewed. Approaches for prevention are described.            

Heart Attacks Overview

submitted by: admin on 02/20/2015
  The causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and consequences of heart attacks are reviewed. Laboratory tests to assess the extent and dangers of arteriosclerosis are described and mainstream and alternative forms of treatment offered. Prevention and reversibility are reviewed.            

Hypothyroidism with Normal Blood Tests

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Hyptothyroidism can exist when blood tests for thyroid function are normal, and this is not uncommon. The diagnosis can be made on the basis of a clinical picture that shows the symptoms of hypothyroidism, low body temperature, and a test called a BioEnergy Test that measures our metabolic rate. This test is described.              

Infant Brains Benefit from Breastfeeding

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  The benefits of breastfeeding compared to infant formula was studied in 133 babies from 10 months to 4 years of age. Those fed with breast milk had much better brain development than those fed formula according to a June 2013 issue of the journal Neuroimage. There was a 20-30% greater development in language skills, emotional function, and cognition...

Introduction for Managing Heart Disease

submitted by: admin on 05/25/2019
  Arteriosclerotic heart disease is defined by reduced blood flow caused by cholesterol plaques, with or without blood clots, in one or more blood vessels of the heart. This situation can lead to insufficient nutrient delivery to the downstream tissues that can cause these very important complications.     Congestive heart failure...

Is Your Mammogram Killing You?

submitted by: admin on 05/25/2019
  According to Dr. Len Saputo, physician and author of Return To Healing, doctors have to conduct 1,900 mammograms in order to save one life. But, they will cause two cancers from the mammogram's radiation in the process. And they will misdiagnose 30 percent of the people, meaning many women will receive unnecessary and costly surgeries, radiation...

Making Medical Decisions for Children

submitted by: admin on 10/10/2013
We tend to assume that children, especially pre-teens cannot make wise decisions about end of life issues. Quite the contrary, they have amazing insights and should be listened to.

MDs Fail to Order Screening Tests

submitted by: admin on 05/25/2019
In an article published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2012 it was determined that MDs are not ordering preventive screening tests very often. Perhaps they don't have sufficient incentive, but they certainly don't have much time in today's HMO medicine. Even though they receive automated reminders, only a few tests, such as colonoscopy,...

MDs Over-Prescribe Tests They Profit From

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
  Financial reimbursement and ownership of medical testing equipment leads to over-prescribing of these tests. These types of conflict of interest extend to ownership of MRI and CT facilities, surgicenters, cardiac imaging equipment, laboratory services and much more. A recent article in JAMA documented that MDs over prescribe two types of cardiac stress...

PSA Screening

submitted by: admin on 06/18/2016
  The inventor of the PSA test as come out and stated that the PSA era is over. We are over-diagnosing too many prostate cancers that don't need treatment with the test. There is no good prostate screening test today. The PSA test is good for following known prostate cancers as they are a good measurement of the extent of growth of the cancer.              

Screening for Colon Cancer (video series)

submitted by: admin on 04/08/2015
No one wants to get colon cancer and colonoscopy has been touted to be the best way to find asymptomatic precanceous and cancerous lesions of the colon that could be lifesaving. This makes logical sense, however, the United States Preventive Services Task Force in now questioning this test for healthy people who have no GI symptoms.   

Should Screening Tests for Cancer be Limited in the Elderly?

submitted by: admin on 09/01/2014
A study out of the University of North Carolina Medical Center in August of 2014 studied more than 27,000 patients over the age of 65 and questioned the widsom of doing routine cancer screening tests, especially if they had a limited life expectancy. They looked at screening tests for prostate, breast, colon, and cervix in a study from 2000 through 2010 and compared...