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Are We Drug Guinea Pigs?

submitted by: admin on 05/26/2015
Taking a new drug is not always a good idea because they have not been around long enough to learn all their dangers. It is the effectiveness of big pharma's advertising, especially DTC ads, that entice us to try a new drug. When considering a new drug, keep in mind that you have to add up the percentages of all side effects to determine their true incidence.            

Artificial Sweeteners Increase Heart Attacks and Strokes

submitted by: admin on 11/24/2019
  People who consume at least one diet soda a day are at a 43% increased risk of developing a heart attack, stroke, or serious vascular event according to an article in the January issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. A study of 2500 people over 10 years was completed. However, drinking less than 7 diet sodas a week or drinking regular...

Asthma

submitted by: admin on 09/18/2013
In this overview of asthma the causes that explain the substantial rise in asthma are reviewed. The mechanism of developing asthma, mainstream and CAM treatments, and their side effects are reviewed. Integrative strategies are proposed.        

Autism with Richard Kunin, MD

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  There is an epidemic of autism and the cause for it is multifactorial. Dr. Kunin explains the myriad of factors in addition to DNA abnormalities that cause autism. Vaccines are another important trigger in three important ways.          

Cough and Asthma with Dr. Fred Nachtway

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
Asthma is found across all age groups and it often presents as a cough. Allergic rhinitis and reflux esophagitis often cause cough too. Bronchial provocation testing helps identify those people with a cough who have asthma from those with esophagitis. The prevalence of asthma is increasing and air pollution is probably part of the reason. Taking a careful history...

Counterfit Drugs

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Counterfit drugs are a $35 billion dollar a year business. 10-15% of drugs sold in pharmacies are counterfit! Canadian sales and Internet sales are popular because of discounted prices.          

Daily Aspirin Linked to Vision Loss

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Seniors who take daily aspirin have twice the risk for wet macular degeneration (not for the dry form). The risk increases from 2 cases per 100 people to 4 cases per 100 people. The authors stated that they felt the benefits of fewer heart attacks and strokes outweighed the visual issues. However, no mention of other forms of anticoagulation were considered such...

Do Familial Precancerous Polyps Predict Colon Cancer?

submitted by: admin on 06/18/2016
When do you need a colonoscopy? An article in Annals of Internal Medicine in May of 2012 stated that there's insufficient evidence to recommend earlier or more frequent colonoscopies for people who have a first degree relative with a precancerous polyp unless the polyp is advanced. About 30-50% of people have polyps that are precancerous, but only 5-10% warrant...

Exercise: Does it Prevent and Treat Breast Cancer

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
  Recent studies show that exercise both reduces the incidence of breast cancer and also extends life if you have it. The possible mechanisms of action are discussed.          

Heart Disease

submitted by: admin on 09/23/2013
This the number one cause of death in the US. We don't deal with underlying causes and tend to rely on treating symptoms. There is much to be learned from a good workup that can reverse this disease.          

Influenza Viruses (2007)

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
The difference between influenza virus types and their immunology are reviewed. How widespread and serious is influenza? What is the Bird Flu?        

Long Term Manifestations of Domestic Violence

submitted by: admin on 11/25/2013
An excellent article in the November 2013 issue of More Magazine reported that 25% of all women are victims of domestic violence. Two million women are injured annually by domestic violence, 25% require medical care, and 1300 die! Sixty percent of those going to emergency rooms are strangled and one in three lost consciousness.  MDs and dentists...

Medical Student Burnout

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
Medical students are abused with long working hours and teaching methods. It is no wonder that 11% of med students contemplate suicide and that there's such a high rate of drug abuse, divorce, and suicide among MDs.          

Metabolic Syndrome

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
There is an epidemic of this condition that is the precursor of type 2 diabetes and its complications. The basis for its development and how it works is discussed.          

Prostate Cancer Overview

submitted by: admin on 06/30/2016
  The PSA era is over. Modern research has shown that it leads to overdiagnosis and overtreatment and far too many surgeries, radiation therapy, and hormonal therapy. Prostate cancer is very common, but only about 2% need to be treated. Preventive measures and environmental toxins are reviewed. The relationship of various hormones is discussed.New tools...

PTSD: How Common is it in the Military?

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
It is hard to imagine that anyone in military combat does not come home with PTSD. Yet the VA does not recognize this in except a small minority of returning veterans.

Screening Does Not Reduce Prostate Cancer Deaths

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
  Screening does not significantly reduce prostate cancer deaths but it does lead to overdetection and overtreatment. The cancer detection rate is 40% higher with testing, but to prevent one death from prostate cancer more than 1400 men would need screening and 48 would be unnecessarily treated. The era of the PSA is over.

The Nine Powers of Dreaming with Robert Moss

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  Dreams are the experience of a larger reality. There are nine powers of dreaming: We solve problems in our sleep; we rehearse the future; dreaming is medicine, what the body needs to diagnose problems; dreams hold up a magic mirror or reflection of ourselves; they are a secret lab; they are a creative studio; they help us mend our divided souls; is...

The Precedence of Psychiatric Illness in Gangs

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  A study in the UK published in the July 2013 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry showed that gang members and violent men aged 18-34 had a very high incidence of antisocial behavior (86%), alcoholism (66%), drug addiction (57%), suicide attempts (34%), and anxiety (59%). They blamed this on a much higher incidence of psychiatric illness than...

The War Against Cancer, How Are We Doing?

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
Clearly, we're losing the "war against cancer." The incidence of cancer and survival has not changed significantly in the past several decades until we stopped the ubiquitous use of HRT. Environmental pollution, lifestyle, and genetics together have a lot to do with one's risk of cancer. We should be working on prevention rather than curing...

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