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Adverse Effects of Atypical Antipsychotics in Children

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
The side effects of these very powerful medications are serious. They predispose to substantial weight gain and to type 2 diabetes. Indications for their usage must be very carefully considered.          

All About Cholesterol

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
Dr. Len and Nurse Vicki present everything you need to know about cholesterol. What it is, what the fractions mean, what they predict, and what we can do to deal with elevated levels. Statins, how they work, what they do, and their side effects are reviewed. The role of inflammation, oxidized cholesterol, and why it should not be lowered too much are explained....

Americans Get Too Many Colonoscopies

submitted by: admin on 05/12/2015
Gastroenterologists and the American Society for Gastroenterology recommend screening colonoscopies begin at age 50 and be repeated every 10 years unless there is a special indication for more often. However, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is questioning this recommendation.  A study published in the September 2014 issue of...

Angioplasties and Stents are Overdone in Acute MIs

submitted by: admin on 11/24/2019
The Occluded Artery Trial published in the NEJM in 2006 concluded that opening a totally blocked artery during an acute MI has no benefit. Yet this information is being ignored because cardiologists are still doing revascularization procedures more than 24 hours after an acute MI. Part of the problem is that insurance companies continue to reimburse for these...

Antibiotic Resistance in the ICU

submitted by: admin on 05/13/2015
The emergence of superbugs is now a serious issue. Using antibiotics in ICU to prevent or control infection is understandable, but it has consequences. It is important to hold back on their usage until certain there is an infection.            

Antibiotics and Their Dangers

submitted by: admin on 05/13/2015
Antibiotics are massively overused in medical practice. Their side effects are far more profound than most MDs recognize. We review some of these complications, especially in modifying the microbial ecosystem in the gut.            

Antipsychotic Drug Abuse in Children

submitted by: admin on 11/24/2019
Antipsychotic drugs are prescribed in one of three visits make to psychiatrists in the US and it is on the rise. Ninety percent of all prescriptions are off label and are used for conditions such as ADHD for which they are not approved by the FDA. These drugs that include Risperdal, Zyprexa, Seroquel, Abilify, and Geodon are associated with weight gain and a...

Body Mapping and How We Perform with Sandy Blakeslee

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
The body has a mind of its own and it determines how we perform. You can improve your effectiveness in sports without moving. Repeated exercise builds up the corresponding body map in the brain whether actually done or just imagined.        

Cholesterol

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
Cholesterol is related to but not the direct cause of arteriosclerosis, heart disease, and strokes. We cannot live without cholesterol, we must have it to make cell membranes, vitamin D, many hormones, and bile salts. Yet it is related to heart disease. In general, the higher the cholesterol the worse the risk for heart disease. But it is not the total that is...

Cholesterol (Audio)

submitted by: admin on 09/13/2013
You cannot live without cholesterol because it is important for healthy cell membranes, making vitamin D, and many hormones we need. The ratio of total cholesterol to HDL must be considered. Statins are blatantly overused today and the power and value of lifestyle is underappreciated.

Colonoscopy: Do You Need One?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Dr. Len discusses the pros and cons for a routine colonoscopy for colon cancer screening. In asymptomatic people without a family history of cancer, the risks of doing a colonoscopy may exceed the benefits. Bowel perforations and severe GI bleeding are complications in 1 in 200 tests. Other screening tests are reviewed too.        

Curing Depression with Burton Goldberg

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
We overuse antidepressants and they are not very effective and are not safe. Poor nutrition is an often overlooked cause of depressive symptoms. Amino acid deficiencies relate to neurotransmitter deficiencies and can be measured & balanced.

Do Americans Over Rely on Vitamins and Supplements?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
We tend to ignore lifestyle and look to drugs and supplements to make up for it. A healthy lifestyle is by far the most powerful basis for good health. Some supplements actually increase the risk of diseases and examples are given. The situation in pregnancy is discussed. Situations where we're under physical or mental stress our needs go up are discussed;...

Do We Overuse Heart Scans?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
Medical radiation is dangerous and heart scans should not be used unless clearly needed because of the risk of cancer. Conflicts of interest lead to it being overused. The accuracy and reliability are also in question.          

Does Exercise Help Arthritis?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
Our bodies adapt to exercise, but we can also break it down if we traumatize it. They also adapt to disuse by becoming less capable. Use it or lose it is correct. Osteoarthritis is an example of over-stressing a joint. The body needs time to repair itself and analgesics are not the answer. Infrared light therapy and glucosamine are reviewed.        

FDA Considering Prescription Drugs Without a Prescription

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
  The FDA is considering offering many prescription drugs without a prescription at pharmacies where a few questions would be asked and medicine dispensed like through a vending machine! Most insurances would not be required to pay for such costs and patients would be largely on their own to determine the need and safety of their purchases. While...

Overtreatment of Sinus Infections with Antibiotics

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
Sinus infections are overtreated with antibiotics. Only about 3% of sinus infections are bacterial�the rest are viral. Antibiotics don't work in viral infections, but they are still too often prescribed.

Overuse of Medications in Pregnancy

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
The CDC recently reported that there is widespread and increasing medication use among pregnant women even though there is insufficient information on the risks and safety of the vast majority of medications, whether OTC or prescription. About 3/4 of all pregnant women use at least one medication during the first three months of their pregnancy. Over the past...

Overuse-age of Medication Is The Leading Cause of Headaches

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
  Overuse of medications is the leading cause of headaches! We rely on treating the symptoms of headaches with drugs rather than their cause. New approaches using infrared light therapy are very promising and safe.          

Preview, Coronary Artery Stents, Do You Need One?

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
The logic of identifying blockages in the coronary arteries and opening them with either a stent or surgical bypass makes a lot of sense. However, logic does not always turn out to provide the correct answer. We do nearly 1 million stent procedures to open blocked arteries every year in the US but unless we do them in the acute setting of a heart attack they...

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