Doctors and Drugs

  • New Antibiotics For Resistant Strains | Natural Health Newsletter
    11/18/2017
    Until medical science overcomes antibiotic resistance, you’re on your own. If you come down with a drug resistant infection, you’re only hope may be to turn to Mother Nature for help.
  • Oxycontin Addiction | Health Blog
    7/5/2017
    Chances are good that you know somebody addicted to drugs, usually hooked to painkillers after a surgery or medical issue. But there is a major problem with opioids: they kill.
  • Seven Problems with Plastic Surgery | Natural Health Blog
    6/22/2017
    Since 2000, plastic surgery procedures has increased by at least 115%. This new era of cosmetic surgery looks very different than it did in the past. Some of the trends might surprise you.
  • Antibiotics Increase Colon Cancer RISK
    4/27/2017
    New research now suggests that longer-term antibiotic use may promote abnormal growths in the colon that can lead to cancer.
  • Heartburn Drugs Leads To Kidney Failure | Health Blog
    3/11/2017
    Got Heartburn? Caution: new research suggests that on top of heart attacks and bone fracture risks, these pharmaceutical drugs are not so safe, linking them with serious kidney damage.
  • When Medications & Supplements Expire | Health Blog
    2/28/2017
    Do those expiration dates stamped on your meds really mean anything? Does it matter if your pill is a few months or a few years past its prime? And if it turns out that all your old medications should be tossed, exactly how should you dispose of them?
  • Telehealth, Online Doctor Healthcare | Natural Health Blog
    11/26/2016
    Find out the top online apps to connect with doctors and other medical care practitioners without leaving home.
  • Best Day To Schedule Surgery | Health Blog
    11/18/2016
    Find out the best day to plan a surgery and the factors that help make your surgery successful.
  • How To Choose the Right Doctor | Health Blog
    10/15/2016
    I already know that this newsletter is going to upset many people--especially those who don't read beyond the title. Everyone likes to believe that their political views are carefully thought out, rational opinions formed by their awareness of the world around them and a mastery of facts. In other words, they are the result of absolute free will and are therefore entirely independent of all other aspects of their lives.
  • Taking Too Many Prescription Drugs | Natural Health Newsletter
    10/1/2016
    The odds of your doctors understanding that your infirmity could result from the drugs they've prescribed might not be good.
  • Overcoming Dentophobia: The Fear of Dentists | Health Blog
    9/13/2016
    Dental phobia is the number one phobia in the developed world. Learn more about Dentophobia and how to overcome it.
  • Colonguard for Colon Cancer Test | Natural Health Blog
    6/11/2016
    Although they aren't widely advertised and many still don't know about them, there are alternatives to the colonoscopy when looking for colon cancer.
  • New Fast Food Diet Before Colonoscopy | Health Blog
    6/4/2016
    According to a new study, you many not have to go on the dreaded all liquid diet before a colonoscopy. In fact, you might get better results if you don't.
  • Can Robots Replace Surgeons | Natural Health Blog
    5/28/2016
    Totally autonomous, surgical robots are coming--assuming human anesthesiologists and surgeons are someday willing to let them.
  • The Lazarus Phenomenon & NDEs | Health Blog
    5/19/2016
    Scientists are working on a way to bring the clinically dead back to life.
  • Doctors Overprescribe Antibiotics | Health Blog
    5/17/2016
    According to the CDC, nearly one-third of the outpatient oral antibiotics prescribed each year may be unjustified.
  • The Top Deadly Emergency Surgeries | Health Blog
    5/14/2016
    There are seven specific procedures that result in 80 percent of the emergency general surgery mortalities in the United States.
  • 5/12/2016
    Apparently, opioid addicts are now turning to anti-diarrheal medications­ containing the ingredient loperamide to allay their cravings.
  • The Truth About Clinical Studies | Health Blog
    5/9/2016
    Today, we're going to discuss everything you've ever wanted to know about clinical studies.
  • Doctors Treat Difficult Patients with Worse Care | Health Blog
    3/31/2016
    The care a physician provides appears to suffer when a patient is difficult or disruptive during an appointment.
  • Overdose on Prescription Opioid Pain Killers | Health Newsletter
    3/5/2016
    According to the CDC, over 47,000 Americans fatally overdosed on prescription killers in 2014. Almost as stunning was the apparent lack of concern expressed by the world's media when reporting it.
  • Dangers of Concurrent Surgery | Health Blog
    1/26/2016
    Surgeons are double-task, cutting one patient open in operating room A and then scooting over to operating room B to stitch up someone else.
  • Modern Medicine & Malaria  | Natural Health Newsletter
    1/2/2016
    If you want to optimize your chances for good health, you have to choose the best option available--regardless of which camp (alternative or mainstream) it comes from.
  • Antidepressants Cause Autism | Natural Health Blog
    12/29/2015
    A new study asserts that if mothers take antidepressants during pregnancy, there's far more likelihood that their kids will be born with autism.
  • Human Genetic Engineering Research CRISPR-cas9 | Health Blog
    11/24/2015
    Scientists in China are continuing DNA experimentation, pushing the boundaries of what many around the globe consider ethical.
  • 11/19/2015
    A new pill takes an "ingenious" approach to cutting your appetite. You swallow the pill, and then the shell dissolves and a balloon the size of a grapefruit automatically inflates.
  • Medication Mistakes Frequent in Surgery | Health Blog
    11/12/2015
    Medication errors are made in nearly 50% of surgical procedures.
  • Media Attacks Supplement Safety | Natural Health Newsletter
    10/24/2015
    The headlines have not been kind to dietary supplements over the last several weeks.
  • Pharmaceutical Price Gouging | Health Blog
    10/1/2015
    Many drug companies have adopted strategies centered around absurd levels of price gouging.
  • Dangers of Antidepressants | Health Newsletter
    9/26/2015
    The BMJ just published an analysis showing that the popular antidepressant paroxetine (sold as Paxil in the US and Seroxat in the UK) is neither safe nor effective for adolescents with depression.
  • Natural Solutions to Kill Lice | Health Blog
    9/1/2015
    There is new research offering evidence once again that common lice treatments are no longer effective in many parts of the United States.
  • Vaccination Side-Effects, Vaccine Safety, Dangers of Vaccines, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, Polio, Flu Vaccine
    8/29/2015
    When it comes to vaccines, reason and nuance are in short supply and, in any case, despised on both sides of the argument.
  • Music Improves Surgery Results | Natural Health Blog
    8/18/2015
    Surgeons who listen to their favorite music while operating on patients do the job faster and with more accuracy.
  • Robotic Surgery Safety Risks | Health Blog
    8/13/2015
    New research suggests an association between robotic surgery and a number of patient deaths--but that may be misleading.
  • Problems with Symptom Diagnosis Websites | Health Blog
    8/11/2015
    Websites that offer diagnoses for your symptoms are wrong at least as often as they are right.
  • Check Your Surgeon's Safety Record | Health Blog
    7/30/2015
    There are plenty of doctor rating systems out there, but the problem is that the ratings are usually based on patient opinions.
  • How to Choose the Right Doctor for Colonoscopy | Health Blog
    6/30/2015
    New research suggests that the ability to detect problems during a colonoscopy varies widely among doctors, and finding the right one might actually save your life.
  • What Hippocrates Said About Doctors | Natural Health Blog
    6/23/2015
    Since Hippocrates is considered to be the father of modern medicine, it's interesting to review his suggestions a few millennia later to look at how they hold up today.
  • Vaccine for Hypertension Safe? | Heart Health Blog
    6/11/2015
    A new hypertension vaccine may one day help eliminate "noncompliance," which refers to patients who don't take their medication or who skip doses regularly.
  • Genetically Modified Humans | Health Blog
    5/28/2015
    In Chinese laboratories, scientists are playing with the possibility of genetically modifying humans.
  • GMO Dr. Oz & Columbia
    5/2/2015
    In mid-April, a group of doctors called for the removal of Dr. Oz from the Columbia faculty because of his "disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine" as well as his promotion of "quack treatments."
  • Tylenol Dulls Emotions | Natural Health Blog
    4/30/2015
    Acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol, not only reduces physical pain but also appears to diminish the emotions we register, both positive and negative.
  • Adults Abuse ADHD Drugs | Natural Health Blog
    4/16/2015
    Millions of adults may be using ADHD drugs simply as a way to enhance their concentration on a daily basis or perform better at work--or simply to get high.
  • Always Opt For Minimally Invasive Surgery | Natural Health Blog
    4/7/2015
    Laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, surgeries are not regularly offered to patients in some medical centers.
  • Are Vaccines Good or Bad -- Natural Health Newsletter
    2/7/2015
    Once you begin to treat each vaccination on its own terms, it becomes clear that not all vaccinations are the same and that we may come to different conclusions when looking at them individually.
  • Increase Use of Statin Drugs -- Health Blog
    1/8/2015
    Over the last 10 years, the percentage of people across the United States taking statin drugs has risen by nearly one-third.
  • Doctors Take Bribes from Big Pharma
    10/11/2014
    In the five-month period from August through December of last year alone, pharmaceutical companies paid at least $3.5 billion to physicians and teaching hospitals in the United States.
  • Dementia From Pharmaceutical Drugs | Natural Health Newsletter
    10/4/2014
    The long-term use of benzodiazepines, prescribed for anxiety and sleep problems, and one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in use today, appears to be linked to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
  • History of Holistic Medicine | Natural Health Newsletter
    9/6/2014
    Words matter. Defining the body holistically matters. And letting the medical community and its defenders get away with rewriting the history books in their favor whenever it suits them is just plain wrong--and deadly.
  • Growth Hormone Treatment For Children
    8/28/2014
    A recent study has discovered a link between the use of growth hormone treatments during childhood and an elevated risk of stroke in early adulthood.
  • 8/16/2014
    Doctors commit suicide at rates quite a bit higher than the general public.
  • 8/9/2014
    Telemedicine makes live healthcare available to consumers on demand, wherever they are. Telemedicine is going to rewrite how Americans get their healthcare.
  • 8/5/2014
    New research suggests that acetaminophen (paracetamol ) may not do much to help relieve your back pain at all--that it's no better than a placebo.
  • Top 10 Hospital Errors | Natural Health Blog
    8/2/2014
    A report from the ECRI Institute delineates the top 10 patient safety issues that healthcare institutions should be concerned about, and the contents aren't pretty.
  • 6/14/2014
    A large study published in The American Journal of Epidemiology a few years ago reported a notable increase in hearing loss among women who took NSAIDS like Tylenol, Motrin, and Advil.
  • 5/31/2014
    Treating children with antibiotics before their first birthday may double the likelihood that they will develop asthma at some point in their lives.
  • aspirin heart
    5/17/2014
    This week, in a miracle turnaround, the Food and Drug Administration withdrew its recommendation that all at-risk patients should take an aspirin a day to prevent heart attacks.
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    4/29/2014
    Recent studies have found that neural pathways of the brain are affected even in those who are only considered casual users of marijuana.
  • Doctors Refuse Care
    4/26/2014
    When it comes to life, the issue of quantity versus quality is frequently debated. As it turns out, doctors have come down overwhelmingly on the side of quality…but alas, only for themselves.
  • misdiagnosis
    4/26/2014
    A recent study revealing that one in 20 people receives a wrong diagnosis at an outpatient clinic each year, but the real figure might be far higher.
  • man checking for melanoma
    4/22/2014
    According to new research, taking Viagra appears to almost double your risk of developing melanoma--even if you only take it once in your life.
  • 4/10/2014
    Gilead Sciences, headquartered in California, has developed a highly effective medication for treating hepatitis C called Sovaldi. but it comes with a $1000 per pill price tag.
  • 3/29/2014
    Proposed new guidelines would have 87 percent of all men between the ages of 60-75 on statins, and 53 percent of all women in the same age group.
  • cascara sagrada tree
    3/19/2014
    If you have ever suffered from constipation, you are not alone. 63 million people in North America suffer from constipation and if not treated, it can lead to a host of other health issues. For some people, adding fiber to the diet is not enough. Are there other natural remedies? Turns out, there are!
  • 3/11/2014
    A new study as concluded that when a mother-to-be takes acetaminophen, the baby she is carrying faces a greater risk of having ADHD a few years later.
  • grapefruit health benefits
    3/10/2014
    February was Grapefruit Month, and even if you missed it, it is still a great time to pay a little tribute to the virtues of this much maligned fruit. Its tangy, citrusy flavor can serve as a reminder of the warm weather climates in which it grows, helping us get through the sluggish end of winter.
  • 3/8/2014
    According to a new report, stethoscopes often play host to infectious agents, including MRSA--a form of staph infection that can kill you.
  • Blood Pressure Guidelines Revamped | Natural Health Blog
    12/31/2013
    The recommendations for hypertension treatment have been questioned by a committee of scientists who just completed a five-year study of the guidelines currently in use.
  • Many Medications Are Dangerously High in Sodium Content | Natural Health Blog
    12/12/2013
    New research has found that a number of common medicines are so high in sodium that they can markedly increase a user's risk of having a stroke or dying.
  • Building a Healthy Immune System With Less Antibiotics
    11/21/2013
    According to Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, Associate Director of the CDC, we have reached "the end of antibiotics, period. We're in the post-antibiotic era.
  • 10/10/2013
    A new study out of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, just published in the "American Journal of the College of Cardiology," claims that statins may help to reduce periodontal disease
  • DSM Book
    6/1/2013
    Mental health workers--psychiatrists, social workers, and psychologists--consult a book called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders, known by its nickname, the DSM.
  • Prescription drug abuse
    5/7/2013
    A recent survey conducted across the United States in 2012, found that 24 percent of high school age kids actually admit to abusing prescription medications.
  • Psychic pain
    4/27/2013
    A new study out of the University of British Columbia has found that acetaminophen, the generic form of Tylenol, reduces existential angst.
  • Side effects of statins
    4/13/2013
    A new study just out reports that almost one-fifth of those patients taking statin drugs end up discontinuing the medications due to side effects.
  • 3/13/2013
    Doctors do not always provide patients with a full treatment disclosure of potential health hazards and surgery risks before performing procedures.
  • 3/8/2013
    When it comes to health, it’s all based on odds, not guarantees. Anyone who makes health claims about the effectiveness of certain supplements to prevent cancer is making false claims.
  • Grapefruit Health Benefits
    2/23/2013
    Grapefruit itself is not harmful. Certain pharmaceuticals for pain, heart disease, schizophrenia, and cancer, on the other hand, have been found to be problematic when combined with grapefruit.
  • Argus II for the blind
    2/21/2013
    Scientists at the National Eye Institute have developed a device that actually allows blind people to see forms and shapes and even to read large letters.
  • 1/2/2013
    Right now, the US is short about 9000 primary care doctors. In the next 15 years, that shortage is expected to grow to about 65,000.
  • 12/1/2012
    Although a new study from Danish researchers has determined that there's little benefit to the routine annual physical exams for healthy people, that may not be entirely true.
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    11/8/2012
    A recent study has found that a popular class of antidepressants called SSRIs may increase the risk of a stroke or brain hemorrhage.
  • 10/26/2012
    Did you know that if a doctors spends just an extra 45 seconds with a patient, the risk of litigation for medical malpractice greatly decreases? What can a doctor do with an extra 45 seconds? Proper doctor patient communication for one.
  • 10/20/2012
    First, a deadly fungus showed up in a steroid concoction that physicians use for pain, spreading meningitis. Then the Kellogg company got busted for little bits of metal mesh found in Mini-Wheats. Now, Starbucks turns out to be selling salmonella-infected Protein Bistro Boxes for breakfast.
  • 9/30/2012
    Each year, about 4,000 "retained surgical objects" (RSOs) are found inside US patients who have previously undergone surgery. These include soft goods, including towels and sponges; needles; surgical instruments; and miscellaneous small items--a category that might include everything from the surgeon's wedding ring to his reading glasses.
  • 9/6/2012
    New research, conducted at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has found that many more physicians than previously thought are experiencing burnout on a regular basis. In fact, burnout is commonplace among older, more seasoned doctors across a range of specialties.
  • 8/28/2012
    Recently, two new superbugs --Clostridium Difficile and Klebsiella Pneumoniae -- have come to the fore, and they are evolving rapidly. Not only are they now resistant to most antibiotics, but they have escaped the hospitals where they were first bred and are now roaming the community at large. And like escaped convicts, they should be considered armed and dangerous! 
  • 8/23/2012
    New research has found that physicians do not always inform their patients voluntarily of every possible risk that might be faced. And nearly 85 percent of the time, the lack of information had to do with five outcomes -- the need for a second surgery, chronic pain, poor cosmetic results, loss of vision or hearing, and infertility or sexual dysfunction.
  • 8/11/2012
    It seems that doctors at one of the largest medical providers in the nation have been routinely and "knowingly" prescribing unnecessary cardiac surgery on relatively healthy patients for years, in order to boost the bottom line.
  • 7/2/2012
    Fox News Interview with Jon Barron
  • 6/29/2012
    Serious errors are taking place in hospitals everywhere because charts are misread and the medical staff you expect to take care of you isn't always paying attention. And some of the mistakes were made because of pre-surgical errors in the physician's office.  Listen to this health podcast for more information about protecting your health and your life during your next hospital experience!
  • 6/29/2012
    A recent article in Time Magazine touts the work of Dr. Jasper Smits who has developed a successful program using exercise as the primary treatment for depression, anxiety, and a variety of other mood disorders.  Americans currently spend around $10 billion a year for antidepressants, despite the fact that antidepressants may cause significant side effects.  In this health podcast, learn more about this study and the many natural health remedies for mood disorders if you, or someone you care about, is suffering from depression or anxiety.
  • 6/18/2012
    According to a study just published in the journal CANCER, aspirin and the other commonly used NSAIDS may help protect against skin cancer. But according to another study just published in JAMA, low-dose aspirin use is “significantly” associated with an increased risk of major gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding episodes.  Who is correct and what is the natural alternative?
  • 4/23/2012
    Statin therapy should not be recommended for individuals with elevated cholesterol who are otherwise healthy.
  • 4/17/2012
    A new experimental medication, without the side effects associated with statin drugs, is being touted as a major advancement in lowering LDL, or bad, cholesterol levels.
  • 4/7/2012
    Wellpoint Insurance has paired up with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York to use the IBM Watson supercomputer to help physicians working with cancer patients.
  • 4/5/2012
    A new report just published in the Archives of Surgery says that one out of every six US surgeons has a drinking problem.  The finding comes from a survey sent out to more than 25,000 surgeons, 7,000 of whom responded. Why are the drinking rates so high for surgeons, and what does this mean to you when you have to go in for surgery?  Find out in this podcast. 
  • 3/31/2012
    A new study reveals yet  that a hospital stay might incur significant cognitive decline -- merely because you were in the hospital. And the older you are, the greater the danger.
  • 3/24/2012
    It's routine practice for drug companies to lavish gifts, lunches, research grants, samples, discounts, contributions, club memberships and more to physicians in order to sway them to prescribe their products and speak on their behalf.
  • 3/17/2012
    According to a recent study,  most popular aids to smoking cessation, particularly Nicotine Replacement Therapies, are quite useless.
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