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Acid Indigestion and its Treatment

submitted by: admin on 05/07/2015
  Heartburn caused by acid indigestion and hiatal hernias is reviewed. The pros and cons of using antacids and drugs that block acid production are discussed.            

Adding Proton Pump Inhibitors to NSAIDs

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
NSAIDs cause ulcers and proton pump inhibitors help prevent them. Why not combine them? Novel thought, but how wise is this? A clinical trial was done over a 30 day period that showed that GI bleeding was substantially reduced by this combination. There are many problems with this kind of reasoning. First, most people aren't on NSAIDs for only 30 days...

Analgestics, Bleeding, and Hearing Loss

submitted by: admin on 05/12/2015
The common analgesics that include NSAIDs, aspirin, and Tylenol cause a hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths annually in the US. We have a false sense of security because of advertising. Alternatives to drugs are offered.                

Aspirin, Tylenol, and NSAIDs Increase Blood Pressure

submitted by: admin on 09/18/2013
These over the counter analgesics increase the risk for hypertension in 20-50%. Fluid retention is one mechanism. DTC ads lead to their overuse. There are many other side effects as well.        

Big Pharma Whistle Blowers

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Big pharma whistle blowers do not do so for monetary reasons. However, they often find it difficult to remain employed or find new work. They are punished and often go through divorces, loss of job, loss of friends, and financial ruin.      

Chondroitin Plus Glucosamine are Equal to Celebrex

submitted by: admin on 05/26/2016
We all have pain from time to time and we want relief as soon as possible. The problem is that relieving pain with pharmaceutical drugs has side effects that are not minor, especially in the case of NSAIDs such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, and Celebrex. There are about 30,000 deaths annually in the US from NSAIDs  and more than 300,000 admissions to hospitals...

Does Aspirin Save Lives?

submitted by: admin on 02/18/2015
Despite a lot of excitement about aspirin, scientists can't seem to agree on whether it helps healthy people live longer and suffer from fewer heart attacks and strokes. Published studies in the mainstream medical journals on the same nine studies included in a metaanalysis differ. The study published by the Bayer Aspirin people showed a benefit. The study...

Does Chiropractic Help with Cervical Headaches?

submitted by: admin on 06/01/2014
  There is a clear bias against chiropractic manipulation by most of mainstream medicine, but it is changing from public demand. There is a growing body of impressive evidence that it works for low back pain and for relieving headaches in people with cervical disc disease. In a meta-analysis of 9 studies, 6 showed a positive benefit from chiropractic....

Fever Reducing Medications Increase Mortality From Influenza

submitted by: admin on 10/22/2018
A study from McMaster University published in the March issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B showed that fever-reducing drugs that include aspirin, Tylenol, and NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, could lead to thousands of more cases of influenza and more deaths because of it. They pointed out that ill people may give off more virus when fever is reduced....

Gut Microbes Linked to Weight and Metabolic Syndrome

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
  Scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine published in the August 2012 issue of PLoS a study showing that there are at least 26 species of bacteria linked to obesity and the metabolic syndrome traits such as body mass, triglycerides, cholesterol, glucose levels, CRP, insulin resistance, and high blood pressure. We know that many...

Headaches: Their Causes and Treatment

submitted by: admin on 06/01/2014
There are an enormous number of causes for headaches that include caffeine withdrawl, migraine, TMJ, stress, muscle contraction, and other vascular-related causes. Treating the cause is important, but most of the time our doctors are delighted when they can treat the pain successfully. NSAIDS are often used but they are not safe. There are many other approaches...

Ibuprofen Doesn't Work for Colds and Flus

submitted by: admin on 11/20/2013
A study published in the November issue of the British Medical Journal reported that ibuprofen and Tylenol had no beneficial effect on the symptoms of colds. In fact, they suspected that the illness was worsened by either drug. So, it neither reduced symptoms nor did anything to hurt the virus.  You have to wonder what took so long for an article...

Ibuprofen Proven To Cause Heart Attacks

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Ibuprofen has been associated with an increase incidence of heart attacks. It also causes an increase of GI bleeds and perforations, strokes, and kidney failure. Over the last 10 years there have been over 400,000 deaths and 4 million hospitalizations caused by NSAIDS.        

Indigestion

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Indigestion usually results from a weak gut lining caused by drugs such as aspirin, steroids and NSAIDs, and physical or emotional stress, depression. Treatment with drugs is dangerous and addicting.          

Inflammation and Sports Injuries

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Inflammation has now been shown to promote healing, so using anti-inflammatory analgesics, while they control pain and swelling, retard healing. Injuries stimulate the production of IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor) and the body manages a symphony when it comes to regulating inflammation and healing. Steroids are the ultimate example of reducing inflammation...

Inflammation Can Cause Depression

submitted by: admin on 02/16/2015
  An article in Life Extension in September of 2012 suggested the anti-inflammatory drugs might be the answer to managing depression. This idiotic suggestion seems like an ad from Big Pharma. When are we going to look for the underlying cause for disease rather than just treating its symptoms? There is little doubt that depressed people have high levels...

Leeches for Osteoarthritis

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Leeches are being used for osteoarthritis! This sound gross but are far safer than NSAIDS. There are many alternatives such as glucosamine.

Mainstream Medicine Nixes Acupuncture

submitted by: admin on 10/10/2013
  A 29 study metaanalysis done by Sloan Kettering scientists and published in Archives of Internal Medicine in September of 2012 suggests that placebo accounts for the bulk of the effect of acupuncture. They found that about half of the 18,000 patients involved in these studies had about a 50% reduction in pain and that 43% with sham treatment responded...

Making Change in Medicine

submitted by: admin on 05/17/2015
There are many ways of dealing with back pain that do not require drugs or surgery that are reviewed. The dangers of NSAIDs is highlighted and the use and mechanism of action of infrared light therapy is discussed.

Managing Pain Without Drugs

submitted by: admin on 10/10/2013
Dr. Len and Nurse Vicki provide an extensive overview of pain management from the mainstream perspective and from that of complementary and alternative therapies. All drugs, even the over the counter medications, used for pain management have potential serious effects. So they are not ideal. Complications of NSAIDs are massive and should be taken off the market.