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Acupuncture, Hypnosis and Infrared Light Work to Quit Smoking

submitted by: admin on 05/07/2015
A review of 14 studies was published in the American Journal of Medicine in May of 2012 showing that acupuncture, hypnotherapy, and infrared light therapy are effective in helpling quit smoking. Nonetheless, the authors recommended that people try drugs and behavioral therapy first. What are they thinking!! The non-drug approaches work better and are far less...

Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitalized Patients are Commonplace

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
There are more than 100,000 deaths from the expected side effects of pharmaceutical drugs and more than 2 million events requiring hospitalization. Mistakes in administering drugs in the hospital are now commonplace. We have problem!          

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....

ALLHAT Blood Pressure Recommendations

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
The ALLHAT study is the largest study that compares different therapies. They concluded that the most effective and affordable pill was a thiazide diuretic, not the new designer drugs that are highly advertized. Big pharma has a conflict of interest and is only interested in making return on investment.        

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.                

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.            

Antidepressants Linked to Thicker Arteries

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
Antidepressants have now been linked to arteriosclerosis. Studies on the thickness of the carotid artery show that there is a progression of arteriosclerosis that is four times more than normal if someone is on an SSRI antidepressant in identical twins when one is on an SSRI antidepressant the other is not. This adds to the welln known dangers of using these...

Appetite Suppressants

submitted by: admin on 05/16/2015
Appetite suppressants not only don't work well but have serious safety issues. Lifestyle issues such as, stress, insufficient sleep, lack of exercise as well as endocrine issues are important.          

Are Drug Warning Labels Preventing Side Effects?

submitted by: admin on 05/17/2015
Many people ignore prescription drug warning labels according to a study published in the June 2012 issue of the Public Library of Science online journal. There are 15 million drug errors annually in the US, 2 million hospitalizations, and 400,000 deaths. In a study measuring eye gaze when reading a prescription drug label in people over 50 years of age,...

Are the Emotional Side Effects of Antidepressants Worse than the Disease?

submitted by: admin on 05/26/2015
In a study done on 1829 people on antidepressants from the University of Liverpool that was published in the February 2014 issue of the journal, Psychiatry Research, more than half of the participants reported psychological problems due to their medication! Thoughts of suicide, sexual difficulties, and emotional numbness were far more common than appreciated.  The...

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.            

Artficial Sweeteners

submitted by: admin on 10/26/2015
lArtificial sweeteners have not been proven to help with weight loss. In fact, there is some evidence suggesting the opposite. Most artificial sweeteners have worrisome side effects and some are toxic. Stevia is a safe alternative.            

Aspirin and Proton Pump Inhibitor Combinations

submitted by: admin on 10/26/2015
When you cannot tolerate aspirin should you just add one of the "purple pills?" The dangers of proton pump inhibitors are described.              

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.        

Blood Pressure Pills

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
The goal of Big Pharma is to sell drugs, whether safe or not. It is always advertising new on-patent drugs because they have the greatest potential for profit. The most effective drug for blood pressure control has been around for 50 years, is off-patent, is about $10 per month; it is called hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). Even HCTZ causes problems that include elevated...

Can You Trust Your Doctor to Prescribe the Best Treatment?

submitted by: admin on 06/05/2014
According to a study by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center that was published in the May 2014 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, you cannot trust television and magazine ads for US cancer centers. They studied more than 400 ads and report that they mislead patients because they are heavy on emotional appeal and light on the real...

Can Your Anti-depressant Cause a Heart Attack

submitted by: admin on 06/03/2015
Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center published an article in the May issue of Psychosomatic Medicine showing a six fold increase in atherosclerotic plaque in the coronary arteries of primates when they were taking Zoloft, and SSRI antidepressant. The monkeys were fed an atherogenic diet for 18 months. They were then randomized and half were...

Cancer Studies Downplay Chemotherapy Side Effects

submitted by: admin on 03/12/2014
According to the January 2013 issue of Annals of Oncology, the side effects of chemotherapy are left out of the articles. Investigators are going overboard to make their studies look as positive as possible. Two thirds of 164 studies were found to downplay the side effects of chemotherapy. This, of course, leads oncologists to treatment protocols that don't...

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.