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Colonoscopy Screening Questioned

submitted by: admin on 06/18/2016
The Journal of the National Cancer Institute published an article saying that colonoscopy for primary screening might be going too far. I agree! The benefits, harms, and costs have not been determined. Checking the stool for ocult blood and flexible sigmoidoscopy have been shown to be of value but there's no data showing that colonoscopy gives additional...

Do You Need a Colonoscopy?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
  Dr. Len and Nurse Vicki discuss 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.        

Expected Deaths From Pharaceuticals in Hospitals

submitted by: admin on 07/18/2024
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that there are more than 100,000 deaths every year from the expected side effects of medications and more than two million hospitalizations as well.

FDA Supplement Regulation

submitted by: admin on 07/18/2024
Should supplements be regulated by a competent FDA is a legitamate question. There are too many false claims on supplements and regulation is limited by the FDA. There is also a political aspect involving Big Pharma, physicians, and the supplement industry that gets heated. There are about 10,000 hospitalizations caused by use of supplements, but millions from...

Hypnosis and Local Anesthesia is Better and Safer Anesthesia

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Using a combination of hypnosis and local anesthesia can aid in healing and reduce drug use and time spent in the hospital. It could also help avoid cancer recurrences and metastases. Two clinical studies showed these results. It appears that hypnosis works by reducing the perception of pain as suggested by functional MRI studies and PET scans.      

NSAIDs

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
  This class of drugs should be removed from our pharmacies. Problems associated with these drugs include, GI bleeding, ulcers, kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes, atrial fibrillation, miscarriage, elevated blood pressure, congestive heart failure and more! They account for 30,000 deaths annually and more than 300,000 hospitalizations. There are...

Patient Errors in Taking Medications

submitted by: admin on 07/18/2024
The majority of patients coming home from the hospital know little about the medications they are taking or why. This leads to confusion and errors that can have serious consequences. Methods to prevent this are presented.

Patient-Centered Care Shortens Hospital Stay

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
  Healthcare that is person-centered not only makes care more efficient but makes for more satisfied patients who are discharged 30% sooner. This kind of care provides a partnership between the patient and the health care practitioner wherein patients participate in making decisions about what treatments they want. We should be treating people...

Skipping Medications Can Be Dangerous

submitted by: admin on 07/18/2024
Medications all have side effects, but there are times when they save lives. The cost of drugs results in some people skipping them but the consequences can lead to more hospitalizations and more deaths

Smoke-free Laws are Effective

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
  According to a Mayo Clinic study published in Archives of Internal Medicine in October 2012, that compared the risk of heart attacks and sudden cardiac death for 18 months before and after legislation for smoke-free environments. There were 33% fewer heart attacks and17% fewer sudden cardiac deaths after the laws went into effect. The actual numbers...

The High Cost of Defensive Medicine

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  You can't really blame MDs for practicing defensively when they are trying to do the best job they possibly can for their patients and they don't want to be involved in a malpractice case if they make an error. In a study of 1200 orthopedic surgeons 96% admitted practicing defensively. This came to an estimated $2 billion cost annually. Many...

Treating Depression with Lifestyle

submitted by: admin on 04/25/2014
Today psychiatrists tend to use drugs to treat depression rather than dealing with the underlying problems or focusing on lifestyle measures. Dr. Len and Nurse Vicki report on three studies showing that poor diet, inadequate sleep, and depression have a profound effect on aggravating depression.  Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and Maryland...

When is it Important to Take Your Medicine?

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
The AMA reports that noncompliance with regard to prescription medication is the cause of excessive hospitalization, morbidity, mortality, and overall healthcare costs. The article fails to address those patients who suffer from adverse drug events and their related costs. They state that health costs go up about $300 billion annually because of drug noncompliance,...

Why we cannot trust the FDA

submitted by: admin on 01/09/2014
A special editorial written by Donald Wright from Harvard University and published in the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics pointed out that 90% of all new drugs approved by the FDA over the past 30 years are little or no more effective than drugs that are already on the market! They also commented that the safety of new FDA approved drugs is low....

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