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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.            

Antidepressants Increase Mortality in ICU Patients

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
  A Harvard study in May of 2012 reviewed the records of more than 10,000 patients admitted to the ICU and found that if they were on antidepressants that their risk of dying was 73% higher. They also found that 17% of these patients were on SSRI or SNRI antidepressants! This risk remained elevated for one year after discharge. People with acute coronary...

Can Probiotics Protect Against Swine Flu Deaths?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  The 2009 H1N1 swine flu epidemic deaths in children were more related to MRSA than the virus itself. Simultaneous infection of MRSA and H1N1 increased mortality by 8 fold! Only 30% of children in ICU with swine flu did not have a co-existing serious disease. Of those, only 9% died. The potential value of the swine flu vaccine would not save many lives....

Copper Kills 97% of ICU Bacteria

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Antimicrobial copper surfaces in ICU kill 97% of bacteria that can cause hospital-acquired infections (HAI). This translates into a 40% reduction in the risk of getting an HAI. Five percent of all hospitalizations are complicated by an HAI and this leads to more than 100,000 deaths annually in the US. Copper should be put on bed rails, tray tables, call buttons,...

Doctors and Nurses are not Washing Their Hands

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
When cameras are watching more doctors and nurses wash their hands. Less than 7% washed their hands immediately when entering or before leaving a patient's room. under normal conditions. This number shot up to 88% when cameras were installed to monitor hand washing. With hospital acquired infections reaching 5% and 100,000 deaths annually from them, hand...

Exercise and Sleep

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
A study on 2600 people between the ages of 18-85 showed that if they exercise hard for at least 150 minutes a week that they sleep better and feel more alert during the daytime. The quality of their sleep is 65% better. Insomnia affects us all at some time in our life, but at any one time about 40% of Americans have difficulty sleeping. Other benefits arising...

Gown and Glove Use in the ICU Reduces MRSA

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
A study from the University of Maryland and Yale schools of medicine published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in October of  2013 showed that MRSA (methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus) infections could be reduced by 40% if the medical staff would wear gowns and gloves for all patients. This study involved 20 ICUs in 15 states and...

How to Prevent the Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease

submitted by: admin on 10/08/2013
  According to the European Society of Cardiology, 80-90% of all cardiovascular disease is preventable and up to 50% could be prevented by imposing population level changes through taxes and regulation of advertising. They recommend population-based interventions from local and national government aimed at unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and reducing...

L-carnitine Improves Outcome After a Heart Attack

submitted by: admin on 02/18/2015
  A study in the April 2013 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings documented that the amino acid L-carnitine significantly improves cardiac function after a heart attack. Apparently, l-carnitine is depleted after a heart attack and, if corrected, results in a 27% reduction in all-cause mortalitiy, 65% fewer dangerous ventricular arrhythmias, 40% reduction...

Load Up on Fiber Now and Avoid Heart Disease Later

submitted by: admin on 02/23/2024
Most of the time we associate fiber with bowel health, especially constipation. However, fiber has a prominent role in lowering hypertension, weight, and cholesterol and has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease later in life. We need between 25 and 40 grams a day of fiber and this can easily be achieved by filling two thirds of your plate with fruit,...

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Protect the Heart

submitted by: admin on 02/18/2015
  Patients with diabetes who've had a previous heart attack have an 84% lower incidence of dangerous ventricular arrhythmias and 72% lower risk of a fatal heart attack if they use omega 3 fatty acids than those only on drug protection. One thousand patients were followed for 40 months and included those between the ages of 60 and 80. They were given...

Over-treatment in the ICU is Common

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
  A JAMA survey of almost 2000 doctors and nurses in the ICU in January of 2012 revealed that they believed there is often too much care adminstered to patients. Only occasionally was there insufficient care. Advance directives need to be honored and treatment decisions often require input from multiple sources that include the family, physician, spiritual...

Probiotics May Reduce Anxiety

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
  Normally we think of probiotics for our gut. In a double blind, placebo controlled study, two probiotic strains, Lactobacillus helviticus and Bifidobacter longum were shown to lower levels of anxiety. These probiotics were shown to increase the number of GABA receptors, which induce relaxation, in the brain. They also reduce gut inflammation. Mental...

Shifting Medicine from Disease Care to Health Care

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
  We cannot sustain a sick care health system and must shift to a true health care system where prevention is the cornerstone of medical practice. In my book, A Return to Healing, I present a 5 point plan that could help encourage a health care paradigm. This program includes: Funding exercise programs both nationally and locally and in every academic...

Supplements: Do Athletes Need Them?

submitted by: admin on 10/16/2013
Anabolic steroids such as testosterone, androstenedione, and growth hormone are now commonplace in professional sports. It is not only bad for health but a poor role model for our kids. The spirit of sport has changed its meaning.        

The Happy Story of GM (Genetically Modified) Crops

submitted by: admin on 02/23/2024
       "A Return to Healing" Blog: Fri, 03/12/2010 - 23:38 — BBelitsos This short but profound piece, by a Wisconsin dairy farmer named Jim Goodman, is the kind of plain-spoken information we urgently need to understand the GMO debacle--one of the pillars of unsustainable agriculture. (It was first published on February 24,...

The Hip Resurfacing Scandal

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  According to an article in the NY Times in January of 2013, it appears that Johnson and Johnson, the manufacturer of the DePuy metal on metal hip resurfacing prosthesis, knowingly and willingly sold this product even though they had full knowledge that it was defective and would cause widespread disability, suffering, and even deaths. More that 10,000...

The Importance of Vitamin D in Serious Illness

submitted by: admin on 06/05/2016
A study published in Pediatrics from the University of Ottawa documented that 75% of children in ICU with serious illnesses had low vitamin D levels and were noted to be sicker, requiring more life support services, and longer times in the ICU. Considering that there is an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency caused by lack of exposure to sunlight, it is not particularly...

Urban Agriculture is Necessary

submitted by: admin on 09/29/2013
According to an article published in the September-October 2013 issue of the Journal of Environmental Quality, it is becoming more commonplace for the best restaurants to farm their own produce and pick it the same day it is cooked! This "urban agriculture" is taking off in many progressive cities. With this activity comes a responsibility to learn...

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