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Epidural Steroid Injections May Lead to Worse Outcomes

submitted by: admin on 02/20/2015
  According to  the February 2013 issue of the journal, Spine, epidural steroid injections (ESI) often lead to more pain and level of functioning at 4 years. In the short term, ESI can have a profound effect on pain relief. In those eventually going to surgery, compared to those not getting ESI, surgeries were shorter as was hospital stay. While...

Exercise Helps Congestive Heart Failure

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
  Moderate exercise helps ease depression in patients with chronic congestive heart failure (CHF) and is also associated with a small reduction in death and hospitalizations. Even the failing heart can be strengthened by exercise as measured by peak oxygen consumption and longer duration of exercise that is done carefully under the supervision of a qualified...

Going Beyond Disabilities

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
Major disabilities are very scary, especially when pain is involved. Yet studies show that some people with disabilities adapt very well and keep a positive attitude.        

Herniated Disks: Is Surgery Necessary?

submitted by: admin on 04/16/2024
Surgery is not the first approach to consider most of the time for herniated discs as much of the time they spontaneouly heal. The pros and cons of the various styles of treatment are discussed. In a large study the outcomes of surgery vs physical therapy and exercise were identical. Integrative therapies are reviewed.


submitted by: admin on 09/24/2013
  There has been a recent challenge in England about whether or not homeopathy was scientifically based and there is a movement to ban it from medical practice. It still remains a very popular treatment in England and many other places in the world. Whatever "science" does not understand it tends to throw out; this is not a scientific approach....

Integrative Medicine Research with Davi Pakter, MD

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Medical research is purported to be based on randomized controlled trials. However, there is another approach that is called "outcome" research.        

Knowing the Reputation of Your Hospital and Doctor

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  Not every hospital is the same and outcomes are different. You can get this information on the Internet. The differences in survival and quality of life are substantially different. There is a tendency for MDs to not report mistakes, especially if it can be covered. The consequences can be devastating to the MD. There are about 100,000 deaths from...

Selecting a Hospital Matters

submitted by: admin on 04/16/2024
Hospitals are rated and survival and outcomes depend on how good they are. There’s a 65% difference in outcomes depending on the hospital you select. Doing your homework is essential. We discuss the differences.

Should Medical Research Forego Placebo Testing?

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
  The results of a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial re-opened debate on whether it is ethical to conduct placebo-controlled studies because it puts those in the placebo group at the disadvantage of not being in the treatment arm. One could make the point that placebo is not really necessary because all that needs to be done is to see if patients...

SSRI Antidepressants are Risky in Pregnancy

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
  The October 31, 2012 issue of Human Reproduction published an article from Harvard and Tufts Medical Centers stating that SSRI antidepressants should not be used in pregnancy because they lead to worsened pregnancy outcomes, have not been shown to be of benefit, and are massively overused in clinical practice. This family of drugs is associated with...

Stroke Recovery and Acupuncture

submitted by: admin on 04/16/2024
Acupuncture has been touted to help stroke victims, but a study was done showing that it doesn't work. The study suffered from selection bias. Placebo effect is discussed. Getting better should be the bottom line, not whether or not the beneficial effect is placebo.

Traditional Chinese Medicine as an Adjunct to Cancer Treatment with Donald Abrams, MD

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
We may need a new kind of research that relates to outcome studies to prove the value of TCM and other disciplines such as homeopathy, Ayurveda, and naturopathy. Promoting wellness vs fighting disease is discussed.              

Trying Too Hard with Ofer Erez

submitted by: admin on 04/16/2024
Too much effort is not necessarily more effective and often creates a negative outcome. Sugi touch focuses on the way you move or don’t move. Removing effort helps us relax into who we are and how we express ourselves.

What to Say and Do to a Friend Who is Seriously Ill

submitted by: admin on 04/14/2014
When a close friend or family member is seriously ill, there is a lot you can do to support the healing process. Your simple presence,willingness to listen, and deep caring may do a lot to reduce inflammation and promote the healing process. Even though few of us are trained in this area, simple commonsense approaches can do a lot. Our willingess to help out...

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