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Americans Demand More Medical Research

submitted by: admin on 11/24/2019
In a recent public poll, it was found that 72% of Americans want to expand medical research as soon as possible. They feel that research is the way to improve health globally, that we need more science, technology, math, and engineering, that the military deserves better health care, are willing to share personal health records, and conduct research on how to...

Assessing Hospital Quality of Care

submitted by: admin on 11/24/2019
Avoidable readmissions to hospitalization is only one way of measuring quality of hospital care. While they often relate to physician judgment or lack of it, there are many other factors such as patient education about medicines and why they are necessary, administration of medications, social factors for supportive care, and financial matters.                

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...

Cough and Asthma with Dr. Fred Nachtway

submitted by: admin on 04/22/2024
Asthma is found across all age groups and it often presents as a cough. Allergic rhinitis and reflux esophagitis often cause cough too. Bronchial provocation testing helps identify those people with a cough who have asthma from those with esophagitis. The prevalence of asthma is increasing and air pollution is probably part of the reason. Taking a careful history...

Do You Prefer a Male or Female Doctor?

submitted by: admin on 12/10/2013
Researchers at the University of Montreal evaluated 870 male and female doctors with regard to their compliance in managing diabetic patients with practice guidelines set by the Canadian Diabetes Association. They found that female MDs followed guidelines that included regular eye and physical exams, and the use of three medications that included a statin drug...

Exercise is Key for Good Sleep

submitted by: admin on 03/31/2015
  The National Sleep Foundation's 2013 Sleep in America poll showed that self-described exercisers report sleep that is twice as good as self-described non-exercisers; and that the more vigorous, the more beneficial. Although both groups slept the same amount, 6 hours and 51 minutes, the quality of sleep was vastly different. More than 2/3 of vigorous...

Faith and Your Health

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
  Having faith increases quality of life and longevity by 2-3 years in some studies. Studies on intercessory prayer also suggest benefit, but others show the opposite. Whatever the case may be, it also makes sense that we take as much responsibility for our own health as we can. Imagery has a profound effect on our biochemistry and physiology.            

Family Meals

submitted by: admin on 04/22/2024
Life in the fast track has even influenced eating together for dinner. Kids that eat dinner with their families are less likely to take up bad habits and they eat better food. Training kids when they are young is important.

Fitness Trumps Body Weight

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
If you maintain or improve your fitness level, even if your body weight has not changed or increases, you can reduce your risk of death. This data is according to research reported in the journal Circulation in December of 2011 on 14,000 men of average age 44 over 6 years. For every MET (the energy expended during exercise) increase over 6 years of a 19% reduction...

Happy Seniors Live Longer

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
A study from the UK published in October of 2012 on 10,000 people over the age of 50 showed that seniors who enjoy life live longer. Over 9 years they found that 20% died, but only 10% of those who had an "inner smile" and nearly 30% died who did not. Factors that influenced this outcome were psychological wellbeing, social isolation, wealth, living...

High Quality Relationships Improve Survival in Breast Cancer

submitted by: admin on 09/24/2013
  A Kaiser Permanente study published in the November issue of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment showed that either large or high quality social networks extended survival in early-stage invasive breast cancer. They looked at more than 2200 women and found that those who were socially isolated were 34% more likely to die. Women with small networks...

Hospital Food

submitted by: admin on 04/22/2024
Hospital food leaves much to be desired for people whose metabolic needs are dramatically increased. Nutritional medicine is seriously under appreciated.

How Does Our Body Detoxify

submitted by: admin on 10/22/2018
Detoxification is an aspect of human health that MDs are aware of but not well trained to practice. Yet we live in a sea of toxins and our food, water, air and soil are severely polluted. Our bodies are remarkable capable of getting rid of most of these toxins through our GI tract, respiration, kidney function, bile excretion, and skin. Many toxic chemicals are...

How is the Quality of Your Sleep?

submitted by: admin on 09/24/2013
  The importance of sleep in restoring and maintaining health are discussed. Insomnia has been linked to hypertension, diabetes, cancer, & arteriosclerosis by causing inflammation. Mechanisms are explained.        

How ObamaCare is Affecting Doctors, Patients and the Practice of Medicine

submitted by: admin on 09/24/2013
  ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act, will bring 50 million new people into the Medicaid program, but who will pay for this and who will take care of them? Most MDs cannot afford to treat patients in Medicaid because reimbusement for services is far too low. The quality of care will drop and access to care will take time to take effect. We're...

Is Mistletoe an Effective Cancer Treatment?

submitted by: admin on 06/24/2016
  A century ago Rudolph Steiner developed anthroposophical medicine. It is based on intuitive thinking about associations the 4 aspects of the human body--physical, etheric, astral, and ego--and plants, minerals, and the cosmos. Steiner's intuition was based on the fact that mistletoe is a parasitic growth that eventually kills its host. Inspired...

Johnson & Johnson is Self Destructing

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Johnson and Johnson has had multiple recalls for many of their products such as Tylenol, Benadryl, Motrin, Mylanta, Rolaid gels and more. Apparently their products have severe quality control problems that lead to wood, metal, and God knows what else!

Late Effects of Breast Cancer Therapies

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  Long term complications of conventional treatment are reviewed. Quality of life issues such as fatigue, weight gain, peripheral neuropathy, lymphedema, anxiety, and depression need to be considered.          

Level of Exercise Predicts Quality of Life and Longevity

submitted by: admin on 05/19/2014
A study out of University College London published in the April 2014 issue of BMJ.com showed that low levels of physical function that included grip strength, chair rise speed, and standing balance predicted longevity and quality of life in mid-life.  Scientists followed 5000 people aged 53 for 13 years. There were 177 deaths, and those with...

Marriage Brings Better Health

submitted by: admin on 10/10/2013
Being married brings better health and happiness through connection, sharing, companionship, and support. Many gain weight. Dr. Len and Nurse Vicki playfully look at the plusses and minuses of marriage.

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