“The Drugs I Need”
Business for Big Pharma has never been better.
In 1997 they were allowed to market their drugs directly to consumers through TV ads. In 2010, the ACA mandated prescription drug coverage.
Sure, there are good drugs that help people. But never forget that Big Pharma is big business, and investors are their top priority.
I love this YouTube video that parodies Big Pharma’s tactics.
Home remedies for a persistent cough
Flu season hit hard this year, and the normal, if unwelcome, after effect of many viral upper respiratory infections is a lingering cough.
A recent review of the medical literature found that, on average, a cough will last 17.8 days! Fortunately, most coughs are self limiting; that is, they will get better without special treatment, such as antibiotics.
If you have a question about … read on
Have you had unnecessary medical procedures?
If you see a physician on a regular basis and always follow his or her advice regarding routine screening tests or common diagnostic tests for minor illnesses, the answer is probably YES.
I just finished reading a new report published in my state (Washington) about the extent and cost of these unnecessary medical procedures.
This is a problem I’ve posted about before. Many … read on
Flu rages on
I thought it was safe to go back to the gym.
I’ve skipped the month of January because flu has been at epidemic levels for several weeks now, and just isn’t slowing down like it normally does after a week or two.
And because last year I’m sure I caught the flu at the gym, I’m being more cautious.
But when I arrived at the gym early … read on
I’ve been reading that more patients are using telemedicine this flu season, which is great. It can not only save you money, but keep you home where you’re comfortable and not spreading germs to others. This post was originally published May 2016, but I’ve updated the information.
Time is money
Maybe you have affordable health insurance and a doctor you like.
But have you ever had the experience of calling … read on
The difference between cold and flu symptoms
In general, a cold is a virus that settles in your sinuses, and flu is a virus that affects your lungs, which is why it can be more serious.
Colds can develop rather slowly, perhaps taking two to three days of mild symptoms before you feel really lousy. Flu symptoms hit hard and fast; you may think to yourself,“Where is the truck … read on
Look for a few simple, inexpensive ingredients
Flu season is still raging across the country.
Most cases don’t require a trip to the emergency room or even the doctor. But there are a few over-the-counter (OTC) flu medicines that can help treat the most common symptoms: fever, headache, sore throat, muscle pain and cough.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money, and these products can be used for … read on
Overnight oatmeal is an easy, healthy breakfast
I’ve seen a lot of recipes online for overnight oatmeal, but I think mine (or my husband’s, more accurately) is the best.
Rather than just refrigerate the oats and milk overnight, we add a small amount of fermented liquid—we use homemade yogurt whey or kefir—and then leave the oats at room temperature overnight.
In the morning, we have a slightly fermented bowl of … read on
I don’t like drug ads
As I sat in a doctor’s waiting room, I picked up the latest issue of WebMD‘s healthy living magazine. I leafed through the pages looking for a recipe I saw highlighted on the cover.
What did I notice instead? Drug ads.
I counted them: 13. Some were for supplements (elderberry gummies, really?), but most were for prescription drugs.
These ads typically need 3-4 pages … read on
Protect yourself with a flu shot
Flu season is reaching its peak. Hospitals have been overwhelmed with patients and are running out of spare beds.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting widespread, epidemic-level flu activity in almost every state.
The bad news is that this year’s flu strain, H3N2, is especially severe, and the flu vaccine isn’t a great match 😕
But the good news is that if … read on