As a family, we are in agreement that we don’t want Dad to suffer. We don’t want him to linger with a low quality of life. Although he is confused and unable to communicate with us, we … read on
I love John Abramson’s work. He’s a physician and kind of the original whistle-blower on Big Pharma. He wrote a brilliant book, Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine, in which he outlined how the aggressive marketing techniques and biased medical research of the giant pharmaceutical companies have led to the overuse of many prescription drugs.
The pervasive use of statins is one of his (and my) pet … read on
I didn’t know this, but apparently in 2008 South Los Angeles enacted an ordinance to regulate or limit fast food sales. It was an attempt to lower obesity rates in some of the poorest and unhealthiest neighborhoods.
Now, seven years later, a study has been published that says the intervention didn’t work. It not only didn’t work, but the obesity rates were higher.
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I posted the other day about health care’s trend to “medicalize” or give everything under the sun a diagnosis.
And every diagnosis has to have a unique “code” that is found in the bible of diagnosis codes, the ICD 9 manual. Without an ICD 9 code, your doctor won’t get paid by your insurance company.
For example, the code for acute appendicitis is 540.
Well, later this year a new … read on
Healthism is a term coined in the early 1990s that describes the government’s use of “propaganda and coercion to establish norms of health” and its attempts “to impose norms of a ‘healthy lifestyle.'”
Think about the cities that have chosen to ban smoking or trans-fats or super-sized sodas.
Or the new federal school lunch program’s rather rigid nutrition standards.
Or the Affordable Care Act. It mandates coverage of … read on
I’ve always had difficulty getting a good night’s sleep, and over the years I’ve learned what a delicate mechanism our brain’s “sleep center” is.
For optimal sleep, our brains crave routine and reduced stimulation.
Related post: Lights out for better sleep
A sleep physician explains how TV can disrupt our sleep: Television ruins your sleep. Here are 5 ways how
Here are the highlights, but read his entire post for … read on
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the disturbing statistic that Abilify—an antipsychotic drug—is the best-selling prescription medication in the US.
I recently read another blog and a psychiatrist agrees with me: What does it mean to live in the age of Abilify?
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Antipsychotics are powerful drugs with considerable risks and side-effects. But psychosis and mania are powerful too….If Abilify keeps psychosis at bay
The measles has gotten a lot of media attention lately. And that’s a good thing—I hope it’s increased awareness of the importance of the measles vaccine.
Related post: Measles—A Disneyland souvenir
But I just read about another serious disease outbreak that can also be prevented by vaccine—bacterial meningitis: 6th student in Oregon infected with meningitis bacteria
Last year, there was a significant meningitis outbreak at Princeton University, and one student … read on
There is nothing the major pharmaceutical companies fear more than their best-selling drugs going off patent.
That’s when generic versions of popular (and pricey) drugs become available and the drug companies have to kiss their billions of dollars in sales goodbye.
So it’s no wonder that over the years they have figured out more ways to either extend their patents by tweaking a drug (New and Improved!!) or … read on
I’ve always been skeptical of the over-hyped claims of alternative medicine, including homeopathy.
(Heck, if you’d read my blog for long you know I’m skeptical of a lot of mainstream medicine, as well!)
So I read with much amusement an article on The Daily Beast: Sorry, Hippies, Homeopathy is Totally Useless
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Homeopathy is a worthless means of sustaining your health. In terms of preventing or treating disease, it’s up