What’s the difference?
Several people have asked me about CBD, or cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis plants.
What is it good for? Does it work? Is it legal?
CBD oil has become a billion-dollar a year industry, and the marketing of these products is fierce.
As I started to do some research, first I had to figure out the difference between some commonly used terms: CBD oil, hemp extract, …
read on Here’s another post in honor of June being Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month.
We know that the cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins, can help
prevent heart attacks and strokes in people with known cardiovascular disease, such as someone who has already had a heart attack, or who smokes and has high blood pressure.
(It’s less clear if statins are helpful in healthy individuals with no risk factors for heart disease other …
read on Spring is here and summer is around the corner.
That means bugs.
And unfortunately, many of these insects and arachnids bite or burrow and cause intense itchiness. At worse, they spread disease.
So here are a few tips on treating some of the more common bug bites.
It’s easier to prevent and treat bites if you know what type of insect (six legs) or arachnid (eight legs) you’re dealing with.…
read on Polypharmacy is the rather uniquely Western medicine epidemic of popping too many prescription drugs.
There’s an old healthcare joke with the punchline
“There’s a drug for that!” Sadly, that’s true.
It’s ironic, but too much health care is killing us, especially our seniors.
A recent report by the Lown Institute shows the scope of the problem: There’s been a 300% increase in polypharmacy over the last 20 years. 42% of
read on Mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and other biting insects are active this time of year. Most cause discomfort; some carry dangerous diseases. Protect yourself with an effective bug repellent.
There are four chemicals on the market that make up most of the available bug repellents.
Always read the labels to know what the active ingredients are, and follow the directions for use, especially if you’re using it on children.
DEET is …
read on I’ve mentioned before that Americans take a lot of prescription drugs.
More than half of us take at least one prescription medication every day. And if you’re over 65, you may be one of the 40% taking
more than five drugs every day. (That’s called polypharmacy.)
Many common prescription drugs are
linked to depression, too, and the more meds you take, the more likely you are … read on For years one of my family members has had to have multiple skin cancers—basal cell and squamous—removed from his face.
He heard that the supplement niacinamide might help prevent these skin cancers, so I volunteered to do a little research into the research. 😄
Vitamin B3, niacin, niacinamide & nicotinamide
First I had to educate myself about the multiple and confusing names in this group of supplements!
Vitamin B3 is … read on If you are one of the 75% of Americans that uses prescription drugs, you know they cost a lot of money. Especially if you’re one of the 1 in 4 that can’t afford their medicine.
A few days ago the government announced that
drug companies must include the price of their drugs in all television commercials if the drugs cost more than $35/month.
Which they will as Big Pharma …
read on Itchy bug bites and skin rashes are common complaints this time of year.
A lot of products at the drugstore claim to relieve itchiness, but which anti-itch cream (or ointment or gel or liquid) is best?
That depends on what you’re treating.
There are four main types of ingredients in anti-itch creams: corticosteroids, counter-irritants, antihistamines, and colloidal oatmeal.
These are often combined with soothing agents such as zinc or aloe, …
read on Even better, don’t use them at all unless your doctor tells you to.
You’ll save money, and you’ll probably be healthier.
I posted a few years ago that
. Earlier this month Healthy adults don’t need multivitamins a new study was published that showed not only do we (healthy adults) not need supplemental vitamins and minerals, some may actually cause harm. What the study showed
The study was funded by …