Stick to the basics and buy generic
Everyone has a home pharmacy or medicine cabinet: a drawer or cupboard or box where they stash all their over-the-counter (OTC) products and prescription medications.
Bathrooms are the worst place to store medicine. The above-average temperatures and moisture cause drugs to break down faster.
My home pharmacy is a small basin in a kitchen cupboard. I purposefully chose a small container so I …
read on To screen or not to screen
That is the question women are asking (well,
I’m asking). But there is no clear answer.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, aka
Pinktober. The news and social media are already broadcasting the message “Mammograms save lives.”
That simplistic platitude isn’t enough. Do screening mammograms really save lives? What do the numbers tell us?
Cancer screening has become a huge business in our …
read on What do topical pain relievers do?
A few weeks ago I posted about
how to save money on oral over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
Then I decided to look into topical pain relievers. This post provides an overview of what’s available, and how to choose the right one and save money.
I was totally surprised at the scope of products available online and at the drugstore! …
read on Head lice: a back-to-school nuisance
Head lice and their eggs (nits) are a frequent irritation for school children and their parents.
Because they spread through person-to-person contact and by sharing personal items like hats and hair brushes, head lice are especially widespread in the fall and winter months.
super lice, or head lice that are resistant to conventional treatments permethrin and pyrethrum, are now common in at least … read on Healthy guts need healthy bacteria
ruptured appendix my husband was on antibiotics for almost a month. His surgeon, physician and several nurses all suggested he take probiotics to help restore his gut’s healthy bacteria. The surgeon even recommended a popular brand of probiotics on Amazon.
“No problem,” I told them all. “My husband loves to ferment and makes his own probiotics—kefir, kombucha, yogurt, sauerkraut, ginger ale, etc. Our …
read on It’s time for those back-to-school shots!
It’s that time of year when the days shorten, stores advertise back-to-school clothes, and parents scramble to make appointments with their kids’ pediatricians for sport physicals and immunizations.
At least, I hope they do.
I am a fervent believer in vaccinations, even though I live in
. the state (Washington) with–sadly–the highest “opt out” rate in the country
In 1998 a medical journal published …
read on Save your money on omega-3 supplements
This isn’t a new topic for me; I’ve written twice about
and fish oil supplements . In both posts, I presented evidence that the heart health benefits (little to none) aren’t worth the price. omega 3-enriched foods last week confirms this. A new review from Cochrane
The researchers conclude:
The review provides good evidence that taking long-chain omega 3 (fish oil, EPA or DHA)
read on Are we living, or just not dying?
I just finished reading
by Barbara Ehrenreich. Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer
She’s also the author of
, a book about welfare reform and the quest for fair wages. So I was surprised to learn that she has a PhD in cellular biology! Nickel and Dimed
Ehrenreich brings her scientific chops to …
read on Extreme viewpoints entertain, not educate
I finally got around to watching the Netflix documentary
. What the Health Bottom line on top: This film is too extreme and manipulative to be a good source of information.
In short, the filmmakers cherry pick statistics and use fear mongering to promote their hypothesis that veganism is the only healthy lifestyle choice. That is a gross oversimplification of a complex and hard-to-study topic—nutrition.…
read on What is a Citizen Scientist?
More and more scientists are taking advantage of the power of the internet, or the “crowd,” to help gather and process huge amounts of data.
can be anyone. You just have to have an interest in science (and a computer). Citizen Scientist
I’m taking part in
. Cochrane Crowd Support evidence-based medicine
has been the go-to … Cochrane Library read on