If you’re interested in how much a kidney stone costs, read this blog post from the Costs of Care website. The author of the post gives an accounting of her physician visits, diagnostic tests and medications:
At least 5 sets of blood work, with CBC and chemical profiles, parathyroid studies
Several urine tests, including urinalysis and urine culture, and two 24 hour urine tests (a third 24
The other day a family member asked for my advice on treating heartburn. It’s a common problem and fortunately there are many lifestyle changes and simple products to try before spending money on doctors’ appointments and prescription medications.
For the occasional case of heartburn following a large meal, or eating too late at night, or being more stressed than usual, try a herbal product or one of the … read on
By July 5, most large communities have reported property damage—fires, mostly—and bodily damage—burns, missing fingers, blindness.
As a reminder to everybody to be careful around fireworks—my preference is to avoid them altogether—the San Diego Fire Department put together this great public service video demonstrating the danger of explosives fireworks.
If you want some pretty graphic reasons to stay away from fireworks, just go to YouTube … read on
New warning about giving kids codeine cough syrups
Last month, a medical advisory group to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted “overwhelmingly” to limit the sale of codeine products without a prescription and advised “drugs containing codeine should not be used to treat children or the majority of teens suffering from pain or a cough.” [my emphasis]
I knew you could buy codeine painkillers and cough syrups in … read on
Another non-scientific and potentially dangerous home treatment that I frequently see pinned is ear candling.
Ear candling involves placing a specially-designed candle (or cone) into one ear and lighting a wick at the other end. Theoretically, the heat from the flame creates a mild vacuum pressure that draws “impurities” out … read on