Posts Tagged "Western or Bio Medicine Issues"

Overuse of Antibiotics and the Dire Threat of Superbugs

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013

Tragically, the overuse of antibiotics in the west is only the tip of the ice burg. In much of Asia and Latin America you can simply walk into a pharmacy and ask for antibiotics and they will give them to you, without a prescription. People even take them for the common cold. And now we see this excellent statement by the Chief Medical Officer of  Great Britain, Dame Sally Davies,  and i quote, ” If tough measures are not taken to restrict the use of antibiotics …, “we will find ourselves in a health system not dissimilar to the...

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Paxil Side Effects: High Blood Sugar

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013

Today’s NY Times article, unreported side effects of drugs which describes a new way of testing for unwanted affects from drugs via internet searches by users, is great news, because one of the safety issues with drugs is that when the FDA goes about its approval process, it tests just the drug alone; what it does not do is test the drug in the real life situation it will find itself in, which in the majority of cases would appear to be in combination with other drugs, especially in people over 40. “The popular anti-depressant, paroxetine*, causes high blood...

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Sulindac, Clinoril, and Taking Ownership of Your Health

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013

Today’s NY Times ( Generic Drug Damages Case)  has a sad article about a law suit involving a woman who is now legally blind after taking a prescription pain drug, Sulindac, and almost dieing. Sulindac, or Clinoril, is an NSAID, or non-specific anti-inflammatory drug in the same family as Ibuprofen, and was prescribed by her M.D. for her shoulder pain. What kills me, first and foremost about this case is, why in heaven’s name did this woman’s M.D. not have her try  Ibuprofen first, which is comparatively safe for short term use? Why give a prescription NSAID, which practically...

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Acupuncture for Trigger Point Pain Relief/Acupuncture in the News

Posted by on Feb 17, 2013

CBS News Video on Acupuncture for Trigger Point Pain and Other Pain at Montifiore Hospital in New York The M.D. in this video doing acupuncture for trigger point pain is going to hurt his own back if he does not improve his  bio-mechanics.  If I were him i would use a wheeled stool, which is what I use in my own acupuncture practice here in San Diego. This report makes reference to trigger point pain, which is what the woman being treated for back and leg/buttock pain is being given acupuncture for. Trigger points are a significant factor in...

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Should I Get the Flu Vaccine

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012

From today’s NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/10/25/business/25reuters-novartis-vaccines.html?hp Switzerland and Italy have banned four of the current flu vaccines made by major drug international Novartis. pending further testing for side affects. But the larger issue, in my opinion, on this specific vaccine, is that the scientists making them each year can only make an educated guess on which strain of the flu virus will appear that year. Wrong strain and the vaccine is useless. If you look closely you will find that the odds are not that great. So given the potential for side affects,  and the reality that we don’t really...

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Noise vs. Sleep in Hospitals: A New Awareness

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012

Great Article in the NY Times: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/02/the-clatter-of-the-hospital-room/?src=recg “…Ask any person who has ever been hospitalized or stayed at the bedside of a loved one, and most will agree that hospitals are busy, noisy places. Patients have criticized the clatter for years, but their complaints have largely been ignored because hospital administrators, doctors, nurses and other staff have believed that a quiet environment is less critical for patient care than the alerts from the multitude of alarms, whistles and buzzers and the information garnered from frequent patient checks. Over the last few years, however, that attitude has been gradually changing,...

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GERD: Chinese Medicine vs. Bio-Medicine.

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012

From today’s New York Times, more short sightedness about the unwise use and overuse of drugs in primary care. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/combating-acid-reflux-may-bring-host-of-ills/ As many as four in 10 Americans have symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and many depend on P.P.I.’s like Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium to reduce stomach acid. These are the third highest-selling class of drugs in the United States, after antipsychotics and statins, with more than 100 million prescriptions and $13.9 billion in sales in 2010, in addition to over-the-counter sales. But in recent years, the Food and Drug Administration has issued numerous warnings about P.P.I.’s, saying...

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Human Microbiome Project Validates Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine Thinking

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012

“I would like to lose the language of warfare,” said Julie Segre, a senior investigator at the National Human Genome Research Institute. “It does a disservice to all the bacteria that have co-evolved with us and are maintaining the health of our bodies.” http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/science/studies-of-human-microbiome-yield-new-insights.html?_r=1&hp Finally scientists are, sort of, starting to understand what Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda have always understood–that the body is a garden, not a machine. But until they fundamentally alter their mindset, their solutions will still tend to be overly focused on what and under focused on why. For example, applying healthy bacteria from outside the...

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Just What Is Inside Those Breasts?

Posted by on May 20, 2012

There is a crisis involving environmental toxins in human breast milk. While you may not be able to control the air that you breath, or the fact that there the flame retardants in your stereo are getting in to your blood stream and being stored in the breasts, what you can control is the food you eat, and how much plastic and other toxic chemicals you get into contact with. One of the causes of toxins in breast milk are growth hormones found in meat and dairy from cattle that have been treated with hormones to make them bigger...

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Lymph Node Study Shakes Pillar of Breast Cancer Care

Posted by on Feb 9, 2011

For about 20 percent of breast cancer patients, removing cancerous nodes, a painful measure that can cause complications, does not improve survival or prevent cancer recurrence, researchers say. A new study finds that many women with early breast cancer do not need a painful procedure that has long been routine: removal of cancerous lymph nodes from the armpit. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/09/health/research/09breast.html?hp According to this article, for 100 years western medical surgeons have been doing a procedure on millions of women because they BELIEVED it would prolong women’s lives. God bless them, they were well meaning, if sometimes over aggresive (especially with...

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Hormone Treatment After Menopause Increases Breast Cancer’s Deadliness

Posted by on Oct 24, 2010

A new study, as reported by Denise Grady in the New York Times on October 19, 2010 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/20/health/20hormone.html?emc=eta1# has demonstrated that “hormone treatment after menopause, already known to increase the risk of breast cancer, also makes it more likely that the cancer will be advanced and deadly,” Women who took hormones and developed breast cancer were more likely to have cancerous lymph nodes, a sign of more advanced disease, and were more likely to die from the disease than were breast cancer patients who had never taken hormones. To me this is just one more example of allopathic medicine...

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New York Times Report on Drug Company Funding of Doctor Training

Posted by on Feb 23, 2010

I don’t see this as a conspiracy, but it sure shows how new doctors may potentially be influenced. There is no sane reason why doctors should not learn how to prescribe natural remedies as well as drugs. I have bolded the scary bits below, on how programs with the lowest scores receive the most money (are those the future doctors of the poorer and less literate patients that i see who are taking 6 drugs at once?), and on how a gift is small as a pen or a meal can influence prescribing patterns. “Meals are often provided for...

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