March 31st, 2015
Folk medicine and herbal cures typically get only a sneering glance from the medical establishment if they get any notice at all. We are surprised, for some reason, whenever we are reminded that the people who came centuries before us may have actually known a thing or two about the world around them and how to treat certain conditions and illnesses. In an Anglo-Saxon book of remedies, a formulation of onion, garlic and bovine salts has actually been tested in a lab and found to be astonishingly effective at killing the bacteria staphylococcus aureus. This bacterium is behind several antibiotic resistant infections that afflict people around the world. Scientists believe this concoction may actually be a key player in the fight against antibiotic resistant organisms in general.
That a book of remedies over 1,000 years old may hold the key to fighting off a bleak future in which resistant bacteria could claim untold lives must be extremely humbling to modern medicine. MZWeb says that of course, our opinion of ancient medicine is not helped by the fact that the book this remedy was found in was called “Bald’s Leechbook.” Leeches were definitely one of the many misses in the hit or miss world that was ancient medicine. This finding, however, does show us that we can not be too dismissive of ancient remedies, and that scholars and scientists around the world had better start dusting off other old texts and readying experiments to see if there may be some more medical gems that we only need to rediscover.
March 27th, 2015
Little Kennedy Steele was born without auditory nerves. She has lived her three years without hearing the sounds we all take for granted. Most importantly to her, she had not heard her mothers voice. Until recently that is.
Kennedy is one of a few children taking part in testing an auditory brain implant. This implant bypasses what should enable hearing in the inner ear. Older adults are already hearing due to this implant and the FDA recently approved testing on children. Kennedy had her surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. There are hospitals in three other states in the United States that perform this surgery – Massachusetts, California, and North Carolina.
Brian Torchin has learned that when Kennedy heard her mother’s voice for the first time, she could not contain her excitement. She began to dance. Her mother was as thrilled as she was and said she would never forget this moment.
Dr. J. Thomas Roland, Jr. states that early result of the implant are encouraging. Everyone hopes that the brain will respond to sound and recipients will eventually be able to process the sound and develop oral language and speech.
Kennedy’s mother and the rest of her family are looking forward to the possibility of being able to communicate better with her. Doctors will follow Kennedy’s progress over the next 5 years, watching closely to see how her speech patterns develop.
March 24th, 2015
It’s a catch 22 medical situation that has no right or wrong answer. If a person is going to die with a terminal illness within a few months, should they stop taking statin drugs? Statin drugs are formulated to reduce the level of ‘bad’ cholesterol in the blood stream and thereby reduce the risk of heart attack. If the patient is dying with terminal cancer, will taking a daily statin drug benefit them or is it okay for them to stop taking the drug?
Dan Newlin says the catch comes because many patients who have been prescribed statins were told that they would have to take them for the rest of their lives. Telling them they can now stop taking the drugs makes their impending death even more of a reality.
Some patients are happy to be able to eliminate one daily drug from their routine, others fear a heart attack will claim their lives quicker than the cancer if they quit taking their cholesterol medicine. Patients who feel comfortable enough to quit taking statins also save a few hundred dollars on medicine costs over the course of several months. Some people say they even feel a little better physically when they quit taking the statin drugs.
March 24th, 2015
As reported in an article on reddit.com, a bill was proposed at the Federal level for approval for medical marijuana. This was a bi-partisan effort, focused to remove the Federal war and raids on the cannabis industry. Imaging Advantage has learned that, if approved at a Federal level, the states that chose to also legalize medical marijuana would be more in compliance with the Federal Government, end the bans and raids, and stop the interference with medical programs.
The bi-partisan group is intelligent enough to focus on allowing research to better understand the use and benefits of this drug, and re-classify it. The Senators we joined by a group of patients exhibiting different symptoms and uses for the drug. If there are realized benefits and relief from the symptoms of a variety of medical conditions, people deserve the right to seek this treatment. But, with so much previous stigma, we need to have a greater understanding of the effects and benefits, and how it can be used for medical treatment.
Is it so wrong to want to feel better? Should a parent not do everything they could to seek treatment for their aging parents or children? I think it is easy to judge until you are faced with such decisions yourself. And how better to understand than to learn all we can about what this plant can offer us?
March 23rd, 2015
Walking into a pharmacy with that little piece of paper from your doctor will be a thing of the past according to what Ray Lane said on aquionenergy.com.
Under a change in New York State law, providers will have to file prescriptions electronically
, directly to the pharmacy. The e-prescription program will put an end to filing phony prescriptions, which has fueled rampant drug abuse for years throughout New York.
“Not only should this measure prevent fraud, this will help with the diversion of drugs, which is the original intent of it, but also it will increase the accuracy when filling prescriptions,” says Dr. Andrew Kleinman, president of the Medical Society of the State of New York.
This new state law was suppose to take effect next Friday, however, Governor Cuomo delayed it.
“We needed to ensure the system, as well as vendors had a smooth transition.” I want it to work and I want to make sure that it’s good for the patients,” Kleinman says.
Doctors, hospitals and nursing homes had two years to prepare, but their software vendors needed more time to build better programs and get cleared by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
The providers’ electronic systems need to be reviewed and approved by the DEA before they can begin filing prescriptions for controlled substances, Kleinman says.
Of course, there are a few kinks in the system that still need to be resolved.
The new law now goes into effect March 27, 2016.
March 17th, 2015
“Your brain is involved in everything you do. When it works right, you work right,” said Dr. Daniel Amen and a recent Yahoo article.
One thing we can do for our brain health came from his study of Kirtan Kriya, a type of meditation. A session involves chanting and a pattern of breathing, for about 12 minutes. This practice was shown to improve brain function, resulting in greater alertness, clearer thinking and better problem solving.
You can get these significant benefits without chanting. The doctor has simplified it to a breathing exercise. He calls it five times two. Simply sit upright and breathe in slowly, for five seconds. Pause for about two seconds, and take about five seconds to smoothly exhale. Pause again for about two seconds, and begin another cycle by, inhaling slowly. 10 repetitions complete the session.
While Doctor Amen asserts that doing this every day would be a helpful discipline, he especially recommends it for times we are anxious, tense, nervous, or feeling out of control.
In studying meditation’s effect on the brain, he and his colleagues were surprised at what they found. It has long been assumed that meditation calms activity in the brain. Apparently, the peaceful affect we feel comes from optimized activity
in the prefrontal cortex. Dr. Daniel Amen calls this area the most human part of the brain. By firing this area up, meditative exercises produce a clarity that we experience as calm.
Practicing meditative techniques is one facet of a brain-healthy lifestyle. The doctor tells us that you don’t have to live with the brain that you got, that the right choices lead to improved brain health. He asserts that every improvement in your brain creates improvement in your life.