Medical Talk Shows Should be Taken With a Grain of Salt

December 18th, 2014

With watching television being a popular form of entertainment in the United States, medical talk shows often wield serious power when it comes to convincing consumers to make a purchase or deliver information about new products and procedures. However, as with any form of specialized talk show, there might be something amiss when it comes to products and advice featured on “The Dr. Oz Show” and “The Doctors.”

A recent study appearing the BMJ, revealed that about half of the products or advice featured on both shows lacks significant scientific evidence or contradicts information that is currently known about the specific product. That being said, the study pretty much concludes that viewers should take the advice with a grain of salt. After all, television shows exist as a business entity of their own and do not exactly address any of the claims made against the televised advice or product.

In short, television is about ratings and new products with a host of potential benefits make Dan Newlin for good television. Simply embracing favorable studies, whether scientifically tested and backed or not, help the shows provide a suitable backdrop for the episodes. Higher ratings equal more money for the producers of the shows, and finding new and innovative ways to draw viewer eyeballs helps increase ratings. However, viewers should also take away that the study reveals about a fifty-fifty split in the effectiveness of the products and advice, which means half is supported and documented as well.

The Future of Prescriptions

December 18th, 2014

The world of technology seems to be winning in the pharmacy world as more doctors are sending prescriptions online instead of giving patients a paper prescription. This is an idea that seems to work in today’s society where there is fraud among those who want to get medications that are prescribed for other people. New York is one of the states that has completely said good-bye to paper prescriptions, and other states should follow.

By the time someone gets to the pharmacy, the medication could already be filled and ready to give to the patient. Someone who is in pain would appreciate the speed of sending online. It will also decrease prescriptions that might get lost if someone wants to wait to get medication. This could lead to a decrease in controlled substances that are often abused if people realize that they won’t get a piece of paper that can be changed, Terry Richardson feels.

The Real Risk of Taking an Unnecessary Antibiotic

December 17th, 2014

A study was done that addresses how patients in an urban medical center feel about taking antibiotics even when they know they have a viral infection and an antibiotic will not help in any way with their illness. The overwhelming consensus was the belief that an antibiotic couldn’t hurt, so why not take it anyway. This is a dangerous misconception. For one, it affects all of us, even Dan Newlin. The overuse of antibiotics on a scale as huge as the population of just the USA leads to resistant bacteria. Resistant bacteria can lead to epidemics with no cure, at least for a while. Bacteria mutate at a phenomenal rate due to their quick multiplication. A video to see this in action is It is a time lapse video of two E. Coli, a common bacteria, multiplying to become a colony of hundreds in three hours. By continually killing all bacteria, you are setting the scene for a dangerously resistant strain to form. Besides possibly leading to an epic pandemic, there are consequences to the individual taking an unnecessary antibiotic. There are some dangerous side effects to antibiotics, such as allergic reactions and worse. Taking them needlessly is only raising your chances of suffering one. Most antibiotics cause a yeast infection in woman because it indiscriminately kills all the bacteria in your body, which causes overgrowth of yeast and other delicate balances in the body.

Patients Don’t Understand Antibiotic Overprescription

December 16th, 2014
One of the most difficult challenges facing medicine in the coming years is the over-prescription and improper use of antibiotics. According to Dr. Daniel Amen the use of antibiotics at times that are inappropriate drives antibiotic resistance, which then spread to other people and can make them ill. As bacteria that have antibiotic resistance become more and more common, larger sections of the population may become sick. Additionally, there is no cure to antibiotic resistant bacteria. One of the worst places for the bugs is hospitals, especially those that have inadequate cleaning of rooms. This allows for easier transmission of bacteria, leading to more serious illness. The good news is that hospitals recognized the problem and have been developing protocols that, so far, have decreased the instances of antibiotic resistant bacteria transmission.

The bad news that was reported this week by researchers from George Washington, Cornell and Johns Hopkins University found that patients do not understand the serous risks of unnecessary antibiotics. This means that when they go to their physician, they generally want an antibiotic early in order to prevent any serious symptoms of their illness. When the physician doesn’t prescribe it to them they are frustrated and go to a different facility until they receive the antibiotic. This over-prescription is not deadly to the person but is a serious public health concern that can cause real damage on a systemic basis. Physicians will need to educate to change their patients’ minds.

The Risks of Taking Aspirin Outweighs Its Benefits for Young Women

December 16th, 2014

Many women today find that the risk of taking aspirin every day, even in small dosage, may outweigh its benefits.

A group of Dutch researchers conducted a 15 year study on a random group of healthy female professionals with an average age of 54. One group took 100 milligrams of aspirin on an every-other-day schedule and another group took the placebo on the same schedule.
The study shows that some women have a reduced risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and cancer. However, majority of the women, specifically those who are below 65 years old, have increased risk of developing gastrointestinal bleeding. Indeed, the risks or taking aspirin outweighed its benefits.

Skout reports that there is also an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, bleeding, and cancer found in women over 65 years old. However, the study concluded that the benefit of taking aspirin outweighs its risks for women over 65 years old. Moreover, the researchers were able to create a formula to individually estimate the risk, which includes various health and behavioral conditions collected in the study such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, and age.

Dr. Frank Visseren, a co-author and Vascular Medicine professor at University of Medical Center in Utrecht, said that although there are numerous studies about the benefits and risks of taking aspirin, it is difficult to apply one trial to all patients. However, there is a wealth of information that can be used and found in every trial conducted.

Doctors Being Bribed to Prescribe Certain Drugs: A National Epidemic of Morals

December 12th, 2014

It is fairly common knowledge that medical offices and hospitals are often visited by representatives from drugs companies. These individuals, salesmen and women, come in bearing gifts of all sorts in the hopes that their company’s drug will be prescribed regularly. It seems unethical to let this practice continue. Essentially bribing medical personnel with gear, food, and even money from the drug companies is morally wrong. The company,Gentech , is currently under fire for influencing opticians to prescribe an extremely pricey drug to elderly individuals with wet macular degeneration.


A nearly identical drug was previously used cost over $2000 less per dosage. The majority of those suffering from this malady are on the Medicare insurance program. As the investigation continues more and more physicians were found to be overly prescribing the pricey drug and making quite a big of profit while doing so. Tax payer dollars support Medicare and thus there should be stipulations put into play to ensure that physicians in all fields are not being “bought” by major drug companies. This is something Slow Ventures strongly agrees with. Think of how much money our government would save if more generic drugs, less intensive treatments, and fewer tests were utilized. Food for thought.

Just Too Much Medicine

December 12th, 2014

As sad as the truth may be, it seems that more and more people are ending up in nursing home facilities as they get older due to the fact that they either do not have family members or they have family members who do not want the burden of their care. With this said, the fact that more and more elderly folks are being overly medicated to keep them quiet has come to light; not that it was not known before.

A recent study that Susan McGalla brought to my attention shows that more and more of our elderly community are being subject to being given too much medication and unless the family memmbers intervene, nothing is done to prevent this. This comes to no surprise for one family who had to make the unfortunate decision of placing their mother in an assisted care facility due to her Alzheimer’s. Thankfully, the members of this family became aware of the behavorial changes immediately in their mother and put a stop to this medication dosing at once.

Too Much Of A Good Thing?

December 11th, 2014

Is it really possible to eat too many healthy vegetables? An interesting fact is that even though vegetables are very important for our health and well being, the very fact that they are low in protein, calories, as well as B12, brings to light that there may a possibility of eating too much of them and not getting the much needed minerals found in animal fats. Certain vegetables can also have a not-so-sweet effect especially on our breath. Garlic and onions can reek havoc on our breath, as well as in our perspiration for several hours after we these delicious offenders.

Another strange fact about the beloved vegetable is that they can cause abdominal bloating and flatulence, which is never a good thing. The greatest offenders are cabbage and broccoli. This happens because when we eat these vegetables, there is a build up of gas in our intestines, which can lead to some very unpleasant after effects.
I read a good piece of advice on Laurene Powell Jobs blog suggesting a ‘rainbow diet’- meaning your plate should have a variety of colors from the vegetables you eat, as well as a source of protein from soy or fish products if you are a vegetarian.

Depression and The effects It Can Have On Your Health

December 9th, 2014

Depression. Statistics say that 1 in 3 people suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and a plethora of other mental disorders. It is a growing problem in our country and many suffer from this very sad and scary psychological disease. It is often very hard for others who go through this to get control of their emotional state and the many symptoms associated with it. Patients who often suffer from this, look for medicine to take care of the problem but there are other ways to bring remedy to this unfortunate growing problem.

Some of the ways that can help with depression is to look for a place of peace, meditation and clarity. Busy professional, Mark Ahn, said that breathing techniques have helped him to relieve some of the stress of life’s daily struggles. Many exercises are practiced in relief of anxiety and keep you healthy in the long run. Finding ways to relieve this problem each and everyday, other than medication can help in a big way. You can find more subjects on these issues at Being aware and taking care of your mental state is important. Your happiness is our first priority. Why live life in the prison of your mind, when it can be free from fear.

Israel Doctors Have New Way to Close Wounds

December 8th, 2014

One of the more difficult aspects of medical care is dealing with the multitude of wounds that can come from injuries, particularly the more serious ones that can quickly become life threatening. New developments are one the way, however, as doctors from Israel have a new way of closing wounds.

This is one of my favorite advancements in medicine since the Amen Clinic came up with its brain scan technology.

Instead of using stitches, they recommend a mechanism with attachable clasps and fastening cables. It works faster than stitching, reduces the pressure on the tissues, and the final healed wound looks more aesthetically pleasing, and maybe this can even be a way to avoid the scars that remain.

The set is made of polymers and the straps come in different sizes to suit larger or smaller wounds. Dr. Topaz, the inventor, says that he had thought of the method for several years before, but it needed time to be developed.

Sets for wound closing are available to buy at the hospital where he works, but it might take a time before the TopClosure system will be tested and accepted by health organisations throughout the world.

As for the way it functions, the TopClosure apparatus does seem really secure. The adhesives might lose power but can easily be replaced with new ones. The two edges are kept very secure when tightening the wound due to small clasps.

The Israel hospitals use this type of wound closing apparatus for the soldiers while awaiting for medical help.