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A Medical Maverick’s Fate

Posted June 28, 2010

The General Medical Council of UK has now removed Andrew Wakefield, MD from the medical registry. This follows their January 2010 findings from the Fitness to Practice and Investigation Committee report. And, it follows the February 2010 action by the Lancet medical journal to retract the article published in 1998 by Dr. Wakefield and his colleagues. The GMC investigation was prompted by an inquiry from Brian Deer, Sunday Times columnist. The Sunday Times is owned by a board member of GSK, the makers of the MMR vaccine mentioned in Dr. Wakefield’s published research.

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A Pill for Every Ill

Posted June 22, 2010

Consumer Reports has now stated that nearly 80% of Americans prefer to take a pill for depression when presented with other options including talk therapy. Consumer Reports went on to note that in a survey of 1500 readers, they benefited equally from talk therapy as they did from antidepressant medication.

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Medical Radiation Exposure to Americans has grown Six-fold in a Few Decades

Posted June 16, 2010

We’re number one. But that is not good news because the U.S. is number one in the world for medical radiation. Yes, that’s right that Americans get the most medical radiation exposure in the world. It is increasingly known that one of the most common and insidious ways Americans are over-tested and over-treated is the use of diagnostic tests that involve the use of medical radiation.

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Something Had Gone Terribly Wrong

Posted June 11, 2010

According to a major international study just published in the International Journal of Epidemiology ìusing a cell phone seems to protect against two types of brain tumor.î Let that sink in for just a moment and then learn that even the researchers behind the study, funded in part by the cell phone industry, did not believe their results. Which prompts many of us to ask the question ìcan we count on the studies, the gold standard of double-blind placebo controlled randomized clinical trialsî?

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Practicing Medicine without a License

Posted February 5, 2009

It has become a perennial political argument. Is it wise to involve government in health care? Does the government practicing medicine help people to live longer, live better, or make healthcare more efficient? The Medicare regulations alone, more profuse than those from the IRS, have caused many a physician to say ìI wouldn’t choose this profession again.î

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Has Technology Failed Us?

Posted February 5, 2009

There are many aspects of the ìgold standardî of medicine that have been scrutinized by science and found to be lacking. Episiotomy is one and the routine use of blood transfusions is another. And now the use of EKG to predict future heart problems for people who have chest pain is another.

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What Your Waistline Means to Your Health

Posted February 5, 2009

The New England Journal of Medicine in a November 2008 issue published research that had tracked nearly 360,000 men and women in 9 European countries for nearly 10 years. The results confirm research that has proliferated in the U.S. medical literature that is, a full to bursting waistline is a stronger predictor of premature death than one’s overall weight.

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Diabetes rate up 90% in last 10 years

Posted February 4, 2009

Washington University in a NIH-funded grant request 2005 to study ginseng and its blood sugar modulating effects called it an epidemic. They predicted 10% of the US population would be type II diabetic within the year. Their predictions have proven to be all-too-accurate.

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Imperfect Justice

Posted February 4, 2009

Integrative physicians are disproportionately the targets of state medical board action. They are often held to a different standard. Because their practice is ëoutside the norm’, the charge of ëpracticing outside the standard of care for the practice of medicine’ is often leveled at their practices.

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Decision on BPA-is the FDA decision deeply flawed

Posted February 4, 2009

The topic of bisphenol A (BPA) regulation has been discussed in the September 9 and September 23, 2008 issues of Pulse of Health Freedom. Now, 36 scientific advisers who comprised an independent panel have concluded that the draft decision of the FDA on BPA used ëunacceptable criteria for selecting data and depend(ed) heavily upon a key paper this is fatally flawedî.

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