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Traditional medicine works. But be aware of the harm that “harmless” traditional medical therapies can cause. Take charge of your own care by making good decisions.
This very well written review of scientific issues regarding complementary and alternative medicine reminds us of the challenges in making good medical decisions when medical science is incomplete. The author points to one study of an asthma remedy that improved...read more
A large and rigorous study to look an the question of whether aspirin makes sense for older people to prevent cardiovascular events raises serious questions about its benefits and risks. The study showed more risk than benefit, and found more death from cancer in...read more
Another example of an “unknown” side effect revealed after FDA approval of a marginally beneficial drug.
Many people have developed type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (the kind that does not usually need insulin). The best treatment for it is weight loss through diet and exercise. The mainstays of drug treatment over the past decade or so have been Metformin to improve insulin...read more
As a practicing physician educator and health system administrator this Story about brusque care blindly following controversial guidelines without shared decisions deeply saddens me. The behavior of many of the caregivers described is clearly not compassionate, or...read more
This Story from NPR about a risky and not fully tested medical procedure approved by the FDA but marketed using the "sexy" title of "vaginal rejuvenation procedure" provides a great example of why it is important to take charge of your own health decisions. It’s...read more
The decision to screen for cancer is not as easy as just wanting to find cancer early. The screening test must be followed by more definitive tests, which have some risks. As with all medical decisions, you should discuss the benefits, risks, alternatives and unknowns...read more