First Do No Harm: Risks

Risks in our environment and medical environment

Mediterranean Diet, Not Statins, reduce all cause mortality

By | August 10th, 2017|First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

World J Cardiol. 2015 Jul 26; 7(7): 404–409. Published online 2015 Jul 26. doi:  10.4330/wjc.v7.i7.404 PMCID: PMC4513492 Cholesterol confusion and statin controversy Robert DuBroff and Michel de Lorgeril This paper highlights something that I don't stress enough.  I understand why people want to take a medication for health issues.  It's easy to do and it's [...]

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Statins’ Side Effects: Doctors get a taste of their own medicine

By | June 6th, 2017|First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

Are Pills the Answer? As some of my patients know, I have reservations about statins.  The side effects are real, and they are over prescribed, in my opinion. This recent study (sorry for the unwieldy abstract) looked at physicians attitudes about statins when they, themselves suffered from the side effects. " Statin AEs [...]

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Cracking Down on Unreported Clinical Trials

By | May 19th, 2017|First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

from statnews.com This is a crucial step in being able to make informed decisions about different medications, procedures and therapies.  Until now, groups were able to bury their negative results and only publish the positive ones.  This is, of course, because not only because of incentives of industry funded trials to find that their product/device [...]

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Vitamin D and aging

By | May 14th, 2017|First Do No Harm: Risks|

https://youtu.be/uc815fQn8iY Vitamin D is crucial for control of about 5% of the human genome.  Studies have shown that low Vitamin D levels confer increased aging and increased all cause mortality.  Twin studies concur that a twin with lower Vitamin D levels have higher mortality.  It is important for DNA repair and anti-inflammatory substances, both of [...]

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Acupressure for Cancer Fatigue: Richard Harris

By | April 30th, 2017|Acupuncture research, First Do No Harm: Risks|

Kuan Yin who hears the cries of the world The SAR conference finished yesterday and there were some very provocative presentations.  The work that I am most amazed at is the work of Richard Harris from University of Michigan.  But there were other very impressive presentations also. I've posted about Richard Harris' work [...]

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New Guidelines for Treatment of Back Pain: Acupuncture Included in Best Care

By | March 5th, 2017|First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health|

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-guidelines-how-to-handle-back-pain/ "For pain lasting more than three months, treatments include stretching and strengthening exercises, tai chi, yoga, acupuncture, and mindfulness techniques like meditation to relieve stress." By Jonathan LaPook CBS News February 13, 2017, 7:33 PM New guidelines outline how to handle back pain If you have an achy back, you’ve got company. As many [...]

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Microneedling, It’s all the Rage

By | February 22nd, 2017|Acupuncture research, First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health|

Try Microneedling for Smoother Skin! I've been touting microneedling for years.  The one featured in this article costs $200.  The one I use costs $20. "On March 31, 2016, Jamie O’Banion, a former Miss Teen Texas with dewy, perfect skin, was barely 12 minutes into her debut on the Home Shopping Network’s beauty [...]

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Hormesis: Acupuncture as Illustration

By | October 21st, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, First Do No Harm: Risks, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

I maintain that acupuncture is a form of hormesis.  After listening to the latest Ferriss podcast about raptomycin and metformin for life extension, I just shake my head.  Risk/benefit not defined if you're going to use them for life extension.  Acupuncture is self regulating, urging the body to heal itself.  The most elegant of remedies.  [...]

Hormonal Contraceptives Increase Depression

By | October 6th, 2016|Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

Kuan Yin Goddess of Compassion Danish study shows that hormonal contraceptives lead to depression in 40% of patients.  This was a study of over one million patients!!  The Mirena IUD increased risk 300%.  This is a huge problem.  I've certainly noticed it anecdotally in patients and personal contacts, but just wow.  That's a [...]

Women Biohackers

By | August 15th, 2016|First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health|

Things are getting interesting. "Amid the #timeisprecious crucible of start-up-landia, wellness culture has created a movement pitched to knowledge workers, applying their love of disrupting traditional systems to the human body — as one start-up puts it, “the next big innovation platform.” While the most fervent among them wait for Elon Musk’s neural lace to [...]

Research Casting Doubt on Acupuncture

By | July 30th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

Through some web searching, I was able to find a copy of this paper that's not behind a subscription firewall. These kinds of papers have been coming out for decades.  It's a safe bet as a journalist to criticize acupuncture, it's a kiss up kick down, comforting the comfortable gambit. There are no heavy hitters [...]

Theranos (I told you so)

By | April 22nd, 2016|First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

I'm actually not gloating.   We discussed Theranos here and here. I don't like what's happening to Elizabeth Holmes and her ambitious company.  She flew too close to the sun, but there were older statesmen (literally) who should have tempered the youthful exuberance, and told her to stay closer to earth.  But she will pay the [...]

Self Rated Health Scores and Heart Rate Variability

By | February 26th, 2016|Autonomic Nervous System, First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health, Heart Rate Variability|

Kuan Yin Goddess of Compassion In researching background material for my upcoming presentation at the AAMA (American Academy of Medical Acupuncture) conference in Anaheim, I came across this study.  It has so many interesting aspects to it, but I will confine myself to this excerpt. "Consistent with our hypothesis HRV is a more [...]

Over the Counter Medications Linked to Dementia

By | December 29th, 2015|First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health|

Pharmacy Professor Shelly Gray Wow.  I did not know this.  Benadryl as also implicated. "For instance, the most commonly used medications in the study were tricyclic antidepressants like doxepin (Sinequan), first-generation antihistamines like chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton), and antimuscarinics for bladder control like oxybutynin (Ditropan). The study estimated that people taking at least 10 mg/day [...]

AMA seeks to ban direct consumer advertising

By | December 8th, 2015|Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

I think this is a good first step to reign in Big Pharma. "Last year, the pharmaceutical industry spent $4.8 billion pitching its products and messages to Americans, a 17 percent increase from 2013, according to the market research firm Kantar Media." "But the AMA is now seizing on another reason for a ban. The organization [...]

Freakonomics: Starting a Healthcare Revolution

By | December 2nd, 2015|Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health, Follow the Money|

From Freakonomics radio. Podcast here. Transcript here. "Brenner: The major imperative for most organizations in health care is to get bigger and bigger and bigger. And money is like fertilizer. And the way you get bigger is getting more money, more market share, more customers. DUBNER: Brenner believes that the practice of medicine has been [...]