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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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Sanity on Statins: Part 4? or is it 5?

By | November 14th, 2013|Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health, Follow the Money|

Can I really trust these guidelines??? Lots of news about the latest recommendations for patients with high cholesterol vis a vis drug regimens.  At first I thought it was good news, but now, reading the editorial by Rita Redberg, I realize that these recommendations could actually WIDEN the use of statins.  I will [...]

Hazards of sleeping medications

By | March 21st, 2013|First Do No Harm: Risks, uncategorized|

Sleep better with Acupuncture! Informative article on insomnia and ways to mitigate it.  Even I was surprised at  the following facts.  (We've discussed insomnia on the blog often since it is a common presenting symptom in my clinic. This newsletter edition last year would be a good starting place). Recent studies, moreover, associate [...]

Antidepressants: #1 Drug

By | November 16th, 2012|Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks|

Are Pills the Answer? Rate of antidepressant drugs has increased 400% if you compare 1988-94 to 2005-2008. Depressing...Some concerns about antidepressants here, here, and here. 1st Antidepressant ranking among prescription drugs among U.S. adults up to age 44. Antidepressants are the most common prescription medication for Americans age 18-44, and the third most [...]