When Drugs & Botanicals Collide

Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

A lot of folks don’t think to mention herbal supplements and such when their doctor or dentist asks about medication use. Sometimes, it’s from fear of disapproval; others, because botanicals seem so benign compared to “drugs.” They’re “natural,” so they must not count. But truth be told, mixing pharmaceuticals and herbal medications can in some […]

Not “Side Effects.” Effects.

Posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

The drug companies have done such an amazing job of drilling it into people’s brains that their products are “safe and effective” and often the best option for coping with whatever ails you, there’s a point that bears repeating: Drugs do not have “side effects,” per se. They have effects. Some of those effects are […]

The Illusion of “Side Effects”

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Some news items say so much all on their own. Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications, a new analysis found. The results covered all 222 prescription drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration […]

Guest Post: Instead of Antibiotics…

Posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Our thanks to Dr. Bill Glaros for letting us share this recent post from his office blog on ours… As if there were still some question about it, a pair of recent news items confirms the great American love affair with antibiotics. First came a new study which found that despite all warnings and guidance, […]

Recommended Reading: Our Weird Faith in Pills

Posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

There’s a fascinating read in the latest Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine exploring our society’s beliefs about pharmaceutical drugs and how those beliefs can distract and detract from health and well-being. Though it sometimes gets a little “academic” – how could it not when you bring up the work of French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty? […]

Drug Dealer Dials Down the Dollars

Posted on Friday, December 20th, 2013

Some good news to end the week on (via ProPublica): In a major departure from industry practice, GlaxoSmithKline, the sixth-largest global drug maker, announced Tuesday that it will no longer hire doctors to promote its drugs. The company also will stop tying compensation for sales representatives to the number of prescriptions written for drugs they […]

Drugs & Supplements Don’t Always Play Nice with Each Other

Posted on Friday, July 26th, 2013

As we’ve mentioned before, it’s important to keep all your health care providers aware of all medicaments you regularly take – not just pharmaceutical drugs but also things like dietary supplements and herbs. There can be negative interactions among them. Keeping your dentist, physician and other providers informed goes a long way toward avoiding such […]

A Healthy Future Isn’t a Given

Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2013

For more than a century, we Americans had the luxury of believing that each generation would be better off financially than the one before it. Now economists, historians, sociologists and others say this is no longer a given, that younger generations cannot expect the financial security their parents and grandparents enjoyed. A study in JAMA […]

Stat!: Drug Problem? What Drug Problem?

Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012

Average number of prescription drugs filled for American youth: 4.1     Druggiest place in the US for kids: Iowa (7.1)      Least druggy: Alaska (2.3) Average number of prescription drugs filled for adults: 11.9     Druggiest place in the US for adults: Kentucky (19.8)      Least druggy: District of Columbia (7.7) Average number of prescription drugs filled for seniors: 28      Druggiest […]

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