- Annual Checkups – Dr Michael Greger
Many suggest that a healthy lifestyle requires an annual physical exam and checkup. Is this the best route to take according to the latest studies? Dr. Michael Greger is the driving force behind nutritionfacts.org, specializing in nutrition, food safety, and public health. (nutritionfacts.org)Read more »
- New Stent Study – Dr James Marcum
We hear about them from time to time; perhaps even have one or more implanted in our chest. They’ve almost become synonymous with modern life. What if we need one? Cardiologist James Marcum, founder director of Heartwise Ministries, has some good news concerning stents.Read more »
- The Gift of Health – Dr Janice Stanger
Whenever Christmas rolls around, people go out of their way, slogging through snow and ice, fighting crowds, enduring the bombardment of advertising and promotion, to find the perfect gift. Author and educator Dr. Janice Stanger suggests the gift that keeps on giving—health.Read more »
- Opioids: Looking at Cause
Darlene Superville of the Associated Press has joined the many journalists nationwide in pointing out the dangers of the opioid epidemic. In her article, she focuses on the economic implications. In 2015, the crisis as it is now being referred, cost 504 billion dollars. This is a far higher estimate than previous estimates.
I want to focus on a few points today in this column. More than 64,000 died from overdoses last year. We as a society are becoming more and more dependent on medications. Medications are needed at times and they have a place, but as we see with the opioid crisis, we, in the health care world, need to look at the cause of problems.
This is a major challenge as our cultural values, marketing efforts, and society in general wants a quick fix to our problems. There is so much money and lobbying involved, this problem will linger for a long period of time. We are now in the, “Oh we have a problem phase.”
A few years ago I felt so strongly about the problem of deaths related to medication, I wrote the book, “Medicines that Kill”. This book was intended to give individuals another source to educate themselves. I still feel the number one cause of death in America is the misuse of medications. The opioid crisis is just more evidence. As this is such a problem, we need to continue to speak out in the media. Individuals need to hear other voices that have no financial interests in the industry.
If you are taking an opioid or other medications, ask yourself if this is treating the cause. Is there anything you can do to address the cause of the symptom or the pain? Thinking along these lines is a good place to start. We cannot depend on others. If we do the cost will be much higher.Read more »
- Are stents the answer?
The New York Times has reported in November 2017 on a new study in the journal Lancet. This study found that while cardiac stents can be lifesaving in opening arteries in patients having a heart attack, the devices are ineffective in relieving chest pain.
Stents are tiny wire cages to open arteries. They are useful when patients are having heart attacks or unstable symptoms, however, they are often deployed when patients have no symptoms just blockages. More than 500,000 had stents placed last year. Stents do carry risk. They are expensive.
This study placed stents in some and had sham procedures in others. The study found no real difference in the groups who all had blockages and symptoms related to these blockages.
Of course, this has raised a bit of controversy in the cardiology world. There have long been questions regarding the effectiveness of stents. A 2007 study led by Dr. Boden and published in the New England Journal of Medicine found stents did not prevent heart attacks or deaths from heart disease. Yet stent procedures continue. Cardiovascular disease is not being cured by stent procedures.
Cardiovascular disease is a diffuse, complicated disease. Stents do damage blood vessels. I tell my patients our goal is to halt or reverse disease and not merely treat a symptom, though this may be necessary in some situations. The sham procedure also raises the question about belief systems in the treatment of disease. The mind plays a large role in the physiology of cardiovascular disease.
Many are now rethinking how they practice. This has just given me more evidence to use in educating and motivating patients to be more proactive and treat the causes of cardiovascular disease. Ask your cardiologist about all treatment options especially if you are not having a heart attack or having active symptoms.Read more »
- Longevity Secrets – Williamsport Retirement Village
Most people determine to live a long and healthy life. How do we do that? Three experts on the subject provide insights and suggestions for assuring that there’s plenty of life in all of our years.Read more »
- Rest for the Weary – Dr James Marcum
We’re exhausted from a hard day at work, slip into our pjs, fall into bed, bring the covers up to our chins, sigh, and then wait. And wait. And wait. Nothing. Dr. James Marcum, founder/director of Heartwise Ministries, helps us find rest for our weary selves.Read more »
- Tech Savvy Parenting – Brian Housman
Today, the average teenager sends 3,339 text messages each month and spends 97 minutes a day playing video games. Add social networking, video watching, and emailing and the results can be damaging to mental and physical health. Brain Housman applies 20 years of experience to helping families make better choices. (www.360family.org)Read more »
- King Broccoli – Dr Michael Greger
- Lessons on Grief – Sharon Brown Keith
There’s something uniquely sad about losing a parent. They may be old and infirmed, but when the moment of separation comes, most people feel a loss unlike any other. Christian author Sharon Brown Keith offers insights and hope from her own painful experience.Read more »