**Q: If you have diabetes managed with medication (not insulin), high blood pressure also managed with medication, take Plavix blood thinner because you had a stroke, and take Prilosec for stomach issues, is it safe to take the D-ribose… Continue Reading
Death Rate Rises for White Middle-Aged Americans… Why?
Heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer usually come to mind when you think of the major life-shortening health risks for middle-aged people. But, according to Princeton economists, these diseases don’t account for a recent rise in the death… Continue Reading
Pain Medications Increase Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued stronger warnings about widely used pain pills – both prescription and over-the-counter versions – because of an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The heightened 2015 label warnings… Continue Reading
Polypharmacy, the “Polypill” and Adverse Drug Reactions – What You Can Do to Protect Your Health
To say that I’ve been dealing with medication side effects for my entire career is no lie; within weeks of starting my cardiology practice, a hypertensive woman came to see me. She was reacting dramatically to a commonly… Continue Reading
Are You Taking Too Many Prescription Drugs?
Doctors are prescribing more drugs than ever to patients, particularly older patients. Now, voices are being raised in the medical community questioning what is called “polypharmacy,” the practice of prescribing many medications to a single patient. The problem… Continue Reading
Low-Dose Aspirin to Prevent a Heart Attack – a Good Strategy?
Many people take aspirin on a daily basis as a preventive strategy against cardiovascular disease. Is it effective, and if so, what about low-dose aspirin? The answer is that it depends on what you mean by prevention. If… Continue Reading
Is Pill-Popping a Cultural Obsession that Impedes True Healing?
We live in a pill-popping culture. In recognition, two doctors commented in a 2014 medical journal article that current over-usage tends “to distract us” from the real nature of disease and healing. The article authors, Drew Leder, M.D.,… Continue Reading
Medication Costs Projection for Retirement: Get Ready to be Shocked!
A 2013 projection, generated by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, on possible medication costs during retirement is a real eye-opener. Put on your seat belts for this. A couple with what is considered to be about average requirements… Continue Reading
Statin Drugs Risky for Diabetics
In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered the manufacturers of statins, the widely prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs, to include a warning on medication labels about the potential for raising blood sugar levels. The action took place after… Continue Reading
Side Effects of Drugs
Beware of “Side Effectitis…” More than 1.5 million people are hospitalized and more than 100,000 die each year from largely preventable adverse reactions to drugs. Today, a full 61 percent of adults use at least one drug to treat… Continue Reading