Thursday, January 22, 2015

Do You Want A One-Stop Doc?


While many struggle with various flavors of health insurance, and what they will or won't allow, there is a segment of the population that opts for the Executive Physical. That is one facility where a frighteningly complete examination is performed, at a price to match. Do you benefit from such an exam, or is this just an example of some who feel "you get what you pay for?" Here is an article examining the topic, with some comments from my point of view included.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Are we too hard on salt?

Salt.  So often when discussing high blood pressure we discuss limiting salt as one key action to be taken.  So now a new study is published which questions the significance of that effort.  There are serious issues that arise when reading this study about the selection of participants, structure of the study, and the conclusions drawn.  Here is an article from MedPageToday which includes some comments of mine, on video and in print, along with a few other physicians who appear to agree. Perhaps we should take this study with a grain of salt.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Is Aspirin always the answer?

Many people are taking aspirin in the belief that it will prevent a heart attack or stroke.  The trouble is, the evidence for that belief is scanty, at best.  With some recent research, the use of aspirin for everyone is clearly under question.  Here is an article on the MedPageToday site which look at some views on the subject.  My view, of course, is among the quoted:

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Fitness After 50

Along with the article in Sam's Club Magazine this January, 2015, I also had a slot in the magazine from Costco's.  This article involved keeping fit as you age, a topic which is quite applicable to those of us in the Baby Boomer Generation.  Check out the article:

Thursday, January 1, 2015

It may be in the genes!

Start out the new year of 2015 with a look at this little article I penned for the January/February 2015 edition of the Sam's Club Healthy Living Magazine.  Here are some general tips for maximizing your chances for having a long and healthy life.  Take a look!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Glitter poop? Really?

Please don't take glitter pills to help you poop rainbows

So I got this questions that I thought was invented, but really, there are people out there that think this way. So, having been asked, my answer was in this online article:

This one just shows how far some people will go. Other than the fact that the product website itself declares the product should not be eaten, one must remember that “non-toxic” and “edible” are not synonymous. The plastic wrap that encloses your lunchtime sandwich is non-toxic, but your unwrap the food before eating it. While there is food grade glitter, nominally made from starch and food-certified colors, this product, and other like it, likely has tiny plastic shards coated with glitter paint. Not toxic, per se, but certainly not edible. Look, you can kiss under the mistletoe, but don’t take a bite of it. Enjoy glitter’s look, don’t look for it’s taste!

Friday, November 21, 2014

New Cholesterol Drug Questions Raised

A new study of cholesterol treatment, called IMPROVE_IT, has raised a question about the choice of medications to use, and whether or not physicians should embrace the new data.  I was asked to comment on this on the MedPageToday website:

Friday Feedback: Will IMPROVE-IT Trial Affect Primary Care?