Most of our drug treatments for diabetes started out as plants that the pharmaceutical industry chemically manipulated – to change the potency, slightly change the form – and thus become subject to patent law and thus marketable as medicines. There is little profit in marketing food as medicine – as any retail grocer can tell you.
STORY AT-A-GLANCE Sepsis is a last-ditch effort by your immune system to fight an infection in your body; it can lead to multiple organ failure and death unless promptly treated While viruses, fungi and parasites all have the ability to trigger sepsis, bacterial infections are the most common cause. The most common types of infection […]
Part 1 – some 500 physicians and other practitioners gathered in Scottsdale, AZ to learn the most recent trends in the care of patients with diabetes. Some statistics: 695,000 people are diagnosed with diabetes in Arizona (over one in 10 Arizonans) 1.7 million are diagnosed with with pre-diabetes (one in three Arizonans). Of those with […]
Is it possible that individuals are in fact not representative of the entire population? Is it possible that some families are not typical of all families? Jeffrey Bland talks about the “N of one” – the reactivity of one child or one family may be very different from the reactivity of the child or the […]
Not long ago, someone asked me for guidance on one of those infrequent but memorable office dilemmas: She inherited a patient who had been treated outside the medical mainstream, with untoward consequences. This patient sought treatment for some minor but annoying gastrointestinal symptoms. Her medicine list included a substantial amount of Armour Thyroid—which is a […]
Evidence-based medicine – treatments based on evidence of safety and efficacy from clinical trials – has been in the ascendant for decades now in Europe and around the world. So why is one system of treatment which has been dismissed as ineffective by clinical trials still in use? History Homeopathy, developed in the 18th century […]
The June 2019 Web-MD magazine, delivered to my office door, has an article entitled: Guarding the Mind: the latest research points to ways you can lower your odds of developing dementia. The first paragraph of the article is less inspiring than the title: “The number of people around the world with dementia is staggering – and […]
We know that C diff infection is a big problem in healthcare settings – hospitals, nursing homes, other forms of care homes – because those who are most vulnerable to the effects of the infection are all gathered together in the same location, belong to the same families, and are cared for by the same […]