Buyer be Aware: Reglan Gets a Black Box Warning

Heartburn Drug Can Cause Irreversible Nerve Damage When it comes to the anti-nausea drug Reglan (metoclopramide), the FDA and the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) appear to be incommunicado, and the U.S. media has its head in the sand. In a stunning demonstration of “la la la la I can’t hear you,” in June […]

What Your Dr. May Not Tell You about Your Ovaries

Hang onto your ovaries if you can—they're good for your health and longevity. By John R. Lee, M.D. A woman's ovaries are the anatomical equivalent of a man's testicles. A man’s testicles are a source of hormone-generated energy and libido, and a woman's ovaries serve a similar function. And just as removing a man's testicles […]

Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act

Don’t Force Mastectomy Patients to have Drive-Through Surgeries Q: I received the following e-mail and would like to know if it’s for real: Proposed Mastectomy Law Change (written by a surgeon); I'll never forget the look in my patients eyes when I had to tell them they had to go home with the drains, new […]

Testosterone and Women

Review study shows many benefits and few risks with a commonsense approach to testosterone replacement for women. Although sex drive or libido in women is multi-faceted, it’s often closely tied to testosterone levels, and a new review study from researchers at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, published in the journal Maturitas, shows that testosterone replacement can […]

Estrogen – Bioidentical

Estrogen is the female hormone, but using it in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be a two-edged sword. Too little and menopausal symptoms aren’t relieved. Too much and breast cancer risk increases. Which hormones are natural and which are synthetic? How can I use estrogen in bioidentical hormone replacement (BHRT)? How much is safe and […]

Qlaira Birth Control Pill

Truthiness in Advertising: Is Qlaira® Really a “Natural” Birth Control Pill? New oral contraceptive, Qlaira®  is being marketed as “body-identical” but a closer look proves otherwise. The headline of the “consumer media” press release from Bayer Healthcare says, “Natural hormone inspires new contraceptive pill.” Really?! I thought. This could be exciting! But of course it […]

Vitamin D and Weight Loss

 What’s behind the synergy of vitamin D levels and weight gain or loss? We’ve known for a few years that vitamin D and weight are linked, but the debate has been how. People who are overweight or obese tend to have low vitamin D levels. What came first? The obesity or the vitamin D loss? […]

Carpal Tunnel and Yellow Dye No. 5

One More Reason to Ditch Day-Glo Foods Many years ago I read an article by Alan Gaby, M.D. about how eating foods that contain yellow dye no. 5 (tartrazine) can deplete vitamin B6 and cause or aggravate carpal tunnel syndrome. At the time, I was suffering from carpal tunnel, so I began to read food […]

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