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I've been practicing medicine for almost 35 years now, and have treated many hundreds of people with thyroid and metabolic disorders. And the patients keep coming - I could book the next 6 months solid with thyroid appointments and still have a waiting list. Just as prevalent as the patients is the amount of information out there, ranging from very helpful to dumb to dangerously misleading. I want my patients, and the broader community, to have an online resource for getting accurate information, sharing stories, and finding answers. In that spirit, I'm excited to announce that in a few weeks I'll be relaunching this website as an online community that will offer newsfeeds, guest bloggers, groups to join, video links, and
 And you thought the news was already scary enough to keep you up nights, now we have the daily reports on the swine flu virus.  Like the killer bees that are slowly making their way up from South America to our back yards, we now have a mysterious virus that has ominously sprung from the South and into our lives. Of course, swine flu is not the first epidemic that has burst on the scene suddenly and frighteningly.  Legionnaire's Disease erupted just as suddenly two decades ago, and was deadly until an antibiotic cure was discovered.  The media have blown up stories of "flesh-eating bacteria" and "mad cow disease" and then got bored of them (so-called flesh-eating bacteria are actually particularly
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I admit to being jaded with the way pharmaceutical medicine is practiced, and I tend to live by the aphorism, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean someone isn't after you." So when news items like these come to light, it just reaffirms my world view. *sigh*. First on the Why-Am-I-Not-Surprised list is this report in the New York Times  that well over 15% of the teaching faculty at Harvard Medical School have financial ties to insurance companies. To wit: "...no one disputes that many individual Harvard Medical faculty members receive tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars a year through industry consulting and speaking fees. Under the school's disclosure rules, about 1,600 of
Today's topic is nuts.....almonds, that is (sorry). Study after study has been published recently demonstrating the benefits of this common nut, so common that I've been able to get them at several places in the Charlotte airport, where I've spent the past couple of days (not by choice, rather by some Cosmic Design). One group of researchers from the University of Toronto actually got people to eat 20% of their calories as almonds for 16 weeks. They lowered their LDL (bad cholesterol) by 9% and raised their HDL (good cholesterol) as well. A more reasonable study is the Portfolio Eating Plan, which has followed people eating "heart-healthy" foods such as soy and almonds for the past 3 years. These people (who
Its that time again, when we decide what we're going to change about ourselves and our health habits, and by doing so, decide what things we're probably eventually going to fail at and feel guilty about: these are also called New Year's resolutions. Having felt enough guilt in my life, though, I'm in favor of very simple, attainable goals. Baby steps toward better health. So here are a few of my baby steps, you're welcome to throw in your own. Exercise: Most years I'm like the little girl with the curl on her forehead in the nursery rhyme: when I'm good I'm very good, when I'm not I'm horrid. I can't tell you how many Januaries and early Februaries I've spent regularly
I was thinking today about the most amazing lung exam I have ever done. I know that sounds a little odd but to some one who has done literally over 10,000 lung exams there are always a few standouts. A patient of mine was playing host to some Buddhist monks here from England. One of the monks apparently was having some respiratory problems, which were chronic for him. Having studied in England, I know the damage that the cold and damp weather can do to your lungs. I assumed that a Buddhist monastery in England had as much cold and damp as my little flat in Leamington Spa. Into my office walks these two middle aged monks of Western descent, dressed in
In what surely must be under the category of "yet another thing to worry about", Israeli researchers have published information on the possibility that artificial light promotes breast cancer. This idea is supported by animal studies and human epidemiological studies (for instance, women who work the night shift have higher rates of breast cancer than those working days). The current study used NASA satellite data to measure nighttime artificial light amounts on 213 Israeli settlements. They looked at lung cancer and breast cancer incidences. Lung cancer was unchanged, but breast cancer showed a 37% increase in incidence when women lived in an
My son is in now college in San Francisco. Being from the East Coast, I think San Francisco is a lovely city built on a fault line and I keep waiting for him to report when he feels his first tremors. Oddly enough, I found a study that has found the positive advantage in living on shaky ground. Apparently, when they took laboratory mice and put them for 15 minutes a day on a vibrating platform, they grew to develop over 25% less fat than other mice. This was a study done at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the research was apparently being done to try to create a way of off- setting bone loss in

IVC and Cancer

From the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has come more evidence that injectible vitamin C might be a powerful weapon in the fight against cancer.  The report was published in the August 5, 2008 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences:  http://www.nih.gov/news/health/aug2008/niddk-04.htm . In this mouse study, cancers of the pancreas, brain and ovary were shrunk by 41-53% when the mice were given very high doses of intravenous vitamin C.  Just as importantly, the non-cancer cells around the tumors were unharmed.   This is in keeping with other studies that show that intravenous vitamin C (but not oral vitamin C) can slow down and kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.   Definitive human studies haven’t been done yet,

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