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Routine Testing of Blood Sugar Levels is Not Necessary

One of the questions I often hear when I talk to people with diabetes is whether it’s necessary to constantly test their blood sugar level. Take J.M. from Texas, for example. He wrote to me saying that he takes a drug to help manage blood sugar levels and that his doctor has him test those…

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Preventing Heart Disease With Aspirin

…clinical use. I’ve received many questions about aspirin to prevent heart disease, and most people assume I’m against aspirin because it's a drug and I always recommend going the natural route first. Recently on my Facebook page I asked people whether they “Liked or…

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Remedies Worse Than the Disease

…potential dangers of oral hypoglycemic drugs. But for whatever reason, they continue to prescribe them to patients dealing with diabetes. So my question is this: When are we going to learn—rather, when are we going to accept—that oral medications used to treat type 2 diabetes actually…

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Effectiveness of Flu Vaccines Questioned

…(866) 642-1018. Now it’s your turn: Since the effectiveness of flu vaccines is being called into question, what are you doing this winter to stay healthy? You May Also Be Interested In: * Questioning the Effectiveness of Tamiflu * Try “Natural Nyquil” This Cold and Flu Season

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Are Prescription Medications Making Us Sicker?

…dangerous—it’s insane. How can you protect yourself from overuse of prescription medications? * Stop and ask questions the next time your physician whips out the prescription pad. Ask exactly why that particular prescription medication is being recommended, what the risk is of not taking…

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Healthy Tips for Dining Out

…table to avoid temptation. * Ask questions about how food is prepared and request substitutions. * Choose items that are grilled, sautéed, baked, or broiled as opposed to breaded or fried. Instead of creamy, rich side dishes or starch-riddled rice and potatoes, ask for steamed vegetables. *…

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3 Tips to Avoid an Unnecessary Screening Test

…worry about missing something and being sued, a reasonable concern in our litigious society. If your doctor urges you to have a screening test, ask questions such as: * Why should I have this screening test? * What are my options? * How will it affect treatment? Consent only if the screening test is…

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Medical Radiation Increases Cancer Risk Factors

…incentive to use them. The bottom line: If you’re recommended to have a CT or related scan, question its necessity and ask about safer options. Now it’s your turn: Have you ever questioned your doctor about the necessity of a CT scan and the cancer risk factors? You May Also Be…

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6 Steps for Avoiding Surgical Mistakes

…you understand—what your problem is, what your options are, and the course of action he or she recommends. More specifically, ask the following questions: What benefits can I expect from this surgery? What are the risks of surgery: complications, failure rates, requirements for repeat surgery?…

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Health Benefits of Tea

…are undeniable. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular forms of this healthy beverage. Iced Tea Health Benefits I’m often asked the question, “Is iced tea good for you?” In short, yes it is. Good thing since 85 percent of the tea consumed in the United States is iced.…

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Should You Have an Angiogram?

…test, echocardiogram, and blood tests—all of which can be obtained by efficient, advanced, noninvasive testing. Here are some related questions to ask yourself: * Do you have angina pain that is either brought on by exercise or experienced at rest that is not relieved by medication? * Is your…

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Protect Yourself From Prescription Medication Errors

…trained clerks. * Ask the pharmacist to show you the prescription drug and tell you what it’s for. * If the prescription drug looks different from previous times you’ve taken it, or if you’re unsure about the dosage, don’t hesitate to question the pharmacist. * Check…

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Natural Night Vision Aids

There’s no question about it, night vision can become a real issue as we age. In fact, I wish I had a nickel for every patient who’s told me that he or she can no longer drive at night. But if you ask your eye doctor about it, chances are you’ll be told it’s a normal part of…

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