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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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Protect Yourself From Prescription Medication Errors

…they’re minimally 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 prescription…

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Remedies Worse Than the Disease

…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 do more harm than good? In February 2008, researchers heading a large, government-funded trial made a sobering announcement. The study in question, Action…

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Knock Out a Top Cause of Diabetic Complications

…complications. If you have diabetes, it is imperative that you do the same and replenish these vital nutrients. If you are seeing a conventional doctor, ask this question: “Doctor, I understand that diabetes causes losses of many micronutrients in the urine. Would it be wise for me to be on a nutrient supplement…

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Treat Diabetic Complications

…couple of days strolling around and sightseeing in southern California. If you’re living with diabetes and are seeing a conventional doctor, ask this question: “Doctor, I understand that diabetes causes losses of many micronutrients in the urine. Would it be wise for me to be on a nutrient supplement…

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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 aging—something…

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6 Steps for Avoiding Surgical Mistakes

…language that 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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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 the prescription…

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Healthy Tips for Dining Out

…the 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. * Order…

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Should You Have an Angiogram?

…stress 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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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 medically…

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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 levels twice…

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Preventing Heart Disease With Aspirin

…decades of 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 Disliked” aspirin…

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