Category Archives: Preventative Medicine

Meat, L-Carnitine, and Heart Disease

Posted on June 5, 2014

I.  Welcome to the Microbiome Science is full of surprises. Right about the time we developed radio telescopes that can look back 15 billion years to the origin of the galaxy, we discovered that the galaxy we can see is … Continue reading

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Fish Oil Remains Very Good For You

Posted on June 5, 2014

A recent publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association found no benefit of 1 gram daily of fish oil in a review of 20 previous studies. Numerous major news and media outlets are interpreting these results to show … Continue reading

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The Denmark Lookback

Posted on June 2, 2014

Last year, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released new guidelines for the treatment of an increase in the risk of heart disease with statin lowering drugs like Lipitor. The previous guidelines (Adult Treatment Panel Guidelines (ATP … Continue reading

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Testosterone Safety in the News

Posted on April 24, 2014

Headline: Testosterone Doubles the Incidence of Heart Attack (2014)  Reality: Testosterone Group had 0.7% more Heart Attacks A paper by Finkle et. al. (Increased Risk of Non-Fatal Myocardial Infarction [Heart Attack] Following Testosterone Therapy Prescription in Men) published in the … Continue reading

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Niacin Nonsense

Posted on April 5, 2014

For ten years, Merck has been pursuing one of the Holy Grails in pharmaceuticals. Aspirin is one of the most recommended drugs in the world.  Merck has been developing laropiprant to replace aspirin.  But laropiprant was a long shot as … Continue reading

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Embracing Gravity: Practicing Balance Teaches One to Fall

Posted on January 20, 2014

Between diving for basketballs, rock climbing, and riding dirtbikes, I have had some hard landings, but none recently until last June. I was riding my bicycle, when a woman, with her infant in a papoose, decided to stop directly in … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences of the Affordable Care Act

Posted on December 27, 2013

“If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.” 
- P.J. O’Rourke Regardless of one’s political persuasion, no one hopes for a future health system that creates worse patient outcomes at higher … Continue reading

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Hormone Replacement Therapy in Women – What is Old is New Again!

Posted on November 9, 2013

The WHI (now over a decade old) remains the largest randomly controlled trial of women’s hormonal medicines. The original publication of WHI identified increased risks of breast cancer, stroke, and cardiovascular disease associated with hormone therapy. These findings flew in … Continue reading

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Arthritis Drug Reduces Lung Cancer Risk; One Step Closer to a Unified Theory of Aging?

Posted on November 9, 2013

The M.  D.  Anderson Hospital reported that Celebrex, an arthritis medication, reduced precancerous markers in smokers.  Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York confirmed similar results. Neither study was structured to see if Celebrex reduced lung tumors (that takes 10+ years).  However, experience with lung … Continue reading

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