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Five unnecessary skin treatments to avoid

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recently put out a list of unnecessary skin treatments. But — as you might expect — dermatologists continue to perform and prescribe these very treatments, despite the evidence. Even when that evidence comes from their very own experts, as I’ll explain in a moment. Dermatologists continue to ignore science …

The hidden dangers of contraceptives

We hear a lot of concerns these days about protecting women’s access to reproductive health services, including oral contraceptives. One the one hand, this matter is strictly private, between women and their healthcare practitioners, and a personal choice. Yet, on the other hand, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it is a public policy issue …

Surprisingly simple tip for increasing longevity in women

I often write about the benefits of spending more time in Nature. So — of course — the new nationwide study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health caught my eye. It came to some very strong conclusions about the connection between green living space and longevity in women. For this study, Harvard researchers …

How horses are helping heal PTSD, depression and more

I recently watched the classic movie The Horse Soldiers (1959) with John Wayne and William Holden, directed by John Ford. It tells the true story of Col. Benjamin Grierson who leads the U.S. 7th Cavalry on maneuvers deep behind Confederate lines in the South in support of the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi in summer 1863. …

The extraordinarily simple way to a better, healthier, YOUNGER brain at the cellular level

If you grew up in New England (or in America’s upper Midwest) as I did, blueberries might seem rather ordinary to you. But there’s no fruit more extraordinary than blueberries. In fact, they’re one of the very few foods I would ever consider worthy of the “superfood” label. As I told you last month, in …

The blockbuster drug behind skyrocketing shingles

Shingles (Herpes zoster virus) has been around for a long time. But in recent years, we seem to hear about it more and more, thanks in part to the shingles vaccine. NFL celebrity Terry Bradshaw — who sounds like he played too much football without a helmet in these advertisements — stars in commercials promoting …

The forgotten mineral more important than calcium for bone health

Doctors and patients alike still cling to the myth that you need to take calcium supplements to build strong bones. Even the government RDA committee guidelines lead many to recommend it. But as I often warn, the science shows taking calcium supplements is dangerous. You should always get your calcium only from food sources. To …

10 tips for a productive doctor visit

When you go to the doctor, do you feel like she or he listens to your heart and lungs (hopefully, with your shirt off) — but doesn’t really listen to you? Most doctor visits last just 13 to 16 minutes. And studies show that doctors only let patients speak for about 23 seconds, on average, …

156 standard medical treatments ineffective and/or unsafe

In the era of so-called “evidence-based medicine,” it’s astounding how much evidence goes against so many treatments that doctors continue to blithely prescribe and perform. (Generally paid for by you, the taxpayer.) And the more common the medical condition, the more inappropriate the procedures. For example, cardiologists give stent implants with invasive cardiac catheterization to …

Dermatologists have spotty, “skin deep” understanding of vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is a full-blown epidemic in the U.S., as I often report. Thankfully, some doctors are finally getting concerned about their patients’ vitamin D status. In some predicable push-back, many mainstream minions now “warn” about over-testing and overtreatment of vitamin D deficiency. (They should really be concerned about over-diagnosis and overtreatment of problems …


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