Stat!: Drug Problem? What Drug Problem?

Average number of prescription drugs filled for American youth: 4.1     Druggiest place in the US for kids: Iowa (7.1)      Least druggy: Alaska (2.3) Average number of prescription drugs filled for adults: 11.9     Druggiest place in the US for adults: Kentucky (19.8)      Least druggy: District of Columbia (7.7) Average number of prescription drugs filled for seniors: 28      Druggiest …

5 Drugs in Your Medicine Cabinet that May Be Making You Sicker (Guest Post)

Though every drug places some kind of toxic burden on the body or otherwise interferes with normal, healthy function, there are some that actually compound problems they’re meant to solve. In this guest post, naturopathic physician Dr. Michael T. Murray describes a few… We’ve grown accustomed to taking pills when we feel bad – for …

NOT Thinking Differently

Of course, all those drugs cost a lot of money for consumers, while generating mega-profits for Big Pharma. They’re one reason why “health care” costs so much – and perhaps one reason why our lives are shorter than many of those who spend less. Between the cost of treatment and the tough economy, dependence on …

Look at the Drugs

  And as if our society weren’t besotted enough, just think: A new voyage into “chemical space”…has concluded that scientists have synthesized barely one tenth of 1 percent of the potential medicines that could be made. The report, in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience, estimates that the actual number of these so-called “small molecules” could …

From Jaundice to Toothlessness?

Charlize Theron, quoted in The Sun last week, following the premiere of her latest film: My early childhood was quite devastating. I had no teeth until I was 11. Say what? I had these fangs because I had jaundice when I was a kid and I was put on so many antibiotics that my teeth …

Stat!: How’s That New Disclosure Policy Working for You, DSM-V Task Force?

Via Wikipedia The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association provides a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. It is used in the United States and in varying degrees around the world, by clinicians, researchers, psychiatric drug regulation agencies, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical …

Pill Life, with Artifacts

Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out the windowexcept that the birds might eat them. – Martin H. Fischer Or artists might use them in their work: We ran across these recently while browsing Flickr – images from a large artwork depicting “the life histories of a man and woman, illustrated by the …

Unhealthy Satisfaction

We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: More medicine is not necessarily better medicine. It’s just more medicine – a point highlighted by a recent study on “patient satisfaction” in Archives of Internal Medicine: The authors – four family medicine doctors at UC Davis – suggest that in a healthcare marketplace in which …

Cancer Drugs Impact Descendants’ Genes, & Other News of Note

Cancer Drugs Affect Mouse Genomes for Generations (Nature) Three common chemotherapy drugs cause DNA mutations not only in mice that receive treatment, but also in their offspring, according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. The results suggest that the genome in treated mice became destabilized yielding …

Questioning the Quo: One Pharmacist’s Tale

  Though we don’t agree with everything in the article below – recently distributed by the “Orthomolecular Medicine News Service” – it’s a good read that that offers some insight to the pressures that pharmacists (and others) are under to perpetuate medicine that, at best, helps “manage” illness and at worst generates more illness: Confessions …