Do You Really Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Originally posted 4 May 2009Related Say you visit a doctor for a routine check-up. You have no complaints: no pain, no problems. But the doctor says, “You know, I think we’d better remove your appendix.” “Why?” you ask. “It might get inflamed or infected someday, at which point we’d have to do an appendectomy anyway. […]

30 Health & Wellness Articles Worth Your Time

Want to damage your teeth? Here’s how! On the other hand, opening beer bottles with his teeth was not the cause of George Washington’s famous dental woes. (His dentures weren’t made out of wood either.) More about the bad old days of dentistry. Yes, teeth are made for tearing and chewing food. But what to […]

How Stress Triggers Immune System, & Other News of Note

Study Shows How Stress Triggers Immune System (USA Today) Shedding some light on why stress might be bad for you, a new study finds that parts of your immune system ramp up when you get into personal conflicts with others. It’s not clear how this effect of stress may make you sick, but the activated […]

Drill-Happy Dentistry?

  Over the past several years, there’s been a growing awareness of overmedicalization and overtreatment within the medical establishment. While there are certainly many people who suffer from lack of access to health services, too much medicine is perhaps an even bigger problem. If Americans would stop thinking of certain problems in a medical context, […]

More Doctors Saying “No” to the Drug Dealers

Here’s some good, or at least promising news, as a recent WSJ Health Blog headline put it: “More Doctors Giving Pharma Sales Reps the Cold Shoulder”: The number of physicians who were “rep-accessible,” defined as meeting with at least 70% of salespeople who come calling, dropped by 18% from last year, according to sales and […]

Cell Phone Risk Facts and Other Recommended Reading

If Your Phone Is Giving You Cancer, Press 1 Maybe it’s part of the human condition – how we create and embrace new technologies without considering their potential ramifications. Then the law of unintended consequences comes into play. Some consequences, of course, are beneficial, while others may be harmful. Many modern drugs could serve as […]

Do You Really Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Say you visit a doctor for a routine check-up. You have no complaints: no pain, no problems. But the doctor says, “You know, I think we’d better remove your appendix.” “Why?” you ask. “It might get inflamed or infected someday, at which point we’d have to do an appendectomy anyway. Besides, you don’t really need […]

Stat!: Overtreatment Is a Problem…but Not for Me

Percent of Americans who think overtreatment is a “major problem” in American health care: 49 Percent who say that, over the past two years, they have not received any unnecessary medical tests or treatments themselves: 82 Percent who say their doctor never recommended an expensive test or treatment when a cheaper alternative would do: 87 […]