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10 Life-Threatening Mistakes You Might Make With Your Doctor

With our health care system as broken as it is, it’s easy for patients – myself included – to fall into the role of victim and blame others when things don’t go our way. But are you doing what you can…


Is Medicine Killing or Saving You?

Is medicine saving us- or killing us? Are doctors helping you- or harming you? Are you improving your health by taking prescription drugs- or are you decreasing your life expectancy?  Are you gettin…


Obesity is Now a Disease

We, as Americans, are fat. That doesn’t mean that we are all fat; it just means that nearly 1/3 of Americans are obese and for this we pay out $147 billion annually in medical expenditures related to …


The Nocebo Effect: How Negative Thoughts Can Harm Your Health

Most of us have heard of “the placebo effect,” the heal-inducing effect patients in clinical trials experience when they believe they’re getting a fancy new drug or surgery but are actually getting fa…


A Vision To Heal Health Care

I once wrote a whole book that is yet unpublished called BROKEN: One Doctor’s Search For The Lost Heart Of Medicine. It’s still unpublished, but I now know the real reason – because my role is not jus…


Why You Should Reconsider the IUD

Originally published on If you’ve been skipping right over the IUD when exploring your birth control options, you aren’t alone. The mere sight of that homely acronym (an umbrella term…


Is Medicine A Fundamentalist Religion?

For the first 36 years of my life, I was raised in a fundamentalist religion, where I was indoctrinated by zealots, frequently abused by the leaders of my religion, and oppressed when I expressed diss…


What is an Allergist?

You have a primary care physician, a dentist, a dermatologist, and, if you're a woman, a gynecologist. But if you suspect that your chronically runny nose and sore throat are symptoms of an allergy, y…

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Are You Scared to Talk to Your Doctor?

By Anne-Marie Botek, Editor Does the thought of talking to your doctor give you a racing heart and sweaty palms? Maybe it’s the pristine white coats, or the years of schooling that…


Finding the Right Practitioner

I recently had a conversation with my mother about locating the right doctors and health practitioners. She is diabetic, and even certain foods that are supposedly safe and healthy for diabetics cause…


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Darlene have you or have you NOT gone on about vaccines for thousands of posts on multiple threads ?…

@ Vinu: Your turn to show that you are not an honest person What is safer, medically or otherwise…