The Era of Overmedication

The Era of Overmedication

Story Highlights A 2017 survey revealed that over half of the American population takes prescription drugs, with four drugs being the average. Polypharmacy (taking multiple drugs) poses numerous risks to patients, one of which includes adverse effects from drug-to-drug interactions. Receiving multiple vaccines simultaneously also presents potential risks to patients from unknown vaccine-to-vaccine interactions. If […]

Study Reports Daily Aspirin is Not a Magic Bullet

Study Reports Daily Aspirin is Not a Magic Bullet

Story Highlights For many years, doctors have recommended a daily low-dose aspirin to reduce the risk for heart attacks, strokes, cancer and other health problems. A new study alleges that common practice has no benefit for healthy older adults, instead reporting an increased risk of mortality from all causes for those taking aspirin compared to a […]

The Hidden Dangers of Tattoos

The Hidden Dangers of Tattoos

Along with a growing movement of consumers turning their backs on GMO and processed foods, toxic pesticides, mandatory vaccinations, mercury dental amalgams and fluoride treated drinking water, another and curiously contradictory trend is also sweeping the country…

Americans Are on More Drugs Than Ever

Americans Are on More Drugs Than Ever

If you’re a U.S. adult and don’t regularly take a prescription drug, you’re now in the minority, according to a survey of nearly 2,000 U.S. adults by Consumer Reports.1 The revealing sample found that more than half of U.S. adults regularly take prescription medications, and the average adult takes four.

Brenda Fitzgerald Eyed for CDC Director Post

Brenda Fitzgerald Eyed for CDC Director Post

The Trump administration is reportedly expected to appoint Brenda Fitzgerald, MD as the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A decision on Dr. Fitzgerald has not been finalized. According to a recent report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution…

Malaria Burden Worldwide Has Dropped Without Vaccines

Malaria Burden Worldwide Has Dropped Without Vaccines

It is a common position taken by vaccination proponents that vaccines deserve all the credit for the worldwide decrease in incidence and mortality from communicable diseases since the early 1900s. Last month, vaccines were credited with saving nearly a half million lives since 1963, in the U.S. alone. This popular stance glosses over such contributing factors as management of sewage…

EpiPen’s Notorious Marketing Model

EpiPen’s Notorious Marketing Model

It’s a great business model: Start (or find) a life-threatening trend, develop (or acquire) a product absolutely necessary to counteract that trend, then gradually raise the cost until you find the highest price the market will bear. No wonder Mylan, the company that owns the EpiPen, is being compared—and unfavorably yet—to Turing Pharmaceuticals and its former chief executive Marti Shkreli, the man…

There’s Measles and Zika. Then There is Autism.

There’s Measles and Zika. Then There is Autism.

When you look at all the drama behind the 189 reported cases of measles1 in the United States last year and the recent daily reporting on the Zika virus, it is reasonable to question the priorities of our country’s public health officials and media. No one died from measles in the U.S. and…

Leaky Vaccines: More Than a Farmer’s Nightmare?

Here’s the quote, as provided to The Washington Post: “To me, it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t use imperfect vaccines,” says Andrew Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and Eberly Professor in Biotechnology at Penn State University, “Let’s say we become certain that a malarial vaccine is going to drive the evolution of more dangerous malarial…

Consumer Reports Looks at Arsenic in Food

Over the last several years, various studies from Consumer Reports have shown “worrisome” levels of arsenic in many mainstay foods commonly fed to children, including—of all things—fruit juices and organic baby cereal. Consumer Reports researchers first tested the arsenic levels in apple juice after Dr. Mehmet Oz alerted his viewers that arsenic levels in 10 of 36…