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A recent article in the NY Times tells us that the celebration of fish oil as a means to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke has been misguided. Despite a few studies confirming its benefit, most of the studies did not pan out when conducted... [read more]
The synthesis of thyroid hormone, and its regulation, are complicated! If you've followed my Thyroid Thicket series, you have an overview of approaching someone who might be considered to have thyroid hormones. One of the details mentioned... [read more]
OK, I have no idea whether statin drugs look anything like the pills in the picture, but what is a greater mystery to me: why isn't the world jumping up and down about the article published last month suggesting unexpected adverse effects from... [read more]
Does milk build strong bodies or is that just an advertisement? We all know baby mammals drink milk and grow well with an exclusive dairy diet at the beginning of their lives, but what about those of us at the other end of our lives? Should we... [read more]
"Oh, don't worry," the doctor said in a kindly voice, "these little hot flashes will disappear on their own."  Just one of the things that angers me about the general level of medical practice. A new study addressed the common wisdom (sic) that hot... [read more]
Admittedly this sounds like a cheesy sci-fi term, but it’s your inflammasome that you can alter with diet or exercise, and thereby reduce inflammation in your body overall. Since inflammation is associated or known to be causal with almost any... [read more]
Trouble sleeping? Overactive bladder? Someone recommended a low-dose anti-depressant for chronic pain? These are three common scenarios in which people take one of the drugs classed as anti-cholinergics, a category of  that acts directly on the "... [read more]
The current flu season has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and is showing signs of the severity expected when the current flu strain was identified. Unfortunately for those who received the flu vaccine, the current flu’s variety... [read more]
"Say, I'm a little sleepy - this rough, small, cold, concrete bed looks good, I think I'll just...zzzzz..." When was the last time you fell asleep that easily? It's one of life's great pleasures, isn't it?, to feel the pull of sleep and to allow... [read more]
Customary is NOT the same optimal when it comes to sleep. Specifically, let’s talk about a commonly repeated disclaimer, “No, I don’t sleep so well, but, hey, people always sleep less as they get older.” The defense is repeated for good reason as... [read more]

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