When To Worry About A Cough

Most of us don't make through the year without having a cough. Most of the time it is a cold.  Bronchitis can be caused by an infection, which by the way is almost always viral.  What this means is that antibiotics have virtually no role in the treatment of bronchitis. [...]

By | December 29th, 2014|0 Comments

Drug Company Money And Doctors: A Bad Mix?

It never ceases to amaze me how money can corrupt people,. Doctors are certainly no exception. Drug companies have spent billions upon billions of dollars promoting their products. Doctors have been major recipients of this money. Most doctors, in fact about 80% have at one point or another accepted pharmaceutical [...]

By | December 22nd, 2014|0 Comments


Pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas is  very painful and unfortunately all too commonly seen. The pancreas is located in the back of your abdomen. It helps with digestion of foods and produces hormones including insulin. What causes pancreatitis? It turns out quite a few things. Drinking too much alcohol [...]

By | December 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Yet Another Bogus Weight Loss Product

Leave it up to some greedy companies, who prey on desperate consumers, to concoct yet another scam for a weight loss product. The two companies, Norm Thompson Outfitters, Inc., and Wacoal America, Inc marketed clothing (women's undergarments) impregnated with caffeine and retinol (among other chemicals). They advertised that simply wearing these [...]

By | December 8th, 2014|0 Comments


Last week's blog was about hyperthyroidism. Naturally, hypothyroidism or low thyroid also occurs. With low thyroid the Energizer Bunny seems to have take a vacation. The body's metabolism slows and with that downturn everything chills. What this means is that you may feel tired, have a slow heart rate, suffer [...]

By | December 1st, 2014|0 Comments


You can think of thyroid hormone as a kind of Energizer Bunny. The hormone essentially kick starts the body's metabolism so that we have the energy to get up at 3 am with that screaming baby and still go to work the same day. Like most things in life however, [...]

By | November 24th, 2014|0 Comments

What In The World Are Lymph Nodes?

What are lymph nodes and why is it important that I know about them? Admittedly, this is not a question I get every day. Lymph nodes, for those of you chomping at the bit to find out the answer, serve both as the body's trash cans and monitoring systems. Whenever [...]

By | November 17th, 2014|0 Comments


A toothache is by no means a pleasant experience. Decayed teeth with cavities are more prone to infections and for those of us who don't brush well and regularly, there is a greater risk of dental problems. What else will increase our risk of dental decay? Diabetes, cancer, malnutrition, and [...]

By | November 10th, 2014|0 Comments

Baldness: Male Rite of Passage

For the overwhelming majority of guys,  as we become older baldness is, shall we say, a rite of passage. This is not to imply that it is at all desired but rather wired into our genes. What gives us muscles (testosterone) also takes away our hair. There are some medications [...]

By | November 3rd, 2014|0 Comments

Seat Belts

After seat belts were introduced, the number of motor vehicle related deaths dropped rapidly. At first lap belts were the only game in town. Then came shoulder belts and finally airbags. You would think that seat belt use would be universal. Yet there are still many of us who either [...]

By | October 27th, 2014|0 Comments