Bob R.’s New York City doctor told him his cholesterol was high and prescribed statins. After taking the statins for two years, Bob was feeling muscle pains and had read about the possible cognitive declines tied to statins. At his next physical, Bob told his doctor he wanted to stop the statins and try exercising a little more, drop a few pounds and see if that lowered his cholesterol. The doctor agreed and noted, “You’re borderline on needing statins anyway.” Yikes! Who knew that? Bob hadn’t questioned the diagnosis or the treatment. He took statins and experienced the side effects,…

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As recently as last fall, I was dead set against getting the COVID-19 vaccine. I thought the trials were rushed, the science too new and the chance that I would be harmed if I got COVID-19, small. I emphasized my stance in the blog 6 Factors to Consider About a COVID-19 Vaccine. In December and January of 2020, a lot of information became available about the various vaccines, the testing and history of the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines, which both Pfizer and Moderna used. It was then I realized the science is not new. Medical researchers have been working on…

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There is no known cure for coronavirus or COVID-19 yet. However, a new study from Wuhan, China published in JAMA found that treatment with methylprednisolone may be beneficial for patients who develop acute respiratory distress syndrome(ARDS) which is caused by COVID-19. Antibiotics, herbal remedies, and even straight water do not work as a protection or a cure. Untrustworthy people preying on others’ fears are promoting various “cures” on the internet. Please don’t buy and use them.  On the internet, you’ll find teas, essential oils, tinctures and colloidal silver promising to prevent or cure COVID-19. There is no proof that they…

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Abilify’s Digital Tracker: Did Big Brother just enter your body through your medicine? The manufacturers of Abilify introduced a "smart pill" version called Abilify MyCite (digital aripiprazol) which tracks if a patient has taken the pill– it’s a digital ingestion tracking system. According to the FDA, "The system works by sending a message from the pill’s sensor to a wearable patch. The patch transmits the information to a mobile application so that patients can track the ingestion of the medication on their smartphone. Patients can also permit their caregivers and physician to access the information through a web-based portal." There’s…

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