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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Among growing concern about Breast Implant Illness (BII) and a cancer linked to breast implants, the FDA announced new guidelines for patient education about saline or silicone gel fillers used in breast implants. The guidelines are to ensure that “patients considering breast implants have the information they need for a balanced discussion with their physicians regarding the benefits and risks of breast implants.” (See the story of an FDA Committee member’s experience at the meeting on breast implants, Breast Implants: Should They be Banned?) About three times as many women have breast augmentation as those who have reconstruction. Regardless of why…

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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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