OnPoint today had a great show on bacteria in the human body, and new research showing how it may regulate many aspects of human health. Bacteria are our friends, right? Here are my rough notes:
Bacteria in the gut – helps digest food, absorb nutrients that regular enzymes can’t. Bacteria have their own genome, 3 [...]
When people talk about immune response and the benefits of the immune system, we tend to think in terms of cold and flu, protecting wounds and, maybe, allergies, although many people don’t realize allergies are just overaggressive immune responses.
But I think people need to realize your immune system, and how you take care of [...]
A recent story in the New York Times really struck me. It’s a fascinating account of a professional financial planner, of all people, who lost his home to foreclosure, the result of buying way more house than the family budget could handle, especially in the wake of the downturn in home values. In his account [...]
If there were ever a case for maintaining a healthy, balanced immune system and staying away from antibiotic overuse, a recent piece in The Atlantic is it and should send everyone scrambling to get as healthy as humanly–or superhumanly–as possible.
Imagine a world years from now where life expectancy declines dramatically, and huge portions of health [...]
The FDA issued an alert this past week that shortages of drugs, which reached a record high in 2010, are rising at an even greater pace in 2011. Me, I’d never heard of a “drug shortage.” Penicillin has been in short supply from time to time. Flu vaccines were also scarce a couple years ago [...]
Well, I get back from vacation and boom! I’m zapped with the bronchial crud. I could feel it coming on Sunday. Sunday night I was coughing persistently (that phlegmy cough, by the way). Monday I got some extra sleep but still went to work. Tuesday, I’m back in the saddle, cough pretty much gone and [...]
Gonna go off the reservation here for a bit. I just heard part of a show on NPR this morning that really made me think. Tom Ashbrook’s excellent interview show, “On Point,” today talked about the huge addition problem in the U.S. with prescription drugs, specially painkillers. He called it nothing short of an epidemic. [...]
As the debate over health care in the U.S. continues to rage, one statistic still blows my mind. A PriceWaterhouseCoopers study from 2008 showed that half of the $2.2 trillion (now $2.64 trillion) spent on health care in the U.S. are wasted dollars! Waste how??
In addition to insurance and hospital administrative bureaucracy, the biggest [...]
There’s more news on health products making claims they can’t substantiate and getting in trouble by the feds. One of these products is POM, the pommegranite juice maker. Reports this week say the FTC has cited POM for using using marketing language permitted only for FDA-approved drugs, which violates the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. [...]
Someone on Twitter not too long ago said, “Twitter is made up of 60% social media experts, 30% spammers and 10% real conversations.” Or something close to that. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thing is, if you’re targeted in who you seek out to follow and engage with on Twitter, that 10% is [...]