Archive for Pharmaceutical Drugs

Disapprove of Drug Ads? Suffered Adverse Events? Do Something About Them!

I’ve told you before about one of my patient advocacy colleagues, Kim Witzcak. Kim’s husband, Woody, a vibrant, successful, energetic young man, committed suicide after being prescribed a drug to help him sleep. Since figuring out the basis for Woody’s complete change of personality — Zoloft — Kim has since campaigned to make the world […]

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Smoking and Botox — Wishful Thinking and Common Sense

The FDA came out with a report on the negatives of botox injections… It’s like deja vu, isn’t it? Where is common sense? Read this post at About.com, Patient Empowerment.

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Posted in: Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Medical and Research Studies, Patient Advocacy, Patient Empowerment, Patient Safety, Patient Tools, Pharmaceutical Drugs, Self Help

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Update on Randy Pausch, Known for His Lecture of a Lifetime

Last September, a gentleman and professor from Carnegie Mellon (Carnegie Tech) made headlines when he announced he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, then stood before a lecture hall of students and gave his “lecture of a lifetime.” It’s about achieving one’s childhood dreams. I watched it again this morning. As I said when I […]

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The Nocebo Effect: The Potentially Deadly Version of “It’s All in Your Head”

Most of us know the word “placebo.” It’s a Latin word meaning “I shall please.” Along comes a word I’d never heard before yesterday — but it has application in areas of my work. The word is “Nocebo” — more Latin — meaning “I shall harm.” I heard the word from a broadcast producer, Stacie, […]

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Dad — an Empowered Patient Sets a Fine Example

…. and today is his 81st birthday. When people ask me how and why I began doing patient advocacy and empowerment work, I first tell them about my misdiagnosis, and then I tell them it’s because I learned how to be an empowered patient from my dad. Since beginning his battle with cancer in 1986 […]

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