Politics and Medicine

Conspiracy Theories, Reversing Kidney Disease, and Personalized Medicine

Over the years, I’ve had conversations with a handful of health conspiracy theorists. They claim there is a cure for the common cold, but the makers of symptom relief medicines block that cure from making it to the marketplace. OR, they claim certain cancers can be cured, but the cures have been developed by the …

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Bloggers Affect the Objectivity of Science

An interesting article about scientists and their ties to profit making medical organizations such as pharma, device manufacturers and others has crossed my desk. And it’s a welcome change of pace! Questions have surrounded the objectivity of researchers for several years. A scientist or researcher who is employed by, say, a university, has traditionally accepted …

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Counterfeit Drugs — They May Be In Your Medicine Cabinet

You may think, like I did, that counterfeit drugs are somebody else’s problem. If they are dumb enough to order drugs from some third-world country that probably supports drug manufacturers that use only fake ingredients? Well. Caveat Emptor — that person gets what he deserves. Not my problem. I was so wrong! Turns out counterfeit …

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Prescription Drug Ads – Your Help Needed

What do you think of those prescription ads you see on TV, in magazines, newspapers and other places? Do you think they are helpful? Do you get frustrated because you know you can’t purchase those drugs directly anyway? Did you go to your doctor to ask about one of them? Do you think they are …

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Forbes: Patients Lose Thru Lack of Hospital Competition

Forbes Magazine this month includes an exhaustive and question-inducing series of articles about hospitals and their ability to best take care of the patients who trust them. And the picture isn’t pretty. Even the titles make us pay attention: Bad Medicine Dirty Tricks Hospitals’ Nightmare And the subtitle under Bad Medicine is — The heart …

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Trisha Torrey, Healthcare Advocate's Advocate
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