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Psych Drugs, Shady Practices and One Fixer

In 2003, after taking Zoloft for six weeks to help him sleep, Woody Witczak, a vivacious, intelligent, energetic and happy man, hung himself — and died. ………………….. Last evening I leafed through my December issue of Consumer Reports. There on page 65 was my friend and colleague Kim Witczak, Woody’s widow, and one of the […]

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Posted in: Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Medical and Research Studies, Medical Errors / Mistakes / Misdiagnosis, Patient Empowerment, Patient Safety, Patient Tools, Pharmaceutical Drugs

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Behind the Counter Drugs?

When the doctor wants us to take a certain drug, he provides us with a prescription, which we take to the pharmacist to fill. When we decide on our own to take a drug, we go to the pharmacy to purchase it. It’s considered “over the counter” (OTC) because it’s sitting on a shelf, available […]

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One-Third of Readers Will Shake Their Heads

I read news reports relating to health and medicine every day. Many of them are medical research study reports — usually interesting — but they also make me question how they are being interpreted. Here’s what I mean: We are a nation of statistics, and statistics are the standard of proof. They are the foundation […]

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Posted in: Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Media, Medical and Research Studies, Patient Empowerment, Patient Tools, Pharmaceutical Drugs

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Kids, Colds and Bad Assumptions

Sometimes my best contribution to the topic of the dysfunction of the American health care system has more to do with asking questions that can’t be answered than providing answers. Remember — I’m not a medical professional. I’m simply an empowered patient who reflects on this dysfunction daily. This week there was a sudden flurry […]

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Patients: Report Problem Pharma Drugs

Were you a victim of the Vioxx deceptions? Did you ever take Phen Fen or Ketek or Avandia, only to find out you were at increased risk for heart attack or stroke or liver damage — or whatever medical horror may have been the true result of taking the drug? I could write reams about […]

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