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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Honey (Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola Honey has been valued as a natural sweetener long before sugar became widely available in the 16th century. Honey production flourished in ancient Greece and Sicily, for instance, while animals other than humans – bears, badgers, and more – have long raided honeybee hives, risking stings for the sweet reward.1 Honey is

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EMRs And The Dangers Of Digital Dependency And Drop-Down Medicine (Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:00:51 +0000)

Electronic medical records (EMRs) now play a part in the daily documentation routine for most physicians. While improvements in access to patient data, legibility of notes, and ease of order entry are welcome enhancements, there is a significant downside to EMRs as well. Although I’ve blogged about my frustrations with nonsensical, auto-populated notes and error

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Medicare Advantage Physician Evaluator Jobs: Reality Versus Advertising (Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:00:14 +0000)

Physicians looking for part-time jobs to supplement their income may have run across advertisements for “lucrative” Medicare Advantage evaluation opportunities. Here’s a typical ad: Email not displaying correctly? Display this email in your browser Vision |  History |  Leadership |  Services |  Contact Us CenseoHealth is the leading Risk Adjustment provider for Medicare Advantage plans – with a network of

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Plants Can Hear Themselves Being Eaten, and Can Communicate the Threat to Their Neighbors (Sat, 11 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola The interconnectedness between soil, microbes, plants, pests, and ultimately human health, is a fascinating area of study. With the rapid evolution of technology, much of what used to be common-sense farming and gardening knowledge was lost. However, science is starting to reaffirm age-old wisdoms, showing that nature is far smarter than we

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Narcotic Overdose Deaths Quadrupled in the Last Decade (Thu, 02 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola Earlier this year, Gil Kerlikowske, director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy stated that the use of narcotic painkillers and other opioids is “having a devastating impact on public health and safety in communities across the nation.”1 The powerful drugs, which have their place in treating short-term severe pain,

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Two States Ready to Fight for GMO Labeling in November While Industry Pushes Bill to Remove State Rights (Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola The pesticide and junk food industries continue to cause harm, even deaths, while destroying our rights and indemnifying themselves from liability. That’s the take-home message from the September 8 article in The Progressive,1 which recounts the travails of residents in Cedar Valley, Oregon. It’s also the take-home message of other related news.

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Why I Still Don’t Hate Being A Doctor (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:05:54 +0000)

Judging from recent articles, surveys, and blog posts, the medical profession is remarkably demoralized. Typical complaints range from “feeling like a beaten dog” to “living in humiliating servitude,” to being forced to practice “treadmill medicine.” Interestingly, the public response to these complaints is largely indifferent. The prevailing attitude (if the “comments sections” of online articles

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Why the Use of Glyphosate in Wheat Has Radically Increased Celiac Disease (Sun, 14 Sep 2014 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola The use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup, has dramatically risen over the past 15 years, right in step with the use of GE crops. According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), glyphosate appears to be strongly correlated with

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A Cautionary Tale: Acute Hepatitis In The Rehab Unit (Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:39:56 +0000)

I recently treated a patient who was hospitalized with paraplegia. During some routine lab testing I noticed that his liver function tests were elevated, and so I began looking for a cause. I discussed the patient’s drinking habits (he rarely drank alcohol), risks for viral hepatitis (no IV drug use or exposure to those with

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Essential Oils Support Physical and Emotional Well-Being (Thu, 04 Sep 2014 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola Your sense of smell is your most primal sense and exerts surprising influence over your thoughts, emotions, moods, memories, and behaviors. Scents are experienced long before words. This is why it’s nearly impossible to describe them with language. Olfaction is different from your other senses, processed through different pathways in your brain.

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