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Over-Reliance On Tests: Why Physicians Must Learn To Trust Themselves And Their Patients (Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:00:16 +0000)

I met my newly admitted patient in the quiet of his private room. He was frail, elderly, and coughing up gobs of green phlegm. His nasal cannula had stepped its way across his cheek during his paroxsysms and was pointed at his right eye. Although the room was uncomfortably warm, he was shivering and asking

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Sugar Industry Secrets Exposed (Sat, 25 Jul 2015 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola Americans have been warned for years about the dangers of eating too much fat or salt, but the media has been relatively silent about sugar, in spite of the country’s rising rates of obesity and failing health. Copious research have been published about the many ways excess sugar can damage your health,

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How Much Less Sleep Are You Getting Than Everyone Else? (Thu, 16 Jul 2015 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola One in five Americans now owns a wearable, health-tracking device. One in ten wear them daily.1 The devices, such as Jawbone’s UP, provide something that has never before been available on this scale – actual sleep data (and more) from up to 1 million wristband users. Withings, a maker of health-tracking devices,

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GMO Fluorescent Lamb Accidentally Eaten (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola Across the US and much of the world, farmers are planting Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) “Bt corn,” which is equipped with a gene from the soil bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). It produces Bt toxin—a pesticide that breaks open the stomach of certain insects and kills them. In addition to Bt corn, Monsanto

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Newly Minted Doctors Begin Their First Jobs In July: Should You Be Afraid? (Sat, 04 Jul 2015 19:52:10 +0000)

Photo By Danny Kim The short answer, in my opinion, is yes. The long answer is slightly more nuanced.  As it turns out, studies suggest that one’s relative risk of death is increased in teaching hospitals by about 4-12% in July. That likely represents a small, but significant uptick in avoidable errors. It has been

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Chili Garlic Ginger Shrimp Recipe (Sun, 28 Jun 2015 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola I have cautioned against consuming most seafood due to the potential of having widespread contamination. Many varieties of fish today come from polluted waters and are tainted with mercury, PCBs, and other potentially toxic heavy metals that can do serious damage to your health.   However, I believe that shrimp, due to their

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Go to Sleep: It May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s (Thu, 18 Jun 2015 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola Poor sleep may be an “early warning beacon” or a “distress call” alerting to the beginnings of Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research. While sleep problems are common in Alzheimer’s patients, poor sleep may also be contributing to the disease by driving the buildup of amyloid plaques in the brain, a hallmark

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Bad Bacteria Thrive on Unhealthy Tissue and Cells (Wed, 10 Jun 2015 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola The bacteria in your body, once thought to be more of a nuisance than an asset, are integral to your very survival. Your body is in fact a complex ecosystem made up of more than 100 trillion microbes that must be properly balanced and cared for if you are to be healthy.

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Want Better Bowel Movements? Squat, Don’t Sit! (Mon, 01 Jun 2015 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola Bowel movements are probably low on most people’s list of topics they like to discuss, but it’s an important one nonetheless. Not only can your poop tell you a lot about your health, how you go can have a significant impact too. Your position can affect the ease with which you eliminate,

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Why In-Person Visits Will Always Be The Foundation Of Quality Healthcare (Tue, 26 May 2015 14:12:10 +0000)

In a recent Forbes editorial, conservative commentator John Goodman argues that the Texas Medical Board is sending the state back to “the middle ages” because they are trying to limit the practice of medicine in the absence of a face-to-face, doctor-patient relationship. He believes that telemedicine should have an unfettered role in healthcare – diagnosis

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