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FDA Fails to Protect Against Antibiotic Resistance, Guarantees More Needless Death and Suffering (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola Antibiotic-resistant bacteria infect two million Americans every year, causing at least 23,000 deaths. Even more die from complications related to the infections, and the numbers are steadily growing. It’s now clear that we are facing the perfect storm to take us back to the pre-antibiotic age, when some of the most important

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The Importance of Vitamin D for Normalizing Your Cholesterol Levels (Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola The video above is a nice confirmation from the traditional media of the importance of vitamin D. However, they still get it wrong by stating that you can get the vitamin D you need from foods. Appropriate sun exposure can easily provide over 20,000 units per day, while food rarely provides over

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Why Do We Overeat, and How Can We Stop? (Sat, 05 Apr 2014 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola Today’s featured video is a lecture by obesity researcher and neurobiologist Dr. Stephan Guyenet.1 In it, he discusses some helpful and practical tips about the neurobiological underpinnings of our eating habits that can help you better understand why you gain weight. He starts off by noting that the obesity epidemic closely parallels

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Why Don’t Patients Fill Their Primary Care Physician’s New Prescriptions? (Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:00:37 +0000)

A Canadian study published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that about one third of new prescriptions (written by primary care physicians) are never filled. Over 15,000 patients were followed from 2006 to 2009. Prescription and patient characteristics were analyzed, though patients were not directly interviewed about their rationale for not filling their

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How Dangerous Is Sleep Deprivation, Really? (Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola You know that feeling when you don’t sleep well, and you wake up feeling cranky, over-emotional, and over-tired? This is only a hint of what that sleep deprivation is doing to your body. If you don’t sleep well, it’s going to lead to health issues, both mental and physical, plain and simple.

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Failure To Communicate: The Dangers Of Inadequate Hospital Handoffs And What To Do About It (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:00:33 +0000)

One of my biggest pet peeves is taking over the care of a floor-full of complicated patients without any explanation of their current conditions or plan of care from the physician who most recently treated them. Absent or inadequate verbal and written “handoffs” of patient care are alarmingly common in my experience. I work primarily

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10 Steps To Finding A Good Doctor And Having A Great Healthcare Experience (Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:00:22 +0000)

I’m excited to announce that US News and World Report has invited me and some other social-media savvy physicians to participate in a live Twitter chat about how to find a good doctor. The chat will be held on Thursday, March 20th at 2pm EST. You can join the conversation by following the #DoctorFinder hashtag or

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The Benefits of Medical Cannabis (Sun, 09 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola Marijuana has been legalized in a number of US states; 20 states have legalized cannabis for medical purposes; two states—Colorado and Washington state—also permit recreational use. Certain forms of cannabis are actually very potent medicine, with few or no psychoactive effects. In California, medical marijuana has been legal for 18 years. Dr.

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Teen’s Heartwarming Message in Snow to Mom (Thu, 27 Feb 2014 06:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola A loving, motivational message from a son to his mother – carved out in snow on the top deck of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center parking lot — went viral earlier this month. The snow message read “HI MOM” and was intended for Sharon Hart, a 48-year-old woman undergoing chemotherapy for acute

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Subway to Remove Shoe Leather Chemical from Their Bread (Wed, 19 Feb 2014 06:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola The sandwich chain Subway advertises itself as “the undisputed leader” in providing consumers with healthier meal options. Many have been thoroughly convinced that Subway’s sandwiches are, in fact, better for you than a burger and fries or another fast-food meal. But make no mistake… while Subway bills itself as a provider of

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