Thursday, February 11, 2016

Teen Sexual Assault Victims Are Not Receiving Minimal Care

A nationwide study of 12, 687 teenage victims of sexual assault treated in emergency rooms showed that only 44% received the basic recommended lab for sexually transmitted disease.  Only 35% received the recommended prophylactic treatment.  This proved true even when the ER had specialized sexual assault evaluation teams.  The tragic conclusion is that the victim is considered guilty and unworthy of care.  The authors call for a major shift in treating these assault victims.

See Pediatrics, Nov. 2, 2015.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Teen Sexual Assault Victims Are Not Receiving Minimal Care

A nationwide study of 12, 687 teenage victims of sexual assault treated in emergency rooms showed that only 44% received the basic recommended lab for sexually transmitted disease.  Only 35% received the recommended prophylactic treatment.  This proved true even when the ER had specialized sexual assault evaluation teams.  The tragic conclusion is that the victim is considered guilty and unworthy of care.  The authors call for a major shift in treating these assault victims.
 
See Pediatrics, Nov. 2, 2015.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Tragic Release of Lead into the Flint Water Supply

Flint, Michigan’s release of lead into the city water supply has made worldwide news.  I have spoken with two of my alternative medicine colleagues who live in the area. They are struggling with the task of how to chelate everyone who lives or works in the city of Flint.  Otherwise, those exposed are at high risk of brain damage, heart disease, and cancer.  Then there is the huge task of repairing the pipes and supplying residents with bottled water in the interim.  Please pray for those working hard to solve this major public health catastrophe.

Lead in Flint, MI
 


 

 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dismissing Vaccine Refusers From Practice

A Colorado study reported in Family Practice News revealed that 21% of Pediatricians and only 4% of Family doctors regularly dismissed children of families that refused to vaccinate.  This conflicts with ethical guidelines that have been widely published.  Those guidelines state that the physician’s role should be to discuss the pros and cons of alternative therapies with their patients.  It is then the patient’s or parents’ role to decide on which approach to take.

See Family Practice News, Nov. 15, 2015, p.10.

 
  
 

 
 

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

How Low Should We Go?

A major study called SPRINT from Case Western Reserve seemed to indicate that lowering blood pressure to 120 Systolic might lower all-cause mortality by 25% in non-diabetic patients.  The study is controversial because the results conflict somewhat with the earlier ACCORD study that included diabetic patients.  We can expect guideline writers to lower BP goals in the near future.  That might be a good thing, but it would be much better if we added natural therapies like garlic, magnesium, and herbal preparations rather than adding another drug or two and their potential for new side effects.

See the NEJM, Nov. 9, 2015

Thursday, January 21, 2016

High Intensity vs. Low Intensity Exercise

A report in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that it really does not matter which you choose to use.  Both have impressive benefits.  The current recommendations remain the same.  You should do high intensity exercise for 75 minutes per week or low intensity exercise for 150 minutes a week to get the same benefit.

See Annals Intern Med 1015; March 3: 162.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

New Information about Gardisil

Derrick Lonsdale, MD is a brilliance pediatrician and holistic clinician.  He has had a particular interest in collecting news of reactions to the Gardisil vaccine, which is given mostly to females around the age of 13 y.o.  Some report that there have been more than 30,000 reactions to the vaccine.  A typical reaction starts with a “flu-like” reaction but progresses into a strep infection that is mistaken for infectious mono.  But it does not stop there.  Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) develops, which is a multisystem disease involving the lower brain and which is very difficult to treat.  The best treatment I have seen is LDI, which I have discussed earlier in the blog.

Be very careful about the Gardisil vaccine.

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