Tag: consumer safety

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Pills for Back or Neck Pain Are a Heart Concern.

There is a time and place for pain medication. None is without risk. Sometimes, the risk is small. New research shows that even the simple NSAID medications carry a new risk. NSAIDS are the common over the counter medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol), and ibuprofen (Advil). These medications are commonly used but new research shows that […]

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Drug Mix-ups Injuring Patients

Oops, the FDA issued an alert about two drugs being mixed up and putting patients at risk. The drugs were risperidon (an antiphyschotic medication used to treat disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar mania) and ropinirole (used to treat restless leg syndrome). The FDA was alerted to 226 mix-ups. The mix-up was due to a systemic […]

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‘Cinnamon Challenge’ Not Safe for Teens

As a chiropractor, I mostly deal with acute and chronic injuries resulting from accidents and bad choices.  The story behind the injury can sometimes be humorous but often, it leaves me shaking my head and asking “what were you thinking?”  Too often the answer I get back is: “it seemed like a good idea at […]

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Alternative Medicine Becoming Mainstream

A few years back, Consumer Reports ran a survey asking it’s 34,000 readers to rank treatments which worked best for them. “Surveys Said” Respondents to the survey reported that hands-on therapies, like chiropractic work best for their back pain and arthritis.  Chiropractic ranked highest of all the conventional treatments, including prescription pain medication. Other therapies […]

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Pain Meds Increase Risk of Falls & Fracture

Arthritis pain is common as we age.  The years of abuse take a toll on our aging bodies.  By the time we are on Medicare, we have joint pain and balance issues.  Seniors who use certain common pain medications are at a 7-fold greater risk for  falling, and twice as likely to fracture a hip.  […]

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Protecting yourself from neck injury in a car crash

Whiplash injuries are too common.  They are also expensive!  In the US, we spend $29 billion per year in treating the pain and disability that often result from a rear-end collision.  Those costs end up being passed down to us as consumers of auto and health insurance. We all have a personal stake in staying […]

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Sports Bands are a Scam

As a science-based chiropractor, I have many patients ask for my opinion one a wide range of dubious offers and products.  Usually I am asked to comment on some MLM miracle product that cures everything but no one knows how it works.  Recently, I have had people ask about the ion enhanced or hologram wrist […]

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Methadone for pain control. Still a bad idea.

Pain medications are classified based on how the function in the body and their chemical pathways.  One family of pain medication is called the ‘opioids.’  These drugs are popular because they have three major therapeutic effects: Decrease perception Decreased pain response Increased pain tolerance Opioids also come in different varieties.  There are natural (morphine, codeine) […]

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