Monthly Archives: December 2010

Lack of sleep linked to risky precancerous colon polyps

In most of my health books, I discuss the reams of studies now showing myriad benefits from consistently getting a good night’s sleep. Now, we have another health benefit from good sleep. A recent study is showing that people who … Continue reading

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Low-dose aspirin reduces risk of developing and dying from colon cancer

ABC World News reported what most of us doctors have known for some time: that “at high doses, aspirin can cause side effects, like bleeding and stomach discomfort;” however, we also know that the “low dose of aspirin a lot … Continue reading

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Statin drugs may lower colon cancer risk: study

Statin drugs, which are used to lower cholesterol, may also lower the risk of colon cancer by as much as 12 percent, U.S. researchers have reported. The longer people took the highly popular cholesterol-lowering pills, the lower their risk of later … Continue reading

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Physicians increasingly concerned about breast cancer campaign’s misleading message

One of my most read blogs in recent months is this one: “Nurse practitioner writes about her decision to stop getting mammograms.” Now, for a fitting follow-up, there’s an even more stunning opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times by physician … Continue reading

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Hormone therapy helpful for younger women?

Hormone therapy (formerly called HRT or hormone replacement therapy) may pose little risk to younger women, and could even help some aspects of their health – but any benefit appears to disappear as women age, according to a new study. … Continue reading

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Hormone therapy after menopause may worsen breast cancer

The CBS Evening News recently reported, “For women going through menopause, the decision about whether to take hormone replacement therapy has been controversial and confusing.” In 2009, “40 million prescriptions for hormones were filled here in the US, but there’s … Continue reading

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Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 8 – Concluding Bible Study

Here’s the last of an eight-part devotional for men based upon my chapter on health in Coach Joe Gibbs best-selling book, Gameplan for Life, was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. I hope you enjoy the … Continue reading

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Red yeast rice products NOT recommended for high cholesterol

The Chicago Tribune “Julie’s Health Club” blog reported that “some red yeast rice products have been shown to lower cholesterol levels as effectively as moderate doses of statin drugs.” However, “the supplement isn’t quite ‘ready for primetime,’ according to researchers … Continue reading

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SAMe and Depression

SAMe (S-adenosyl methionine) is getting renewed attention as an option for patients with mild-to-moderate major depression. New guidelines from the American Psychiatric Association now suggest SAMe as an alternative to conventional antidepressants (e.g., paroxetine, venlafaxine, etc) for patients interested in … Continue reading

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St. John’s wort may not help patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

St. John’s wort (SJW) is most commonly used to improve mood and treat depression. St. John’s wort affects neurotransmitters similar to conventional antidepressants. However, it also affects serotonin receptors in the gut, similar to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) drugs such … Continue reading

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