Dr. Wallach discusses story of the 16 year old boy who has Hodgkin's disease. The boy had chemo therapy over a year ago and is refusing the therapy now that the disease has returned. A court ordered the boy to take the chemo-therapy and gave the state shared custody with the parents. Also Dr. Wallach discusses new cases of avian flu in China. Finally Doc discusses the increase in bariatric surgery now that Medicare will pay for the procedure.
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Doug and Dr. Wallach discuss a news article regarding a recent Institue of Medicine report. The report states that 1 out of every 8 babies born in the U.S. are born prematurely. An increase of more than 30% in the past two decades.
- Mary is having problems with Barb vaginal discharge due to a bacterial infection.
- Barb has been diagnosed with hypertension.
- Ginny asks Dr. Wallach about eye floaters.
- Kelly has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Pharmacist Ben Fuchs fills in for Dr. Wallach. Ben starts the show discussing a new drug combination for MS (multiple sclerosis). Asserting that although the combo does seem to alleviate some of the MS symptoms it does have side effects such as leukemia. Ben contend that rather than trade one disease for another an alternative route should be considered.
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Doug and Ben discuss a news article regarding the flu vaccine Tamaflu. In an anecdotal study of 17 previous studies researchers found that the vaccine did seem to lessen the flu symptoms. Although it did not appear to patients from contracting the flu after coming in contact with the virus. Leading researchers to believe that the vaccine would not be beneficial in preventing the spread of a pandemic.
- Betty has an aneurysm and wants nutritional advice on how to avoid a rupture.
- Irene has a very painful heel spur.
- Diane has been diagnosed with Grave's disease, hyperthyroidism and hypertension.
Dr. Wallach discusses the obituary of Winthrup Rockefeller who recently died at age 59. Asserting that the death most likely was caused by the treatments that involved bone marrow transplants. Also citing the death of Sam Walton who died of leukemia after chemo treatments. Asserting that this is proof that even billionares able to afford the "very best" care are often killed by the very treatments intended to save their lives. Prompting Doc to ask the question "what chance does your everyday joe have?"
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Doug and Dr. Wallach discuss a news story concerning a recent report from the Institute of Medicine. The report found that at least 1.5 million Americans are sickened, injured and killed each year by "avoidable" medical errors. Specifically referring to errors in prescribing, dispensing and taking medications. These injuries are reported to cost $3.5 billion to treat each year. The largest amount of the drug mishaps occur at hospitals and extend care facilities. Researchers also believe that there are just as many "errors of omission" which is when patient need medicines that they don't get.
- Phillip has two questions the first concerns low stomach acid ph. Second he asks about a friend who has been diagnosed with water on the brain.
- LeAnne asks Dr. Wallach about Crohn's disease and protein alternatives.
- Mary (email) has two knees that are bone on bone and all her doctor did was prescribe a pain killer.