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Dead Doctors Don't Lie Program 26 July 2006

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Monologue

Dr. Wallach discusses his new book the "Black Gene Lies" a book refuting the assumption that some diseases hit some ethinic groups at greater percentage.  Also mentioning Dr. Jennifer Daniels CD "Slave Quarter Cures".  Doc mentions a ongoing lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson regarding disk implants that are failing in patients.

Pearls of Wisdom

Doug and Dr. Wallach discuss a news article concerning a recent government study on bariatric surgical procedures.  With 30% of adults obese in the U.S. there has been a sharp increase in these procedures, especially since Medicare has begun paying for the operations.  The study conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that almost 40% of bariatric patients experience complications with six months of the procedure.  Sometimes more than doubling the overall cost if the patient has to be readmitted to the hospital.

Calls

  • Lydia has a friend diagnosed with RSD (reflex sympathetic disorder).
  • Larry's father has been diagnosed with heart blockage.  His doctor wants to put a stint in and put the father on blood thinners.
  • Kathy had a breast implant that ruptured several years ago causing her several health challenges.
  • Lynn's sister has been diagnosed with breast cancer and her doctor told he to not take vitamins and minerals.

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