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.
Pearls of Wisdom
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.