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Tracey G. Ingram, AuD

Bisphosphonates for bone health: Therapy or fracture risk?

The goal of oral bisphosphonate medications is to slow down the rate of bone thinning. But then again, they’ve been tied to fractures. That’s why researchers are trying to determine how helpful or effective they actually are…

Tracey G. Ingram, AuD

5 ways to douse GERD that won’t raise your stroke risk

Many acid reflux drugs have been found to increase stroke risk by as much as 94 percent! Luckily, researchers identified 5 easy steps to reduce GERD symptoms without the threat of stroke.

Carolyn Gretton

Common diabetes medicine may cause dangerous complications with COVID-19

COVID-19 can be especially dangerous in patients with diabetes, causing severe and potentially life-threatening complications. It’s important for people with diabetes who get COVID-19 to continue to manage their condition through the illness, but there’s one medicine that, according to researchers, may do much more harm than good. If you take it, check with your […]

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Are you taking this cancer-packed diabetes drug?

The creators of pharmaceutical drugs want you to have total faith in the efficacy and safety of their drugs. But, oops they did it again! If you take this common drug for type 2 diabetes, there’s another recall you need to know about featuring a “cancer-causing contaminant.”

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Alert: Taking a Z-pack with these medications could lead to heart attack

When you’re feeling sick and just want to find relief, you trust that the prescription your doctor sends you home with is not only going to help you feel better but that it’s also safe. But a word of caution… there is a common antibiotic you need to think twice about if you take other medications regularly, even if your doctor says you need it, or you could end up with a heart attack.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

The prescription pain pills your body builds antibodies to

Low back pain is not only the leading cause of chronic pain and disability in adults, but it also tops the chart when it comes to opioid prescriptions. For many reasons, treatment with opioids is far from the best approach. Now there’s one more reason to find a better solution for pain management: opioid antibodies created by your own immune system.

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Jenny Smiechowski

Antibiotics double your risk of inflammatory bowel disease

Research shows that about 1 in 10 people deal with negative effects after taking antibiotics. This could include anything from chronic diarrhea to the sudden appearance of allergies to issues with blood sugar. But of all the potential impacts antibiotics can have on your health, there’s one that’s starting to appear more common — and more serious — than all the others…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Common stomach drugs that can lead to memory problems

More than 15 million people in the U.S. take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to control stomach acid, heartburn, and the symptoms of acid reflux or GERD. But most don’t know that PPIs are actually able to bypass the blood-brain barrier and can affect your brain itself.

Margaret Cantwell

Remove these cancer-growing medications from your medicine cabinet now

Back in the summer months, ranitidine-based medications were found to contain an impurity considered a probable human carcinogen. The FDA thought the amount and impact was small, but things have changed: If they’re in your medicine cabinet, you should know the danger has increased significantly…

Jenny Smiechowski

The painful reason not to fill an opioid prescription from your dentist

There are obvious problems with prescribing opioids for tooth pain. The biggest being the potential for addiction and side effects. But beyond these problems with opioids in dentistry, there’s a very surprising one that proves it’s not worth any of these risks…

Joyce Hollman

5 things you need to know about drug interactions with cannabinoids

The effect of cannabinoids, when compounded with the effects of certain other drugs, can create some dangerous symptoms. Here’s what you need to know about possible interactions before you start to use CBD.

Dr. Isaac Eliaz

What statins did to my patient

Jim was a patient of mine years back. He had come to me for holistic advice on heart health. His doctors were recommending statins to control his cholesterol. When Jim came to see me later in the year, I was struck by his decline. That’s when we discussed easing him off drugs and starting a recovery program…

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