Alternative Medicine

Allan E. Sosin, M.D.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

The Overmedicating of America

Americans take so many drugs that 100,000 of us die every year because of those drugs. It is not illness that causes those 100,000 deaths, but the damaging effects of drugs taken for illness. Beyond these deaths there are millions of adverse drug reactions every year, resulting in hospitalizations, lost days from work, lost income, and sometimes chronic disability. What kinds of drugs are these? What kinds of illness?
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

No More Antibiotics for Dental Procedures

Those of you who have been taking antibiotics for dental procedures may inform your dentists that antibiotics are now only rarely indicated to prevent heart infections. The American Heart Association has published new guidelines for the use of antibiotics for dental procedures. Patients with mitral valve prolapse and insufficiency, the largest group of patients previously targeted for antibiotic therapy before tooth cleaning or extraction, are now spared that therapy.

It appears that the risk of cardiac valve infection is much greater from brushing your teeth at home than from going to the dentist for professional cleaning. Three brushings at home release bacteria into the blood stream as frequently as one professional dental cleaning or tooth extraction.
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