Michael Medved and Conspiracy Theories

I enjoy listening to Michael Medved’s weekly radio show where he invites callers to share their latest conspiracy theories. This week a caller reiterated a common theory: a cure for cancer has been discovered but pharmaceutical companies and the media are preventing the public from knowing about the cure. Michael Medved pointed out that it would be almost impossible to…

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Helping Your Allergic Family Members

The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) and its allergist members, doctors who are experts at diagnosing and treating allergies and asthma, offer the following research-based environmental changes that can reduce the allergen levels in your home and may help stop symptoms: 1. Replace carpeting with hard surfaces. Did you know carpeted floors accumulate 100 times more cat…

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Consumer Reports Gets It Wrong On Supplements

Many of you have probably read the latest issue of Consumer Reports discussing the risk of using dietary supplements. In their article, they listed 12 supplements to avoid: aconite, bitter orange, chaparral, colloidal silver, coltsfoot, comfrey, country marshmallow, germanium, greater celandine, lobelia, kava, and yohimbe. While it’s true that some of these supplements can be quite toxic and even fatal,…

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Do Joint Supplements Work?

Recently there has been a discussion in the media and on various blogs questioning the effectiveness of joint supplements containing glucosamine and chondroitin. Quoting a few studies that purport to show the ineffectiveness of glucosamine and chondroitin in relieving pain in people with arthritis of the knees and hips, the erroneous conclusion that has been drawn is that joint supplements…

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The Economy and Your Pet

With many people out of work, and with everyone tightening his or her budget, it’s tempting to take a look at how this affects our pets. In my experience in Plano, Texas, an area that thankfully has only minimally been affected by the economic downturn, I still see how the economy has affected the care of pets. Some pet owners…

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