KUSP's Ask Doctor Dawn
Summary: An hour of medical questions, answers, debate, dialogue, discussion, & health in the news.
Primer on the Ebola virus, why it is so dangerous and how statins helps treatment; A 13yr old girl identifies a fungus on trees that infects AIDS patients; Infected bite needs to be tested for tick-borne diseases; The relationship of melatonin and rheumatoid arthritis — alternatives to help sleep; Difficulty reaching orgasm is common in males as they age; Punicalagin from pomegranates might be good to help prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases; Treating and testing for H. pylori — food sensitivities are more likely; Listener recommends responsibletechnology.org website for GMO issues; Are toxins on sheep wool contaminating the Vitamin D extracted from it? The physiology of brown fat vs. white fat — attempts to convert white to brown to treat diabetes and lose weight; Caller tells about the Alzheimer's Prevention Registry and research studies that need participants; A thorough discussion of statins and their side effects with long term use; Diagnosing a possible migraine headache — getting a CT is essential; It's very difficult to do good science to test essential oils for relaxation
Research reveals birth defects and other dangers of glyphosphate herbicide; New recommendations suggest that PSA is not a good cancer screening test; Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is a common and fairly safe procedure; A strange story linking increased Roundup use by wheat farmers as a consequence of fracking for oil and gas; The issue of "observation hospital stay" as compared to full admission; More discussion about observation hospital stay and Medicare billing; Alternatives to PSA for prostate cancer screening; Does a healthy 57 year old have to get all the tests my doctor recommends? Hydrocodone use for genuine pain does rarely leads to addiction; What is the significance of low ferritin level? Testing for specific microRNAs offers quicker detection of heart failure
Comments on food issues such as added sugar and dependence on prepared foods; Followup with a listener with skin cancer — monoclonal antibody treatments are in clinical trial; More discussion about nutrition in schools and other food issues; Probiotics, e.g from fermented foods, are important after heavy antibiotic doses; A woman has trouble finding yogurt without added sugar; Comparison of using colonoscopy vs. fecal blood test for colon cancer screening; How to shift ratio of cholesterol to HDL; A person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and is not obese should be screened for pancreatic cancer; Urine is not sterile — the prevalence of commensal bacteria all throughout the body; A wide-spectrum light sensor has medical uses and can be printed by your laser printer! Theintentionexperiment.com conducts interesting research in affecting things by group concentration; Possible causes for nerve damage from corticobasal degeneration
Aspirin seems to reduce risks of breast cancer; Treatments for central sleep apnea; Controlling inflammation of hand arthritis with supplement and diet; When to take and calcium, magnesium and vitamins for best absorption for bone health; Risks of contaminating others with oral herpes; Coping with a spouses denial of his wife's terminal illness; Getting off of Metformin for diabetes by diet and supplements; Mysterious pain and irritation on the skin of the back; Health advice to help stay off of methamphetamine; Issues with having a spouse in the room at an office visit; Nutritionals to compensate for the many X-rays received for a pneumothorax
An important new strategy for treating Parkinson's disease; Poor sleep during pregnancy increases risks of higher weight and diabetes in her children in adulthood; Is weight gain contributing to my symptoms from a leaky heart valve? Chemicals from molds affects dopamine levels which may lead to Parkinson's disease; Physiology and treatments for bursitis and other ailments in the shoulder; New law in Colorado is the first to allow use of drugs not fully-approved by FDA for terminal diseases; Sleep apnea can lead to cardiac, blood pressure and other health problems; Why too much sugar and starch is bad for your brain; Heat wave increased frequency of seizures in my dog; A new excellent, but very expensive, drug therapy for Hepatitis C
The crazy and wasteful system of the pricing of medical care and drugs; The sensation of electrical tingling caused by nerve irritation by an under-wire bra; A vaccine is available for tick-borne encephalitis; Consider malaria, not Lyme disease, for a listener's flu-like symptoms; Suggestions for borderline high blood pressure without the usual drugs and more about medical costs; Caller relates a good experience with a doctor, and even more discussion about problems in the US healthcare system; Other tick-borne diseases are important in addition to Lyme disease; Caller relates a good experience with a doctor, and even more discussion about problems in the US healthcare system; Other tick-borne diseases are important in addition to Lyme disease; The risks and removal of Gadolinium taken for an MRI; Get a second opinion about operating for a bone spur and arthritis; A woman with dry nipples should check for Paget's disease; How do I evaluate a good acupuncturist or chiropractor?
New biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease promise earlier detection; The different varieties of glucosamine and chondroitin for joint support; Various causes and solutions for dry mouth in an elder, with many suggestions from callers; Stress causing HSV genital herpes outbreaks; Occasional sore and swollen knuckles; Supplement and other support for before and after hip replacement surgery; Drugs and other suggestions for erectile dysfunction for someone with HIV; Caller has success with using turmeric plus black pepper to reduce pain and inflammation; How international intellectual property and patent rights affect the ability to produce generic drugs; Dr Dawn discusses the controversial issue of chronic lyme disease, antibiotic therapy; A Chinese herb suggestion for dry mouth and black currant oil for dry eyes
FDA finally announces rules to regulate electronic cigarettes; New CT screening technique to detect lung cancer early; Bone physiology of arthritis, but lump on hand may be a ganglion cyst; Could a pH imbalance contribute to chronic yeast infection? Is there a cheaper source for methylated folic acid than the drug Deplin? Detecting and treating carotid artery plaque; Sex and other things that affect the vaginal pH; More about Deplin and genetic testing for MTHFR and other mutations; All about microscopic colitis; A study shows that people on long-term statins eat more! Suggestions for hormonal birth control; Benadryl plus Tagamet is good for hives
New strategies to develop antibiotics that reduce drug resistance; The problems with the plastic mesh used in inguinal hernia and bladder operations; A caller's symptoms seem to be more than just toenail fungus; Did the mesh used in my surgery cause the subsequent abscess and adhesions? How long is dialysis needed after cardiac bypass surgery with kidney disease? About arteriovenous malformation — cauterizing will not cause adhesions; Hyperactivity of the dartos muscle is not dangerous; Another experience with complications with a mesh for inguinal hernia; The anatomy behind acid reflux and treatments are discussed; The problem of a leaking silicon breast implant
History of organic food regulations in the United States; The "links in a chain" of regulations from the origin of the seed through farmers and processors; The "organic system plan" customizes the regulations and inspections for individual organic farmers; Isolation between organic foods and non-organic is monitored at all steps from growing to processing and distribution; Organic products cannot be contain GMO or be irradiated; All ingredients from all over the world have to meet the same standards to be accepted as US organic; California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) covers all of North America and originated by merging standards from many separate organic certifiers; The USDA regulates the organic certifying organizations with yearly audits; The organizational structure of the national standards board and the politics of big agribusiness; The origins of organic farming in the 1970's and the difficult process of setting national standards; Reasons for organic farming, from not eating pesticides to soil health, like all farming was a few generations ago; Traceability of farming details is important for food safety; The US farm bill needs to support small organic farming; Environmental advantages to reducing pesticides and the important issue of loosing bees for pollination; Organic is healthier because plants resist bugs using chemicals defense such as vitamins and antioxidants that are good for us; Explaining why organic food cost more and the advantages of farmers' markets and sourcing locally
The Warburg effect — why do cancer cells favor glucose fermentation? Can I take a baby aspirin and ibuprofen at the same time? Certain types of gut bacteria can promote genetic mutations and cancer; Personalized medicine approach using genetic arrays to customize cancer treatments; High dose methylfolate (Deplin) is used to treat depression in those with certain genome variants; Is there any interaction with aspirin and Naproxen? The association of Hashimoto's thyroiditis and Celiac disease; Topical use of Metronidazole for rosacea doesn't have the risk of Crohn's disease that the oral version does; Punch biopsy is the best way to remove a tick head left in the skin; Restoring motor neuron disease with stem cells and light therapy; Hemoglobin A1C test and supplements to help prevent diabetes; Antioxidants can counter DNA damaging effects of omega 6 fatty acids; Bioidentical hormones and the risk of breast cancer
Low dose Naltrexone and hyperbaric oxygen are used for fibromyalgia and other conditions; How a monoclonal antibody is used to treat Hodgkin's lymphoma; New treatment for post-mastectomy pain syndrome; Family history is important to judge fracture risks with osteoporosis — treatments are discussed; A woman's gut problems stems from a Blastocystis hominis infection; The antibiotic Metronidazole is linked to increased risk of inflammatory bowel disease; Detoxification helps the long term effects of anesthesia; How do I reduce my high Lipoprotein(a) level? Conservative treatment first is recommended for medial epicondylitis; Going off of estrogen therapy and Arimidex, not anesthesia, is causing hot flashes; Try antihistamines to reduce itching side effect of pain meds for arthritis
Unfortunately, electronic cigarettes are available to minors; Suggestions to maximize absorption of vitamin supplements; My husband has hot flashes — get thyroid tests; Boric acid is a safer fire retardant chemical in furniture; The shingles vaccine wears off after about 5 years; Preventative health advice to control health care costs in a self-insured group; The tricky issue of thyroid hormone supplementation and the politics of drug industry regulations; A urologist notes that low testosterone can cause hot flashes in males; More discussion about shingles vaccine; What should I expect with my Medicare physical and what lab tests should I get? Don't be too worried about a borderline high hemoglobin A1c value; Read the fine print when buying long term care insurance; Can I tell my doctor to not put some information in my medical record?
Retaining muscle mass is very important in staying healthy as you age; Review of the Regenexx procedure using stem cells to repair joint cartilage; Certain lipids may be biomarkers for early detection of Alzheimer's disease; More about the health benefits of retaining muscle mass and disadvantage of belly fat; What are supplements to support liver and gut health? Genes variants that correlate with higher risks of stroke, coronary artery disease and diabetes; A listener developed meat allergy after a tick bite; Discussion of elderly health issues such of lack of mobility and rate of decline; More discussion about the locations of fat accumulation; Detecting prostate cancer — PSA is not as reliable as we'd like; Another doctor describes new techniques to detect and treat prostate cancer
Second case of a baby cured of HIV; Genetically-modified T-cells are the latest treatment for HIV AIDS; Stem cells used to regenerate hip cartilage; The difficulty in evaluating doctors from online reviews; Interplay of smoking and alcohol addictions; Acupuncture or chiropractic can help tinnitus; Dr. Dawn's healthy diet recommendations; Resistant starch isn't fully digested and is good for your gut flora; A fracture in the shoulder that is healing slowly may also involve a torn ligament; Formulas with micronized zinc might help to avoid reactions to sunscreen