Appropriate policies for opiate pain meds, data mining online brain games and much more

KUSP's Ask Doctor Dawn show

Summary: Swings in attitudes for appropriate use of opiates for pain vs. risks of addiction; Vaginal soreness needs to be checked for herpes simplex virus; In the news again: claims of the dangers of L-carnitine in red meat — but L-carnitine is prescribed for fibromyalgia; Experiences with drug withdrawals and inappropriate use of pain medications; Taking the appropriate dose of opiates avoids addiction with long term use; Hydration, fiber and magnesium solves constipation; Residual pain in the arm after getting a flu shot may be nerve irritation; Chronic use of Tylenol and Acetaminophen is very bad for asthma and bronchitis sufferers; Data mining the users who play online cognitive games on the Lumosity website yields interesting results; Probiotics reducing heart attack severity makes sense because it lowers inflammation in the body; A male who feels like he's having hot flashes in the afternoon — check various hormone levels; Benecol alternative to margarine does have stanols that reduce cholesterol, but the trans fats in it are bad for you; The benefits of wheat grass for your detoxification is supported by Functional Medicine research that is often omitted from conventional medicine websites