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CBD (Cannabidiol)—could it be the nutraceutical of the year? Part 1
March 27, 2018
Retired military physician and West Point graduate Philip Blair, MD is an internationally-recognized expert on CBD: What is it? Is it legal? Why are hemp sources of CBD preferred over marijuana-derived CBD? Will it make you high? Uncoordinated? Are there other untoward effects? Addiction or dependency potential? What does research tell us about the endocannabinoid system? Does CBD have the potential to alleviate pain and help curb the opioid epidemic? What can CBD do for anxiety, depression or PTSD? For head injuries? For neurodegenerative disorders? Seizures? As a sleep aid? GI ailments? What’s the basis of its anti-inflammatory effects? Can it address skin disorders and promote healing? Does it enhance athletic performance and speed recovery time? What’s the difference between tinctures, oral capsules, liposomal forms, topical lotions, and vaping solutions? Why is the “entourage effect” important? Can pets benefit from CBD? How do you evaluate the quality of CBD products? Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: Balancing Drug Risks and Benefits, Part 1
December 14, 2017
MedShadow.org is a website devoted to critical evaluation of drugs and therapies to empower medical consumers. Its founder, Suzanne Robotti, was prompted to start the MedShadow Foundation when her son was prescribed Ritalin for ADHD. She questioned the doctor whether there were any long-term studies on side effects for ADHD medications--there were none. Suzanne weighs in on the pros and cons of the HPV vaccine; drawbacks of the popular asthma drug Advair; unnecessary and potentially dangerous medical tests; how to properly research drug side effects; food as medicine; medical marijuana; and the Choose Wisely Campaign which aims to enlist the public in curtailing useless or obsolete medical interventions. Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: Balancing Drug Risks and Benefits, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Suzanne Robotti, founder of Medshadow.org. Click HERE for part 1.



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Drug Interactions and Side Effects, Part 1
October 12, 2017
Studies show that 1.5 million Americans are hurt each year by preventable medicine errors. Many people are unaware that over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics can cause potentially serious adverse effects when used in combination with other common medications. Robert Baker realized there was a problem with people obtaining overall drug information after conducting extensive research. As a pharmacist, Robert has had extensive patient interaction for over the last 30 years. This gave him great insight into what patients need to have – useful at hand knowledge of their medications. Some of the more important issues patients stressed were over-the-counter (OTC) interactions with their current medications, as well as interactions among their prescription medications. The result is MyRxProfile, a convenient patient-friendly app that can help consumers be forewarned about potential drug interactions and side effects. Available from Apple and Android app stores, the app draws on a database of over 30,000 common prescription and over-the-counter medications. Click HERE for part 2.



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Drug Interactions and Side Effects, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with pharmacist Robert Baker, developer of MyRxProfile, a convenient patient-friendly app that can help consumers be forewarned about potential drug interactions and side effects. Click HERE for part 1.



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Intelligent Medicine Update, Part 1
July 20, 2017
Do smart phones make us dumb? Does smelling food make us fat? Why are there no actual veggies in Hain “Veggie Straws? Does sugar consumption by expectant moms produce allergic kids? Is your doctor prescribing that expensive drug because of a lobster dinner? Repeated steroid injections for knee osteoarthritis thin cartilage, may hasten progression to knee replacement; Yet another super cholesterol drug crashes and burns; Can you still rely on your Epi-pen past its expiration date? Click HERE for part 2.



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Intelligent Medicine Update, Part 2

Do smart phones make us dumb? Does smelling food make us fat? Why are there no actual veggies in Hain “Veggie Straws? Does sugar consumption by expectant moms produce allergic kids? Is your doctor prescribing that expensive drug because of a lobster dinner? Repeated steroid injections for knee osteoarthritis thin cartilage, may hasten progression to knee replacement; Yet another super cholesterol drug crashes and burns; Can you still rely on your Epi-pen past its expiration date? Click HERE for part 1.



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The Dangers of Excessive Medication, Part 1
April 27, 2017
Polypharmacy--the prescribing of multiple medications simultaneously--is a big problem, especially among seniors. Surveys reveal that the average 65+ individual takes 14 prescription medications per year! It's not uncommon to see elderly patients taking 6 or 7 drugs daily. Su Robotti, founder of the Medshadow Foundation (www.medshadow.org), highlights the dangers of excessive medication. What three drug categories cause 60% of the serious complications among seniors? How is it that pharmaceutical meds are the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S.? Of particular concern is the indiscriminate prescribing of opiates for ordinary back pain, a condition that affects 70% of older adults. What are the alternatives? Click HERE for part 2.



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The Dangers of Excessive Medication, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Su Robotti, founder of the Medshadow Foundation (www.medshadow.org). Click HERE for part 1.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 1
January 11, 2017
New Year’s resolutions! Which is better, Tylenol or ibuprofen? Do you agree with Dr. Josh Mitteldorf’s critique of the “alleged” importance of antioxidants? Click HERE for part 2.



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