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A New Eco-Friendly Skin Cream

What’s the latest eco-friendly product? It’s not a new discovery to run your car or get rid of your garbage. Rather, it’s an eco-friendly skin cream that contains green tea extract. I thought green tea was for drinking. But a report in the American Academy of Dermatology claims that 150 studies prove green tree is beneficial to skin in several ways.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - Full Story

Why Would I Write About a Lame Racehorse?

How would you like to own a racehorse that won hundreds of thousands of dollars? I’m sure I’d crack open the champagne bottle after each race. But how would you feel when the horse developed arthritis and chip fractures in the knee? Then four veterinarians and two trainers tell you, “This horse could not, and should not, run again”. That’s when I’d start crying in the champagne. But what has a racehorse to do with our aches and pains? In one word, plenty.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, September 13, 2009 - Full Story

Super Mushrooms Fight Swine Flu Virus

“What’s the best natural way to boost immunity against the swine flu virus (SFV)?” a reader from Winnipeg inquires. It’s a good question, as currently this virus is killing small numbers of people. But some researchers believe that H1N1 will return in a few weeks with a vengeance, killing thousands of North Americans. If this happens, can it be possible that a group of powerful medicinal mushrooms can decrease the risk of succumbing to this virus?
By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, September 6, 2009 - Full Story

Don’t Let Your Dignity Kill You

“Why In the Name of Heaven do I submit to this procedure every five years?  To be forced into such an undignified position makes me wonder each time if there’s a God.”

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, August 31, 2009 - Full Story

How To Prevent The Wrong Leg Being Amputated

Are you scheduled for surgery in 2010? If so, you should know that agreeing to an operation involves some risk. This is a fact of life, and there may never be a way to reduce the risk to zero. But a study from The Harvard Medical School shows there’s a proven way to cut deaths following surgery by 40 percent.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, August 23, 2009 - Full Story

Build Muscle Strength From a Bottle?

How can young people prevent being in a wheelchair late in life? Visit any nursing home and you will see examples of “Sarcopenia”, a loss of muscle strength, that robs the elderly of their independence. But can you stop this creeping frailty and build up muscle strength from a bottle? Or is a steak a day, jogging or weightlifting the best way to prevent sarcopenia?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, August 17, 2009 - Full Story

What you should know about breech births

What’s one of the worst things a baby can do to a mother (and her partner) at the time of delivery? It decides to be born feet or bottom first, rather than head first. Wrong-way birth is called breech birth, and it can have major health consequences for the baby. Women and their partners should never make a hasty or emotional decision on whether or not to have a cesarean section.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Saturday, August 8, 2009 - Full Story

Hey Guys! There’s Another Kind of Headache

“Not tonight dear”. We all know what that message means. But there’s a type of pain that isn’t at all questionable and 99.9 percent of males haven’t a clue about it. But can you blame them when so many people have no idea of their own anatomy?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, July 26, 2009 - Full Story

Calcium Causes 64 Percent Increase in Hip Fractures

How many of us are not taking calcium supplements today? Not many if my patients are a good sample of what’s happening. But do you know that calcium supplementation may cause an increased number of hip fractures? And can meat help to make stronger bones?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, July 19, 2009 - Full Story

The Error That Ended James Bond’s Life

Can you prove anything you want by statistics? You bet. But here’s one case where there’s no need to manipulate figures to prove a point. It’s a straight, simple, indisputable fact that women live 5.4 years longer than men. So was the Almighty just unkind to men or is this problem the result of their own stupidity?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, July 12, 2009 - Full Story

How Embalmed Psychiatrists Could Help Patients

Are you worried that you may need psychological help? Or have you been diagnosed with an emotional illness and desire a second opinion? Today, getting speedy appointments isn’t easy if you’re concerned about mental illness. But there is a way to solve this dilemma. And also, what should you know about embalmed psychiatrists?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, July 6, 2009 - Full Story

How a Bra Killed Two Young Women

What measures one inch in diameter and kills more people than hurricanes and tornadoes combined in the U.S., is 50,000 times hotter than the sun and strikes this planet 3.6 million times every year? No doubt you have the answer, lightning. But you may not know there’s less chance of dying from this underrated killer if you remember “The 30 second rule”. And how a bra killed two English women.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Saturday, June 27, 2009 - Full Story

Put Some Spice In Your Life

“Give Fae ginger ale for her queasy stomach”, I suggested to my daughter. But, “What’s in ginger ale that’s going to help?” she asked me. Telling her that my mother gave me ginger ale for this ailment wasn’t the scientific reply she expected from me. Unfortunately, my mother had never mentioned the magic ingredient in this drink. So I decided to research the health benefits of ginger and other spice

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, June 22, 2009 - Full Story

What Caused The Death of The Grand Admiral?

Today, let’s turn back the clock nearly 200 years, to an important moment in medical history. At that time a certain disease was invariably fatal. It can still be without speedy diagnosis and treatment. But, if by chance, you’re in a specific English pub when this condition strikes, you’re lucky. The pub owner can make the diagnosis quicker than most physicians. I wonder if you can diagnose what happened on October 30, 1723.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, June 15, 2009 - Full Story

Take Your Melatonin In A Glass Of Merlot

During long plane flights I always ask for a glass of wine with dinner. Wine helps me to catnap and relieve the boredom of night travel. But why does red wine cause drowsiness? In the past, we understood that melatonin, a soporific, was only produced by mammals. Now, a report in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture claims that melatonin is also produced by plants. Italian scientists report that the skin of grapes used to make red wine contains high levels of melatonin. So enjoy your merlot or cabernet sauvignon for relaxation and sleep.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, June 8, 2009 - Full Story

Obama’s Health Care Reform “Paints the Roses Red”

Painting the roses red; And many a tear we shed; Because we know; They’ll cease to grow; In fact, they’ll soon be dead; And yet we go ahead…

[Alice:] Oh, pardon me; But mister three; Why must you paint them red?

By News on the Net - Sunday, June 7, 2009 - Full Story

Fight Government Encroachment Into Healthcare!

With a faltering economy, and skyrocketing costs, healthcare continues to be a critical issue for all Americans. Unfortunately government encroachment into the doctor/patient relationship is poised to exacerbate our problems with healthcare.

As an OB/GYN with over 30 years of experience in private practice, I understand that one of the foundations of quality healthcare is the patient’s confidence that all information shared with his or her healthcare provider will remain private.

By Guest Column - Thursday, June 4, 2009 - Full Story

Former East Bloc countries health care systems beat Canada’s

-Ben Eisen, Policy Analyst, Frontier Centre for Public Policy

The Canadian health care system is opaque, unconcerned with patient satisfaction and, of course, has lengthy waiting times for medical services as a defining feature. Canadians are aware of these problems but many accept them as the unfortunate but inevitable consequence of universal coverage; that’s because they believe our model is better than what many posit as the only alternative, a supposedly wholly private American-style system which leaves millions uninsured and without access to quality care.

By Troy Media - Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - Full Story

Health Canada approves first and only once-a-month treatment for postmenopausal osteoporosis

Health Canada has approved Actonel(R) (risedronate sodium tablets) 150 mg, Canada’s first and only once-a-month dosing option in the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Canadian patients at high risk of osteoporotic fracture now have the convenience of taking one tablet on the same day each month.

By News on the Net - Monday, June 1, 2009 - Full Story

The “Ain’t So’s” About Cholesterol

Why are people so misinformed about cholesterol when so much has been published   about it? After all, cholesterol has become a household name. It’s hard to go to a social gathering without someone mentioning this fatty substance and their own cholesterol level. But as one wise sage remarked, “It’s not the things you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s the things you know for sure that ain’t so”. So what ain’t so about cholesterol?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, May 31, 2009 - Full Story