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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