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Just Say No. I Repeat, Just Say No…

In the context of last week’s post, I submit to you the following summary of a study published in the latest volume of Spine (2014;39:1433-1440). Summary of Background Data: Guidelines advise against MRI for acute uncomplicated low back pain, but is an option for persistent radicular pain after a trial of conservative care.  Yet, MRI has become frequent and often nonadherent. Methods: A longitud…

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Life Extension… in a bottle?

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. Get Serious, page 141: “An analog of metformin will one day be launched as an “anti-aging” drug” due to its potentially life-extending effects. And this is exactly what can be inferred from the data of a recent entry in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. Bannister, et al compared mortality in people initiated with metformin or sulphonylurea monot…

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How Old are You, Really?

Mainstream medicine is very short sighted. Historically, doctors have been taught to wait until disease arises and then hurriedly treat it. Think about heart attack victims. I bet you know someone who has had a heart attack? Do you think their arteries became clogged overnight? Of course not.  He or she had risk factors, identifiable risk factors for coronary artery disease that could have been te…