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|6/24/2013 - Each year, roughly 200,000 morbidly obese Americans go under the knife for weight loss surgery. Most all doctors perform this surgery to save lives and it seems to be working for many. According to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, after weight loss surgery, patients lose up to...|
|5/5/2013 - The sycophantic worship of the Obamas continues unabated, especially in places like California, where sanity is at a premium.
Now, reports the Los Angeles Times, women are actually seeking plastic surgery in order to emulate the arms of first lady Michelle Obama. Apparently these women have never...|
|5/2/2013 - The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently released its 2012 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report and the findings are truly astounding. According to the latest available data, Americans and people living in America collectively spent a whopping $11 billion last year on face lifts, Botox...|
|2/1/2013 - A German family is seeking damages of more than $100,000 from an unnamed hospital they say negligently left surgical tools inside the body of a close family member who was treated for prostate cancer. According to an Associated Press (AP) report, the 77-year-old ex-banker had undergone aggressive prostate...|
|12/20/2012 - At least five patients undergoing heart valve replacement surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a non-profit hospital in Los Angeles, California, got more than they bargained for recently when a heart surgeon infected them with a potentially deadly human skin bacteria. According to reports, the unidentified...|
|8/28/2012 11:32:43 PM - Before getting into this there is a definite given that must be understood.
When an idealistic and caring individual embarks upon his/her medical training and enters medical school he/she is totally unaware of the fact that the curriculum they will study has been funded by Big Pharma. So, from the...|
|7/30/2012 - Most men who undergo surgery for prostate cancer derive absolutely no benefit from the treatment, and instead become twice as likely to develop incontinence or impotence compared to men who skip the surgery. These are the eye-opening findings of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine...|
|4/25/2012 - The urge to look better is usually tempered with the limitations of one's basic physicality. Most of us accept that and choose to alter our appearance minimally, by exercising, weight training and dieting, for example.
Then there are a few who feel the need to go under the knife to change their appearances....|
|12/15/2011 - After four confirmed fatalities since 2009, the FDA is finally taking action against eight California surgical centers and a marketing firm for providing misleading information while advertising lap-band surgery.
Death and advertising
The L.A. County Department of Public Health last year asked the...|
|11/12/2011 - The infamous media writer Andy Rooney died last week after undergoing surgery for an undisclosed, but reportedly minor, condition. Though he was 92 years old, Rooney was not known to be sick prior to this minor surgery -- but somehow the medical procedure went awry, which resulted in the rapid demise...|
|10/29/2011 - Doctors and hospitals in the United States have a financial incentive to perform surgery on dying seniors because Medicare is guaranteed to pay for it, and most of the procedures fail to improve the patients' lives at all.
Several colleagues from the Harvard School of Public Health recently reported...|
|8/5/2011 - Five hundred to seven hundred thousand people have a cholecystectomy, which is the removal of the gallbladder, every year in America. They may do so believing that all their gallstone-related troubles will be gone after the surgery. What many do not realize is that a cholecystectomy can bring complications...|
|7/27/2011 - The extent to which individuals are willing to go under the knife to alter their appearance is rapidly increasing, and we are not just talking about wrinkle removal or the infamous nose job. According to a recent Reuters report, facial reconstruction surgery that involves altering face shape and bone...|
|6/18/2011 - Is hypnosis just a trick of stage magicians or hocus pocus for gullible New Agers? Not according to new research just presented at the European Anesthesiology Congress in Amsterdam.
Professor Fabienne Roelants and Dr. Christine Watremez, from the Department of Anesthesiology at the Cliniques Universitaires...|
|6/10/2011 - "When I talk now people ask me where I got my accent from. Well, I got it from a dentist in Toledo." jokes Karen Butler.
Butler believes she has foreign accent syndrome, a condition so rare that there are only 60 known cases worldwide. Butler, a 56-year-old tax consultant who grew up in Toledo, Ore.,...|
|5/5/2011 - Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a slow and progressive circulation disorder most often affecting arteries in the legs. Atherosclerosis, the same plaques of fat, calcium and other related gunk that clogs up arteries and cause heart attacks usually cause it.
If you have PAD of the legs, you know...|
|4/9/2011 - More than 75 percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are treated aggressively, even though most prostate cancers are slow-growing and will never pose a risk to a man's life, according to a study conducted by researchers from The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical...|
|3/16/2011 - The common practice of removing the lymph nodes of breast cancer patients does nothing to reduce the rate of cancer recurrence, according to a study conducted by researchers from the John Wayne Cancer Institute and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
In about one-third of...|
|2/17/2011 - A new study, which is shaking the pillars of mainstream breast cancer care, has found that lymph node surgery for women, who had early breast cancer which had spread to the lymph nodes, did not improve their survival rate or prevent the further spread of cancer to other lymph nodes. The painful procedure...|
|12/26/2010 - A new study published in the British Journal of Surgery has found that surgical operations are not always beneficial to patients. According to study data, roughly 14 percent of patients end up with more physical and emotional pain after their surgeries than before them, and about 25 percent experience...|
|12/21/2010 - Weight loss surgery is becoming increasingly popular among teenagers, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, raising concerns about potentially unknown side effects in this younger population.
Researchers found that in California alone, 590 people between the ages of 13 and 20...|
|10/20/2010 - Three patients walk into a bar after recovering from foot amputation surgery due to diabetes. The first patient says, "My doctor did a great job with my amputation, but he left a little scarring that looks pretty ugly." The second patient says, "That's nothing. My doctor did a fantastic job with the...|
|8/19/2010 - In 2007, as reported by Rita Rubin in USA Today, an expensive drug sold worldwide in 1985, and used for coronary artery bypass surgery to prevent excessive bleeding, was under scrutiny. It was used on more than four million patients. The FDA approved the drug for use in coronary bypass surgery in 1993....|
|8/4/2010 - There is probably no more horrific and frightening incurable disease than Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Also known as the human form of mad cow disease, this degenerative, always fatal brain disorder strikes about one person in every million worldwide each year, according to the National Institute...|
|3/30/2010 - A Colorado woman is facing a 20-year prison sentence for carelessly infecting at least 36 patients with hepatitis C during her time as a surgery technician. Kristen Parker somehow made it through hospital drug screening procedures and proceeded to steal drugs like Fentanyl from syringes and refill them...|
|2/24/2010 - Researchers from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York have published findings in the journal Cell that explain how tumor cells can re-seed and spread throughout the body after they have been removed through conventional chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation treatments. Tiny tumor cells...|
|1/21/2010 - The desire to lose weight has led many overweight people to undergo risky procedures in order to shed pounds quickly. Rather than altering their diets and exercising more, a growing segment of the extremely obese population is choosing weight loss surgery instead, a decision that for some ends up costing...|
|12/20/2009 - The British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology recently published research about genitalia surgery and the women who are undergoing the procedure in hopes of obtaining the perfect vagina. As crude as the concept sounds, the popularity of such a procedure is gaining ground despite the dangerous risks...|
|12/14/2009 - More than 160,000 U.S. children underwent cosmetic surgery in 2008, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
In 2008, cosmetic interventions such as breast augmentation, liposuction, Botox injections, hair removal, birthmark removal or "Asian eye surgery" were performed in...|
|8/20/2009 - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome affects millions of people every year. With increasing use of computers, more and more people each year seek medical attention for the wrist pain, numbness and tingling that characterize Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. While surgery is often done for cases that don't respond to physical...|
|8/7/2009 - A woman lost 55 pounds after undergoing hypnosis to implant memories of a gastric band surgery in her head.
"I've tried every other diet and exercise plan the world has to offer," said the woman, Marion Corns. "Now I am able to shed up to three pounds a week because I believe I've had a band fitted...|
|7/2/2009 - A new study conducted at the Mayo Clinic has revealed that patients undergoing gastric surgery are at more than double the risk of broken bones as compared to the normal population.
"The results of our study show that patients who have had bariatric surgery have a two-fold risk in developing a fracture...|
|6/12/2009 - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 46 million inpatient surgeries were performed in 2006. This statistic does not include outpatient surgeries where people are released within 24 hours after surgery. Preoperative surgery often causes anxiety because people have a fear of the...|
|3/15/2009 - The health community is up in arms over the discovery that a highly-respected and influential clinical researcher, Dr. Scott Reuben, fabricated the data used in over twenty pharmaceutical studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals. Read the full NaturalNews report on this topic here: http://www.naturalnews.com/025833.html
|1/25/2009 - You visit someone who is in the hospital following an operation or a sick friend confined to bed at home and you bring along a gift of colorful flowers or a lovely potted plant. That may sound like simply a thoughtful gesture to spread some cheer. But, it turns out, your gift of greenery may actually...|
|11/17/2008 - Beta-blockers, also called beta-adrenergic blocking agents, comprise a class of drugs used to treat high blood pressure, heart rhythm disorders and migraines. By blocking the effects of the hormone adrenaline in the body, they slow the heart beat and lower blood pressure. So doctors have routinely prescribed...|
|11/10/2008 - When we are told by our medical doctors that we need surgery, many of us would assume that the procedure would fix the health problem which we have - that is only natural. And that is all the more so when a particular surgical procedure is a very common one. Unfortunately, that may not be the case....|
|10/20/2008 - It is becoming increasingly common for parents to give their teenage daughters breast augmentation surgery as a birthday or graduation present, says Stephen Greenberg, a plastic surgeon from Woodbury, New York.
"There are girls and women who are devastated by the fact that they don't have breasts...|
|10/16/2008 - Many extremely obese people these days, under the mistaken belief that it will be the answer to their health problems, are flocking to get gastric bypass surgery. Now this treatment option may be pushed on even more people. A study published in The American Journal of Managed Care reports that bariatric...|
|10/15/2008 - While beta blockers do decrease the risk of heart attacks during surgery, they actually increase a patient's risk of dying anyway, according to a study conducted by researchers from McMaster University in Canada and published in The Lancet.
"There is a real potential that beta blockers are causing...|
|10/9/2008 - Drug maker Bayer AG has recalled all remaining stocks of the anti-bleeding medication Trasylol (aprotinin) from the U.S. market after a New England Journal of Medicine Study demonstrated that the drug increased heart surgery patients' risk of death by 53 percent.
Canadian researchers compared rates...|
|9/14/2008 - This interview is an excerpt from Kevin Gianni's Renegade Roundtable, which can be found at (http://www.RenegadeRoundtable.com) . In this excerpt, Phillip McClusky shares on being 400 lbs. and what saved him from gastric bypass surgery.
Renegade Water Secrets with Phillip McClusky, who lost 200 lbs....|
|9/9/2008 - Two new studies have added to the evidence that a drug commonly used to control bleeding during heart surgery increases the risk of kidney damage and death.
In November, drug-maker Bayer AG complied with an FDA request to remove the anti-bleeding drug Trasylol from the market in the United States...|
|9/3/2008 - A condition known as gynaecomastia, in which teenage boys develop female breast tissue, is becoming more common; a trend that some doctors attribute to rising obesity rates.
"This is different to someone just being overweight. These are firm female breasts, something that any woman would be proud...|
|9/1/2008 - Eighty percent of all surgical-site infections that occur after face lifts are caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to a study conducted by researchers from the Lennox Hill-Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital and published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.
|8/20/2008 - It is called heart surgery nutrition and this is an easy way that cardiac patients can do something effective to improve their medical outcomes. Recent medical research is now showing that heart surgery nutrition is a very important way to protect a patient from damage that can be caused by the oxidative...|
|6/3/2008 - Perfect vision without glasses or contacts sounds wonderful. Before considering having Lasik surgery, though, it would be wise to ask how many people actually do have good results and how many will suffer bad effects years after Lasik surgery. The advertisements give the impression that it's a perfectly...|
|4/11/2008 - Patients who have undergone bariatric surgery appear to commit suicide at five to 10 times the population average, according to a recent study published in the journal Archives of Surgery. Researchers examined data collected from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost and Containment Council and the Pennsylvania...|
|4/10/2008 - As a Clinical Hypnotherapist I have been a major proponent and supporter of hypnosis and the effect it can have on people. I have helped people with different problems such as wanting to quit smoking to getting rid of a phobia. I have helped people reduce the amount of pain they are in and I have also...|
|12/10/2007 - André Gorz, founder of the French magazine, Le Nouvel Observateur, the most popular Paris news magazine today, and a brilliant journalist and philosopher, died in a suicide pact with his wife on September 24, 2007. They committed suicide because she could no longer bear the pain of her disease, referred...|
|9/3/2007 - If you're heading into surgery, you're going to need some extra vitamin C. Andreas Rumelin, MD, of the University of Bonn, Germany, and his colleagues recently investigated how surgery leads to a rapid decrease in vitamin C blood levels and its increased "clearance" from the body.
"A reduction of...|
|4/19/2007 - A rare but serious complication arising from weight loss surgery can be easily prevented by taking vitamin supplements after the operation, according to a study published in the journal "Neurology." The brain condition, known as a Wernicke encephalopathy, is caused by a deficiency of thiamine (also...|
|4/17/2007 - Is it any wonder everyone wants to get out of the hospital as soon as they’ve arrived? Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are dangerously common; new viruses surface with frightening regularity. Horror stories of Staph infections and amputations can make the hospital stay after surgery scarier than the procedure...|
|3/22/2007 - The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) says that patients need to do more research before undergoing plastic surgery. The conclusion was based on the results of a poll of 617 cosmetic or reconstructive surgery patients which revealed a large percentage of patients having regrets about not learning...|
|2/20/2007 - With the increase in obesity among children, some parents are turning to a relatively unexplored solution with their offspring: stomach stapling.
Stomach surgeries have been around for years, and its popularity has surged among adults in recent years – going from 12,775 to 70,256 surgeries in the...|
|1/18/2007 - A study released Wednesday by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that the number of people who underwent some sort of stomach surgery for obesity in 2004 was more than 120,000, and the number of such patients in middle age has doubled since 1998.
The study found that 772 people...|
|11/23/2006 - Patients suffering from ruptured disks in their lower backs tend to recover regardless of whether or not they opt to undergo back surgery, according to a new study appearing in today's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
The study -- led by Dr. James Weinstein, a professor...|
|11/1/2006 - The use of anti-inflammatory drugs following hip replacement surgery could do more harm than good, according to a new study co-coordinated by The George Institute for International Health in association with orthopedic centres throughout Australian and New Zealand.
The results of the study designed...|
|10/24/2006 - For forty years, the gold standard for treating a single, small tumor in the kidney has been to remove the entire kidney. A retrospective study, which appears in the September issue of The Lancet Oncology, by urologists at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and their colleagues, suggests...|
|10/10/2006 - More than half of men with lower-risk prostate cancer received surgery or radiation treatment when a wait-and-see approach of no therapy and active surveillance would have been a reasonable option, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.
For men with...|
|10/4/2006 - Morbidly obese patients with poor cardiopulmonary fitness may experience increased complications after bariatric surgery. New research published in the August issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), shows that bariatric surgery patients with low...|
|9/27/2006 - Four of every 10 obesity surgery patients develop a complication, such as a hernia, within 6 months of leaving the hospital, according to a new study by HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The study is the most extensive to date on post-surgical complications from obesity operations based...|
|9/22/2006 - There is a surge in popularity for cosmetic surgery in Britain lately, and men seeking to retain or re-obtain their youth seem to be fueling it.
The practice is particularly popular among men from London's financial district, mostly male executives in their 30s. Surgery to remove love handles is...|
|9/21/2006 - Patients coming out of anesthesia after surgery may experience nausea or vomiting, and are frequently given drugs to prevent this. But the majority of patients won’t benefit from these drugs, according to a large new review of studies.
The review authors examined 737 studies involving 103,237 patients...|
|8/31/2006 - Patients with a remote history of major intestinal surgery may have an increased risk of developing vitamin A deficiency, according to a case series reported by two researchers.
Vitamin A is essential for the healthy working of the photosensitive pigment and superficial tissues of the eye," the...|
|8/18/2006 - A bulging midriff almost doubles a woman’s chances of developing gallstones and the need for surgery to remove them, finds an extensive study published ahead of print in Gut.
In the developed world, gallstone disease is the most common abdominal illness requiring admission to hospital. And in the...|
|8/10/2006 - The risk of infertility in women triples after the most major surgery for the inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis, suggests research published ahead of print in the journal Gut.
The authors base their finding on an extensive trawl of print and online research archives, and a detailed analysis...|
|8/10/2006 - A warning to readers: this is a gruesome story. Do not read this if you are squeamish. It's a hard-to-believe (but true) account of the horrors of conventional medicine and its barbaric surgical procedures, many of which are still practiced today.
We begin by examining the astonishing practice of...|
|8/9/2006 - Major intestinal surgery, including stomach reduction for obesity, may boost the chances of subsequent vitamin A deficiency, suggests a small study published ahead of print in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.
The researchers base their findings on three patients with increasingly poor eyesight...|
|7/26/2006 - Mayo Clinic researchers have found that ovariectomy, surgical removal of a woman’s ovaries, raises her risk of developing dementia or cognitive impairment. Risk is especially increased if a woman has her ovaries removed at a young age.
The findings will be presented Wednesday at the American Academy...|
|7/24/2006 - A study published in the August issue of Medical Care found that 40 percent of bariatric surgery patients develop dangerous and expensive medical complications in the six months following the surgery.
Researchers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality -- which sponsored study -- examined...|
|7/20/2006 - Even when all goes well, surgery patients may carry an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and possibly cancer for weeks or even years, say physician-scientists studying the unintended effects of surgery.
"The first insight we take away from this is that when bad things...|
|7/17/2006 - Medication is the best, first choice to treat pain following surgery, but music may be a good complement to pain-relief drugs, according to a new review of clinical studies.
Patients who listened to music after surgery reported less pain than other patients who were not exposed to music, the review...|
|7/17/2006 - Eighty-five per cent of patients known to be at risk of complications and death following surgery may not receive appropriate post-operative care according to a paper published today in the open access journal Critical Care.
Results of a six year study, lead by Dr Rupert Pearse of Queen Mary's School...|
|6/9/2006 - Modern dentistry is a curious branch of conventional medicine, and like much of conventional medicine, it offers a strange mixture of both helping people (improving dental health) while harming them (filling cavities with mercury). Most dentists, like many doctors, believe in outrageous myths like the...|
|3/22/2006 - A new analysis of bariatric surgery patients, published in the journal Nature, reveals that this surgical procedure may be far more dangerous than most people believe. An astonishing 4.6 percent of patients who undergo bariatric surgery are dead within a year. That's almost one out of 20 people who...|
|10/7/2005 - Every year millions of Americans go under the knife, but many of them are enduring great pain and shelling out thousands of dollars for surgeries they don't really need. In fact, the only people who seem to really benefit from these unnecessary medical procedures are the medical professionals who stand...|
|7/26/2005 - It has now been widely reported that bariatric surgery (an aggressive form of weight loss surgery where patients' digestive organs are lobotomized) has an unintended side effect: low blood sugar. According to reports in USA Today, the New York Times, and dozens of other papers, some bariatric surgery...|
|6/5/2005 - Dr. Paul Whitcomb, a chiropractor in South Lake Tahoe, Ca, doesn't want to offer fibromyalgia sufferers false hope. However, he has developed a chiropractic treatment that has been successful in treating 95 percent of his fibromyalgia patients. Approximately 3.7 million Americans, mostly women, currently...|
|5/26/2005 - Is cosmetic surgery important for saving your job? I'm seeing an increasing number of stories on cosmetic surgery for men, and in asking men why they want to get cosmetic surgery, the most common answer I've heard is: they want to save their jobs. This is the answer from men who are middle aged and...|
|4/21/2005 - Defenders of organized medicine are fond of saying that the United States has the best healthcare in the world, but I challenge that. I don't think we have the best healthcare in the world, I think we have the most expensive healthcare in the world. In fact, in terms of results for dollars spent, I...|
|12/5/2004 - A reader asks, "How can I unclog my arteries or clean my arteries without surgery?" And, "What are some good heart foods?"
First, stop doing the things that gave you atherosclerosis in the first place. In other words, your arteries didn't become clogged just by luck or chance, and hopefully you are...|
|8/19/2004 - A pregnant woman has died of complications related to gastric bypass surgery. Her death occurred 18 months after she underwent the surgical procedure, and was apparently due to a tear in her small intestine that resulted from the gastric bypass surgical procedure. Here's how it happened -- when she...|
|8/7/2004 - Surgeons in Australia are excited over new surgical robots they are using to perform surgical operations on patients. These new robots allow surgeons to perform operations with improved precision in a way that reduces post-operative complications and actually requires less staff during the surgical...|
|7/30/2004 - An article in USA Today talks about Raechel Arnold -- a teenage girl who has undergone gastric bypass surgery and managed to lose a significant amount of weight, dropping from 323 lbs to 165 lbs. The article reads like a brochure for gastric bypass surgery, showing just how successful the procedure...|
|7/14/2004 - Vibrational medicine is a promising area of "technology" (it's difficult to call it that) that covers a variety of pioneering healing modalities now known to be far more powerful than drugs and surgery in improving the lives of patients. These modalities include:
Phototherapy: harnessing the healing...|
|6/11/2004 11:50:24 AM - A researcher at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey has
created breakthrough new medical technology based on sound waves. The
use of sound for healing dates back thousands of years and is considered
a branch of vibrational medicine, but this new technology does something
|5/30/2004 10:47:26 AM - In a groundbreaking report from the British Medical Journal, researchers
who poured over thousands of studies detailing the efficacy of medical
and dental procedures have concluded that many popular surgical
procedures are completely worthless. Among those is one of the most
|5/10/2004 4:30:25 PM - Most people considering cosmetic surgery don't want to radically alter
their appearance, says a new study by the American Society for Aesthetic
Plastic Surgery. Instead, they just want to enhance their appearance
with natural-looking improvements. In other words: they don't want a
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|1/24/2004 9:17:45 AM - The more you learn about spinal surgery, the more frightening it
becomes. I've never met a person with lower back pain who was actually
helped by surgery. Perhaps they do exist, but I've met one. Most people
end up for the worse, and with a big medical bill to boot. This article
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