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8 drugs doctors wouldn’t takeIf your physician would skip these, maybe you should, too

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8 drugs doctors wouldn’t take
If your physician would skip these, maybe you should, too

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SOURCE:   Men’s Health ~ 6-22-2008

By Morgan Lord

With 3,480 pages of fine print, the Physicians’ Desk Reference (a.k.a. PDR) is not a quick read. That’s because it contains every iota of information on more than 4,000 prescription medications. Heck, the PDR is medication — a humongous sleeping pill.

Doctors count on this compendium to help them make smart prescribing decisions — in other words, to choose drugs that will solve their patients’ medical problems without creating new ones. Unfortunately, it seems some doctors rarely pull the PDR off the shelf. Or if they do crack it open, they don’t stay versed on emerging research that may suddenly make a once-trusted treatment one to avoid. Worst case: You swallow something that has no business being inside your body.

Of course, plenty of M.D.’s do know which prescription and over-the-counter drugs are duds, dangers, or both. So we asked them, “Which medications would you skip?” Their list is your second opinion. If you’re on any of these meds, talk to your doctor. Maybe he or she will finally open that big red book with all the dust on it.


It’s asthma medicine … that could make your asthma deadly. Advair contains the long-acting beta-agonist (LABA) salmeterol. A 2006 analysis of 19 trials, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that regular use of LABAs can increase the severity of an asthma attack. Because salmeterol is more widely prescribed than other LABAs, the danger is greater — the researchers estimate that salmeterol may contribute to as many as 5,000 asthma-related deaths in the United States each year. In 2006, similarly disturbing findings from an earlier salmeterol study prompted the FDA to tag Advair with a “black box” warning — the agency’s highest caution level. (more…)

The Art of the Chiropractic Adjustment: Part III

By |March 15, 2011|Education, Technique|

The Art of the Chiropractic Adjustment: Part III

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SOURCE: Dynamic Chiropractic

By Richard C. Schafer, DC, FICC

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Part I and

Part II and

Part IV and

Part V and

Part VI

As described in the previous two columns, all adjunctive procedures stand in the shadow of the basis for and the proper administration of the chiropractic adjustment. The goal of this series is to define briefly certain general principles that underlie almost all chiropractic adjustive technics. Some may be new to the reader, yet their basis is as old as chiropractic itself.

Parts I and II of this series reviewed depth of drive, the articular snap, segmental distraction, timing the thrust, the disadvantage of some drop-support tables, the advantages of placing the patient’s spine in an oval posture, correct table height, and patient positioning objectives. This column very briefly describes the factor of time in the clinical approach and its underlying biomechanical principles: viz, tissue viscoelasticity, fatigue, creep, and relaxation.

The Factor of Time in the Clinical Approach

To produce an effective articular adjustment, it is first necessary to evaluate the degree of joint motions and end plays present. Whatever corrective procedure is used, Hooke’s law should be remembered: The stress applied to stretch or compress a tissue is proportional to the strain, or change in length thus produced, if the limit of elasticity of the tissue is not exceeded. Adjustive ojectives are generally achieved by dynamic manual articular mobilization unless such a technic is contraindicated in a specific situation. Obviously, one would not apply a dynamic force over extremely porotic bone, a fracture, an abscess, a tubercular cyst, or a malignancy, for example; nor would it be applied over acutely inflamed tissue or splinted muscles if the doctor expects the patient to return.

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