Every once in a while someone will say "My brother/husband/friend/neighbor wants to come and see you but doesn't want to have x-rays." This person will either choose not to see a chiropractor period or see someone who chooses to see patients without x-rays. (more…)
I don't know how some doctors do it. Most oncologists have never had cancer. Most orthopedic surgeons have never gone under the knife. Few therapists have ever fought overseas and experienced post traumatic stress disorder. It must be hard to have empathy if you've never experienced the condition for yourself.
Recently, a media report proposed a link between supplementing with fish oil and prostate cancer. This was put out on all the major media outlets. It was in newspapers, magazines, and on the morning news. Why not? The media has one job: attract eyeballs. Plenty of people take fish oil and everybody is afraid of getting cancer so the media was falling over themselves to push this story out to an unknowing public. But is there any merit to this claim that fish oil may be linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer? Absolutely not.
"I'm starting a new diet."
When I hear these these words, I shudder...because diets don't work. First of all, the term "going on a diet" implies that the change is short term. (A diet is like a train...if you go on you probably plan to get off, right?)
Steroid injections are a very commonly used tool in the medical community for dealing with lower back pain, but does this seemingly safe practice have a downside? Well, according to a recent study, steroid injections may pose an increased risk of vertebral fracture in older adults. In other words, a broken back.