Editorial: December 2011

Home Remedy Put to the Test

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Home remedies are rarely put to the test of scientific scrutiny. That's probably why physicians frequently pooh-pooh them. It's hardly surprising that doctors prefer randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials. This type of experiment helps rule out expectations, bias and plain old... (Read More)
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Ethanol, also known as drinking alcohol or booze, may be the oldest and most popular drug in human history. In fact, there is strong evidence that alcohol was consumed before the dawn of history. Archeological evidence suggests that Stone Age... (Read More)
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Imagine the uproar that would occur if a new disease were discovered that killed half a million people a year. That would rival the death rate from heart attacks and cancer. No doubt alarms would be raised and the deadly... (Read More)
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When patients suffer leg cramps that wake them up at night doctors have nothing in their black bag to offer. Long ago doctors used to prescribe quinine and many patients found it quite helpful. Ever since the FDA banned quinine... (Read More)