Most of us have encountered heartburn, that aptly named condition that feels as if your heart is on fire. And many of us automatically turn to so-called “acid neutralizers,” either the older types of antacids (Tums, Rolaids, etc.) or the newer proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).
For years, the medical community has been touting statins as the silver bullet to save lives, but a report last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) only served to cloud the picture further.
You’ve heard the old expression, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well, your concierge physicians at MD 2.0 Jupiter wouldn’t go that far; apples are definitely good for you, and are certainly part of the balanced diet you need to stay healthy. But if you really wish to reap a host of health benefits at low risk and even lower cost, consider taking an aspirin a day.
Dizziness. Falls. Dementia. Even death. What do all these side effects have in common? It’s called “polypharmacy,” which literally means “many drugs.” In our modern age of medical miracles, we’ve come to expect that there’s a drug solution for almost any problem. The fact that we’re the only other country besides New Zealand that allows drug companies to advertise their wares on television merely compounds the problem, as the famous tagline, “ask your doctor about our wonderful drug” accompanies every commercial.