Tag: ny times

Is wearing shoes in the house an unhealthy practice?

Is wearing shoes in the house an unhealthy practice? Have you ever been asked to remove your shoes before entering someones home? There may be traditions at work here if you had been asked to do this or if you do this yourself.   You may also do it for health reasons. What is on your shoes may be anything from fecal material to bacteria that is on the pavement. If you walk in the house and tracking this throughout it, is it unsafe, unsanitary or does it really matter? The New York Times recently explored this idea with surprising results. Read More »

Is the expansion of Medicaid also driving opioid usage? According to the NY Times, it does.

Is the expansion of Medicaid also driving opioid usage? According to the NY Times, it does. Obamacare achieved its goals by having fewer people uninsured, while adding greatly to the Medicaid rolls in the USA. There are four major types of insurance that people in the USA have Medicaid – Those whose income is below 2,250 for an individual in NJ, and this amount can vary depending on the state. Medicare – people 65 and older are eligible.  Many people have also purchased a Medicare supplement which is from a private insurer or have decided on a Medicare replacement plan Read More »

The FDA and Cannabis; Should the FDA ease rules on cannabis products?

The FDA and Cannabis; Should the FDA ease rules on Cannabis products? We are slowly moving toward a legalization of marijuana for recreational use.   CBD which comes from Hemp which is a product that is Cannabis family. Unlike marijuana, does not have THC.  It can be used to make clothing, rope, and CBD has been highly praised for its uses as an antioxidant, pain reliever and affects on mood and sleep. For those who look for the effects available through THC which has a long history of medical usage from the 1800’s, the Cannabis plants are seeing increased demand for Read More »

In 2016, 64 million prescriptions for gabapentin were dispensed with little evidence it actually works.

In 2016, 64 million prescriptions for gabapentin were dispensed with little evidence it actually works. Gabapentin, opioids and  other drugs  are continually dispensed for pain relief by physicians, even though these medications long term solve nothing for the patients who take them.  On the other hand, opioids have fueled healthcare costs due to addiction and other long term problems caused by addiction.  Patients have been discovering CBD which if found in hemp which relieves pain affordably and naturally without the side effects of medications that are designed to relieve pain. Medical providers are often looking for other uses of approved drugs, Read More »

Is CBD capable of everything it has been advertised to do? See this NY Times report.

Is CBD capable of everything it has been advertised to do?  See this NY Times report. CBD it seems is everywhere.  You can find it being sold through multi level marketing, through doctors offices, and even through the local bodega. This past weekend I was at a conference for NJ Chiropractors in New Brunswick and asked one vendor many of the hard questions.  One of the questions had to do with GW pharmaceutical’s who sells a manufactured CBD, as opposed to a naturally grown version of the hemp plant. Apparently, not all the CBD plants are the same and neither Read More »