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5 Tips For An Easier Doctor Visit

5 Tips For An Easier Doctor Visit

1) Plan your visit. It’s a simple reality: face time with your doc is limited to 15 minutes or less. So figure out what you really want from the visit before the doctor is standing in front of you. What’s going to be the main focus? If you try to pack in everything you’re worried about, from your scalp to your toenails, you will leave unhappy. Choose what needs to be addressed that day and plan to... »

The Truth About Addiction

The Truth About Addiction

Substance use disorder(s) (SUDs) is medicalese for addiction. For centuries, we’ve felt that addiction is the result of a  lack of will power; that addicts have weak character because of poor protoplasm. Simply put: they’re losers. The current understanding of addiction shows how stupid that thinking was and is. Addiction is so common in humans that virtually none of us are immune. Probably, the s... »

The 5 Things You Need To Ask When Starting New Meds

The 5 Things You Need To Ask When Starting New Meds

This is a checklist of five questions that you must ask before taking any medication: 1) Ask your doctor to answer this question in simple, everyday language:  “Why do I need this drug?” 2) How long will I need to be on it: a month? a year? my entire life?  When will I start feeling better? 3) What if I don’t take it? Am I going to die? Will my pinky fall off?!? If I do take it, what happens if I ... »

That Bites! What You Need to Know About Biting Injuries

That Bites! What You Need to Know About Biting Injuries

Animals do bite the hand that feeds them – as well as the hands that don’t. This means taking care when handling your own pets when they are agitated, sick or injured and staying away from animals you don’t know.  If you are unlucky enough to be bitten here’s DCOC’s advice:    First aid. If the wound is bleeding, apply simple continuous pressure until it stops. Then, clean the bite area over ... »

The Top 8 Things You Believe About Drugs That Are WRONG

The Top 8 Things You Believe About Drugs That Are WRONG

1)   Brand name drugs are more expensive because they are better.  Simply not true. Generic drugs are every bit as effective as brand name drugs. The FDA wouldn’t allow it any other way.  By the way, generics could be cheaper too but please don’t get me started… 2)   Newer drugs are always best. Simply not true. Most “new drugs” are variations of existing medications.  Think regular Co... »

The Top 5 “Must Ask” Questions After A Cancer Diagnosis

The Top 5 “Must Ask” Questions After A Cancer Diagnosis

You’ve been diagnosed with cancer so you and your family want to do everything possible to beat it and get on with your life. Understandable but some tests, treatments and procedures may do more than good. In other words sometimes less is more. It’s important to figure out if the treatment options given to you will actually make you live longer and what the quality of your life will be. You may no... »

Pregnant? Here Are A Few of the Things You MUST Know

Pregnant? Here Are A Few of the Things You MUST Know

So, you’re having a baby or thinking about having a baby or just having sex. Here are the things to do before you’re pregnant or as soon as you know you’re pregnant: Prenatal vitamins. They will protect your baby’s spinal cord so that it forms normally. The sooner you start the better. On the way into the bedroom before you play is good…well maybe not, but you get the drift. Seriously. This is the... »

The Top 5 Ways to Spend Less on Prescriptions

The Top 5 Ways to Spend Less on Prescriptions

Most of us, when we want to buy something, shop around for the best deal. But for some reason, when it comes to medicines, we don’t.  And there’s absolutely no earthly reason why buying medicine is different than buying anything else.  Here are my top five tips on how to save money when shopping for a prescription: Generics are as good as brand names and are cheaper. ALWAYS ask if a generic is ava... »

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