Dr. Alan Inglis' BestHealth Nutritionals

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  1. Don't turn spring cleaning into a germ-fest

    by Dr. Alan Inglis

    In a month or so, many of us will begin the annual ritual of spring cleaning. For those of you living in the snow belt, like me, I bet you can't wait.

    But if you think you're doing a healthy thing wiping down your counters, doorknobs and appliances with those antibacterial wipes, research shows you need to reconsider.

    The ongoing debate has been whether or not antibacterial wipes even do what they claim, which is to actually kill bacteria. But the real problem may lie in how they're being used.

    A study showed that the way hospital staffs are currently using wipes could in effect be spreading germs rather than the heading-off of infections. It seems that continuously wiping a surface with the same wipe was actually found to spread the bacteria.

    Researchers observed hospital workers using a wipe repeatedly-and it didn't take much to render it ineffective. All it takes is a swipe down a bed rail, the surface of a monitor and a bedside table, and that's how quickly the wipe has been overused. It has become the paper version of a Typhoid Mary.

    When the researchers replicated what they observed back in the lab-using strains of staph as their germ of choice (and one that's rampant in hospitals) - they found that more bacteria was relocated than was disabled.

    The researchers are recommending as a best practice that only one wipe be used per surface.

    So the take-away for you would be to do the same thing in your own home. For example, wipe down your kitchen counter, then discard that wipe. When you move on to your faucet handles, use a fresh wipe-and then discard it.

    You get the idea. But if you're interested in not having to go through a hundred wipes in a cleaning spree, try making your own "anti-bacterial." Get an empty spray bottle and mix one-part white vinegar to one-part water. Spray your surfaces, then wipe down with a rag. That way, all you have to do is wash the rag and it's kinder to the environment by making a lot less trash.

  2. Doctors ignoring drug interaction alerts when writing prescriptions

    by Dr. Alan Inglis

    There's been plenty of blame to go around as drug interactions have become a leading cause of death in the United States. We can blame Big Pharma, for cooking up these deadly cocktails that unleash havoc in our systems.

    We can blame the FDA, for showing no interest in how drugs will interact before bodies start piling up.

    But it turns out that arrogant doctors may deserve a good chunk of the blame for unleashing illnesses and deaths related to drug interactions.

    According to a new study, doctors are ignoring electronic drug interaction alerts up to 90 percent of the time!

    Researchers looked at electronic prescriptions written by more than 2,800 doctors in three states. The electronic prescription software worked as it should, displaying alerts when doctors were about to write a prescription that could cause a potentially dangerous interaction or trigger an allergic reaction.

    Doctors ignored 77 percent of the allergy alerts and 90 percent of the drug interaction alerts. Why? They decided to rely on their own judgment instead – in fact, they even seemed annoyed by the alerts.

    If this isn't the height of arrogance, I don't know what is. This system wasn't built to inconvenience doctors – it was built to save lives! And many docs, with their rushed, seven-minute appointments, just can't be bothered.

    Researchers said part of the problem was that too many alerts were being generated, and docs just stopped paying attention. The fact that so many alerts are generated is the real smoking gun here. There are literally countless ways that prescription drugs can do serious damage in your system.

    You've heard me say it before -- your real health problems often begin the minute you accept that first prescription. And once you take a second, you're playing Russian roulette.

    Before you accept any prescription, make sure your doctor fully informs you of the risks and potential interactions. We all want to assume that doctors are performing their due diligence – but this research paints a bleak picture we can't ignore.

  3. Skip the gym… and get a sponge

    New research is recognizing the benefits of a good sweat-which means at least 20 minutes of sustained exercise-and housework can be a source.
  4. Gardasil's European tour off to a rocky start

    Spanish authorities recently recalled the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil after two girls had to be hospitalized shortly after getting injections.
  5. Straighten out your wrinkles with these natural cures

    Free radicals hurt more than just your heart and eyes. They can also do a lot of damage to your skin.
  6. Banning popular painkillers proving to be an ugly process

    An FDA panel recently recommended that the painkillers Darvon and Darvocet be pulled from the market. And it's about time.
  7. Good news, bad news with new online salmonella resource

    The FDA has created a pretty useful online tool where you can see exactly which products have been recalled because of the salmonella scare.
  8. Steroid inhalers not a breath of fresh air for asthmatic kids

    A recent study from the University of Leicester in England reexamined the protocol at many hospitals, where children who are admitted with sudden wheezing attacks often are given steroid inhalers.
  9. Keeping your brain sharp may be easier than you think

    You can get a sneak peek at an elderly person's future mental health if you know something about their lifestyle, outlook and exercise habits.
  10. Air Force policy gives wings to alternative health treatment

    The Air Force announced recently that it is going to train more doctors to use acupuncture to treat injuries in the field.
  11. The secret weapon against breast cancer

    If you're a woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, all the more reason to have your vitamin-D level checked: research suggests a link between low levels and recurrence of, or death from, the cancer.
  12. FDA helped unleash salmonella-laced peanuts on public

    The FDA played a larger role than we thought in allowing a salmonella outbreak to sweep through the nation, sickening hundreds and possibly killing 8 people.
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