Every time a drug company researches a medicine, they need to demonstrate that their pills work better than a “placebo” pill — a dummy pill with no chemicals, usually just a sugar pill. The fascinating issue is that even that placebo pill shows some positive benefit for patients — 30% or more patients report improved symptoms by taking a pill that logically shouldn’t be helping at all.… Read the rest
Heart attacks and stroke combined are the #1 killers in most countries, including China. But there are a lot of lifestyle factors that play into this. In fact, about 90% of your risk for heart attacks and strokes can be modified by your conscious, everyday activities!… Read the rest
Aspirin, that wonder drug for over 100 years, can do many things besides pain relief. It can dramatically reduce a high risk person’s risk of heart attacks and strokes; there’s growing evidence that healthy persons over 40 who take a baby aspirin a day (81mg size) may decrease their long-term risk of heart disease.… Read the rest
Are you as lazy as I am? Do the words “gym membership” fill you with terror?
I can vouch that I fit that category! And of course, I have a host of terrible excuses, even as my clinic is attached to a gym.… Read the rest
Obesity is an epidemic in many countries, and China’s diet is changing so quickly that the obesity rates here are also rapidly climbing. One popular tool to assess your own weight — and your subsequent risk category for heart disease and diabetes — is to figure out your Body Mass Index, commonly known as BMI.… Read the rest