Are You 100% Honest With Your Doctor?

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If I had to guess, I’d bet that most people have lied to their doctor.  Speaking for myself, sometimes it’s just easier.  Now, I realize this is a stupid thing to do, but I guess I can take heart in recent news out of Dr. Barbara Korsch’s recent work out of the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in knowing that I’m not alone.

In fact, Korsch, the author of The Intelligent Patient’s Guide to the Doctor-Patient Relationship, led Fox News to recently explore the greatest areas of whopperdom faced by physicians when trying to treat their patients.

1.         Not taking prescribed medication correctly, completely, or … at all.

As embarrassing as it might be to admit it, “If you don’t tell us you’re skipping pills, we’ll assume you’re taking them and they aren’t working, so we might change the dosage or the prescription”—which may put off your recovery and cause side effects, says Laura Knobel, MD, a family physician in Walpole, Massachusetts, and a member of the board of directors for the American Academy of Family Physicians.

And when you toss antibiotics before you’re done with the full course, you may not kill off all the infectious bacteria in your body, leaving them resistant to drugs and possibly causing the illness to come back with greater force.

There’s a real science to pharmaceuticals, and the balance is often a dicey one.  Doctors making sound medical decisions operate under …

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Did Your Home State Make the “Deadliest Eating Habits” List?

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On a daily basis, weight conversations seem to crop up everywhere.  Try this pill.  Shoot for hypnosis.  Snap a rubber band around your wrist when the urge for Cheetos hits.  Weight Watchers.  Jenny Craig, Nutri-System.  And what about the frustrated naturally thin people that are epically sick of hearing about how dietary news should revolve around a bunch of overindulgent potato chip addicts?

What I find interesting, though, are the many and varied approaches the media goes with in order to make what’s really a very old story at least kind of fresh and exciting.

After regurgitating the fact that America leads the world in excessive BMI (and that “U.S. eating habits and diets have been exported,” leading to a 5% increase from 1980 to 2008 in the population percentage that fit the “obese” definition), Yahoo Finance explores causes for America’s excessive need to feed.

From Yahoo Finance:

Like so many other issues where data are collected in the public sector and the information is used to solve problems nationwide, the problems are local. 24/7 Wall St. looked at a number of factors which cause unhealthy diets and resulting obesity. These include income, access to healthy food sources, the ability to pay for healthy food, the concentration of fast food outlets, and the consumption of fruits, vegetables, sugar, fat and soft drinks. The levels of healthy eating defined with these parameters varies wildly …

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You Are Getting Very Sleepy … Now Put Down the Cheetos

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Ah, weight, a topic that just won’t seem to go away. I was talking to a friend from high school last night, and the subject came up on how necessary the gym is as one gets older. The days of carefree Girl Scout Cookie chomping and beer binges catch up eventually as metabolism slows down, and a focus on overall health in terms of lifelong health, a concept that seems an eternity away when you’re a teenager, begins to preoccupy your thoughts.

Me, I don’t think there’s an easy way to do it. Well, let me rephrase that—I think the idea of balancing healthy eating habits with a solid exercise regimen is a life change that …

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Celeb Mums Who Lose Weight Quickly After Birth ‘Put Immense Pressure on Ordinary Women’

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This is a bit of a sad story. The results of a new survey by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), here in the UK, shows that two-thirds of new mothers have felt ‘a degree of coercion’ to slim back to their pre-pregnancy size as soon as possible after giving birth.

A report, produced by the RCM in response to the results of the survey, has warned that super-slim celebrity new mothers are putting women under ‘immense pressure’ to lose their baby weight too fast. Many women who responded to the survey reported that they felt …

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