Monthly ArchiveJune 2007

Med Bloggers 14 Jun 2007 11:13 pm

Herbal Remedies: Effective or Risky?

Here’s an interesting post I found while browsing through the Nursing blogs from this week’s “Change of Shift.” (See previous post.) It is by Judy of Tigger’s Don’t Jump and addresses the subject of Herbal Remedies: Effective or Risky?

The answer to that question, of course, is “it depends.”

It depends on WHICH herbal remedy. It depends on what else you’re taking. It depends on whether or not you take the herbal remedy instead of the effective medication your physician has prescribed.

Judy then goes through a list of common herbal remedies and offers a brief commentary on each. She concludes with this very good advice:

The most significant risk of herbal supplements is the risk that people might use them INSTEAD of effective medications. I had cancer several years ago. People I barely knew begged me to try various herbal supplements instead of the chemotherapy regimen recommended by my physicians. I did the research. The herbal supplements they recommended had been investigated by NIH and found to be useless. The chemo regimen had also been studied – in great detail – for many years and found to increase 5 year survival rates for cancer of the type and stage mine was from 55-65% with surgery alone to nearly 90% with chemo and radiation. Sort of a no-brainer there. It was hard for me to believe that people would not be convinced by the statistics, so I shared them with those who recommended herbs instead of chemo. They weren’t impressed.

Some herbs are safe, some aren’t. Some may help, some definitely won’t. Do the research — it’s out there. Look for actual research (peer-reviewed studies) as opposed to pure opinion. Ask your physician. If he or she isn’t familiar with the supplement, share your research. If you take prescription medications, make sure your doc knows what supplements you’re taking — and make sure your pharmacist knows too. It might save your life.

I’m not recommending any of the herbs Judy discusses in this post. That’s a decision you should make after discussing it with your doctor… and like Judy says… doing the research. I simply thought that she did an excellent job of presenting this material and that you might want to read this post and possibly check out the rest of her blog.

– Dean

DRX-9000 07 Jun 2007 06:58 pm

DRX9000 Maker Raided By FBI

Seems the DRX9000 spinal decompression table is back in the news again. Turns out that Axiom Worldwide, the manufacturer of the DRX, is now under investigation by the FBI.

I don’t have a lot of details on this yet, but here is a news story that ran on March 8, 2007:

FBI Raids Medical Supply Business

The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA – Agents from the FBI raided Axiom Worldwide this morning, carrying boxes and bags to a large white van parked in a disabled parking spot in front of the business.

They said nothing about the investigation or what they were confiscating.
Axiom Worldwide is a medical supply manufacturing and delivery business that is located at 9423 Corporate Lakes Drive, just north of the Anderson Road ramp to the Veterans Expressway.

Morelli goes on to write:

The flagship product of the business is a device that is sold to doctors who treat back pain. The spinal decompression table is designed to relieve lower back pain, according to the company’s Web site.

Telephone calls to Axiom, which designs, which also builds and delivers other non-surgical instruments, went unanswered during the raid.

Rumor has it that the allegations leveled against Axiom are:

  • Axiom instructs DRX 9000 clinic owners how to defraud insurance companies in the training manuals that come with the machine.
  • Axiom provides false advertising materials … in the form of slick infomercials and print advertising … as part of the DRX-9000 package.
  • Claims of FDA approval are distorted and misrepresented as a selling point in the commercials. The truth is, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has never evaluated the machine for safety or effectiveness. As it turns out, the DRX was grandfathered in because it is similar to other traction tables and, therefore, considered an existing medical device.
  • The claim by Axiom that their machine is based on NASA research is a total fabrication. NASA has never played a part in the development of the DRX or any other spinal decompression machine.

For more on the legal troubles surrounding the DRX, be sure to read my earlier post: DRX 9000 Under Investigation.

And also be sure to check out the forum discussions on this topic including this one: DRX 9000 Spinal Decompression Unit.

Med Bloggers 02 Jun 2007 01:48 pm

Change of Shift 1:25

Has it been a week already? Must be ’cause Change of Shift is up once again on Emergiblog. And that means there’s 22 more blog posts just sitting there begging for attention.

I’m no nurse. And I’m certainly no doctor. I don’t even know which end of the stethoscope goes in the freezer. I just know I like reading medical bloggers. So anyway… now I’ve got to decide whether I’m going to try and get some work done… or go read blogs? Work… or go read blogs? Work? Oh heck, I’ll see you later.

Oh, and if I happen to see you over on Kim’s site… be sure and check out the illustration that accompanies her post: Neighborhood Watch. You’ll see what I mean.

– Dean

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