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The frenzy for vitamin D began not in natural food stores but in medical journals. Millions of people are now popping supplements in the belief that vitamin D can help turn back depression, fatigue, muscle weakness, even heart disease or cancer. In fact, there has never been widely accepted evidence that vitamin D is helpful in preventing or treating any of those conditions.
“A lot of clinicians are acting like there is a pandemic” of vitamin D deficiency.” In point of fact, an institute of medicine committee concluded in 2010 that very few people were vitamin D deficient and noted that randomized trials had found no particular benefit for healthy people to have blood levels above 20 nanograms per milliliter.
Medical organizations have repeatedly found that there is no reason to assess vitamin D levels in healthy adults. Still, vitamin D has become “a religion,”
This is an important article that all sentient people should read. Make sure your physician or care giver does not order a Vitamin D level without telling you why she is doing so.
Two vaccines are effective in preventing sexually transmitted HPV infection, and researchers said the new data lend urgency to the drive to have adolescents vaccinated. [This will be used by the companies that produce the vaccines as a potent advertising tool]
HPV usually is spread through direct contact with infected genital skin or mucuous membranes during intercourse or oral sex. Over 90 percent of HPV infections are cleared by the body within two years.
Testing: There is no HPV test for men at all. A test for women is sometimes used in conjunction with a Pap screen for cervical cancer.
This is important information and the CDC report is the best information we have. At least the CDC is not in the business of marketing vaccines or treatments. The best we can do, at this time, is to immunize children. Not all of the public will be able to afford the vaccine and in some areas it is not a covered benefit for men. This may change.
A potential fall-out from the report is that it will foster health anxiety and promote cyberchondria. It may cause a spike in "venereophobia." Time will tell.
My son has been battling Inverse Psoriasis since birth. He has reptile feet, chapped toes, peeling, raw skin in his groin and underarms. We have tried Tar products, and all sorts of prescription creams, we eliminated sodium Lauryl Sulfate Soap Products, changed to all white cotton.
We have also tried eliminating Gluten and Dairy. All this with no success: the symptoms never went away.
Two years ago, I accidentally purchased Balmex Adult Care (cost ~ $11). Et Voila, symptoms started to fade and he had almost instant relief on his feet, groin and underarms areas.
I urge you to start using this cream if you suffer from Inverse Psoriasis. This may also be of value for other dermatitis-relaied problems in the groin, under the breasts and in the arm pits.
This is one person's perioral dermatitis story. It may be of help to some DHC readers.
I have been suffering from Perioral Dermatitis for the last 20+ years. Yeast definitely contributes to my flareups, so wine and bread don’t help. So Sorry….
But I have found some tricks to keep the rash at bay, and I would like to share these.
I have eliminated all Sodium Lauryl Sulfate products from my regime. I use a shampoo and conditioner without this, as well as a facial wash made by a company called CALIFORNIA BABY. It’s called, Calming Shampoo and Body wash with calendula. I wash my face 2x daily, then I use a thin layer of Neutrogena on-the-spot around the mouth and then apply California Baby Calendula Cream.
Et Voila. Rash Free for years…
(The standard treatment for P.O.D. is usually doxycycline or minocycline by mouth. If you prefer to try a more gentle approach first, this patient's protocol ooworth trying.)
Recently, we found a tick on the shoulder of an 84 yo man who was being seen for an unrelated problem. A picture was taken through a dermatoscope.
It is clear to me that tick identification is complicated.
There is a helpful video on Tick Identification produced by the University of Maine. It may be helpful to send the tick to a state lab for definitive identification. This 30 second video (also from the State of Maine) describes tick removal and where to send the bugger for identification.
With regards to the tick pictured above, I am not certain if this is a deer tick or a dog tick. I will follow patient and share his office visit with his primary care physician.
A landmark study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine highlights the efficacy of a new biologic drug, Dupilumab, for the treatment of atopic dermatitis. This may be heralding a new era for patients with moderate to severe atopic eczema.
This is likely to be a great breakthough for many who suffer moderate to severe atopic dermatitis, but the drug company that makes is will likely play hardball with the pricing. Most biologics today run ~ $50,000 a year. Since Dupilumab may only be taken for four months, the price will be determined by a drug maker keen to maximize its profits. The drug will only be affordable to patients with good insurance. It will not be available to the uninsured or poorly insured.
Promotional photo in NY Times of an ecstatic patient
Abstract: Rarely, human aging can dramatically speed up or slow down, resulting in devastating clinical consequences for patients. Two case histories are presented to illustrate this “relativity” of the human aging process. One patient suffered from progeria and aged rapidly, dying prematurely at 17 years-old. The second patient suffered from syndrome X and seemed not to age at all, remaining a toddler till her death at age 20. Despite their many handicaps, both patients lived inspiring lives that brought much love to their families and friends.
It's normal to feel anxious from time to time, especially if your life is stressful. However, excessive, ongoing anxiety and worry that interfere with day-to-day activities may be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder.