This blog, begun in February 2011 and based originally on some on unhappy personal experiences in a hospital seems to have run out of steam. This might be obvious from the past months’ dearth of posts. However, there are still plenty of topics to write about in the healthcare field, particularly as changes take place in insurance coverage and in new ways of thinking about treating consumers' ills.
Therefore, Hospital Dangers will be morphing into a different content area. I intend to explore and report upon the latest research and opportunities in healthcare that have not necessarily been approved of or adopted by the medical/pharmaceutical establishment. Some of this information even may have been published in medical journals. However, the time difference between research appearing in this form and being accepted or adopted by practicing physicians can be both lengthy and costly in terms of their patient’s health. A considerable body of research in this area is published in foreign journals, which while indexed by the National Library of Medicine’s databases, may not be readily available to practicing physicians.
Sometimes, big Pharma is ahead of traditional medical practitioners in accepting treatments derived from naturopathic practices. This is evidenced by pharmaceutical companies when they try to develop derivatives or combinations of natural substances used for years into patentable medicines to increase their profits.
One example is of this practice is Red Yeast Rice, known for many years to lower cholesterol safely without the potential side effects found in prescription strength statin drugs. Years ago, a few drug manufacturers filed patents on special formulations of Red Yeast Rice even though they didn’t necessarily proceed to complete the extensive testing needed to obtain FDA approval. At the same time drug company-funded studies continued to report on doubtful benefits of Red Yeast Rice. Only recently are reputable studies appearing in the literature showing that the precursor of the statin drug, lovastatin, found in Red Yeast Rice can be just as effective without dangerous side effects found in the prescription version of lovastatin and other statin drugs.
CAUTION: Nothing that you may read about substances mentioned in this blog is intended to be nor should it be taken as medical advice or specific recommendations. The information presented here is solely intended as medical information. It is based on published research available on the Internet.
Finally, given the different focus the Hospital Dangers blog will have a new name. This will be announced in the next post. It will still be under the current blog title to give current subscribers and followers time to adjust their subscription should they be interested in continuing to follow the blog.
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