Dr. Mary Ann Block


Survey: Most Parents Are Wary of Vaccines

December 23, 2011

Family Practice News 7/2011: According to this study, more than 75% of parents are concerned about the safety of childhood vaccines. Only 23% had no concerns. I would not be surprised if the greatest concern was about the connection if vaccines and autism. While the government and the drug companies continue to say that vaccines are…

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Diet Delivered Best Post-Diagnosis Diabetes Control

December 18, 2011

Family Practice News 7/2011: My first comment to this headline is, “DUH!” I don’t really understand why a study was necessary to come to this conclusion. It is a well-known fact that all Type II Diabetes (adult onset) can be completely eliminated with diet and exercise. What always amazes me is that doctors do not talk…

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Don’t Let Your Child Be Diagnosed with ADHD

December 15, 2011

According to a report in The Journal of Family Practice (6/2011), children and adolescents with ADHD complete fewer years of school, graduate from high school at a lower rate and are less likely to go to graduate school. They underperform in both educational and occupational settings. While the report did not mention if the children…

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Skin Reactions Linked to ADHD Stimulants

December 13, 2011

Family Practice News 11/1/11: ADHD drugs like Ritalin and Adderall are found to be associated with skin reactions that can be very alarming to parents. There can be pustules inside the eyes, hives, and even hair loss. Another symptom caused by these ADHD stimulant drugs can be toes that turn red and progress to turning blue.…

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Proton Pump Inhibitors Associated with Hypomagnesemia

December 10, 2011

Family Practice News 9/1/2011: The FDA has issued a warning that prolonged use of proton pump inhibitors can reduce magnesium levels and can cause serious adverse events such as seizures and heart arrhythmias. Low magnesium is associated with many different medical symptoms: migraine, depression, anxiety, constipation, high blood pressure, heart attack, asthma, muscle aches, pains and…

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Antidepressant Use Increases

December 9, 2011

JAMA 11 23/30, 2011 The CDC announced that antidepressant use has increased 400% in ten years. Sixty percent of those taking antidepressants had taken them at least two years. Women between the ages of 40 and 59 were the largest group with 23% taking antidepressants. This news indicates huge profits for the drug manufacturers but…

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