From the Desk of Spencer Thornton, MD
November 11, 2013
The hum of voices in the hallway did nothing to diminish the cacophany of monitors and other pieces of equipment surrounding the hospital bed. A small, fragile figure appeared to sleep peacefully despite the battle being waged inside her seventy-five year old body. The doctor asked the daughter to ste...
October 15, 2013
New superbug C. diff competes with MRSA for dubious top honors. The biggest threat to antibiotic effectiveness until recently has been methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA). Now, because stronger and more effective antibiotics have been developed to overcome MRSA, most germs can be wiped out – leaving clostridium difficile also known as "C. diff". This...
September 30, 2013
Despite efforts of pharmaceutical spokespersons, many people today are discovering the advantages of natural plant chemicals in nutritional supplements in treating chronic illness.Plant sources for disease treatment have been recognized for centuries, even millennia. Curative plant compounds have been traced back to antiquity through the Ebers papyrus, the Hippocratic writings, and ...
September 27, 2013
With all the concern about healthcare as we age, we are seeing reports of greater longevity in other countries credited to better healthcare. This can be misleading.
July 01, 2013
As a senior who has to drive to exist, I’m concerned about aging drivers who, like me, can't imagine not being able to drive myself where I want or need to go.
May 06, 2013
In studying nutritional therapy for the eyes (As in our Friday Pearls) I’ve learned a few things about the body and stress.
March 01, 2013
The TV doctor who promotes “the latest miracle cure” is promoted by the network and applauded by an appreciative audience. But behind this all-knowing expert is a staff of writers who are sure to remember the sponsor (usually a pharmaceutical company) who pays their checks.
January 01, 2013
Scientific studies (and some not-so-scientific) over the past 30 or 40 years have concluded that the length of time you have on this earth is programmed into your DNA.
October 09, 2012
Clinicians should feel comfortable with recommending nutritional supplements for patients with or at risk for AMD. Reports published in highly respected journals such as Archives of Ophthalmology have reported that hundreds of thousands of people could benefit from vitamin supplements shown to help prevent macular degeneration, the condition that is one of the leading causes of vision loss.
September 13, 2012
Cambridge University experts reported in The British Journal of Sports Medicine that colds were more common in people who did not exercise regularly. The same could be said of flu. It is well known that regular, moderate exercise contributed to ones resistance to infections, and in the British study of more than 1,000 people, regular moderate exercise nearly halved the odds of catching cold viruses.