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Dr Russ Blog - October 2013
 
C Diff - Can You Make a Difference?
Created on 10/25/2013
Clostridium difficile - not a term that rolls off the tongue.

But a term that nonetheless is coming up in conversation because infection with this organism is becoming commonplace.

And that's not a good thing, because "C diff" can be problematic.

Prevention is of utmost importance, but even if you have contracted C diff there are ways you can help manage the infection together with good conventional medical care. Read More>>
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) and You
Created on 10/22/2013
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are one of the most commonly used medications in the world - both in prescription and non-prescription forms.

But they're likely over-prescribed by healthcare practitioners and over-used by the public.

There are specific instances where the long-term use of a PPI is good medicine.

But how many people taking a PPI do you know who have been told they can stop it? Likely few, and there may be good reasons to stop... Read More>>
E-cigarettes - Yay or Nay?
Created on 10/22/2013
E-cigarettes are making a big splash around the world.

These mechanized "cigarettes" do not contain tobacco, and so should be safer to use for those who smoke, and may help those trying to quit smoking.

But there are plenty of concerns including safety, little research, lack of regulation, and the fact that kids are getting interested in e-cigrettes in large numbers.

And that could lead to them smoking tobacco products. Not good. Read More>>
Flu Shot - Yes or No?
Created on 10/11/2013
It's that time of year again when people start talking about the flu, the flu vaccine, and whether or not to get vaccinated.

To be clear - YOU SHOULD GET THE FLU VACCINE - unless you have a health condition where your doctor recommends against receiving the vaccine.

The flu can be bad, and infection with influenza virus kills many people each year.

And you can largely protect yourself simply by getting your flu shot. Read More>>
Fish, Mercury - No Worries?
Created on 10/4/2013
We have long heard cautions about eating certain types of fish and the potential for mercury toxicity.

Especially for expectant mothers and their babies.

But new research suggests that fish represents only a very small source of mercury exposure.

And a vast amount of data point out the importance of getting omega-3 fats from fish in the diet to promote good health. Read More>>
Fish and Mercury - No Worries?
Created on 10/4/2013
We have long heard cautions about eating certain types of fish and the potential for mercury toxicity.

Especially for expectant mothers and their babies.

But new research suggests that fish represents only a very small source of mercury exposure.

And a vast amount of data point out the importance of getting omega-3 fats from fish in the diet to promote good health. Read More>>
Fish and Mercury - Not Such A Big Concern?
Created on 10/4/2013
We have long heard cautions about eating certain types of fish and the potential for mercury toxicity. Especially for expectant mothers and their babies. But new research suggests that fish represents only a very small source of mercury exposure. And a vast amount of data point out the importance of getting omega-3 fats from fish in the diet to promote good health. Read More>>
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