A Prescription For Health Without Side-Effects

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You can also read this post at Metrowest Daily News on my syndicated blog, "Health Conscious." Smiling people dance in a field of summer flowers under a blue sky without a care in the world. Then a fast, cheerful voice-over begins listing some pretty awful symptoms that could occur if you take the drug being advertised. Only the United States and New Zealand are permitted to directly advertise pharmaceutical drugs to consumers. These advertisements list side-effects that often sound far Continue Reading

Health Without Side Effects

Today's News & Culture update: I read a recent Boston Globe article, Warning Patients of Drug Side-Effects May Trigger Symptoms, that puts a twist on drug side-effects related to the nocebo effect, sometimes referred to as the "evil twin" of the placebo effect. Globe health reporter Deborah Kotz writes, "Recent research has demonstrated that when doctors and nurses inform patients about a laundry list of symptoms that a drug can cause -- such as headaches, anxiety, dizziness, and nausea -- Continue Reading