Rx for Change

The Mammogram Industry: Wolves in Pink Wool

By Charlea T. Massion, MD, and Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Jan 22, 2010 | Comments Off on The Mammogram Industry: Wolves in Pink Wool

Mammography is a useful but problematic diagnostic tool that exposes breast tissue to radiation that can increase the risk of breast cancer. Screening mammography saves lives in menopausal women over 50, but not for women under 50.

Ghostwritten Articles Helped Sell Hormones

By Charlea T. Massion, MD, and Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Nov 26, 2009 | Comments Off on Ghostwritten Articles Helped Sell Hormones

If you or your mother became menopausal between the 1960s and 90s, you know that most women were pressured to take hormones from their first hot flash until their death. A friend joked that all women would be clutching a vial of Premarin on their death-beds. Joking aside, all Network members should be proud to be part of the only national membership organization that consistently opposed estrogen for disease prevention.

Rx for Change: Why Suzanne Somers is Wrong About Hormones

By Charlea T. Massion, MD, and Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | May 1, 2009 | Comments Off on Rx for Change: Why Suzanne Somers is Wrong About Hormones

Suzanne Somers looks great. In interviews and a series of books, the actress attributes her seeming agelessness — not to mention increased energy, libido, and a host of other benefits — to her use of “bioidentical” hormones.

Unsafe IBS Drugs Back on the Market

By Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Jul 26, 2007 | Comments Off on Unsafe IBS Drugs Back on the Market

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a vague term for a vague disorder. The diagnosis is one “of exclusion,” meaning that it’s what doctors are left with when tests fail to reveal another diagnosis. IBS is a syndrome rather than a disease because a disease causes abnormal changes in tissue whereas, with IBS, the intestine looks normal but patients don’t feel normal.

Prescription for Change: Over-the-Counter Sales of Medical Records

By Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | May 1, 2007 | Comments Off on Prescription for Change: Over-the-Counter Sales of Medical Records

In all likelihood, every time you fill a prescription, information about you is sold to a company that then resells that information to pharmaceutical companies for promotional purposes. Your name is removed from your medication history, which is supposed to make it all better. Industry may know all your intimate health details, but as long as they know you as number 0178 rather than by your name, it’s all legal.

“Light” Cigarettes Carry Heavy Risk

By Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Jul 1, 2006 | Comments Off on “Light” Cigarettes Carry Heavy Risk

Smokers consider so-called light cigarettes to be safer than regular cigarettes. But choosing “lights” isn’t a healthier choice at all.

Getting Burned: Radiation Exposure from CT Scans

By Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | May 1, 2006 | Comments Off on Getting Burned: Radiation Exposure from CT Scans

Do you know that radiation exposure from one “CAT” scan can be equivalent to the dose received by some survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bombing? No? Chances are, neither does your doctor.

Rx for Change: Waiting Room Activism

By Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Dec 12, 2005 | Comments Off on Rx for Change: Waiting Room Activism

“Even the scale I was weighed on had the name of a drug on it – a weight loss drug,” said my friend, after visiting her doctor. If it’s any consolation, the ad wasn’t directed at her.