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Archive for the 'Nausea/Vomiting' Category

Consumer Alert: Miracle Mineral Supplement aka MMS

Monday, July 11th, 2016

This product, when used as directed, produces an industrial bleach that can cause serious harm.

Swallowing doses of this bleach, such as those recommended in the labeling can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration. (more…)

Self-acupuncture among people with beast cancer

Monday, February 25th, 2013

acupunctureMan11Maintenance acupuncture is recommended following successful clinic-based acupuncture.

Researchers at the University of Manchester, UK, assessed the effectiveness of self-maintenance acupuncture in the management of cancer-related fatigue (CRF). (more…)

Risks due to energy drinks

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

In 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that more than 13,000 emergency room visits were associated with energy drinks.

Now, The New York Times tells us, FDA reports the caffeine drink, 5-hour Energy, may have been involved in 13 deaths over the past four years.

There’s no absolute proof that these drinks were the sole cause of these events. And the makers of 5-Hour Energy and Monster Energy insist their products are safe and unrelated to the problems reported to the FDA.

Regardless. (more…)

Cyclic nausea and vomiting due to marijuana use

Monday, October 15th, 2012

As legislators dive headlong into legalization of marijuana, there is growing evidence that they may be harming their most loyal constituents.

Researchers at Temple University Hospital, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, reviewed what has become known as Cannabinoid Hyperemesis (severe and excessive vomiting) Syndrome.

As you read this summary it might be useful to consider the value of Pennsylvania detoxification programs.


Acupuncture in Ob/Gyn

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Acupuncture is often recommended for obstetrical and gynecological (Ob/Gyn) conditions.

Prof. Ernst has reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Is there benefit from acupuncture in palliative care?

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Researchers at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, compared acupuncture to nurse-led supportive care in patients with incurable cancer. (more…)

Ginger for nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Although early studies were negative, Dr. Brent Bauer at the Mayo Clinic summarized 2 studies that support its use. (more…)

Using CAM to improve the lives of cancer patients

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

During the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting, researchers at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, in Perth, Western Australia reported less distress, and improvements in pain, fatigue, nausea, appetite, sleep, breathing and bowel function. (more…)

Review: Moxibustion for cancer care

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Prof. Ernst and colleagues report, “All studies [of moxibustion] have a high risk of bias.”

And that’s the good news. (more…)

Consumer Alert: Payouji tea and Pai You Guo Slim Capsules

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Testing by the MHRA (Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) found that these supposedly natural products contain an undeclared pharmaceutical ingredient called sibutramine (Meridia). (more…)

Consumer Alert: Slimming Beauty Bitter Orange Slimming Capsules

Friday, October 8th, 2010

So good they had to name it “slimming” twice.

Unfortunately, Slimming Beauty contains the active pharmaceutical ingredient sibutramine (Meridia), a stimulant. And the marketer, Beautiful Health Inc., formerly LL Health and Beauty, failed to list it among the ingredients on the label. (more…)

Options to treat nauesa and vomiting in early pregnancy

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

There are lots of options but little high-quality scientific support for any of them, according to this Cochrane review. (more…)

Acupuncture for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Dr. Ting Bao (photo) from The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, in Baltimore, Maryland tells us, “Despite recent advances in pharmacologic antiemetic therapy, additional treatment for breakthrough chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting is needed. (more…)

Does acupuncture have a role during pregnancy?

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

acupunctureManResearches from the University of Western Sydney, in New South Wales, Australia reviewed the effectiveness of acupuncture during pregnancy and birthing. (more…)

Ginger for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

 Researchers at Shahid Beheshti Medical Science University in Tehran, Iran report it was effective. (more…)

Magnetic acupuncture for post-op nausea and vomiting

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

 This study assessed magnetic acupressure to prevent nausea and vomiting following ear-nose-throat (ENT) or gynecological surgeries.

But should we apply these findings to other forms of acupuncture? (more…)

Massage therapy for cancer palliative care

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

 Massage is a popular adjunct to cancer palliation.

And, Prof. Ernst says “the evidence is encouraging. (more…)

Acupuncture for nausea and vomiting in kids with cancer

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

 Researchers from Saarland University in Homburg, Germany report it “seems to be effective.” (more…)

WITHDRAWN: Aromatherapy and massage for cancer.

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

 Cochrane doesn’t explain why this review, which was prepared by researchers at the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research and Development Unit in London, was published and then withdrawn.

But just labeling it peaks my interest. (more…)

Acupuncture: What’s the evidence

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Professor Ernst presents an overview of Cochrane reviews on acupuncture. (more…)