Myths and Realities

From The Archives: Myths and Realities: Do Power Lines Cause Cancer?

April 14, 2011
From The Archives: Myths and Realities: Do Power Lines Cause Cancer?

Please enjoy this post from the Clinical Correlations archives first posted May 20, 2009

By Aditya Mattoo, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Prompted by personal experience, I thought I would explore the alleged causative role of power lines in hematologic malignancies for the next installment of Myths and Realities. In recent years, two close family friends living at separate locations but in homes adjacent to lots with electrical transformers were diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.…

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From the Archives: Myths and Realities: Does the Weather Really Affect Arthritis?

March 3, 2011
From the Archives: Myths and Realities: Does the Weather Really Affect Arthritis?

Please enjoy this post from the Clinical Correlations archives first posted March 19, 2009

Aditya Mattoo MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

For our first post, I wanted to address the age old belief that changes in the weather can affect arthritis pain. Since the time of Hippocrates, who wrote about the effects of hot and cold winds on people’s health, this topic has been debated. Even Osler suggested in 1892 that arthritis sufferers of wealth vacation…

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Myths and Realities: Does Vitamin C Work for the Common Cold?

January 7, 2011
Myths and Realities: Does Vitamin C Work for the Common Cold?

By Carolyn Bevan,  MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

It starts with a tickle in your throat.  You feel a bit more tired after a day’s work, maybe your forehead feels a little warm.  You try to will it away, but over the next few days, it hits you: the congestion, runny nose and annoying cough.  Much to your dismay, you have a cold.  Determined not to give in without a fight, you drag yourself to the nearest drug store and…

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Prescription for Meditation

December 10, 2010
Prescription for Meditation

By Manisha Patel

Faculty Peer Reviewed

 A woman in her 60s with a history of fibromyalgia presented with productive cough and fevers for one week, and also complained that she had been experiencing diffuse, chronic pain since she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 2 years ago. After assessing her acute symptoms, I began asking routine questions regarding the characteristics of her chronic pain. Upon asking her about alleviating factors, her unexpected response was simply “meditation.” She stated that meditation helps…

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Myths and Realities: Heart and Wine

August 26, 2010
Myths and Realities: Heart and Wine

By Aditya Mattoo, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Not too long ago, a patient came to my clinic and said (I’m paraphrasing of course), “I never cared for alcohol, doctor, so I haven’t had much to drink since my college days.  Maybe champagne or wine on the rare special occasion, but I keep hearing about how wine is good for your heart, so I am thinking I should start drinking regularly.”  For years I have been telling patients don’t drink,…

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Myths & Realities: Is Shiftwork Tumorgenic?

June 23, 2010
Myths & Realities: Is Shiftwork Tumorgenic?

By David Ecker, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Over the last several decades, Westernized countries have become 24-hour societies.  Approximately 21 million workers in the US are on non-standard work shifts, including almost 4 million on regular overnight shifts. In 1972, Taylor and Pocock published a mortality study, in which they reported a significantly increased incidence of neoplasms in shift workers compared to the general population. After several published cancer incidence studies, Kerenyi explicitly proposed that changes in light exposure could be…

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Myths and Realities: Cell phones and the risk of brain cancer

November 27, 2009
Myths and Realities: Cell phones and the risk of brain cancer

Daria B. Crittenden

Although children today have never known a world without cell phones, the rest of us remember when these devices were created and have watched their popularity soar. The ability to have constant communication, anytime and anywhere, is now taken for granted. Many have asked the question, are we putting our health at risk with this technology? Specifically, with cell phones cradled against our ears many times a day, and sometimes for many hours a day, are we at…

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Myths and Realities: Ginger Ale in Treating Nausea and Vomiting

September 3, 2009
Myths and Realities:  Ginger Ale in Treating Nausea and Vomiting

Chau Che MD

Faculty peer reviewed

Despite the numerous medications available for the treatment of nausea and vomiting, some patients and doctors insist that ginger ale will alleviate gastrointestinal symptoms. As early as the first century AD, the Greek physician Dioscorides praised ginger root because it “gently stimulates the gut and is profitable for the stomach” (4). During the 16th century, the physician Lonicerus similarly wrote, “Ginger does good for a bad stomach” (4). Ginger has long medicinal roots…

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Myths and Realities: Does holding your breath really cure hiccups?

August 6, 2009
Myths and Realities: Does holding your breath really cure hiccups?

Cindy Mui MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Hiccups, or singultus, are sudden, involuntary contractions of the diaphragm, which are terminated by abrupt closure of the glottis, producing their characteristic sound. Hiccups serve no known physiologic purpose, and descriptions of their causes and “cures” date back to the time of Hippocrates. The sheer number of remedies for hiccups prompted Dr. Charles Mayo, a physician at the turn of the 20th century and one of the founders of the Mayo clinic, to…

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Myths and Realities: Colon Cleansing: Healthful or just a load of @$%!

July 16, 2009
Myths and Realities: Colon Cleansing: Healthful or just a load of @$%!

Chau Che MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

You’ll have increased energy, radiant skin, reduced joint pain, improved asthma symptoms, and best of all…you will lose weight. These are some of the purported benefits of removing “toxins” (otherwise known as undigested material) from the colon through cleansing. As with fashion, music, and art, what’s old has a way of becoming trendy again…especially when celebrities such as Beyonce talk about it on the Oprah Winfrey show. Colon cleansing has become popular but it…

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Myths and Realities: Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day?

June 18, 2009
Myths and Realities: Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day?

Chau Che MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In an age when two thirds of adults are either overweight or obese and obesity rates in children continue to rise, would an intervention such as consuming breakfast daily help combat this problem? Skipping breakfast has become increasingly common in adults and adolescents in the United States, with the proportion of adults and children skipping breakfast increasing from fourteen to twenty-five percent between 1965 and 1991 (1,3). Additionally, skipping breakfast may be detrimental to…

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Myths and Realities: Do Power Lines Cause Cancer?

May 20, 2009
Myths and Realities: Do Power Lines Cause Cancer?

Aditya Mattoo MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Prompted by personal experience, I thought I would explore the alleged causative role of power lines in hematologic malignancies for the next installment of Myths and Realities. In recent years, two close family friends living at separate locations but in homes adjacent to lots with electrical transformers were diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Naturally, the coincidence was not unnoticed, so I decided to put power lines on trial…

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