Welcome to Health Consumer

When I entered medicine as a profession, I was idealistic. I wanted to help people learn about their health and provide guidance when they needed to make important health decisions. I always believed my job was to translate complex medical information so that it made sense. Everyone deserves this. It gives people the best possible […]

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Direct to consumer advertising: As drug sales climb, are we smarter or healthier?

Direct to consumer advertising is the promotion of prescription drugs through newspaper, magazine, television, or internet marketing. Proponents of this advertising, including the drug industry, argue that direct to consumer advertising educates consumers about certain conditions and encourages consumers to see their healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment. Although these ads clearly increase sales, evidence […]

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Cholesterol lowering medications: do they help you if you’re healthy?

Pharmaceutical companies successfully advertise and sell cholesterol lowering medications.  Healthcare providers do what they’re trained to do – prescribe drugs.  And consumers are caught in the middle. A new study has reignited the controversy about the value of statins, a popular cholesterol lowering medication, in people without known heart disease. People with known cardiovascular disease […]

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