Wednesday, August 29, 2007

KOA Interview

Rick Barber at KOA radio in Denver asked me to be on his show this morning to talk about UnBreak Your Health and it was great fun! Early ... but fun. Most of the show was about how the drug companies are dominating health care in this country but we also talked about some of the different therapies available today.

To listen to the interview visit my website ( or simply click on KOA Radio.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Drugs Out Of Control

The U.S. has 4.3% of the world's population but consumes 42% of the prescription drugs in the world. Clearly something is terribly wrong with this situation! Only the U.S. and New Zealand allow TV advertising direct to consumers and New Zealand is already considering changing their laws.

The U.S. has permitted drug companies to advertise to consumers since 1997 and recently the New England Journal of Medicine reported on how the FDA's drug-ad enforcement has steadily declined. One of the concerns is that audio warnings about safety are being overshadowed by the peaceful scenes and relaxed people in the ads. The FDA responded by saying it plans to study how 2,000 people react to TV drug ads.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Fewer Americans Read Books

Disturbing news for those of us trying to get a new book recognized. A recent AP-Ipsos poll has found that 1 in 4 adults read NO books last year at all. A similar question in a 1999 poll found that only 1 in 10 didn't read a book. Non-readers tend to be older, less educated, lower income, minorities, live in rural areas and be less religious.

Hopefully people looking for better health are still reading books!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

YouTube CAM Program

Some folks here in Texas are producing pilot episodes about complementary and alternative medicine. You can see the first program, a basic introduction to CAM, at

Perhaps if we had more TV about CAM to balance out Grey's Anatomy, House and all of the other medical shows Americans would have a more balanced view of their health options.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Dr. C. Norman Shealy Review

Got another great review in recently, the latest is from C. Normal Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.: "At least 85% of the time Complementary and Alternative approaches are far safer and more effective than drugs or surgery. UnBreak your Health provides a terrific source for those interested in real health!"

As one of the leading experts on pain management and the author of many books on health his opinion is appreciated. He's also on the Board of Directors of the national Health Freedom Coalition, an organization working to protect the rights of every American to choose their own health care.

To see all of the reviews that have come in so far from advance copies of my book please visit my website at

Monday, August 13, 2007

U.S. Life Expectancy Drops Again

The latest news is that a child born in 2004 will live an average of 77.9 years. Sounds pretty good until you realize that life expectancy ranks 42nd in the world. The U.S. has dropped from 11th two decades ago according to information from the Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics.

Dr. Christopher Murray, head of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington says, "Something's wrong here when one of the richest countries in the world, the one that spends the most on health care, is not able to keep up with other countries."

I couldn't have said it better myself.