Something You Should Know about the Doctor/Patient Relationship

5 Questions To Ask Your Doctor

March 31, 2014


Interview with Dr. Melissa Clarke, author of the book Excuse Me Doctor! I've Got What?: Taking Ownership of Your Health and Making Healthcare Reform Work for You




Mike Carruthers:
Doctor visits today are shorter than ever and in many cases take a long time to schedule. So as the patient you have to make the most of them.


Dr. Melissa Clarke:
I have 5 questions that you should never leave your doctor’s office without asking. The first is what’s wrong with me? And make sure you understand it in simple terms.


Dr. Melissa Clarke

Staying Heart Healthy

March 4, 2014


Interview with Dr. John M. Kennedy, author of the book The Heart Health Bible: The 5-Step Plan to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease




Mike Carruthers:
If you want to live and long and healthy life it’s probably good to know what’s likely to kill you.


Dr. John M. Kennedy:
Heart disease is the #1 killer in America for both men and women. You know there 1,500 heart attacks a day, about a million deaths a year and that number is actually rising.

Dr. John M. Kennedy

Your Prescription Drugs

January 29, 2014


Interview with Dr. Bill Thomas, contributor to The AARP® Guide to Pills: Essential Information on More Than 1,200 Prescription & Nonprescription Medications, Including Generics, Side Effects & Drug Interactions



Mike Carruthers:
Your prescription medications where in your house do you keep them?


Bill Thomas M.D.:
The best place for almost all medications is a place that's cool and dry. Americans on the other hand keep most of their medicines in the bathroom where it is warm and damp.

Dr. Bill Thomas

Live Long & Be Healthy - Part 2

January 14, 2014


Interview with Dr. David Agus, author of the book A Short Guide to a Long Life




Mike Carruthers:
You don’t hear about it much as you used to but taking a daily low dose aspirin may be very good for your health.


Dr. David Agus:
On a daily basis a low dose of an aspirin reduces inflammation which is at the route of heart disease, cancer and some of the brain diseases. 

Dr. David B. Agus


November 18, 2013


Interview with Dr. Diane Roberts Stoler, author of the book Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide to Living with the Challenges Associated with Post Concussion Syndrome and Brain Trauma




Mike Carruthers:
There’s a lot of concern today about head injuries, brain injuries, concussions particularly in sports. So what is a concussion?


Dr. Diane Roberts Stoler:
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury meaning that there’s been an injury to the brain that is from an outside source, you’re unaware of your surroundings from briefly to 1 hour.

Dr. Diane Roberts Stoler

Your Next Doctor Visit

September 10, 2013


Interview with Dr. Davis Liu, author of the book The Thrifty Patient: Vital Insider Tips for Saving Money and Staying Healthy




Mike Carruthers: 
Going to the doctor? If you want to get the most out of the doctor visit you need to prepare.


Davis Liu, M.D.: 
Increasingly, studies have shown that doctor visits have gone under seventeen minutes and so far they seem to be getting shorter. And one of the most important things for people to understand is taking a comprehensive and accurate history is still the most important tool doctors have to get the right diagnosis.

Dr. Davis Liu

How Healthy Are You?

September 5, 2013


Interview with Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen, author of the book Discover Your Optimal Health: The Guide to Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Vitality, Your Life




Mike Carruthers:
If you’re not living a particularly healthy lifestyle the decision to become healthy takes more than a little initiative and desire.


Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen:
What I’ve found that willpowers, external techniques – none of those things have long lasting success. In fact 85% of people that lose weight gain it back within 2 years.

Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen

Important Medical Truths - Part 2

April 30, 2013


Interview with Dr. Richard Besser, author of the book Tell Me the Truth, Doctor: Easy-to-Understand Answers to Your Most Confusing and Critical Health Questions




Mike Carruthers:
Can the radiation from a cellphone cause brain cancer?


Dr. Richard Besser:
The type of radiation emitted from a cellphone is not the type of radiation, ionizing radiation, that damages our cells and causes cancer.

Richard Besser, M.D.

Important Medical Truths

April 29, 2013


Interview with Dr. Richard Besser, author of the book Tell Me the Truth, Doctor: Easy-to-Understand Answers to Your Most Confusing and Critical Health Questions




Mike Carruthers:
Is it a good idea for people to take a daily aspirin to help prevent heart disease?


Dr. Richard Besser:
I read the data and my risk of having a bleeding ulcer from an aspirin is higher than my risk of having a heart attack because I don’t have risk factors – so I don’t think I should take an aspirin.

Richard Besser, M.D.

Keeping Up With Healthcare Changes

March 12, 2013


Interview with Dr. Cary Presant, author of the book Surviving American Medicine: How to Get the Right Doctor, Right Hospital, and Right Treatment with Today's Health Care




Mike Carruthers:
Healthcare in America is changing and we have to change with it.


Dr. Cary Presant:
With healthcare reform more is expected of patients than ever before. And you have to know how to navigate the system in order to really survive American medicine.

Dr. Cary Presant

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