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Doctor insights on: Is Riddex Dangerous For Persons That Have Pacemakers

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Is riddex dangerous for persons that have pacemakers?

Is riddex dangerous for persons that have pacemakers?

No: Should not be, I am not sure how riddex works (and as an aside, judging by its reviews, it apparently doesn't!), but it does not generate a magnetic field and unless it does that, it does not interfere with the workings of a permanent pacemaker. ...Read more

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Pacemaker (Definition)

A pacemaker is a device which sends electrical signals to the heart triggering heartbeats when needed. There are many ways to implant and configure a pacemaker; it may beat the top chambers (atria), lower chambers (ventricles) or both. Some systems stimulate both the left and right ventricles together. Pacemakers generally treat abnormally slow heart rhythms and certain ...Read more


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Is there scientific proof that ADHD drugs are not addictive nor dangerous in the long run for those who need it? If so where can I find this evidence?

Is there scientific proof that ADHD drugs are not addictive nor dangerous in the long run for those who need it? If so where can I find this evidence?

Literature : See my health files for references, particularly biederman and faraone's work from harvard. They have the longest running prospective study on adhd. Many articles have been published about the safety of stimulant medications. See http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/publications/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/complete-index.Shtml and chadd.Org. ...Read more

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Do healthy individuals get bilateral shingles? I read that only people with aids or cancer get this, and that it is very rare

Do healthy individuals get bilateral shingles? I read that only people with aids or cancer get this, and that it is very rare

No: This can happen and I wouldn't worry if you are otherwise healthy. In fact, before the AIDS / chemotherapy era, there was a legend that if bilateral shingles touched in front, you would die. That was a total myth but shows it existed centuries ago. ...Read more

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This is an educational question.I don't have HIV/AIDS, nor do I know anyone who does.However, it seems to be unusual in that people can have it for a very long time. Are there any other viruses or bacteria that can be chronic other than some Heps?

This is an educational question.I don't have HIV/AIDS, nor do I know anyone who does.However, it seems to be unusual in that people can have it for a very long time. Are there any other viruses or bacteria that can be chronic other than some Heps?

Yes, many: There are many chronic viral infections. HIV isn't unusual at all in this regard. A few that come to mine are Ebstein Barr virus (EBV), the cause of infectious mononucleosis; cytomegalovirus (CMV); varicella zoster virus (VZV), the cause of chickepox and shingles; human T lymphotropic virus (HTLV); and probably a hundred others that haven't yet been identifed or named. ...Read more

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Is risperidone harmful for someone who has afib and is over 80?

Is risperidone harmful for someone who has afib and is over 80?

Risk vs benefits: No antipsychotic is fda approved for treatment in elderly. You have to weight your risk and benefits to see if taking the medication will be more beneficial. All antipsychotics have the potential to increase your qt interval which could cause the afib to get worse. I encourage you to talk to the prescriber about this. ...Read more

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Is it true that people working in construction industry are at a higher risk for kidney diseases?

Is it true that people working in construction industry are at a higher risk for kidney diseases?

Not likely so...: Due to the nature of their work, dehydration may occur more often in these folks in summer months, but often not the cause of long-term kidney disease. Maybe more accident/trauma? They are more physically active, thus less obesity, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes problems, thus actually may have lower incidence of kidney disease comparing to less active/desk workers. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it unusual for heart transplant patients to have seizures for transplant?

Is it unusual for heart transplant patients to have seizures for transplant?

Possible: Not unheard of, but seizures can be caused by many things including prior brain function and certain medications. The list is long, and it is not necessarily related to the heart transplant. ...Read more

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I read that there can be complications with an implanted defibrillator such as infections, is it true and what kind?

I read that there can be complications with an implanted defibrillator such as infections, is it true and what kind?

ICD: Infections related to implanted defibrillator usually are related to the implantation procedure. If the device has been in place for a while with no problem, then seeding of the pocket or lead sites from another infection is possible. These infections are uncommon but serious. ...Read more

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Why is thimerosal still allowed in vaccines despite it being a known neuro-toxin?

Why is thimerosal still allowed in vaccines despite it being a known neuro-toxin?

Myth: Thimerosal is a preservative that has been used for decades without ANY documented human toxicity. It was removed from childhood vaccines after the EPA selected a "life exposure" level number without any scientific basis. It remains in some multidose flu vaccine. Infants/children and adults exceed this EPA life exposure level yearly when they consume common foods. ...Read more

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If one has epstein bar for ten years, can it be passed to spouse? Can it be harmful, esp is spouse has ms? My understanding is that ep is incurable.

If one has epstein bar for ten years, can it be passed to spouse? Can it be harmful, esp is spouse has ms? My understanding is that ep is incurable.

Yes, but...: It probably doesn't matter. If one is married and enjoying life, and has epstein barr virus (which many adults have inside their bodies), she can keep on enjoying life and not change anything. The spouse may already have ebv (blood test can show that), but if he doesn't, nobody knows if or when he'll catch it from his wife. If he catches it, then he's just like all the other people who've had ebv. ...Read more

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My son has a sinus venous asd is it something that has to have heart surgery or its only in some cases not every cases?

Surgery only: Sinus venosus ASD will not close on its own. The lung drainage is involved in the ASD and this requires a baffle inside the heart. Sometimes a "warden operation" is performed. The long term outcome is excellent and the recovery is 2 days to 1 week in hospital then 1-2 weeks at home. Cedar sinai, ucla, usc all have excellent children heart surgery. Life long follow up is recommended. ...Read more

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They say thiomersal is safe for children in vaccines, so is there anybody out there who has been proven harmed by it?

They say thiomersal is safe for children in vaccines, so is there anybody out there who has been proven harmed by it?

It is safe: Nobody has ever been shown to have been harmed by thiomersal. Having said that only certain types of the flu vaccine contain any thiomersal. The rest of the vaccines we use are preservative free. ...Read more

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There are specialized treatments that can reduce the anti-A antibody that can make this possible. Is it dangerous for the person who receive kidney?

There are specialized treatments that can reduce the anti-A antibody that can make this possible. Is it dangerous for the person who receive kidney?

Unclear: I think I can see what you're asking in regard to IgA and transplant medicine. However, I'd like to make sure. If you're worried about IgA nephropathy and a possible recurrence after a transplantation, unfortunately it occurs fairly regularly, typically 2-3 years after transplantation. ...Read more

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How come it's so rare to see Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) being prescribed? I have a lot of Canadian friends who have been rx'd it but none in u.s. is it most pure amp?

How come it's so rare to see Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) being prescribed? I have a lot of Canadian friends who have been rx'd it but none in u.s. is it most pure amp?

Regional variation: Dexedrine consist of dextroamphetamine while Adderall consist of a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. There are some physicians here who do prescribe Dexedrine, but I think in general United States physicians are more comfortable with either Adderall or Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). ...Read more

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Are there any conditions or circumstances where it is potentially dangerous for a person's brain for them to smoke cigarettes?

Are there any conditions or circumstances where it is potentially dangerous for a person's brain for them to smoke cigarettes?

Always.: Cigarettes are poison, not just for the brain, but for the rest of the body as well. At age 18, your brain is still developing, and to smoke now would be especially bad for it. Don't do it. ...Read more

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What is the requirement for someone be considered to have bad eye sight?

What is the requirement for someone be considered to have bad eye sight?

Varies: In most locations 20/200 is the limit of legal blindness. Bad eyesight however, is any lowered vision which prevents someone from doing a task visually that is important to them. ...Read more