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Drug Regulators and Companies are Feuding over a Ban in India

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More than 300 combination drugs have been banned in India since 2016.  This is the result of an argument between Pharmaceutical companies, citizen groups, the government and, I believe, patients.  It has the potential to be far reaching.  I'll try to keep this article from rambling, but it touches on many themes I often write about.



Citizen's groups say that the combinations of drugs (similar to combination nausea/diarrhea medication, and cough/cold combinations) are sometimes irrational and sometimes dangerous.  Patients say they are useful and say it with their hard earned money.  Pharmaco's say they are just providing a needed product.  The government says their experts say most of the formulations are problematic. You might be surprised, but I'm with the Pharmaco's on this one!  I think in this case, they really are just providing a service, as they say. 

Patients find combination drugs to be helpful apparently, because they're popular.  Now, the Indian go…

Blood Clotting Problems in Celiac Disease

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For some reason, blood clots are more likely if you have Celiac Disease. We don't usually connect these two conditions.  Blood clots are the domain of cardiologists and neurologists who specialize in strokes.  But we know that Celiac Disease comes with associated illnesses such as heart disease, autoimmune disease, thyroid, and diabetic problems.  Now we know that it also comes with an increased risk of blood clots.

Exactly how those things connect with each other is a giant topic and crosses many medical boundaries.  Things like that can be shown to be associated, but they are hardly ever treated together because it would require collaboration between gastroenterologists and cardiologists, endocrinologists or rheumatologists.   The wave of the future will be these collaborations, but we patients must push our doctors and insurers to organize it.

So it's explanation time!

Let me pull apart the tricky words in the article below for you, and you'll see how blood clots connec…

Roasted Organic Chicken Thighs with Butternut Mash

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It's recipe time once more!  We'll explore why butternut mash beats the pants off potatoes any day, and how to make finger licking sweet garlic cloves while roasting chicken thighs to perfection.  You'll need a skillet that can go into the oven, so its handle must be made of silicone or metal.  Several such skillets can be found in any store, even the grocery store.  Or you can use a cast iron skillet for this, but use a large one because you'll need some room.  So that's why I use a regular, not cast iron skillet.  I'm just not up to the weight of a large one every day.  Whether it's a special dinner or an everyday meal, add a salad to this, and you have a feast!

 You may have noticed that garlic can be roasted until it's soft and sweet, not pungent at all.  Or you might not have noticed yet.  This recipe features sweet-roasted garlic, and if you haven't had that before, you're in for a surprise.  When garlic is roasted, its enzymes interact to…