radiologist

  1. Deadly radiation being used to diagnose gout

    Are you trading gout for cancer?

    When you're suffering from an undiagnosed case of gout, the first few moments of the day are physical AND mental torture. Because the second your foot hits the floor... the moment that wave of agonizing pain shoots from your big toe to your knee... you're hit with a depressing realization.

    This is the best you're going to feel all day.

    But if you're sick of waddling through life like a wounded penguin... if you're ready to conquer gout once and for all... the folks at the Mayo Clinic have an "exciting" new plan to get you diagnosed fast so you can start on the road to recovery.

    And all they need to do is give you a TEENY bit of cancer first.

    In the latest performance in mainstream medicine's theater of the absurd, some prominent doctors actually want to start using dangerous CT scans to diagnose your gout. These scans are so toxic that they can deliver 150 TIMES more radiation than an X-ray, and could DOUBLE your risk of certain cancers.

    Listen, I have a name for doctors who find gout difficult to diagnose -- morons. It's practically easier to spot than measles, and even if your doc jabs you with a needle and performs a tissue test, he is probably just being thorough -- he already knows you have gout.

    But you'd better believe there's a heck of a lot more money to be made zapping you with radiation -- in fact, a typical CT scan can run in the THOUSANDS as you're paying for the scan AND some high-priced radiologist to interpret the results.

    If you're trying to get the upper hand on gout, skip the drugs and give this natural cure a try instead. And if your doc recommends a CT scan to "be sure" of your diagnosis, do the one thing that could save you from a chemo drip -- limp your way out of his office as quick as you can and get a second opinion.

  2. The high-tech mammogram scam

    Dangers of high-tech mammograms

    Let's get this out there right off the bat: Mammograms have always been about making money, not saving lives.

    Doubt me at your own risk on this one, ladies, but the numbers speak for themselves. And the newest numbers scream "SCAM" as loud as they can.

    In this case, "SCAM" is pronounced "CAD" as in "computer-aided detection," a program used in three quarters of all mammograms that supposedly helps radiologists to read the images better.

    That's what it's SUPPOSED to do. In reality, it's about as helpful as a kick in the teeth. According to a new study on more than 1.6 million mammograms given between 1998 and 2006, CAD doesn't detect more cancers OR save more lives.

    Even worse, it causes the number of panic-inducing false positives to shoot right up.

    It's easy to forget when you're a radiologist who stares at pictures of boobs all day, but a false positive isn't just a woman who doesn't have cancer. It's a woman who is absolutely convinced she has cancer until she gets a second test that proves otherwise.

    And when the second test comes back negative for cancer, she's not angry over bad technology. She's thrilled. Heck, it's the happiest day of her life since her wedding (maybe happier, depending on how those nuptials worked out).

    She might even send that radiologist a thank-you card -- and then tell all her friends about the "close call" she had and urge them to get screened too.

    But the radiologist who gets that thank-you card knows the real score. It's right there on his balance sheet: He gets an extra $12 each time he uses CAD -- not to mention the fees from the second visit needed to clear up the false positive.

    Believe me, he's keeping track of all that -- and probably throwing away the thank-you cards.

    On the other hand, the CAD scam is small potatoes compared to the mammogram itself. As far as cancer screenings go, it's worse than useless.

    It's radioactive enough to actually cause the disease, especially if you're gullible enough to get one every year. And if you already have a harmless tumor, this boob-squishing machine can pop it open and turn it into a cold-blooded killer.

    So CAD or no CAD, skip the mammogram -- and don't let yourself get scammed.

    Gents, you're up next. Keep reading for the latest horrific prostate side effect.

  3. Your breasts-and your life-are in your radiologist's hands

    But in the end, your health and your life could really be in the hands of the one doctor who you don't choose and will probably never even meet: your radiologist.
  4. Breast cancer threats found in your house

    According to new research, butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) - a common chemical that's found in practically all plastic products used in your house - has been found to be an endocrine disruptor, which mimics the effects of hormones.

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