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Three People Get Bit By A Tick...


August 11, 2015 - 11:42am — ShannonPetteruti

Three people get bit by a tick that transmits the spirochete causing lyme disease into their bloodstream. The first person has a robust immune system that obliterates the spirochete before it causes problems. He never knows that he was ever bitten and never gets sick. The next person contracts Lyme disease with its typical symptoms, sees the doctor, gets treated and gets well with no further problems. The third person contracts Lyme disease, perhaps receives initial treatment, but does not fully recover. He goes on to have months and then years of fatigue, muscle ache and general misery.

Gadolinium Alert: Risk For Your Brain


August 3, 2015 - 7:08am — ShannonPetteruti

The FDA has put out an advisory warning patients of the possibility that gadolinium, a contrast material commonly used when performing MRIs, can accumulate in the brain. They recommend that patients and doctors weigh carefully the need for such studies. I suppose it's thoughtful of the FDA to put out such a warning, however they do not advise patients on how to get tested for gadolinium, nor do they counsel them regarding what to do about it.