I recently hosted a radio program with an eye specialist. We were talking about Lasik eye surgery and similar approaches to help you get rid of your glasses. Millions have these procedures. But if you have a chronic condition like multiple sclerosis or diabetes, there are more basic eye health questions to address. With MS, some people get optic neuritis. That’s why regular eye exams are so important. In my case, it was years before I started seeing an ophthalmologist regularly, and it’s easy to “blow off.” But if I started going blind or having real discomfort, it would be...

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When I was on vacation recently, I had time to watch a heavy dose of CNN, CNN International, and other round-the-clock news sources. There were plenty of political discussions and programs on showbiz, fashion, technology and business - but very, very little on health and medical topics. Just some quick "blurbs" here and there. Every weekend we’re inundated with political roundtables and talking heads about the latest inside-the-Beltway scandal or screw-up, but rarely do they turn their attention to matters of health and real medical concerns. HOW COME? I cannot for the life of me understand how a subject that...

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A close friend of mine died last night. It was not unexpected. He had head and neck cancer that couldn’t be beat despite months and months of trying everything with the best doctors and a wide variety of alternative and nutritional approaches. I am so sad. My friend was someone you may have known, at least by his fine work. Michael Piller, 57, was my Hollywood success story, a good friend and a mentor to me. Mike was my classmate at the University of North Carolina some 38 years ago, a fellow news reporter in Charlotte in the ’70s, and...

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