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Straight, No Chaser: Marijuana Facts and Fiction, Part 1

The truth of it all is that politicians are generally a terrible source of scientific and medical information. There are actually legitimate concerns about the use and legalization
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 26, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Weeding Through the Basics of Marijuana Use and Intoxication

As we survey the landscape, marijuana use is become legal in more parts of the United States. In this series, we will review the facts (and only the facts) on its clinical effects
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 25, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Driving Under the Influence and New Year's Eve

Celebrating New Year’s Eve? As I am known to say: risks represent incidences of occurrences. Today of all days during the year, you must act to lower your risk of a fatal motor v
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 31, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Prevention and Treatment of Lead Poisoning

What you need to know about protecting yourself from lead poisoning and its effects is reducible to awareness, baseline testing, prevention and treatment. We covered what you neede
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 30, 2017

Straight, No Chaser In the News: Lead Poisoning

In the news is the story of dozens of cases of lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan, resulting from elevated levels of lead in the city’s drinking water supply. This followed inad
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 29, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Five Frequently Asked Questions About Hangovers…

 If you’re planning on enjoying the end of 2017 with alcohol, you probably don’t want to let things get out of hand! So… Let’s get this part of the conversatio
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 26, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Treating Halloween Mishaps

In the previous Straight, No Chaser, we offered you tips for a safe Halloween. However, safety tips are only as good as your inclination to use them. Even when an ounce of preven
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 31, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Halloween Health Tips

Are you taking the young ones trick-or-treating this year? Straight, No Chaserand the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) want you to have a safe halloween. Today an
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 30, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Introduction to Club Drugs – Date Rape and Other Adverse Effects

A little knowledge goes a long way, particularly when it comes to the habits of teens and young adults. Those who partake in the club scene, parties, concerts or other social setti
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 21, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Natural Colon Cleansing (Colonics) as a Means of Detox

C’mon. Be honest. You knew we’d end up here (no pun intended). Isn’t colonic cleansing one of those things that makes you wonder who the Greek guy was who first thought of
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 19, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: A Look at Detox Diets

Everyone who talks to me about detox is motivated and sincere about making an improvement in his or her health.  Therefore, it’s important that they be shown respect and encoura
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 18, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Our World is Filled with Toxins

You can’t escape all toxins, but you can certainly minimize your exposure to them.  A handy way to classify them involves reminding you of the organ systems that help us detoxif
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 16, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Hookahs and Health

I love the responses I get from you. Even the spam is entertaining. Most recently, when I posted this, the most common response was some variation of this theme: “What’s a hook
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 14, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Bath Salts – Seen Any Zombies Lately?

You can have an idea how bad a drug is when it has more street names than is remotely necessary. Today’s Straight, No Chaser is about bath salts, which are another group of tho
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 13, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Steroid Abuse

In the conversation about drugs of abuse, anabolic steroids hold a unique position. They work very differently from other drugs of abuse, and they do not have the same acute effect
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 12, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Sedative (Sleeping and Anxiety Pill) Abuse

Recent Straight, No Chaser posts have focused on the scope of the danger of medicines and other drugs/chemicals you keep around your home. These substances are because of the inc
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 11, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Prescription Drug Abuse

Many times over the years, I’ve had to explain to patients such as chronic sufferers from migraines, low back pain and other conditions that even if they weren’t “drug-seekin
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 10, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Inhalants – Effects and Actions to Take

Straight, No Chaser previously reviewed various forms of inhalants used to get intoxicated. Many kids think inhalants are a harmless, cheap, and quick way to “get high.” Becau
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 9, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: When Your Kids Huff and Puff – Learn about Inhalants

Over the course of several posts, we’ve described how difficult it is for you to keep abreast of the activities of teens. In this and a subsequent Straight, No Chaser post, we
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 8, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Facts About Drug Misuse and Overdose

Would you be surprised to know that drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury deaths in the United States? That’s right, more people die from overdoses than car crashes
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 7, 2017
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