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Antidepressants and Stroke: What Most of Us Don’t Know

By Dr. Mary Ann Block - Nov 10 2016


I have written a lot about the side effects and dangers of antidepressants, especially the Selective Serotonin Reuptake  Inhibitor (SSRI) types which include, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Luvox, Lexapro, Celexa, Pexeva, Sarafem, Brisdelle, Selfemra and Rapiflux. I have written an entire book called Just Because you’re Depressed, Doesn’t Mean You Have Depression, to wake people up […]

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Will the California Vaccine Bill Impact Texas?

By Dr. Mary Ann Block - Jul 10 2015


California has just passed a bill removing all exemptions for vaccinations. While medical exemptions are still on the books, it will be much more difficult to receive a medical exemption. The child who had a vaccine injury may be exempt from receiving another dose of the same vaccine that caused the injury but they may […]

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New Prescription Drug for ADHD That Even I Can Get Behind

By Dr. Mary Ann Block - May 12 2015


For nearly thirty years I have written and spoken abut the dangers of psychiatric drugs used for ADHD symptoms. Most of these drugs are highly addictive, Class II Controlled substances. They are amphetamines and come with such potential side effects as psychosis, cancer, cardiac arrhythmia, high blood pressure, seizures, visual disturbances, heart attack and death, […]

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Lufthansa Airbus Crash: Did the Psychiatric Drug Make Him Do It?

By Dr. Mary Ann Block - Apr 21 2015


When there is a mass murder, school shooting or a pilot slams an airplane into a mountain, killing 150 people, all I hear on the news is “The problem is we need more mental health care.” Yet every one of the people who caused the mass murders and school shootings were under the care of a mental […]

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Marijuana: Legalize or Not?

By Dr. Mary Ann Block - Feb 25 2015


I had no idea that 23 states and Washington, DC have legalized the use of marijuana in some form. Most have made it legal in the state for medical purposes only. These states list the medial conditions that can be treated with marijuana and under what conditions. Most require a physician to state that marijuana […]

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What Your Doctor May Not Be Telling You About Your Thyroid

By Dr. Mary Ann Block - Feb 05 2015


Almost everyday I see patients in my office who have a thyroid dysfunction that has gone undiagnosed. This leaves the patient with many symptoms, such as: 1. Difficulty losing weight 2. Insomnia 3. Headaches 4. Depression 5. Anxiety 6. High Blood Pressure 7. Dry skin 8. Hair loss 9. Muscle or joint pain 10. Fatigue […]

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Vaccines During Pregnancy: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

By Dr. Mary Ann Block - Jan 21 2015


More and more, doctors are telling pregnant women to get certain vaccines. First it was just the flu vaccine. Now I hear they are recommending the Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria and Petussis) vaccine. In some areas women are being told it is mandatory to take the vaccines and if they refuse, the doctor tells them they […]

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Is Your Sweetener Safe?

By Dr. Mary Ann Block - Jan 02 2015


SWEETENERS There are many options for sweeteners today: 1. Dextrose, glucose, and fructose are all simple sugars. Glucose and dextrose are basically the same sugar but food manufacturers will more often use the term, “dextrose” instead of “glucose”. I suspect this is because the public is more familiar with “glucose” and know that it is […]

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The Problem with Mandatory Flu Vaccines

By Dr. Mary Ann Block - Dec 03 2014


Hospitals and medical clinics across the country are demanding that employees take the Influenza vaccine or lose their job. Some allow the employee to wear a mask if they do not get the vaccine. There is no law requiring this, but each hospital or clinic is allowed to make its own decision. I have talked […]

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Post-Partum Depression Is Not Really Depression

By Dr. Mary Ann Block - Nov 28 2014


It may surprise you to hear that “Post-partum Depression” is not really depression. While this could be a new way for you to think of the disorder, it’s true. Not a single doctor in the world would deny that post-partum depression is caused from a hormone imbalance. So why do so many doctors treat post-partum […]

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7-Keto DHEA-Should Women Use It?

By Dr. Mary Ann Block - Nov 11 2014


There has been much discussion about 7-Keto DHEA since Dr. Oz talked about it on his program. What is 7-Keto DHEA? The claims say that it can help women lose abdominal weight. Before you run out and buy it, there is some information you might want to know. 7-Keto DHEA is a by-product of the […]

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Dr. Block, Medical Detective: Why Nutritional Supplementation Is Necessary

By Dr. Mary Ann Block - Sep 26 2014


I just read a copy of a magazine for women, about women’s health. The first article was called, To Supplement or Not to Supplement, referring to nutritional supplementation. A dietitian wrote the article and pretty much everything she said, was inaccurate. I thought about writing a letter to the editor of the magazine but after […]

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Plaid Medical Detective: MTHFR – The Important and Common Gene Mutation

By Dr. Mary Ann Block - Aug 21 2014


Methylenetetrahydrofolate or MTHFR, is a fairly common genetic mutation that can have significant consequences. This gene is responsible for Methylation in the body. Methylation is a biochemical process that occurs in every cell in the body. Hormones, enzymes and genes are all affected by methylation. Methylation can turn genes off and on, help enzymes work […]

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Plaid Medical Detective – Side Effects of Prescription Drugs

By Dr. Mary Ann Block - Jun 19 2014


Recently, someone sent me a list of prescription drugs her friend was taking. The friend was taking sixteen prescribed drugs daily and four more on an “as needed” basis. The person who sent me the list had researched each drug and listed the potential side effects of each one. There were 21 side effects that […]

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Overweight? It Really Is Your Thyroid, Even if Your Blood Test Is Normal

By Dr. Mary Ann Block - May 13 2014


New studies should change the way every doctor looks at thyroid disorders. Now, and in the past, most doctors consider only TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) to determine if you have Hypothyroidism, a condition that slows your metabolism and causes weight gain and many other symptoms. Before TSH was available for use, doctors used a person’s […]