Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tylenol does not relieve pain from osteoarthritis

Contrary from what we have been told for decades, the latest meta-analysis from Lancet covering 74 randomized studies involving 60,000 patients did not show pain relief from Tylenol, even though Tylenol PM is considered to be the number one treatment to induce sleep (by relieving pain).  The more potent drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen carry with them significant side effects like severe GI pain and cardiovascular risks.  Instead, try Curcumin (turmeric) and other herbal treatments that give relief without the side effects.
See Lancet 2016 Mar 17.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The third leading cause of death in the U.S. is medical errors

According to a study in the British Medical Journal, 9.5% of all deaths in our country are due to medical errors, that is 700 deaths a day.  Most of these deaths occur in the hospital.  Another report from the CDC estimated that antibiotics are prescribed inappropriately one-third of the time.  Much, much safer is the use of nutritional supplements.  The latter should be prescribed and used a lot more often in my opinion.

Reported by the Washington Post and Toledo Blade, May 5, 2016.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Feeling tired in the afternoon?

The most common cause of running out of energy in the mid to late afternoon is adrenal fatigue, sometimes to the point of exhaustion.  A 4-part test for adrenal salivary cortisol levels readily detects the problem.  Many supplements can boost adrenal reserves by taking them in the morning and again at noon.  See your alternative doctor for help.  Treatment is often very effective.



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Drugs might be causing you to gain weight

The American Academy of Family Physicians has warned patients who are taking medications for depression, diabetes, blood pressure, psychosis, seizures, steroids, and hormones that weight gain is commonly associated with some of these treatments.  Google what you are taking for these conditions.  If weight gain is listed as a side effect, ask your doctor for an alternative, if you having that problem.  Nutritional supplements can often be effective without the side effects.  See an alternative doctor for help.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Medications that help can cause dangerous side effects

The FDA has issued warnings that saxagliptin and alogliptin, two relatively new diabetic medicines, increase the risk of heart failure.  Another commonly prescribed diabetic medicine, pioglitazone, which helps prevent heart attacks, also increases the risk of bladder cancer.  Prilosec, a very popular drug to treat reflux of acid from the stomach can increase heart disease as well.  These are very good reasons to use natural supplements instead of drugs whenever possible.

See Family Practice news, April 15, 2016, p. 24.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Low thyroid function leads to pre-diabetes

Many of our patients have low thyroid function, based on low normal test results and improvement of symptoms with natural thyroid treatment.  A study from the Netherlands shows that those with low thyroid activity have a 40% chance of developing prediabetes, which in turn might convert into full-blown diabetes.  The answer is to take natural thyroid medicine as needed and be careful to avoid excessive carbohydrates.

Goggle Dr. Layal Chaker of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, reported in Family Practice News, April 15, 2016, p. 26.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Reducing Knee Pain from Osteoarthritis

Two measures were reported in Family Practice News in the December issue showing reduced knee pain due to osteoarthritis.  The first was oral chondroitin sulfate 1200 mg a day for two years compared to the drug, celecoxib.  Both groups improved nicely with reduced pain.  Of course, the natural substance had much fewer side effects.  The second was a report from Brazil using weekly injections of ozone gas for two months, compared to placebo.  Patients treated with Ozone did significantly better for 2 months after the shots were discontinued with minimal side effects.

See Family Practice News, December 25, 2015, p. 9.