Thursday, April 6, 2017

Prescription Drug Prices are Outrageously Expensive

In 2013 per capita spending for prescription drugs was $858.  The mean expenditures in 19 other industrialized countries was $400.  That gap has increased even more in the last 3 years.  While increased research costs have accounted for some of the increased prices, gouging by Big Pharma is a much bigger factor in my opinion.  While drug substitution by pharmacists, greater availability of generics, and authorizing Medicare to negotiate prices with drug companies might have some impact, a much wider acceptance of natural remedies that are effective would have much more influence.
 

See Frontlinemed.com  Sept. 15, 2016 issue, p. 32-33.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Limit Added Sugar Intake to 25 Gm per day for Children

The American Heart Association recommends that added sugar in the diet be limited to 25 Gm per day.  Currently, 2-5 year olds consume 53 Gms of added sugar, 6-11 year olds 79 Gms, and 12-19 year olds 93 Gm.  Evidence links excessive sugar intake to fatigue, weight gain and hyperlipidemia, which are all risk factors for cardiovascular disease in later life.

See  Family Practice News    www.frontlinemedcom.com, Sept. 15, 2016 issue, p. 18.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

FDA Warns Against Combining Opiods and Benzodiazapines

Accidental overdoses of medications are common with this combination of prescribed medications.  Fatalities can result from using such drugs as Valium, Ativan, and Xanax with narcotic pain meds.  Every effort should be made to use herbal preparations, amino acids, lifestyle changes, and relaxation techniques like massage and the Kaufman procedures to avoid this risk.  Periodic attempts to reduce dosages and find alternative combinations that are effective are strongly recommended.

See Frontline Med, Sept. 15, 2016 issue, p. 3.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tight Blood Sugar Control for Diabetic Patients is Ineffective

All the guidelines for Diabetes from major physician organizations recommend that tight blood sugar control (a HBA1C less than 7) should be a major goal for diabetic patients.  However, an article in the highly respected journal, Circulation, that analyzed all the scientific data concluded that tight glycemic control didn’t prevent 10 out of the 11 micro and macro complications of diabetes, including fatal heart attacks, strokes, retinopathy, kidney disease and all-cause mortality.  The only complication prevented was nonfatal heart attacks.  Perhaps side effects from medications are playing a role.  We should try using such supplements as chromium, cinnamon, berberine, and BergaMet to achieve better control safely.

See Family Practice News at frontlinemedcom.com, Sept. 15, 2016 issue, p. 1,13.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Smoking Still a Major Cause of Cancer Deaths

Cigarettes can cause 29% of all cancer deaths, including lung, throat, stomach, liver, colon, pancreas, kidney and leukemia.  Cardiovascular disease is also related to smoking. 40 million U.S. adults continue to smoke.  If you need help to quit, try Crave Arrest, which is a cheap and easy supplement that is available from our office.

See JAMA internal medicine, October 2016.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Why Not Get a Flu Shot?

Public health advocates contend that everyone should get annual flu shots.  However, only 41% of all adults received flu shots last year.  It is thought that the reasons for not getting the shots are “access, price, and education”.  Wrong!  People are more concerned with ineffectiveness, toxicity, requirements for annual boosters, and reactions to the shots.  Alternatives to flu shots are homeopathics like mucococcinium and vitamin D supplements.  Mercury-free shots are also available.

See the Toledo Blade, Nov. 7, 2016, section D

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Anxiety Doubles the Risk of Death Due to Cancer in Men

Generalized Anxiety Disorder in men greater than 40 y.o. doubled the risk of death due to cancer in men over a 15 year study.  Similar effects were not found in women.  This confirms that anxiety is not just a personality trait, but that it is important to treat it effectively.