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.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

When is it Time to Stop Hormone Replacement Therapy in Women?

The median time for taking bio-identical HRT to control symptoms of menopause is 10-11 years.  Longer periods of time might be indicated in slender white or Asian women or in those with a family history of hip fractures.  As menopause symptoms decrease, every year or two, the patient might try to reduce the dose or switch to an intra-vaginal prescription.  Natural progesterone might be used instead of estrogen-containing preparations, especially if the indication is osteopenia or osteoporosis.

See Menopause. 2014 Jun; 21: 679-81.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

CABG Surgery Reduces Mortality for Patients with Ischemic Heart Disease

A European study confirmed that there is some benefit for bypass surgery coupled with optimal drug therapy to help patients live longer.  There is some doubt as to the benefit in elderly patients due to non-cardiovascular risks.  And there are risks with the surgery as well.  Chelation therapy was not included in the study, but TACT showed that chelation was at least as effective as the surgical approach without the concomitant risks.  If surgery is performed, follow-up chelation is likely to be very helpful indeed.

See Family Practice News, Nov 1, 2016, p. 8.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Midlife Hypertension Leads to Cognitive Impairment

Poorly treated hypertension in midlife can result in dementia latter in life with devastating implications, according to a report from the American Heart Association.  Blood pressure is sometimes difficult control without taking multiple drugs with potential side effects.  The use of natural supplements, lifestyle changes, and stress reduction measures can be very effective to reduce the reliance on drugs.  One way or another, the blood pressure must be controlled.

See Family Practice News, Nov 1, 2016, p. 7.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

What Works Best for Chronic Sinusitis?

What Works Best for Chronic Sinusitis?

An article in the Family Practice Journal summarized the research on treating chronic sinusitis.  Intranasal steroids worked slightly better than placebo, and nasal salt irrigation was almost as effective as the steroids.  Z-packs for 3 months did not improve symptoms.  Surgery was about the same as medical therapy.  Those of us in the alternative field might treat with Low-dose Antigens or with sinus injections with Procaine anesthetics.  Reports are much better with the natural approach.

See the Journal of Family Practice, Nov, 2016, 829-831.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Autism Linked to Mother Taking Anti-depressant Drugs

I credit Dr. Frank Shallenberger with calling our attention to a study in the AMA Journal that pregnant women who take SSRI drugs for depression from the fourth month of their pregnancy are much more likely to have children who develop autism.  The reason appears to be a disruption of the 5HTP biochemical that control serotonin in the body.  Instead of the drugs (like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Effexor, for example), it would appear that such natural treatments as brain mapping and neurofeedback would be safer.  Measuring neurotranmitters and correcting imbalances with supplements is another excellent treatment that is very safe.

 See Second Opinion newsletter and Boukhris, T.  JAMA pediatrics 2016 Feb. 117-124.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Blood Pressure is sometimes hard to control with nutrients

Fish Oils and Magnesium at the highest doses tolerated might do well in controlling hypertension.  Cofactors include grape seed extract and taurine.  BP nat relief is an herbal preparation which often works very well.  Many BP meds have disturbing side effects.

See Journal of Nutrition, March 2016.