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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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