F. Garland and associates at the Univ. of California, San Diego, showed that
patients with blood levels of vitamin D of 9 had double the risk of premature
death compared to those whose levels were > 50 nannograms per
milliliter.He noted that there is
little danger in taking vitamin D supplements, as long as levels are kept below
200.Any doctor can measure this with a
simple blood test.
See The Blade, Toledo, June 23, 2014, section D, p.1.
250,000 patients who had the highest portion of protein in their diet had a 20%
decreased risk of stroke.This is about
an extra 3 ounce serving of various meats, chicken, fish or beans.This finding might support a lower carb diet.However, many older patients have decreased
digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid, and/or probiotics.Thus they do not digest protein in the diet
as needed.A simple test by measuring
amino acids in the urine can detect this problem, which might be of
considerable help to the patient.
The study by Dr. Xinfeng Liu was published in Neurology earlier this year.
Health Initiative showed that synthetic estrogens and progestins, which were
often prescribed for hot flashes, increase the risk of breast cancer and
vascular disease.Derivatives of the
anti-depressant drug, Paxil, reduce the symptoms but can cause suicidal ideation
and other side effects.Bio-identical
hormones are much safer than synthetic ones, but they also have not been
studied as extensively.Weight loss of
an average of 19# in 40 women with severe hot flashes provided significant
relief.An anecdotal report implied that
women who have hot flashes are much less likely to develop breast cancer.So if they are not too bad, it might be best
to put up with them.
Marshall in the AAPS journal reports that there are 900 articles in the medical
literature about the side effects of this group of drugs.Out of every 10,000 people on statins, there
are 307 extra patients with cataracts, 23 added patients with kidney failure,
and 74 additional patients with liver failure.The incidence of erectile dysfunction is 10X higher in statin
users.Other adverse events include the
onset of diabetes, neuropathies, insomnia, memory loss, confusion, autoimmune
problems and muscle disorders.There are
reports that there might be an increased risk of cancer and actually an increased
incidence of cardiovascular disease in women, young people, and diabetics.Red yeast rice is just one of several
reasonable, natural alternatives.Check
with an integrative doctor.
See the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, vol.
19, No. 2, Summer, 2014, pp. 4245.
Study reported by Dr. Jessica Savage showed that phytoestrogens derived from
flax seeds and soy products in the diet coupled with adequate amounts of
probiotic bacteria in the gut can improve asthma and wheezing in both males and
females.This opens a new avenue for
treating allergic problems.More to come
for this exciting development.
criteria to make the diagnosis of fibromyalgia have included a detailed listing
of how many tender areas you have throughout the body out of a possible 18
points.Dr. Andrew Gross of Univ. of
California SF calls this “a complete waste of time”. Instead, he has the patient fill out a
questionnaire.The most important
factors are widespread pain lasting at least 3 months, fatigue, poor sleep, and
no other disease causing the symptoms.Rather than anti-depressants and pain medications, the usual treatment,
I immediately check for yeast imbalance, food allergies, and insufficient
digestive factors.Herbal preparations,
low dose naltrexone, amino acids, and Kaufman’s pain neutralization techniques
can be very effective treatments without side effects.
At a GYN meeting at Univ. of
California at SF, Dr. Ellen Haller recommended calcium supplements for PMS, and
anti-depressants if the natural approach does not work.First of all, you want to include a healthy
dose of magnesium and probiotics along with calcium.Sometimes bio-identical hormonal replacement
of natural progesterone is needed.Homeopathic PMS drops can be very effective.Anti-depressants are rarely needed to get