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.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

It is Safer and Cheaper to Have a Heart Attack in the Midwest

A report from the American Heart Association meeting in Orlando showed that those who have heart attacks in the Northeast and West have higher mortality rates by 14 % than those who are stricken in the Midwest.  Patients also spent quite a bit more money for their heart attack hospitalization in the West ($66,000) than in either the Midwest ($55,000) or the south ($54,000).  The reason for the difference was “unknown”.  However, it seems to me that increase cost is fueled by more aggressive interventions, including surgery and stents.  The more complicated the care given, the worse the result?  I am certain that a more natural approach would yield better results.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Heart Disease Takes a Back Seat for Women Patients

Even though heart disease is the number one killer of women, primary care docs and cardiologists pay more attention to obesity and breast disease, especially among younger women and minorities.  This can be counterproductive since most overweight women do not sustain weight loss.  Other risk factors are often ignored.  A good place to start might be the ASCVD risk calculator or other similar tools that are available on-line.
Women’s Heart Alliance, Dr. Holly Anderson.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Excessive Sitting is Dangerous

People with desk jobs need to be on their feet at least two hours a day.  Otherwise, they have increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, and depression.  The risk might even exceed the risk of smoking.  Intensive exercise before or after work might be helpful but still might not be enough to offset the risk of sitting too much.  Stand up desks can be very beneficial.

See author Gavin Bradley, as quoted in The Week, December, 25, 2016, p. 31.