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.


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.