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.