Summer is fast upon us with longer and warmer days, great for being outside and eating lightly. Of course, it is also a great opportunity to spend more time with friends and family. With some intention toward that and it all of that adds up to a healthier you! Please make the most of it.
"New Research - Protect Your Brain from These Drugs" was my headline in this column last month, related to a class of drugs including Benadryl, Demerol, Dimetapp, Dramamine, Paxil, Unisom and VESIcare. Others include Flexeril, Amtripline, Elavil, Seroquil and Nortiripyline and the research showed they all have an association with increased risk of dementia. This month we'll deal with more research showing serious negative effects of commonly prescribed medications on brain health.
A new study of great concern shows a significant increased risk (2.39x) of Parkinson's Disease (PD) with statin use. This study is much more comprehensive than any of the prior studies on this subject.
The research was carried out over 20 years and involved nearly 16,000 people. The results suggest cholesterol may have a vital role in protecting the brain and nervous system. The findings have alarmed British medical experts who say if applied to the number of Britons deemed eligible for statins, it could equate to 150,000 extra patients with PD!
The findings of this study are of such great concern that physicians in England are calling for a halt to the aggressive prescribing of statins. It's important to understand that the brain is made up of a large amount of fat and most of that fat is cholesterol.
Similarly, researchers have found an increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes (46%), for statin users. Of course this is very concerning as Type 2 Diabetes carries an increased risk of heart disease and many other complications.
I am not 100% against statin drugs. I have a number of patients who I encourage to follow their M.D.'s advice and take statins as the heart disease they have is quite advanced. However, I do believe strongly that this drug will, in the long run, turn out to have caused all kinds of problems for many millions of people. I have already seen too many patients with problems that were clearly associated with their statin use, some with permanent injury. Only time will tell if the patients with Parkinson's may get some relief when they stop their statins.
Currently, and the list is growing, other problems associated with statin use besides PD and Diabetes, include cataracts, muscle pains, fatigue and memory loss.
Recently at a seminar I was introduced to some research I was unaware of. To be honest, even I was surprised by these statistics, although the numbers are the kind that are definitive, not at all speculative. These results were published in the Journal Spine in 2013.
Employees in Washington state who had a back injury on the job were tracked, and the shocking statistic was that 42.7% of those who saw a back surgeon (orthopedist or neurosurgeon) as their first doctor, ended up with back surgery. Of those who first saw a chiropractor, only 1.5% ended up with back surgery! Additionally, these patients had less work disability and higher levels of satisfaction with their care.
I have to say, those are extreme differences and what is as shocking to me is that work related low back injury employees are not required to see a chiropractor first.
If they did this would result in a huge savings to our work comp system, which has become incredibly expensive for employers. When combined with surgical costs, medications, MRI, rehabilitation and disability, the average spine surgery case approaches $100,000 or more. The direct costs are astronomical and may reach as high as $169,000 for a lumbar fusion and $112,000 for a cervical fusion.
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BioAdreno is another of the most common products I include in my patients’ initial nutritional programs. This specific adrenal support product is the best I have found in my 30+ years of using adrenal products, and a very important product in supporting you in feeling noticeably better.
Adrenal support is critical for most people who have any kind of persistent health challenges. The need for this support is generally the result of either long-term stress, the standard American diet, frequent dieting, nutritional depletion, prescription medications, or most commonly, a combination of more than one of the above.
The choice of BioAdreno for you was made based on either a specific symptom pattern that you presented with, or it was indicated by one of the tests we did in our initial examination.
BioAdreno is a concentrated glandular product, rich in all of the nutrients that the adrenal gland requires and is carefully selected with quality and health in mind. Glandular products of this kind have a very long history of use by nutritional experts, and have withstood the test of time for their efficacy and safety.
This product can make a noticeable difference for many patients by providing steadier and increased energy levels, or by minimizing many symptoms of blood sugar imbalance that are common (i.e., cravings, fatigue, light headedness, headaches, weakness). It is also a frequent key for individuals with recurrent infections, injuries or pain. BioAdreno is designed to provide the nutrients for supporting and rebuilding your adrenal glands, which is necessary for long-term health. When your adrenals are performing optimally, you will just plain feel better, adapt to stress better, and generally find it is easier to make healthy food choices.
Dosage of BioAdreno most commonly begins at two for breakfast and two for lunch with none at dinner. The length of time BioAdreno is used depends on how healthful your diet is over time, your specific symptom profile, and your stress levels. BioAdreno, like most of the products I use, is well tolerated with very rare side effects.
If you have any further questions regarding the use of BioAdreno for yourself or for a loved one, please let us know.
"When 2 Elephants fight, the one that suffers is the Grass"
Ancient Kenyan proverb
Recently Laurie and I saw a wonderful movie on Netflix, written by a Neuroscientist. It takes place in New Orleans and the primary focus of the movie is a street musician, who is found to have Alzheimers. It is beautifully done, and the music is delightful, with one of the songs making it into my clinic playlist. This is a great film for anyone interested in music, Alzheimers or merely just excellent movies. The movie is Of Mind and Music.
Yours in Health, Dr. Dale