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Preventive Medicine In The News

In light of the very widespread use of cholesterol lowering medications and antidepressants, recent new reports about the failure of medications used by millions of people are an urgent public health concern.  Please see our three articles:

  1. Zetia- and Vytorin doesn’t work!
  2. The Cholesterol hypothesis- does lowering cholesterol really prevent heart disease or not?
  3. Antidepressants; more evidence of problems- less evidence of benefits. The “shelf effect”
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Statin Drugs and Parkinson’s disease

Use of Statin drugs for lowering cholesterol may lead to Parkinson’s disease

A study reported by researchers at the University of North Carolina showed an excess number of cases of Parkinson’s disease diagnosed in those taking statin type

medications to lower their cholesterol.  These include Lipitor, Mevacor, Pravachol, Vitorin, and Crestor. What they showed was that those who are using statins to lower the LDL, the so called “bad cholesterol” were THREE AND A HALF TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE.

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Antidepressants Increases the Risk of Bone Fracture

Antidepressants Increases the Risk of Bone Fracture

In the Jan 22nd issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine a study regarding the possible relationship between bone fractures and of the use of antidepressants was reported. This study confirmed an association that had been suspected from previous studies. The health consequences particularly for the population over 50 may be very dramatic. Approximately 10% of people over 50 years of age suffer from depression. The “first line” most commonly used medications are of the SSRI type of antidepressant. These include Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, and Luvox, among others.

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Hidden Food Allergies

Hidden Food Allergies

You may have food allergies and not even know it!  That’s because typical symptoms that people identify as related to allergies, such as watery, itchy eyes, or sinus congestion, are just the tip of the iceberg. Many other effects of allergies are not as commonly recognized. As a result, people may not get the specific help that they actually need.

As a Doctor of Internal Medicine I see patients for all types of problems.  When any patient first comes to the office, I will discuss that patient’s health history with him/her. Frequently, the fact that patients suffer from allergies has never been considered.

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Clinical Research: Statins And Toxicity

Ever since their introduction into clinical medicine, the use of the cholesterol lowering drugs called statins, have been under a cloud of suspicion. That suspicion is the possibility that the interference in the body’s metabolism which results in a lowering of cholesterol levels may have a very negative side effect- the development of cancer. A study published in the early 1990s in the prestigious medical journal The New England journal of Medicine documented the development of tumors in rats provided with statin compounds. This study in the literature has never been refuted, however, the use of statins in clinical medicine has grown substantially since that time. Now, more fuel has been added to this fire with a study published this year.

 

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One Soda A Day May Boost Risk For Heart Disease

Drinking just one soft drink a day — whether diet or regular — may boost your risk of getting heart disease, a new study shows. That is because a soda habit increases the risk of developing a condition called metabolic syndrome, according to the new research, and that in turn boosts the chance of getting both heart disease and diabetes.

“Even one soda per day increases your risk of developing metabolic syndrome,”

says Ramachandran Vasan, MD, professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and the senior author of the study, published in the July 31 issue of the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

To be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, three of five criteria must be met: a large waistline, elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting blood sugar, elevated fasting triglycerides, or reduced HDL or “good” cholesterol. All of these problems can be alleviated by natural means without resorting to medications.

 

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Blueberries And Cutting Your Cancer Risk

A study published this year in Clinical Cancer Research, by Rutgers University in conjunction with the USDA, suggests that dietary intake of blueberries interferes with a mechanism thought responsible for the development of tumors. Over the years studies have suggested that intake of fruits and vegetables cuts your cancer risk. This is another piece of information that supports that view. Ask our office about the “ORAC” supplement. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity. This is a measure of the degree of antioxidant strength of substance. ORAC is a supplement made up of extracts blueberry, cranberry, pomegranate and other fruits whose antioxidant capacity taken together is higher than any supplement I know.

 

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ADD / ADHD and Lead Exposure

ADD / ADHD and Lead Exposure

On September 19, 2006 the NY Times reported on an extensive study just released by the National Institute of Environmental Health, a branch of the NIH (National Institute of Health). The title of the study is Exposures to Environmental Toxicants and Attention Deficit Disorder in US children. It was estimated that one-third of children who have been diagnosed with ADD may be linked to environmental exposures of toxic substances, such as lead. These exposures may occur via exposures during the mother’s pregnancy, as well as exposures after birth.

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