From The Pharmacy

An Aspirin a Day…. Keeps the Doctor in Business!

Many of my patients with cardiovascular disease take an aspirin a day recommended by their cardiologist. What is the science behind this practice? The conclusions might surprise you!

The first medical study on aspirin was published in the Lancet by Dr. J. R. O’brian in 1971. Aspirin showed no benefit in preventing heart attacks, strokes from clots and lung clots. In 1974 another researech project was performed on 1,233 coronary patients to determine if aspirin could reduce or prevent 2nd heart attacks. There was a slight improvement deemed to be statistically insignificant.

In 1979 at the University of Oregon, Dr. George Partely tried to keep vein grafts open after coronary bypass surgery with aspirin. Aspirin was of no benefit.

In 1980, the US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute spent $16 million to prove aspirin patients with a first heart attack would have a lower incidence of their second. Aspirin did not prevent the second heart attack, but it did cause abdominal pain, stomach inflammation and intestinal bleeding.

In 1980 and 1987, aspirin with another drug dipyridamole showed a 50% reduction in strokes and a 35% reduction in heart attacks. The research study did not investigate the effects with aspirin alone.

Therefore until 1987, aspirin alone could not prevent or treat cardiovascular diseases.

Here’s where it gets fascinating! The next study was the Physicians Study with one group of physicians tested with aspirin in England and the other in the USA. The British group reported no reduction in heart attacks, but the USA group reported “44% less nonfatal heart attacks”. That 44% was stretched to 50% which is the number reported by most physicians today.

Why didn’t the British physicians have the same reduction in heart attacks as the US physicians? […]

By |March 16th, 2017|From The Pharmacy|

What are the top three drugs I rarely (if ever) recommend?

Cipro or any related drug. These medications will all end in “floxin”.  They are antibiotics which can cause crippling tendon ruptures in short courses of even 5 days.  These medications are given for a wide variety of infections, including infections of bones and joints, endocarditis, gastroenteritis, malignant otitis externa, respiratory tract infections, cellulitis, urinary tract infections, prostatitis, anthrax, and chancroid. There are other safer antibiotics. Just say “no”!
Fosamax for osteoporosis.  This medication can cause esophagitis because Fosamax can get stuck in the throat upon swallowing. But the worst side effect is an erosion of the bone of the jaw, which does not stop when the drug is discontinued.  This medication causes the bone to look artificially strong on bone density screening because it prevents old, worn-out bone cells to be eliminated.  This prevents the “trash collectors” from removing the garbage.  The bones become brittle.  For the first time, women are complaining of hearing a snap and falling from a broken hip (previously women with a broken hip would fall and then hear the snap).  If bones are thin or weak, the underlying reason needs to be discerned by a doctor that understands bone physiology and hormones (like me!).  Just say “no”!
Lipator is a medication to lower cholesterol. It has unacceptable side effects including brain dysfunction and memory loss, sore muscles and liver dysfunction.  High cholesterol generally has a cause that needs to be figured out, such as a nutritional deficiency or poor diet.  Also, there is little evidence to demonstrate that low cholesterol levels confer health benefits.  In fact, we need cholesterol for our hormone production, to make bile acids for digestion, to synthesize Vitamin D, and to make cell membranes. […]

By |July 20th, 2016|From The Pharmacy|

Should you get the flu shot?

When I first started off in medicine, the flu vaccine was offered in September and October for the impending flu season of that year. Now the flu season is all year long. When was the last time you called the pharmacy? Any time of year, you will hear their advertising of the flu shot, no out of pocket expense, come in anytime….
Now the important question, does the flu shot work? Does the flu shot cause the flu?

For the website:
In short, there was an outbreak on a naval carrier where the immunization rate was 99%. The flu strain of their illness was conclusively linked to the flu immunization given to these sailors.
How effective is the shot? For the elderly (over 65) it is minimally effective. For younger folks, it may be 43% effective the first year, but the second year of vaccination, an immunized person may be 15% more likely to get the flu! What about year 3, year 4…? No research on this.

Navy Proves Flu Shot Causes Flu

By |February 8th, 2016|From The Pharmacy|

Ladies, Do You Have Low Libido?

A technical paper investigating the use of manganese in serious neurological conditions, (http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/1977-23692-001), found an interesting side effect; a dose of 15-30 mg per day frequently improved libido and sexual performance in men and women.

Manganese can be found in cloves, wheat bran and wheat germ, nuts, mussels, clams, oysters, cocoa powder and chocolate. You’d have to eat a whopping amount of these foods to ingest the 15-30mg dose that appears to stimulate libido and aid performance, so consider a supplement instead. We are currently stocking manganese in the interest of a happy holiday season. Call the office at 208 658-5570 and stock up now!

Gearing up for Cold and Flu Season

Now that cold weather has arrived, use these quick tips and remedies to help your body defend itself from colds and flu:

Wash your hands 20 times a day
Get 8 hours of sleep each night
Take immune-boosting supplements, such as the ones listed below:

Note: We carry top-quality brands of all the following supplements in our pharmacy. Call our office at 208.658.5570 to place a pick-up or drop-ship order.

Garlic – In addition to providing many health benefits, garlic wards off some of the worst microbes, even antibiotic-resistant strains! Studies show that garlic juice shows significant activity against pathogens. Curious about other great benefits you can get from garlic? Here’s just a few.
Echinacea – Did you know that echinacea has been proven to reduce the risk of getting a cold by 54 percent? It can also reduce the duration of a cold by 1-4 days. Echinacea is commonly used to battle colds, flu, bronchitis and all types of infections. Here are some great echinacea remedies to try.
Gammadyn Cu – This remedy provides a type of oligotherapy that furnishes the body with ions that are essential for enzymatic functions. Use it to give your body that ‘extra boost’ when you feel a cold coming on.
Nucleo-Immune – This supplement provides nucleotides necessary for cellular rejuvenation and immune support. Among other benefits, it promotes cellular vitality and boosts energy levels.

 

HCG for Natural Weight Loss

HCG is a natural protein, that when combined with a 500 calorie diet, can cause weight losses of 1/2 to 1 pound a day.

The difference between HCG and other weight loss programs is that the weight loss comes from storage areas (not critical areas of fat deposits — the heart, heel pads, intestines).

When the program is finished, a final diet for 3-6 weeks allows a person to remain at the new weight indefinitely.

Vitamin D and Alheizmer’s Disease

Higher vitamin D dietary intake is associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Women who developed Alzheimer’s disease had lower baseline vitamin D intakes (an average of 50.3 micrograms per week) than those who developed no dementia at all (an average of 59.0 micrograms per week). Journals of Gerontology, December 2012

Reflux

I have learned about an interesting solution for reflux. It is sodium alginate.

The alginate combines with the stomach acid to form a gel barrier that acts like a raft on the top of the stomach contents to prevent reflux.

How could you not want to try something with that visual??

We have it at the office.

Hormone Prescription Renewal–Read this to SAVE $

How would you like to save $35 every time you renew your hormone prescription? It’s simple. Just remember to get any needed labs done at least TWO WEEKS before you run out of your hormones.

Why two weeks?  It can take up to a week to run certain hormone lab tests, and a compounding pharmacy usually needs at least two business days to fill a hormone prescription.

If Dr. Huycke gets your lab results one week before you need your prescription refilled, she will WAIVE the $35 fee to call them in. If you run out of hormones and need a ‘stop-gap’ prescription refill before we have your lab test results, the $35 fee applies.

Because so many patients in our practice take bio-identical hormones, please help us help you save money and frustration by getting your lab tests done at least two weeks before your hormones run out.

Not sure when your hormone prescription will run out? (Sometimes its hard to tell with those creams/lotions). Look at the date the prescription was filled, note how many doses there are, and calculate the date they will run out. Then, simply make a note on your calendar two weeks before that date. To schedule lab tests, just call our office at 658-5570. We can do the tests at our office, or send orders to another lab if you choose.

REMEMBER–hormone tests are most accurate 5 hours after taking hormones, so make sure to schedule accordingly. You do not need to fast for hormone labs.

Iodine Prophalaxis for Nuclear Fallout

Information from the Chernobyl accident has helped us make decisions having to do with nuclear fallout.  Adults over 40 have almost no risk for thyroid cancer following nuclear fallout.  From 20 to 40 years old, the risk is small.  The risk of thyroid cancer is high in children and fetuses.  So if there is risk of radiation fallout, you might want to protect you children by giving them iodine before the fallout hits and daily until the risk has passed.

We have SSKI in the office.  We have diluted it for convenient dosing for children.

For adults the dose is 8 drops a day, including pregnant women.

For children the dose is 4 drops a day, if the child is over 150 lbs give the adult dose.
For infants (1 month to 12 months old) the dose is 2 drops a day
For neonates (under 28 days) the dose is 1 drop a day.

Dilute the iodine in 4 ounces of water or juice.

For more information, check www.who.int/ionizing_radiation/pub_meet/Iodine_Prophalaxis_guide.pdf

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