Prescribing Trends: Not a Pretty Picture

There are safe, cheap effective alternatives for all chronic conditions people suffer with. We need to split modern medicine into two parts.

The American ER is top notch. 

Prescribing patented chemicals to suppress the symptoms of chronic decay is not you best option. Ask me for details.

“Spending on prescription drugs in the Unites States has risen nearly 6-fold since 1990, reflecting substantial increases in treatment of chronic conditions and subsequent polypharmacy. As many as 45% of Americans have at least 1 diagnosed chronic condition, and 60% of the most prescribed medications were for hypertension, high cholesterol levels and diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 11% of the US population and 40% of people older than age 60 take 5 medications or more.”

 

Prescribing Trends: Not a Pretty Picture.

Cinnamon and Honey; Whoever thought?

Cinnamon and Honey; Whoever thought?

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This is what my family had for breakfast this morning.  Honey and cinnamon on wholewheat toast.


Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. What it will do is what some call ‘turning to sugar’. In reality, honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will “crystallize”. When this happens loosen the lid, boil some water and sit the honey container in the hot water, but turn off the heat and let it liquefy naturally. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. This will kill the enzymes in the honey.

Cinnamon and Honey

Bet the drug companies won’t like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a ‘Ram Ban’ (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects for any kind of diseases.
Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada, in its issue dated 17 January,1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon, as researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply it on bread instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, when they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily (morning and night) one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain. 

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder. 

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses.

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from its root.
GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour before
breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!

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Finally a sweetener that is good for you!

fructevia5lbAfter decades of political and legal wrangling I bring you Fructevia!  No longer is abstinence the only option.
Now available in 1 pound pouch at the clinic for $9.95.  (Normal Retail $14.95)
Fructevia is a patented all natural proprietary blend of Fructose, FOS, Stevia and Magnesium Carbonate.  Fructevia is about twice as sweet as sugar so you use half as much.  It has less than 3 calories per serving and does not affect blood sugar levels like sugar so it is safe for diabetics, low carb dieters, low glycemic dieters, persons suffering from hypoglycemia and more.
Fructevia tastes exactly like sugar. In fact, we guarantee it. If you find that it doesn’t, bring it back and we will refund your money in full. No questions asked.
Fructevia contains no GMO’s, Gluten or chemicals. It is completely a product of nature
Fructose
Fructose not to be confused with High Fructose Corn Syrup has one of the lowest glycemic indexes of any food – with a rating of only 20, compared to 31 for skim milk, 59 for sucrose (ordinary table sugar), and 98 for an equal weight of mashed potatoes. This means that 1 ounce of fructose raises your blood sugar only about 1/3 as much as an ounce of sucrose, and it releases only about 1/3 as much insulin. And since Fructevia is twice as sweet as table sugar you only use half as much bringing insulin impact down to practically nil.
FOS (Fructooligosaccharides)
FOS is considered a “pre” biotic as it supports the healthy intestinal bacteria.  FOS occurs naturally in bananas, garlic, artichokes and certain other foods, and are a soluble fiber. FOS are effective sweeteners, being half as sweet as sucrose, yet not absorbed and have minimal caloric value. We use a small amount FOS in Fructevia as a filler and as a healthy supplement to our products.
Stevia
Stevia is derived from the herbal plant “Stevia Rebaudiana”. When refined into a white powder extract (stevioside), it becomes 200-300 times sweeter than sugar creating an intense sweet effect upon the taste buds without raising blood sugar levels and contains no calories. Research indicates that both diabetics and persons suffering from hypoglycemia may use Stevia.
Magnesium Carbonate
Magnesium Carbonate is derived from ancient sea deposits. While we use Magnesium Carbonate as an anti-caking agent so Fructevia does not clump or stick together and flows freely, it is very important for the normal functioning of cell, nerves, muscles, bones, and the heart.

The flavor sweet then and now

So I was thinking about why I like sweet tasting foods no matter how much I know how bad they are for my body.  The answer came to me during my morning meditation.

All you have to do is go back about 150 years or so.  When food was grown locally and spoiled quickly our bodies developed a way to tell if a food was ripe or spoiled.  The flavor sweet meant that the food was safe and good to feed your family.  This was a very effective survival mechanism and served us well for as long as you beleive we have been on this planet.

UNTIL, food processing and manufacturing came into place.  These “food” manufacturers are not in the least bit interested in the nutritional quality of their concoctions.  Thier concerns include a long shelve life and sellability.  One of things these businesses found is that humans love the flavor sweet, but natural sweet things had terribly short shelf life.  To solve this problem they recruited the chemical industry to create sweet tasting chemicals to add to their inert or lifeless products.

Now, we are all faced with a new challenge to the survival of ourselves and our family and our taste buds are no longer an effective method to judge our food.  We must take a more evolved approach to eating.  Overide the genetic signal that sweet means good food, and use other senses and education to figure out if what you are about to put in your mouth is in fact food.  Artificial sweeteners send the signal to your brain that you just ate something nutrition, but soon the hollow status shows up in lack of nutrients to the cells of the body and the hunger center is re-stimulated.  This  creates a vicious circle as your health declines while you repeated consume toxic, good tasting chemicals in place of fresh wholesome foods.

Have a great holiday!

DrD 

Prescription drugs are 16,400 percent more dangerous than terrorism

The following is written by Dr. Mercola

Every year, more than 2 million Americans suffer from serious adverse drug reactions. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these reactions cause about 100,000 deaths per year, making prescription drugs the fourth-leading cause of death in the country.

Compare this to the death toll from illegal drugs — which is about 10,000 per year — and you begin to see the magnitude of the problem.

However, if you dig a little deeper you find that these reported reactions only skim the surface of what’s really going on. You see, drug side effects are not always recognized as such. Doctors often attribute them to other causes, people downplay them or do not report them altogether. And when you add in other medical errors, unnecessary procedures, and surgery-related mishaps, well the modern health care system actually becomes the LEADING cause of death in the United States. Consider, for instance, that:

  • The recorded error rate of ICU’s is like the post office losing more than 16,000 pieces of mail every hour of every day, or banks deducting 32,000 checks from the wrong bank account every hour, 24/7.
  • The recorded medical errors and deaths equate to six jumbo jets falling out of the sky each day, 365 days a year.
  • Since 2001, a recorded 490,000 people have died from properly prescribed drugs in the United States, while 2,996 people died on U.S. soil from terrorism, all in the 9/11 attacks; prescription drugs are therefore 16,400 percent more dangerous than terrorism. If deaths from over-the-counter drugs are also included, then drug consumption leaps to being 32,000 percent more dangerous than terrorism. And conventional medicine viewed as a whole is 104,700 percent deadlier than terrorism

Your Body is Not a Petri Dish

How can it be that clinically tested, FDA-approved drugs that are supposed to “cure” diseases are ending up hurting, and in some cases killing, so many people?

Because even under the BEST circumstances, such as a drug going through unbiased, stringent, long-term testing, when it is released into an uncontrolled environment (your body), anything can happen.

You may be taking another drug that interacts badly with it. Or perhaps a food you eat causes an unforeseen reaction. There are countless possibilities, and only a tiny fraction has been “tested for” in a lab.

And that is under the best circumstances. Often, studies are biased, results are skewed, and drugs are put on a fast-track to be approved before anyone really knows whether they’re safe. In a sense, it is all a gamble, and there are no 100-percent safe drugs.

This is why just about every time you open a newspaper or skim the news online, there is a new headline about another drug disaster: an unforeseen side effect that has harmed innocent people.

It’s YOUR Body

The take-home message from all of this is to remember that, ultimately, it’s your body, and your decision what to put in it. If your doctor suggests you take a drug, do some research before you take it, because once you do, it could be too late.

Make sure you are aware of the potential side effects of the drug, read the package insert, and remember that even if it lists a side effect as rare, it can still happen to you.

Many, many drugs are vastly over-prescribed and unnecessary. So make sure that you make drugs a last option, not a first choice. For example, all of the following conditions can be treated or prevented with LIFESTYLE CHANGES, yet if you go to a typical doctor, you will likely be prescribed a potentially dangerous drug instead:

  • Diabetes 
  • Heart disease 
  • High blood pressure 
  • High cholesterol
  • Insomnia    

I realize that it takes a massive shift in thinking to realize that your body can heal itself, and that often drugs only hinder the process. But I believe that you, and society as a whole, are ready for it.

But here’s the thing: don’t wait until you’re sick or slowing down to make healthy changes. Do them NOW. Become an active participant in your health, and leave the horrific drug side effects behind for good.

Medicine’s New Direction:

By: Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD

 Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, periodontal disease, coronary heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and type-2 diabetes — these common and very different diseases typically require separate and different medical protocols.

 In August 2007, a collaborative group of medical scientists from Columbia University, University of Cambridge, Penn State Medical Center, Northwestern University School of Medicine, and the Laboratory for Endocrinology Research in Lyon, France, authored a research paper that caught the attention of the medical world.

Their conclusion: The skeleton is an endocrine organ and has an effect on insulin signaling and adiponectin expression in adipocytes (fat cells). (1)

 This extraordinary discovery links obesity, insulin resistance/metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and heart disease to bone physiology and the bone-derived hormone osteocalcin that regulates energy metabolism and the insulin/glucose axis.  Osteocalcin “speaks” to adipocytes and insulin secreting beta-cells of the pancreas, and influences both insulin action and insulin-sensitizing and the anti-inflammatory protein adiponectin.  In essence, the report defined skeletal health and function as principle factors in the risk to diseases of metabolism and demonstrated a direct relationship between skeletal health and the prevention of diabetes and heart disease.

 BEYOND ‘WEAR AND TEAR’

Skeletal health is dependent upon lifestyle, genetic, structural, and nutritional factors.  The lack of weight-bearing activities reduces the activity of the bone rebuilding osteoblast, in turn reducing the release of osteocalcin.  The reduction in osteocalcin adversely influences insulin signaling and increases the risk to many chronic diseases. These same factors play important roles in maintaining the functional health of the bone remodeling cells: osteoblasts and osteoclasts.

The complex interconnections among these various cell types help explain the recent recognition of the connection between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  We now know osteoarthritis is not simply the result of “wear and tear” on the joint.  Rather, it results from an inflammatory process that engages bone, synovium, connective tissue, and joint lubricant substances.

 Inflammatory processes are found in the joint space with increased osteoclastogenesis and angiogenesis, the hallmarks of progressive osteoarthritis. (2)  Musculoskeletal integrity is critically important in reducing the risk to inflammation.  The problem in osteoarthritis is not just wear and tear; it is how the musculoskeletal system responds to stress factors influencing the release of inflammatory mediators, such as interleukin-1, interleukin-6, or tumor necrosis factor alpha.  That these characteristics are also factors in the etiology of rheumatoid arthritis suggests a common therapeutic approach to the prevention and management of both conditions.

 MODIFYING KINASE ACTIVITY

The inflammatory signaling process connecting the etiology of these seemingly disparate diseases is, to a great extent, regulated by the activity of a family of enzymes termed “kinases.”  Produced in every cell, kinases regulate the translation of events that occur outside the cell to the genes of the cell, triggering various cellular events, such as the inflammatory response.   The activation of the inflammatory family of kinases may result in a variety of clinical effects, such as type-2 diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and even certain forms of cancer. (3)

 Certain phytonutrients and other natural compounds have been found to modulate kinase function and serve as “brakes” that help prevent the inflammatory process from running out of control. (4)  Well-publicized examples of such compounds include hops-derived reduced iso-alpha acids and O-methylated catechins from tea leaves. (5, 6)

These compounds may be used in supplementary form to “reset” inflammatory kinase signaling, thereby influencing any cell types that have enhanced inflammatory functions.  Their role in regulating the signaling that induces the primary cause of the disease suggests these compounds have promise as a new class of therapeutics that treats the intersection of the cause of a family of chronic diseases with a shared mechanism of origin. (7)

 CROSS TALK AND SYSTEMIC DISEASE

Altered mechanical signaling through the connective tissue and fascia has been found to increase the production of inflammatory mediators that may contribute to the potentiation of the underlying cause of diseases as far ranging as arthritis, type-2 diabetes, and bone loss of osteoporosis. (8)  This discovery suggests a mechanistic role for physical medicine, structural medicine, and acupuncture in the treatment of these conditions. (9)  Interesting, too, is the fact that in September 2007 the National Institutes of Health provided funding for the first international conference on fascia. (10)  This conference brought together bodywork practitioners with basic scientists to better understand the role of fascia in chronic disease and what can be done to improve its function.

 Out of the conference emerged the recognition that the extracellular matrix, with its component connective tissue, serves not only a structural role, but also a signaling role, translating outside information to various cells.  The translation of these messages through the fascia affects kinase signaling and different inflammatory responses.

This once again demonstrates the “cross talk” that occurs among different tissues that sets up the potential for many different diseases.  In another example, it is increasingly accepted that obesity, in and of itself, does not cause diabetes and heart disease. Rather, obesity is an effect of a process associated with the infiltration of various tissues, such as the fat tissue, with pro-inflammatory immune cells. (11)  This inflammatory process triggers the pathology of obesity and relates to the cause of type-2 diabetes and heart disease.  For obese patients, a treatment plan that seeks to nutritionally modulate kinases associated with the inflammatory process while improving body composition may be a more effective approach than weight loss alone.

 CLINICAL APPLICATIONS

These extraordinary recent advances in the understanding of the etiology of chronic diseases that previously seemed so different from one another have now created the understanding that they all share common mechanisms of etiology.  Rather than treating the disease effect, the new medicine is to treat the cause.   Additionally, environmental factors, such as chronic infection, xenobiotic or heavy-metal toxicity, or intestinal dysbiosis and food allergy can increase the inflammatory response.  These are modifiable if the practitioner asks the patient the correct questions, including questions about family history, personal health history, diet, environment, lifestyle, and exercise patterns.

 Consequently, a patient with a history of chronic inflammatory disorders would be a candidate for a personalized intervention program that incorporates regular musculoskeletal therapy and a healthy diet, plus nutritional intervention that might include a low-allergy-potential diet; supplementary intake of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients that modulate kinase function; fish oils containing omega-3 EPA/DHA; and botanicals, such as Curcumin, Boswellia serata, and ginger.

Supplementation with probiotics, such as specific strains of Lactobaccilli and Bifidobacterium, might also be administered to improve gastrointestinal immune function and reduce inflammation.

 These are exciting times related to the advancement in the understanding of the mechanisms of origin of chronic disease.  These advancements are timely because, if a new model for the prevention and management of chronic disease is not soon found, the rising tide of age-related chronic disease will economically drown the aging baby boomers in healthcare expenditures.  The news from the latest research indicates a new paradigm in healthcare is evolving, and with it, a validation of the importance of a functional medicine approach to chronic disease that integrates lifestyle, environment, physical and structural medicine, diet, and nutrient therapies, with the focus on managing the intersection of the root cause of the diseases.

 Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, is the chief science officer of Metagenics Inc. and president of MetaProteomics in Gig Harbor, Wash.  In 1991, he founded the Institute for Functional Medicine.  He can be reached at (800) 692.9400 or through the Web site, www.metagenics.com.

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