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Prescription Drugs – Proceed with Caution

CautionJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Despite overwhelming evidence that adherence to a healthy lifestyle plays a critical role in preventing, managing and reducing disease risks, less than 3% of American adults actually follow general principles of healthy living—a nutritious diet, moderate daily exercise, weight management and avoiding smoking. One problem contributing to this seeming lackadaisical attitude towards general wellbeing is that people are led to believe that there’s a pill to cure every ill. So much so that 55% of Americans take 4 different prescription medications daily, far more than citizens of any other country, and nearly 70% take at least one prescribed drug.

All drugs, whether prescription or over the counter, can have harmful side effects. Although some side effects, such as gastrointestinal issues, fatigue, and muscle aches, are considered minor; allergic reactions, heart palpitations, internal bleeding and organ failure may also occur. Many take additional medications to counteract side effects, while others who find side effects intolerable discontinue medications against medical advisement. There’s no doubt that certain medications are essential and enhance the quality of life. Others are lifesaving, treating potentially life-threatening diseases and infections. Some are life-improving, helping to manage chronic or debilitating conditions. Still others are life-prolonging, treating cancers and rare conditions.

Per Thomas J. Moore, senior scientist for drug safety and policy at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, barring overdoses and misuse, there is no formal process for quantifying injuries, hospitalizations, or deaths caused by therapeutic drug use. While consumers and healthcare providers are encouraged to report adverse reactions to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency says its unable to use this reporting data to quantify overall deaths that result from taking prescribed pharmaceuticals as directed.

It would appear that simply taking prescribed drugs as instructed may potentially expose an individual to significant risks. Moore and other researchers, who closely evaluated hospital admission studies over several decades, reported their findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Recent analysis estimates adverse drug reactions result in 1.5 to 2.7 million hospital admissions each year. Sadly, approximately 128,000 Americans die each year from taking medications properly prescribed by physicians. Other research suggests that half of those events were preventable.

When medication is clearly necessary, always read the safely information that lists known side effects of the prescription. Some individuals may not experience any side effects. Those who do should report all adverse reactions to their healthcare provider, as there may be alternative medications that work equally well with fewer side effects. Those taking multiple medications are advised to be particularly cautious and weigh the benefits of the medications versus any potential harm. In certain situations, paying serious attention to improving lifestyle habits may provide a non-pharmaceutical intervention to improving health status, especially for borderline conditions such as prediabetes, osteopenia, prehypertension or even mild depression.

Of course, prevention is always the best medicine. Healthy nutrition and lifestyle habits are known to greatly reduce the likelihood of developing chronic diseases. Oftentimes borderline conditions and minor health issues can be improved with dedication to taking better care of one’s health, improving one’s diet, and nutritional supplementation. Regular exercise is key to weight maintenance and maintaining cardiac health, as well as healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Although it’s not easy to change unhealthy behaviors, the rewards of a healthier life today and the ability to function independently later in life are more than worth the effort required to improve long-term health.

-Abundant research and a clear consensus support healthy lifestyle strategies in the prevention, management, and reduction of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors.

-To address prehypertension, cut back on sodium, lose excess weight, exercise regularly, control stress, drink alcohol in moderation, and don’t smoke. The DASH diet is recommended for those with hypertension to help lower systolic blood pressure.

-Weight loss if appropriate, a healthy diet and exercise can reduce blood sugar levels in prediabetes. If you are carrying excess weight and have been unsuccessful with weight loss, consider a formal weight loss program for diabetes prevention.

-Back and joint pain can often be improved with physical therapy and appropriate exercise, such as yoga, tai chi, swimming and gentle stretching. Supplements such as MSM, hyaluronic acid and curcumin support joint tissue health and reduce inflammation.

-Weight bearing exercise can slow the progression of osteopenia and encourage the body to build new bone cells. A whole food diet filled with calcium-rich foods is also advisable. Sufficient vitamin D is needed for the body to absorb and utilize calcium and other minerals.

-Exercise therapy, as well as various forms of talk therapy, are valid non-pharmacological primary treatments for mild depression. Exercise temporarily boosts mood enhancing endorphins and may encourage positive rewiring in the brain. Certain supplements such as omega-3 essential fatty acids, B vitamins and 5-HTP may also be beneficial for mood support.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements to support overall health and a healthy lifestyle:

MSM powderMSM powder by Pure Encapsulations®: This naturally occurring patented formula provides 99.7% pure MSM, plus elemental sulfur, in support of healthy joints and connective tissues. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Hyaluronic AcidHyaluronic Acid by Pure Encapsulations®: This naturally occurring compound supports healthy joint lubrication and joint function. Additionally, hyaluronic acid supports skin hydration, nutrient delivery and proper cellular communication. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

Curcumin 500 with...Curcumin 500 with Bioperine® by Pure Encapsulations®: Curcumin supports a healthy inflammatory response and supports healthy liver, colon, musculoskeletal and cellular function. Bioperine®, a black pepper extract, has the potential to enhance the bioavailability and promote the absorption of curcumin. If taking medications, consult a healthcare provider before supplementing with curcumin.

5HTP Supreme5HTP Supreme™ by Designs for Health: As a precursor to serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter, 5HTP may help to promote healthy mood and reduce food cravings. This formula includes an activated form of vitamin B6 for overall neurotransmitter support. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Active B-ComplexActive B Complex by Integrative Therapeutics: A highly bioavailable complex providing a full complement of B vitamins, this formula naturally boosts brain chemicals that improve mood, energy, concentration, visual clarity and alertness. Gluten, soy, dairy and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.

References:
Less than 3 Percent of Americans Live a Healthy Lifestyle. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2016-03-22/less-than-3-percent-of-americans-live-a-healthy-lifestyle
Over Prescribed America. http://www.topmastersinhealthcare.com/drugged-america/
Death by Prescription. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2016-09-27/the-danger-in-taking-prescribed-medications
What are possible side effects of a drug and where can I find the most current information about my drug? https://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/Transparency/Basics/ucm194959.htm
Prevention and Treatment of Osteopenia. https://www.osteoporosis-health.com/conditions/osteopenia/prevention-and-treatment-osteopenia
Why it’s hard to change unhealthy behavior – and why you should keep trying. www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/why-its-hard-to-change-unhealthy-behavior-and-why-you-should-keep-trying
Lifestyle strategies for cardiovascular risk reduction. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25092580
Prehypertension: Does it really matter? https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/prehypertension-does-it-really-matter

 

Can a Healthy Lifestyle Reverse Chronic Low-Grade Inflammation?

InflammationJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

As part of the body’s immune response, acute inflammation is the beginning of the biological healing process. A central component of innate immunity, inflammation is a local response to pathogens and injured tissue. Per the British Journal of Nutrition, acute inflammation is “marked by increased blood flow, capillary dilation, leukocyte (white blood cell) infiltration and the localized production of a host of chemical mediators,” all in pursuit of the identification and destruction of toxic agents and the repair of damaged tissue. Generally considered to be a protective mechanism, the trouble begins when anti-inflammatory mediators don’t resolve, and pro-inflammatory pathways don’t switch off. The balance between pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines plays a critical role in the body’s response to an inflammatory stimulus.

Low grade inflammation is defined as a two to four-fold increase in circulating levels of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines, as well as other markers of immune activity. Chronic inflammation can occur when the body sends an inflammatory response to a perceived threat when a response is unwarranted, or can result from a failure to eliminate the cause of acute inflammation. The association between chronic low-grade systemic inflammation and chronic disease development is well recognized, yet the question as to why the immune system goes awry, signaling attacks on and destruction of its own healthy tissues, remains unclear. Obesity, bacteria; and the western lifestyle, characterized by sedentary habits, sleep deprivation, and a diet rich in industrially refined foods, are considered likely contributors to systemic inflammation.

Chronic inflammation can remain silent and symptomless and persist for years until a serious disease presents itself. Elevated unresolved inflammation can affect the body’s organs and tissues, and lead to conditions such as chronic sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as some cancers and Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s diseases. The American Heart Association recommends blood tests that measure levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation. Elevated levels of CRP are linked to plaque formation and a higher risk of developing coronary artery disease.

Scientists have found that obese people have higher levels of white blood cells, and ultimately, persistent inflammation. Studies also show that reducing inflammation through weight loss, along with modifiable dietary and lifestyle factors, may offer a disease-prevention strategy. Certain foods, supplements and nutraceuticals are known to target a range of compounds associated with inflammation. Astaxanthin, omega-3 essential fatty acids, and turmeric may help to slowly reduce or prevent inflammation without the side effects of anti-inflammatory OTC formulations and pharmaceuticals.

-Substantial evidence suggests that foods and nutrients, such as those found in a Mediterranean style diet, help to modulate both acute and chronic inflammation.

-Foods that help reduce inflammation include fatty fish, berries, leafy greens, nuts, olives and spices, including ginger, rosemary, cinnamon, garlic and turmeric.

-Foods that fuel inflammation include fried foods, red and processed meats, sugary foods and refined carbohydrates.

-Moderate intensity physical activity can improve weight and cholesterol, enhance cardiac and lung functions, calm stress and reduce inflammation by the release of hormones that decrease production of immune substances.

-Sleeping for fewer than six or more than eight hours nightly is associated with higher levels of C-reactive protein. Although sleep requirements vary, as a general rule, aim for the optimal amount of sleep.

-Omega-3 essential fatty acids are associated with lower levels of proinflammatory markers. An Ohio State University study showed that daily consumption of omega-3’s reduced acute and chronic inflammation, as well as anxiety in a group of young healthy people.

-Astaxanthin, a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory, has been shown to cool the fires of the inflammatory process in peer reviewed scientific studies.

-Tart cherries’ powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to significantly reduce levels of key inflammatory markers.

– B vitamin insufficiency can harm the lining of the blood vessels through increased clotting, oxidative stress, and interactions with white blood cells. Magnesium deficiency is also thought to play a role in chronic inflammation, and those deficient in vitamin A are more likely to have a prolonged inflammatory response.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements in support of a normal inflammatory response and overall health:

Astaxanthin 4 mgAstaxanthin 4 mg by Pure Encapsulations®: Derived from Hawaiian microalgae cultivated under pristine and highly controlled conditions, this powerful antioxidant naturally supports skin, macula, joint, immune and cardiovascular health. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

ProOmega Lemon 1000...ProOmega® Lemon 1000 mg by Nordic Naturals: Clinically shown to provide high intensity, therapeutic support with high levels of pure omega-3 fatty acids, this deep-sea fish oil provides support for cardiovascualar, liver, joint, immune, brain and eye health, as well as a healthy natural inflammatory response. Gluten free, no artificial ingredients.

 

Tart Cherry UltraTart Cherry Ultra by Enzymatic Therapy: Tart cherries provide anthocyanins, beneficial antioxidant phytonutrients known to inhibit oxidative damage. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, sugar, yeast and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.

 

Vitamin A 10, 000 I...Vitamin A 10,000 IU by Douglas Laboratories: One softgel provides 10,000 IU of vitamin A palmitate in support of eye and cellular health, and a healthy immune response. Contains soy and fish oil.

 

Active B-ComplexActive B-Complex by Integrative Therapeutics: Active B-Complex provides a full complement of bioavailable B vitamins in support of numerous biochemical processes that support good health and bodily function. Gluten, dairy, sugar, yeast and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.

 

Chelated Magnesium ...Chelated Magnesium by Douglas Laboratories: One tablet provides 100 mg of elemental magnesium in the form of magnesium amino acid chelate for optimum absorption and assimilation in the body.

 

 
References:
Low-grade inflammation, diet composition and health: current research evidence and its translation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4579563/
Lifestyle factors and inflammation: associations by body mass index. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23844105
Inflammation. http://www.wwu.edu/depts/healthyliving/pe511info/infection/description.html
Understanding Autoimmune Diseases. https://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/Autoimmune/default.asp
Physical Activity & Hypokinetic Disease. http://www.wwu.edu/depts/healthyliving/pe511info/infection/Causes.html
Inflammation: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/248423.php
Lifestyle Approaches That Calm Inflammation. http://www.clevelandheartlab.com/blog/lifestyle-approaches-calm-inflammation/

 

 

 

Rosacea

RosaceaJacquie Eubanks RN BSNRosacea is a poorly understood chronic disorder that exhibits symptoms of redness and acne-like breakouts that appear on the facial area, and less frequently, the eye, ear, chest and back areas. Perimenopausal women, fair-skinned individuals, and middle aged and older adults are the most likely to develop rosacea, although anyone can get the disease at any age. Rosacea affects an estimated 16 million Americans, the clear majority of whom are currently untreated. While more research is needed, studies have shown associations between rosacea and increased risk for a growing list of health conditions, including allergies, and respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, as well as irritable bowel, ulcerative colitis, and celiac and Crohn’s diseases, providing additional reasons to seek a medical diagnosis and an overall health assessment.

Typically striking individuals over 30 years of age, rosacea often presents as a sudden inexplicable blush, similar to a light sunburn. Symptoms may disappear relatively quickly, only to appear again another day. Warning signs of rosacea include persistent redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead, small visible blood vessels on the face, facial bumps or pimples, and watery or irritated eyes. Symptoms are known to worsen with each recurrence; the complexion tends to become ruddier, flare-ups last increasingly longer, and burning, itching, swelling and skin thickening may eventually occur. Understandably, the condition often has negative effects on emotional, occupational, and social wellbeing, from embarrassment to low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.

The cause of rosacea remains undetermined. However, people may inherit the tendency to develop the disorder. Numerous environmental and lifestyle factors are known to trigger symptoms that can last for weeks or months at a time. Common triggers include sun exposure, hot or cold weather, wind and humidity, emotional stress, alcohol consumption, hot or spicy foods and beverages, intense exercise, food sensitivities, and certain personal care products. Any activity that causes flushing or overheats the facial area, such as a sauna, a hot bath or high intensity exercise, has the potential to cause a flare-up.

Although there is no cure, early diagnosis is highly recommended, as individualized treatment can help to control the condition, improve skin appearance, and slow symptom progression.  Initially, an oral medication protocol or long term use of a topical cream may reduce redness and bring the condition under control. Identifying and avoiding lifestyle and environmental triggers that aggravate individual conditions can greatly improve chances of remission. A gentle, non-irritating skin care routine utilizing products formulated for sensitive skin is imperative for minimizing irritation and improving appearance. The National Rosacea Society (NRS) suggests avoiding potentially irritating ingredients, including witch hazel, menthol, and eucalyptus, as well as fragrances, astringents and exfoliating agents.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends minimizing personal care products to those that have multiple functions, such as a moisturizer that contains sunblock. As fragrances are high on the list of irritants, AAD advises the use of fragrance-free, allergy tested products to reduce the risk of irritation. As irritants vary from person to person, testing a small amount of product on the neck area before using on the facial area is recommended. Use fingertips, not a washcloth, when cleansing the face and rinse with lukewarm, not hot or cold, water. Men can get a close shave with less facial irritation by avoiding shave creams and opting for an electric razor. An aftershave balm designed for sensitive skin can help to soothe and moisturize the skin after shaving. Nutrients and treatments that help control symptoms often result in improved confidence and enhanced self-esteem. Studies show that when fewer signs and symptoms are visible, the overall quality of life improves.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality products to support the health and appearance of the skin:

Zinc 15Zinc 15 by Pure Encapsulations®: This highly absorbable zinc picolinate provides support for the body’s defense systems, as well as collagen formation, healthy tissue development and tissue repair. Zinc has been shown to be effective in managing dermatological conditions, calming inflammation, reducing breakouts and soothing redness. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

OmegaGenics® Evening...OmegaGenics® Evening Primrose Oil by Metagenics: High in naturally sourced omega-6 fatty acids, evening primrose oil helps to improve skin health, soothes inflamed skin, aids in the maintenance of healthy cell membranes, and provides support for overall health. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

Women's NutrientsWomen’s Nutrients by Pure Encapsulations®: Designed for women over 40 years of age, this complete nutrient-rich formula provides highly bioavailable vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and botanicals to alleviate nutrient deficiencies and support overall heath and function.

Pycnogenol (7041)Pycnogenol® by Douglas Laboratories: This French maritime pine bark extract is well known for its powerful antioxidant and natural anti-inflammatory properties. Pycnogenol® helps to reduce allergy triggers, tamping down not only inflammation but histamine production as well. It binds to collagen fibers providing free radical protection and preserving the natural elasticity of the skin. Gluten, soy, dairy and yeast free formulation.

Active B-ComplexActive B Complex by Integrative Therapeutics: This formula corrects or prevents the B vitamin deficiencies often seen in those with rosacea. Sufficient B vitamin intake is essential to the growth, repair and replication of healthy skin cells and healthy cellular function. Gluten and soy free vegetarian formulation.

References:
What is Rosacea? https://www.rosacea.org/
Rosacea Awareness Month Highlights Warning Signs. https://www.rosacea.org/weblog/rosacea-awareness-month-highlights-warning-signs
Skin Care & Cosmetics. https://www.rosacea.org/patients/skincare/index.php
Rosacea: Who Gets and Causes. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne-and-rosacea/rosacea#causes
Questions and Answers about Rosacea. https://www.niams.nih.gov/HEALTH_INFO/Rosacea/default.asp