1. You won’t be able to order Progesterone- TAKE ACTION TODAY

    Your Patients’ Compounds

    are at Risk.

     

    You MUST Take Action

    Today!

    Comment period ends in October.
    Let your concerns be heard. 
     To learn more and examples, CLICK HERE

    TAKE ACTION HERE

    NEW FDA Draft Guidance

    The FDA says it intends to consider a compounded drug product to be “essentially a
    copy of a commercially available drug” if:

    The Compounded drug has the same active pharmaceutical ingredient(s) (API) as the commercially available drug.

    The API(s) have the same, similar or an easily substitutable dosage strength of the commercially available drug.

    Can be used by the same Route of administration as prescribed for the compounded drug, unless a prescriber determines that that there is a change, made for an identified individual patient, which produces for that patient a significant difference from the commercially available drug.

    This will potentially adversely affect all prescribers’ of compounded thyroids, progesterone, testosterone, and any compound you in your professional judgement feel is most appropriately custom compounded for your patient for a specific reason.

    To learn more and examples,CLICK HERE

    There is a 90 day comment period that ends in October.
    Let your concerns be heard! 

    This pending action has the potential to dramatically decrease your prescription options for your patients.
     Act now. It only takes a few minutes.

    Together, we can make a difference!

    TAKE ACTION HERE


  2. Acid Blockers Shut Off More than Stomach Acid

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    What you don’t know about this class of drugs can ruin your health. It can even kill you.

    We’ve written before about the dangers of acid blockers and how, in many cases, they are likely exacerbating stomach pain while causing serious disease. New research gives us even more reason to stay away from these dangerous drugs.

    Did you know that acid blockers don’t merely shut off acid pumps in the stomach? Recent research warns that they also shut off production of acid inside the mitochondria every cell in our bodies!

    Yikes. The health of our mitochondria determine our overall health. Yet here we are blithely interfering with their cellular energy production and detoxification processes.

    Sometimes our cells need more acid and sometimes the opposite. But you can be sure that no drug company knows (or cares) precisely what your mitochondria need to keep your cells happy and flourishing. Each cell may have hundreds or even thousands of mitochondria.

    As if this news is not scary enough, in his most recent newsletter (Second Opinion, August 2016), Dr. Frank Shallenberger discusses a brand new study showing that acid blockers do not simply causeacute kidney disease (acute interstitial nephritis)—they may also be associated with chronic kidney disease.

    The study in question looked at 10,482 men and women (average age of 63, with average kidney function) over a period of fifteen years. The researchers found that, compared to those who were not taking acid blockers (proton pump inhibitors), those taking them were up to 76% more likely to get chronic kidney disease. The study also found that the risk was dose-related—the more acid blockers patients took, the higher the incidence of this kidney disease.

    Kidney disease is only one among many known health problems caused by acid blockers, including higher risks for dementia, heart attacks, pneumonia, heart palpitations, muscle cramps, convulsions, weak bones, and more. Some of the problems may be linked to the difficulty we have assimilating and using protein and minerals when we deliberately reduce the stomach acid (as we do with these drugs) that is either needed for digestion or for producing enzymes necessary for digestion.

    And, yes, acid blockers often make the original problem—stomach pain—worse. As we’ve pointed out before, too little stomach acid is more often than not the culprit behind indigestion and stomach pain. Taking acid blockers in these cases offers temporary relief but over time just makes the problem much worse. Low stomach acid—also called hypochlorhydria—affects about half of the population, especially middle-aged and older people, the ones who typically develop stomach issues.

    The bottom line: there are lots of reasons to be wary of taking acid blockers, and we recommend consulting an integrative physician before deciding to use them even on a short term basis. Did we mention that once started, they also cause dependency and can be hard to get off of?

  3. Low Vitamin D associated with increased risk of cognitive decline according to new study

    According to a new study published in the Journal of Gerontology last month, researchers at Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) and Duke University have associated low vitamin D levels with an increased risk of cognitive decline in the elderly.

    The results reinforce the importance of identifying vitamin D insufficiency among the elderly.

    Low vitamin D levels were associated with significantly faster rates of decline in memory and executive function performance.

    Last year I shared a study published in JAMA Nuerology where researchers demonstrated a significant association between vitamin D insufficiency and cognitive decline specifically seen with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

    Research continues to show the significant role vitamin D plays in our overall health; however, the current research also demonstrates its significant role in maintaining healthy brain function.

    This study, which included 1,202 participants who were 60 years old or older, is the first large-scale study in Asia to examine the association between vitamin D status and risk of cognitive decline and impairment in the elderly. Their baseline vitamin D levels were measured at the start of the study, and their cognitive abilities were assessed over a two year period.

    As a result, individuals with lower vitamin D levels at the beginning of the study were about twice as likely to display significant cognitive decline over time. In addition, low vitamin D levels at baseline also increased the risk of future cognitive impairment. This research reinforces that vitamin D protects against neuron damage and its effects on cognitive decline.

    Vitamin D deficiency is a common problem that has many health consequences, yet it can easily be addressed. Sun exposure is the ideal source of vitamin D, but the reality is most individuals have low vitamin D levels and require supplementation. Many people avoid the sun due to the dangers of overexposure, so they’ll cover up potentially exposed skin with either clothing or sunblock. In addition, many of life’s obligations require us to spend countless hours inside under fluorescent lights and away from natural light. Also, both latitude and time of year will influence the amount of vitamin D that can be obtained from the sun, and in some locations these limitations may be hindrances throughout most of the year.

    By Michael Jurgelewicz, DC, DACBN, DCBCN