Prescription Drugs

The Dangers of Acetaminophen (Tylenol): Is it Time for the FDA to Remove it from the Market?

Introduction Most people consider acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) as being an extremely safe pain reliever for both children and adults. The reality is that it can be extremely dangerous and causes significant side effects. Each year acetaminophen causes over 100,000...

Does Tylenol Help Or Hurt You?

When most people think of Tylenol (acetaminophen), they consider it a gentle pain reliever — safe enough for their children to take. Here’s the reality: Every year acetaminophen is the reason for over 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 50,000 emergency room...

Blood Pressure Drugs Increase Risk for Breast Cancer

Introduction: More than 60 million Americans have high blood pressure (high BP) including more than half (54.3%) of all Americans age 65 to 74 years old and almost three quarters (71.8%) of all American blacks in the same age group. High BP is a major risk factor for...

A Baby Aspirin a Day is a BAD Prescription for Most

Introduction One of the most popular recommendations for preventing a heart attack or stroke in healthy people is the recommendation of a baby aspirin or low dose aspirin. Although extremely popular, this advice has NO scientific support. According to two detailed...

Unbelievable! FDA Approves New Sleep Drug Despite Lots of Questions Unanswered

Introduction: The FDA recently announced the approval of a new type of sleeping pill from Merck known as Belsomna® (suvorexant) despite significant safety concerns. This approval calls into question whether the FDA is more concerned about protecting the health of...

Is Your Medicine Making You Sick?

  Ever since we were children, we’ve been told to take pills when we feel bad—for headaches, insomnia, indigestion, aches and pains, even mild depression, to name a few common complaints. TV ads reinforce this message, with experts telling us what pills to take to...

FDA Issues New Warning on Anti-inflammatory Drugs

Introduction: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is strengthening an existing label warning that non-aspirin nonsteroidal…

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Another Strike Against Acid-Blockers – Now Linked to Dementia Risk

Introduction One simple rule that would save a lot of suffering in the world is to “never take a drug that has more severe side effects than…

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Another Nail in the Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Coffin: New Study Links its Use to Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity

Introduction Another damning study indicates it is simply time to pull the plug on this outdated drug. The study just published in JAMA Pediatrics…

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Statistics on ER Visits Due to Dietary Supplements Misleading

Introduction: The media has once again failed to report the whole story or put things into the proper perspective when they reported on a study…

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Acid-Blocking Drugs Increase Heart Disease Risk

Introduction Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a group of drugs whose main action is blocking the secretion of gastric acid. They are dominant…

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Statins Increase the Risk of Diabetes Even Greater than Expected!

Introduction: A new study again highlights the fact that using statin drugs to lower cholesterol levels are not at all risk free. Researchers…

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Saying “No” to Statins

Maintain a healthy cholesterol balance without potentially harmful drugs Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs such as Crestor (rosuvastatin), Lipitor…

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Tamiflu for Flu Symptoms and Viral Infections? The Emperor has No Clothes!

Introduction Oseltamivir, brand name Tamiflu, was released onto the market in 1999 for the treatment of influenza. Despite is wild popularity –…

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Why Are Drug Companies Sponsoring Studies on Natural Products? Taking a Closer Look at a Recent Evaluation on Glucosamine/Chondroitin in Osteoarthritis

Introduction: In the late 1990s, St. John’s wort (SJW) extract rocketed to tremendous success in the United States and Europe as a natural…

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Antidepressant Drugs Blunt Feelings of Love and Sexual Function

Introduction: A recent study raises a new issue with long-term antidepressant use, adding another reason for consumers to seek alternatives. The…

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Is Your Medicine Making You Sick?

  Ever since we were children, we’ve been told to take pills when we feel bad—for headaches, insomnia, indigestion, aches and…

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Vitamin D Levels Drop Despite Massive Education Effort

Unbelievable! FDA Approves New Sleep Drug Despite Lots of Questions Unanswered

Introduction: The FDA recently announced the approval of a new type of sleeping pill from Merck known as Belsomna® (suvorexant) despite…

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A Baby Aspirin a Day is a BAD Prescription for Most

Introduction One of the most popular recommendations for preventing a heart attack or stroke in healthy people is the recommendation of a baby…

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Blood Pressure Drugs Increase Risk for Breast Cancer

Introduction: More than 60 million Americans have high blood pressure (high BP) including more than half (54.3%) of all Americans age 65 to 74 years…

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Does Tylenol Help Or Hurt You?

When most people think of Tylenol (acetaminophen), they consider it a gentle pain reliever — safe enough for their children to take. Here’s the…

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The Dangers of Acetaminophen (Tylenol): Is it Time for the FDA to Remove it from the Market?

Introduction Most people consider acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) as being an extremely safe pain reliever for both children and adults. The reality…

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On the Dr Oz show

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On the show I discussed the failure of conventional medicine to address the underlying issues in many health conditions offering little more than drugs as biochemical “band aids.”

December is Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Month

In seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is associated with winter depression Typically, these individuals not only feel depressed they also feel tried, slow down, and generally oversleep, overeat, and crave carbohydrates in the winter. In the summer, these same patients feel very good and maybe even are elated, active, and energetic.

Although many variables may be responsible for SAD, insufficient light exposure is the most logical explanation. Many mammals exhibit seasonal variations in activity level, sleep patterns, and appetite and are extremely sensitive to changes in day length. The antidepressant effects of full-spectrum light therapy have been demonstrated in well-monitored, controlled studies in SAD. The antidepressant effect of light therapy is probably due to the restoration of proper melatonin synthesis and secretion by the pineal gland, leading to reestablishment of the proper circadian rhythm. Full-spectrum white light (10,000 lux) is prescribed for at least 30 minutes every day in the morning. Or, better yet, use full-spectrum lighting throughout the indoor environment.

The key hormonal change caused by exposure to full spectrum lighting may be a reduced secretion of melatonin from the pineal gland and an increased secretion of cortisol by the adrenal glands. Melatonin supplementation is thought to improve SAD because it increases brain melatonin levels, but it may also suppress cortisol secretion.Take 3-5 mg 45 minutes before retiring.

Vitamin D is also an important consideration. Many experts recommend a dosage of 2,000 to 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily, especially during the winter months.

 

For more information, please see the completely revised and updated 3rd edition of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.

Mind Your Ps and Qs

PQQ may be the perfect answer to preventing or reversing age-related mental decline.

kiwiPQQ (short for pyrroloquinoline quinone) is a vitamin-like compound found in plant foods that shows a wide range of benefits for brain function and energy production. Learn more about PQQ with the following Q&A.
What Exactly Does PQQ Do?

PQQ is an extremely potent antioxidant that is able to carry out the role of an antioxidant in the body more than 20,000 times—which is a rare thing. For example, other antioxidants, such as vitamin C, are only able to accomplish this “cycling” process about four times.
Are There Any Food Sources of PQQ?

PQQ has been found in all plant foods analyzed to date. Particularly PPQ-rich foods include parsley, green peppers, kiwi, papaya, and tofu. These foods contain 2–3 mcg of PQQ per 100 grams. Green tea provides about the same amount per 4-oz. serving. While these amounts appear to be sufficient in helping our cells carry out their basic functions, research indicates that boosting PQQ through supplementation can produce some amazing effects.

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