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Acid Blockers Triple Risk of C. Diff Infections

submitted by: admin on 05/07/2015
  Use of proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix, Aciphex and others were associated with a 320% increase in C. diff enterocolitis after just 30 days of treatment. PPIs block the absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron and B12 and increase the risk for osteoporosis, senile dementia, and cardiac rhythm disturbances as well.          

Are Acid Blockers Safe?

submitted by: admin on 05/16/2015
  Blocking stomach acid may help with symptoms of indigestion and heartburn, but this is safe for only a few weeks. After about 8 weeks of drug treatment, 40% of people will become addicted. It also blocks the acid we need to digest our food, absorb B12, iron and calcium, and increases the risk of osteoporosis and senile dementia. There are healthy alternatives...

Calcium: How Much Do You Need?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Calcium needs vary with each person. Too little calcium leads to osteoporosis and too much to arteriosclerosis. Our diets have insufficient calcium but over-supplementing is equally problematic. The relationship to vitamin D is reviewed.          

Do Americans Over Rely on Vitamins and Supplements?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
We tend to ignore lifestyle and look to drugs and supplements to make up for it. A healthy lifestyle is by far the most powerful basis for good health. Some supplements actually increase the risk of diseases and examples are given. The situation in pregnancy is discussed. Situations where we're under physical or mental stress our needs go up are discussed;...

Do We Take Too Many Supplements?

submitted by: admin on 01/20/2019
Do Americans take too many supplements? Our diets are widely deficient in nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and supplements because most of us don't eat a good and balanced diet and the food we are eating is processed, refined, and polluted.  Supplements are clearly needed for most Americans, especially those living in poverty and those who are elderly and...

Does Calcium Supplementation Increase Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
A meta-analysis of 29,000 people showed that calcium supplements increase the risk of heart attack by 30% and stroke by 20% in older women. On the other hand, calcium from food does not increase these risks. It would be necessary for 1000 women to take calcium supplementation with or without vitamin D to prevent 3 fractures and at the same time cause 6 additional...

Epidural Injections for Back Pain Cause Fractures

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
  A study at the Henry Ford Hospital found that epidural steroid injections for back pain increased the risk of fracture by 29% with each steroid injection. They compared 3000 patients with severe back pain who had at least one injection with 3000 control patients without an injection. Steroids decrease absorption of calcium in the GI tract and increase...

High Calcium Intake Doubles Risk for Heart Disease

submitted by: admin on 09/24/2013
  Calcium intake above 1400 mg per day is associated with doubling the risk of dying from a heart attack in both men and women. There are many studies showing that in women with osteoporosis who take large doses of calcium are at risk for both heart attacks and stroke. Although it may be logical to try and replace the lost calcium in bone in osteoporosis...

How Much Calcium Does Your Body Need?

submitted by: admin on 06/28/2014
Increasing daily calcium does not reduce the risk of fractures beyond a certain amount, which is 750 mg per day. Most MDs in the US overdose supplementation, thinking that more is better to prevent or stop the progression of low bone mass...osteopenia and osteoporosis. Studies on more than 60,000 women showed that women had the lowest risk of having a fracture...

Inhaled Steroids Cause Fractures

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Patients with COPD who use inhaled corticosteroids to improve breathing for more than 6 months have a 27% increased risk for bone fractures. The risk goes up as the dosage increases. It was previously assumed that inhaled steroids would have a predominantly local effect, but now we know this is not true. Treatment should consist of lowering or discontinuing inhaled...

Is Strontium Safe Treatment for Osteoporosis?

submitted by: admin on 01/22/2014
Strontium renalate is a potent stimulator of new bone growth that helps increase bone density in people with osteoporosis. However, a study by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in January of 2014 shows that there is an increase in serious heart problems including heart attacks as well as more blood clots in veins. The EMA will likely lead to taking two drugs,...

Kidney Stones

submitted by: admin on 01/20/2019
Kidney Stones are very painful when they are passing into the ureter. They are generally made of calcium oxalate, uric acid or struvite. Collecting a 24 hour urine sample to analyze a stone is the best way to find out their composition. Treatment is centered on increasing water intake to a couple of quarts a day and managing the pain. Occasionally it is necessary...

Kidney Stones Overview

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  Kidney Stones are very painful when they are passing into the ureter. They are generally made of calcium oxalate, uric acid or struvite. Collecting a 24 hour urine sample to analyze a stone is the best way to find out their composition. Treatment is centered on increasing water intake to a couple of quarts a day and managing the pain. Occasionally...

Low Calcium Diet Promotes Kidney Stones

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Women with a history of kidney stones have a higher absorption rate of calcium present in the diet. Consuming adequate calcium reduces calcium absorption from the gut and helps prevent calcium stones. Most people with calcium kidney stones mistakenly lower their calcium intake. Low calciium intake actually increases the absorption of calcium from the gut and...

Magnesium for Bone Density

submitted by: admin on 10/10/2013
Magnesium deficiency affects 80% of us. It is critical for hundreds of enzymatic reactions in the body. We need about 500 mg of magnesium glycinate. It is critical for building bone. Many micronutrients and lifestyle measures are needed to build bone. The dangers of calcium supplements in causing arteriosclerosis and kidney stones are reviewed.

Osteoporosis and Individividualized Treatment with Lani Simpson, DC

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
The definition of osteoporosis is related to bone density, not quality. A bone density test that shows low bone density does not mean they are losing bone now; maybe they never gained it. Many factors are important to assess before concluding that drugs are needed. Vitamin D levels, exercise, diet, sleep, and stress are all important factors in the development...

Osteoporosis News: Calcium Deficiency May Not Be the Cause

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
Manganese deficiency could mean that calcium cannot stick to bone and cause osteoporosis. This can happen in the presence of sufficient calcium in the body. Manganese is extracted from bone when there are unmet needs for it in the brain, kidney, liver, and pancreas. Manganese deficiency could also play a role in Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease,...

Osteoporosis: The Do's and Don'ts with Lani Simpson, DC

submitted by: admin on 01/20/2019
The definition of osteoporosis is related to bone density, not quality. A bone density test that shows low bone density does not mean they are losing bone now; maybe they never gained it. Many factors are important to assess before concluding that drugs are needed. Vitamin D levels, exercise, diet, sleep, and stress are all important factors in the development...

Peptic Ulcer Overview

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
Peptic Ulcers affect up to 10% of us over our lifetime. Symptoms generally include burning in the upper abdomen, dull aching pain, and sometimes nausea and vomiting, especially if they are complicated by hemorrhaging or perforation of the intestinal wall. Peptic ulcers occur in the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. H. pylori is believed to cause about 50% of all...

Preview, Peptic Ulcer Overview

submitted by: admin on 01/20/2019
Peptic Ulcers affect up to 10% of us over our lifetime. Symptoms generally include burning in the upper abdomen, dull aching pain, and sometimes hemorrhaging and even perforation of the gut lining. They occur in the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. H. pylori is believed to cause about 50% of all peptic ulcers. NSAIDS including aspirin are common causes of ulcers...