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March 21, 2014

Elder Pharmacology


Dr. Wysong

Diminished function and threat of disease drives the elderly to their doctor. Surely "doctor knows best." At least that is what common "wisdom" dictates.

Let's put some of the threats older folks face and their popular solutions in perspective.

High cholesterol is supposedly linked to heart disease. Setting aside the fallacy of this assumption, consider this. If we assume that high cholesterol does indeed increase the risk of cardiovascular disease three fold (standard propaganda), surprisingly, simply aging from 35 to 85 increases the risk 1000 fold.

Anti-cholesterol drugs are increasingly being used by seniors. However, research has proven that this drug class does not decrease overall mortality. In fact, statins increase susceptibility to other diseases, such as diabetes, and mortality from them.

Obviously, the better course of action is to not get old. Getting on an anti-cholesterol drug bandwagon merely accelerates the aging process. Better to do all you can to retard aging. That requires your personal choices and actions regarding what you can do for yourself, not a doctor's visit.

(Increasingly we are getting questions about cholesterol test readings in pets. Pets do not get atherosclerosis or die of heart attacks or strokes. The reason for this is explained in my book. Although drug companies would love to expand their market for statins, worrying about cholesterol levels in pets [in the main, humans too], is pointless.)

Considering cancer, adult onset diabetes, Alzheimer's and other degenerative diseases, even assuming drugs may bring more benefit than harm, aging itself is the greatest risk factor by 100 to 1000 fold.

Nevertheless, people "see their doctor" and often end up taking multiple medications for multiple conditions. There is no evidence to inform doctors or patients about the safety of such polypharmacological therapy.

With cardiovascular disease taking such a toll on the population, it and its related pathology, cerebrovascular disease, are in the front of the minds of doctors and patients. The latter is what all the blood pressure hullabaloo is about. You can even get it checked at vending machines in grocery stores and malls. Granted that increased blood pressure may indicate atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). But blood pressure medicine, taken by the train load by the elderly, is not the solution.

In fact, cognitive function in the elderly should be of far more concern. (As discussed in a previous issue.) Unfortunately, as is always the case, pharmaceuticals have their dark side. Studies now show that elevated blood pressure in the elderly improves cognitive function and that blood pressure medication can accelerate its decline.

Folks, there is no easy way out like taking a drug. It may, as is increasingly being proven to be true, hasten your demise.

Do the smart thing. Learn how to take care of yourself. With the Internet and the world of information it presents, there is no excuse not to.

Diabetes Care, 32:1924-29, 2009; Am J Hypertens, 16:818-26, 2003; Amer J Ther, 17:358-64, 2010.


MEDICAL NEWS HEADLINES

More proof of the powerful and safe effectiveness of natural therapies

Folate supplementation benefits age-related hearing loss. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg.

Decreased levels of Coenzyme Q10 found in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Biol Trace Elem Res.

Supplementation with chicory inulin improves constipation in elderly subjects. Int J Food Sci Nutr.

Probiotics enhance gut barrier function and improve immunity in infants with atopic dermatitis. Clin Exp Allergy.

Vitamin D supplementation benefits patients with metabolic syndrome. Horm Metab Res.

Vitamin A, vitamin E and magnesium linked to increased pulmonary function. J Occup Environ Med.

Drinking green tea increases satiety and fullness. Nutr J.

Poor vitamin D status negatively affects lung function in asthmatics. Respiration.

Acupuncture reduces symptoms of dry eye syndrome. J Altern Complement Med.

Tomato consumption decreases blood pressure and reduces cardiovascular risk in diabetics. Int J Food Sci Nutr.

Melatonin supplementation benefits subjects with metabolic syndrome. J Pineal Res.

Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins C and E reduces inflammation and oxidative stress. Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol.


WORDS OF WISDOM


In the end, modern medicine, as it is presently practiced, will prove to be a hurtling career of stupidity that has pushed tens of millions off the precipice.


RESOURCE DIRECTORY


The Wysong Directory of Alternative Resources is a guide to alternative sources of health care, self-improvement, environmental improvement and much more. Over 335 Resources. This is where you turn when you have a problem that is not being solved, want an alternative medical second opinion, and want help getting control of your own health destiny. Updated weekly and currently over 60 pages front and back.

Below is a sampling of the helpful resources you can use to take control of your own health destiny, listed in the Wysong Resource Directory:

Dr. David A. Levi
(w) http://www.drdavidlevi.com
(f) https://www.facebook.com/drdavidlevi
(e) info@drdavidlevi.com
(p) 786.520.6977
- Dr. Levi is a naturopathic doctor who uses the latest research in preventative and alternative medicine to address today's health problems. Dr. Levi's medical school training included clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, physical medicine, homeopathy, minor surgery, lab diagnosis and x-ray techniques. In practice, he uses personalized nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, nutraceuticals, detoxification, and other lifestyle modifications. He is a member of the Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association.

Homeopathy Works – Joette Calabrese
(w) http://joettecalabrese.com/
(p) 716.941.1045
- Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(NA) is a distinguished American homeopath, public speaker and author. Her website offers advice and information including articles, a free newsletter, digital downloads, CDs, and books.


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