September 20, 2016

Why is Vitamin D Important for Nursing Babies?

pill-316601_960_720Vitamin D is an essential vitamin and an important part of everyone’s diet. Getting a good amount of vitamin D in the early stages of life can help prevent autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Most importantly, Vitamin D increases calcium metabolism and reduces risk of current infections. Sometime this can be tricky because the main source of our vitamin D comes from food and the sun.  Proper diets have a huge influence in determining our levels of this crucial vitamin.

It is vital that a baby consume enough vitamin D during the first year of life. This is particularly hard to do because breast milk and baby food may contain very little amounts of vitamin D.  However, “new research has found that giving breastfeeding mothers monthly high-dose vitamin D supplements may be a possible way to improve their babies’ vitamin D status”[1].

[1] University of Otago. “Increasing nursing mothers’ vitamin D levels may benefit babies.” Science Daily. Science Daily, 30 August 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160830101350.htm>.

September 6, 2016

What You Need To Know About Your Prescription Medication

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Make sure to double-check that you are leaving a pharmacy with the right medication.

There are certain measures in place that protects a patient’s health and safety before receiving a prescription medication. Since prescription medications are stronger than medications sold over the counter, the purchasing process is highly regulated. In order to ensure a safe experience, it is important that a patient takes their own precautions as well.

The prescription process begins with your family physician writing a prescription with detailed instructions on how to take the medication. Next, your pharmacist receives this information and double checks to ensure that the information filled out in the prescription is accurate and safe for the patient to take.

When dealing with prescriptions, there are certain things about the ordering process that would be beneficial for patients to know. For instance, reading hand-written prescriptions can be a challenge for pharmacists and has resulted over 7000 deaths related to reading-related mistakes [1]. So, it is vital that you and your pharmacist double check that you are receiving the correct type and dosage of medication.

Children are another safety risk that parents must give special attention towards. Child-resistant lids for medication bottles are the ideal preventative measure, reducing the danger when a child has a bottle of medication in their hand.

It is also important to be well-informed in regards to the kind of medication you are taking. There has been a noticeable decrease of risk perception on the danger of prescription drugs by 20% over the last 20 years, which is a dangerous proposition [2]. There are numerous cases of preventable medication errors each year that causes harm to patients. Knowing the exact instructions and the dangers of accidental overdose is crucial to preventing these accidents.

 

[1] Caplan, Jeremy. Time. Retrieved from http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1578074,00.html

[2] U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved from: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm220112.htm

August 23, 2016

How To Prevent Risk Factors That Causes Strokes

Filed under: health,life expectancy,stroke — Tags: , , , , , — drwatson @ 8:39 pm

StrokeThere are specific risk factors that increase the chances of a patient having a stroke. Risk factors having to do with age, gender, and ethnicity are not controllable and inevitably increase the chances of a person having a stroke. Whereas eating habits, physical activity, smoking and drinking are all examples of lifestyle choices that can be altered to better prevent strokes.

According to a recent study, it was “confirmed [that] there were at least 10 modifiable risk factors associated with 90% of stroke cases in all regions, young and older and in men and women.” [1] These modifications included important factors such as daily physical activity, diets, eliminating smoking, eliminating cardiac causes, improving Apoliprotein levels, reducing alcohol consumption, eliminating diabetes and reducing stress.

The majority of these factors are interrelated and are examples of how one modification in your lifestyle can help to better prevent strokes. Furthermore the study indicated that when these risk factors were combined it “brought a 91% reduction in stroke, similar in all regions, age groups and independent of sex.” [2]

[1] Global study finds risk factors for stroke have regional variation. Retrieved from: http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/global-study-finds-risk-factors-for-stroke-have-regional-variation/

[2] Meszaros, Liz. Same 10 modifiable risk factors for stroke span the globe, but with regional variations. Retrieved from: http://www.mdlinx.com/neurology/article/519

August 9, 2016

What You Need To Know About Tylenol Overdose

Filed under: discount canadian prescriptions — drwatson @ 7:14 pm

Acetaminophen is the most common drug that is purchased over the counter. The brand name drug, Tylenol, is relied upon by numerous people who use it for its pain-relieving and fever-reducing properties. It is advisable that a person not take more than 4 grams (4000mg) of acetaminophen in a 24 hour period. It is proven that taking more than this amount causes liver damage. In severe cases, an acetaminophen overdose can be fatal.

Overdoses of acetaminophen are common in children, who can accidentally ingest the drug when mistaking it for candy or juice. In addition, there are some cases where adults can be victims of an unintended acetaminophen overdose. These symptoms are usually a result of taking an incorrect dosage or the effects of multiple medications taken at the same time. It is common that acetaminophen is in numerous drugs because it acts as a vital ingredient which functions to reduce pain. It is always a good idea to consult with your family physician if it is safe to keep taking Tylenol or acetaminophen alongside your other medications.

It usually takes over 12 hours for symptoms to appear from an acetaminophen overdose. Symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin)
  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite

It is important that one seeks emergency attention if they fall under one of these specifications:

  • Someone who is 5 years or older has taken 91mg/pound of body weight within 8 hours
  • A person of any age who has taken 68mg/pound of body weight or a total of 6 grams of acetaminophen in a period of 24 hours.

July 19, 2016

Pharmaceutical Companies Manipulate Prices to Maximize Profits

graph-and-dollar-sign-as-shadow_M1DL4crO-compressorIt is a common practice in a business to think about maximizing profits. But when pharmaceutical companies like Valeant Pharmaceuticals are seen hiking their drug prices up to 6000% it raises a red flag on many ethical levels.  This activity is not new in the pharmaceutical industry.

Valeant is not the only company which increases their prices significantly; it is common for many large pharmaceutical companies to increase prices, as there are no legal ramifications to their actions. Recently, Valeant was placed in the spotlight because they were increasing the prices for many critical medications such as Nitropress, Isurpel, Syprine, and Cupermine. Furthermore, these medications were not innovative or new; this causes consumer outrage because the ridiculous price increases cannot be justified.

Therefore, the occurrence of cases like Valeant is indicative of manipulative strategies to earn the most out of vulnerable consumers. Find out more on the dialogue between Valeant and the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging and how they explained the price hikes on drug prices.

July 12, 2016

The Hidden Downside to Electronic Prescriptions

The use of e-prescriptions is a growing trend for physicians. From the introduction of e-prescriptions in 2006, the prevalence of this process has increased to over 70% of all physicians [1].  E-prescribing allows prescribers to electronically send patients’ prescription information to pharmacy computers.  This process has reduced the amount of paperwork and any errors associated with reliance on handwritten prescriptions, which increases the safety and quality of the prescription process.

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E-prescribing has made its way into all 50 states and has even become mandatory in states such as Minnesota and New York.

“When it works, it’s seamless,” says New York County Medical Society President Dr. Michael T. Goldstein, an ophthalmologist who issues many prescriptions electronically himself. “But there are circumstances where it doesn’t work, and patients suffer.”

“It’s also harder for patients to shop around for medication deals when a script is in a pharmacy’s system instead of in hand”, says Dr. Joseph R. Maldonado, president of the Medical Society of the State of New York.

There is a barrier to online pharmacies, which require a written prescription to fill prescription medication orders.  Learn how to get a paper prescription when e-Prescribing is mandatory. https://www.pharmacycheckerblog.com/how-to-get-a-paper-prescription-when-e-prescribing-is-required

 

References:

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2016/03/21/402515.htm

https://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/oncdatabriefe-prescribingincreases2014.pdf

July 5, 2016

How to Save 94% on Blood Cholesterol Medicine

Rosuvastatin is an oral drug which is commonly used to lower blood cholesterol levels. It also treats many conditions such as hyperlipidemia, mixed dyslipidemia, and hypertriglyceridemia. This drug is now available as a generic in many pharmacies but the brand name, Crestor, is much cheaper if purchased online.

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According to Pharmacychecker.com, “ninety pills of generic rosuvastatin cost a whopping $795 at a Walgreens in Brooklyn, NY, but 90 pills of brand name Crestor is 94% less at a low-cost international online pharmacy.”

Many consumers tend to speculate the quality of the drugs when purchasing from an online pharmacy, but with the help of online resources like Pharmacychecker.com it is easy to verify that these drugs are being purchased from a reliable source.

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June 28, 2016

How Can You Take Advantage of Lower Drug Prices Abroad?

Filed under: discount canadian prescriptions — drwatson @ 8:48 pm

Each year many consumers purchase medication from online sources outside of the United States because the drug prices of some online pharmacies are much cheaper than local pharmacies. Cost savings are a great motivator, but it is important that the pharmacy is a reliable source. Some online pharmacies offer far-fetched discounts that are possible only from irresponsible or unreliable manufacturing, so it is important to know where your drugs are coming from.

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Pharmacychecker.com is an excellent source in which consumers are able to verify and compare prices across trustworthy online pharmacies. This slideshow on Pharmacychecker.com explains the process they use to verify pharmacies to ensure that they are providing safe medication.

June 21, 2016

What Parents Need To Know About Prescription Drug Abuse

 

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Of the numerous threats to teenagers, abuse of prescription drugs tops the list of parental concern.  Teenagers often lack the knowledge of the danger behind their actions when taking a concoction of drugs that may result in adverse effects, which is why education at home is the vital first step in preventing unfortunate cases of teenager drug abuse.  At times, teens are aware of the dangers of drugs they are ingesting, but many times, they are uneducated about the risks they are taking.  Parents are the increasingly important factor in preventing teenager drug abuse.

Gone are the days where putting a lock on a medicine cabinet and using proper disposal methods could stem the flow of prescription drugs into teenagers’ hands.  An increasing popularity in the legitimate use of online pharmacies to fill prescriptions have led to an abuse of this system.  While there are online pharmacies that perform their due diligence in ensuring the safety of their products and customers, there have been cases of online pharmacies that provide drugs with hazardous substances and inaccurate does to people with no prescription, enabling the potential for teenage drug abuse.  This is the reason why a direct conversation with your child is extremely important, as it is much harder to recognize that drugs are being ordered online.

Prescription drug abuse using painkillers causes the largest percentage of deaths from drug overdosing in teenagers.  What are some ways to prepare and navigate these issues?

Learning the Dangers

Before talking to your child, ensure that you know all the risks and dangers associated with prescription drugs and drug abuse. Prescription medication are very potent and can interact with other medication or conditions.  The effects can result in harm or even death if taken improperly, which is why it is essential for any pharmacy, online or local, to know your medical history.

Clear Communication

Establishing a clear form of communicating with your child and demonstrating a genuine interest in their life is the best way to pass knowledge about drug abuse. Conversations about the danger and proper usage of prescription drugs will be easier with a clear way to communicate to your child. Not all teenagers who abuse prescription drugs use it to get a psychoactive state, or to get high. It is becoming increasingly common to see drug abuse in cases where teenagers seek to get better grades or increase energy levels. Being in tune with your child’s life is key to noticing behavioral changes that may indicate drug abuse.

Setting limits

The ability to deal with defiant or disrespectful behavior is key to managing any problems that can be associated with drug abuse. Setting clear, enforceable consequences to all behaviors that can endanger your child is essential for learning. Make sure to monitor that the limits are not being exceeded. In the case of prescription drugs, limits need to be strictly enforced.

Talk to a professional

Get your physician or an addiction professional if you think your child is abusing prescription drugs. Some warning signs to look out for are changes in appetite or sleep patterns, impaired coordination or injuries that they don’t realize they have, dropping attendance in school/work/hobbies, and sudden changes in hobbies/friends.

September 15, 2015

DIY: Detox Bath for Glowing Skin

Woman taking a warm bathA warm bath after work or just before bed is one of the most luxurious activities you can do for your well-being and health. Take your nighttime bath a bit further by relaxing in a warm detox bath that cleanses your body and gives you a definite glow of health.

Two Beneficial Detox Herbs

Using ginger elixir as a part of your detox bath or in a digestive drink will help clear up digestive problems and ease a tired and upset body. Ayurveda medicine has time-tested the properties of ginger and has determined that it is the antidote of choice for battling colds and the flu.

Turmeric belongs to the same family as ginger and has powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Use this herb in a detox and soothing bath to help alleviate the pain and inflammation of arthritis. There have been studies proving that turmeric is often more effective than any anti-inflammatory drugs.

Recipe for Skin Toxins or Issues

Ginger

If you are feeling ill, ginger elixir is the perfect detox bath.

Ingredients:

2 cups of hydrogen peroxide

1 tablespoon dried ginger powder or ginger elixir

Instructions:

Use warm to hot water in your tub and add ginger powder plus the hydrogen peroxide. Step in your tub and soak for at least 30 minutes. If you have a cold or need to clear congestion, the ginger has properties that clear up your sinuses and ease body aches. You can also use this detox bath for allergies or skin irritations.

Turmeric Essential Oil

It is hard to live a happy and relaxed life if you are itchy and have tired or dry skin and are catching a cold.  Home-made and natural recipes are easy and an inexpensive way to revive your tired skin and give you a health boost. Try this recipe for an awesome way to detox your body.

Ingredients:

¼ cup Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt

¼ cup Epsom Salt

¼ cup baking soda

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

Up to 10 drops of turmeric essential oil

Directions

Swirl salt, Epsom salt and baking soda in a jar of boiling water. Set aside. Fill your tub with warm water and add the apple cider vinegar. Pour salt mixture in the bath and add turmeric essential oils.

Soak for at least 30 minutes or as long as desired. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years for its health promoting properties. You can use turmeric in essential oil for to soak out the aches and pains associated with a cold. Turmeric oils have 400-500 different kinds of healing molecules. It is one of those natural oils that pump up sites in your neuroendocrine system.

As with any detox bath you may feel light-headed when you get out. Just relax or go to bed after your bath. You will feel great in the morning.

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