Category Archives: Medications

Should I Get the Flu Vaccine?

FLu vaccines provide no benefit to children under the age of 24 months

Flu vaccines do not appear to prevent asthma attacks

In healthy adults, flu vaccines decrease the risk of contracting the flu by a measly 6%

A review of 64 studies in seniors showed no benefit of vaccines in preventing flu and pneumonia

Flu vaccines do have potential short term and long term side effects

Is Your Blood Pressure Drug Causing You To Get Fat?

Lipotoxicity occurs when fat accumulates in places of the body that it doesn’t belong

Beta blocker drugs block receptors on the cells that triggers fat burning

When researchers want to cause fat to build up in the cells, they prescribe beta blockers

Doctors prescribe these medications to people who already have problems with fat-clogged cells (diabetics and obese folks)

Other blood pressure drugs do not inhibit the beta adrenergic receptors on the cells so most other non-beta blocker drugs will not interfere with the burning of fat

Vitamin D Reverses Muscle Pain Caused by Cholesterol Medications

Statin drugs work by inhibiting your liver’s production of cholesterol by poisoning an enzyme that’s important to the production of cholesterol

Statin drugs have been linked to muscle weakness and pain, possibly due to the fact that statins also block the production of other important compounds, such as coenzyme Q10

Although coenzyme Q10 supplementation can significantly improve muscle weakness and pain associated with statin drugs, many people continue to have the side effects, even after coQ10 supplementation

Researchers discovered that the people who had the worst side effects also seemed to have the lowest vitamin D levels

When researchers supplemented the patients with vitamin D the pain and weakness improved or subsided entirely

If you take statins, try supplementing with 200 mg of active coenzyme Q10 called Ubiquinol and 5,000 iu of vitamin D daily.

Psoriasis Drug Potentially Life-Threatening Side Effects

Psoriasis is a skin condition characterized by dry, flaky, irritated skin

One class of drug used to treat psoriasis is called a monoclonal antibody, which belongs in a class called immunosuppressants

Recent research warns that the use of one particular drug called efalizumab (Raptiva) has been linked with life-threatening infections such as bacterial sepsis and viral meningitis

It doesn’t make sense for these drugs to be used as a first line treatment when the side effects can be life-threatening

There are natural ways to treat and prevent psoriasis. See the psoriasis protocol for details (link in article)