Not a day goes by in my practice, as I review my patients’ medical- histories, that I don’t discuss the unintended consequences associated with over-the-counter and prescription drugs they may be taking. The most common response is a raised eyebrow and “My doctor didn’t mention that.” Shrugging, I say “That, I don’t know. What I do know is that it’s almost impossible to manage an active practice and keep up with all the research.” Everything synthetic has side effects, some quite deadly. If I’m going to take a medication, I want to know the unintended consequences, and how to neutralize them. I want to take charge of my health.
Each year acetaminophen (Tylenol) poisoning results in 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 56,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations, and more than 450 deaths from liver failure. It’s now widely known that acetaminophen is toxic to the liver. Acetaminophen depletes the body’s major antioxidant, glutathione. Glutathione protects liver cells, as well as other organs, from free radical destruction. Scientists have suggested that a combination of acetaminophen and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), an amino acid and glutathione precursor, would probably eliminate virtually all acetaminophen related deaths. NAC restores cellular glutathione levels. Google “NAC and acetaminophen”. Find out. Take charge of your health.
Cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) are also widely prescribed. Statins interfere with coenzyme Q10 synthesis in the liver. The enzyme CoQ10 is necessary for your heart to beat, your brain to work, and your muscles to function. Lipitor, Zocor, Simvastatin, and other cholesterol-lowering drugs always should be taken with supplemental CoQ10, ubiquinol being the preferred form. Google “CoQ10 and statin.” Find out. Take charge of your health.
If we took as much Magnesium and Vitamin D3 as we do Tylenol and Statins we’d be a lot healthier society and save a ton of money to boot. Most folks are dangerously deficient in both. Magnesium is essential in over 300 biochemical reactions in our body. We can’t live without it. Heart muscle beats continuously. It requires an enormous amount of cellular energy. Magnesium is a major regulator of the heart’s electrical conduction system. The heart muscle becomes very irritable when magnesium is deficient, resulting in fatal arrhythmias, the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest. One type of arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), may be controlled with magnesium supplementation. We’ve all read of young, strong athletes dying suddenly after an intense practice. Sweating out the minerals, especially magnesium, can result in sudden cardiac arrest. The citrate and malate forms of magnesium are the best absorbed. An excellent source is “Jigsaw magnesium.” The average doses is 400 mg (or more) a day. Google “magnesium deficiency”. Vitamin D3 is actually a hormone that among other things regulates the immune system. While much press has been given to the possible toxicity of vitamin D, recent studies indicate a safe and effective dose between 1000 to 2000 units a day. A simple test can determine if you are deficient in vitamin D. New guidelines advise that every American
maintain a vitamin D blood level of at least 50 ng/mL. Vitamin D deficient women have a 253% increased risk of colon cancer. Women with the lowest level of vitamin D were at a 222% increased risk for developing breast cancer. Some studies show that men with higher levels of vitamin D have a 52% reduced incidents of prostate cancer. Stroke is a number three cause of death in the United States. One eight year study involving over 3000 patients showed an 86% increase in the number of fatal strokes for every small decrease in vitamin D levels. This does not mean that vitamin D is the only cause of these diseases, or that you will not get them if you take vitamin D. What it does mean is that vitamin D and magnesium can no longer be ignored by individuals striving to achieve and maintain a greater state of health. Go to: www.lef.org- Jan.2010 issue. A wise and economically sound goal for our lives should be to avoid becoming a patient. Incorporating the handful of natural substances we’ve just discussed can go a long way towards ”keeping your motor running”, staying out of hospitals and saving a ton of money to boot. Not surprisingly, all of them significantly enhance our oral/dental health. But that’s another story.
Stay well… Take charge of your health. Bill Ardito, D.D.S. – Sunshine Dentistry AZ