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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
August 21, 2013
Dear Valued Subscriber,

 

We hope that you or any loved ones going back to school this week have a happy, healthy, productive school year!

 

NCI Well Connect subscribers today will read about the latest study to link Alzheimer's disease to an essential heavy metal, why this occurs, and the simple step that can be taken to counteract it. If your interested in a subscription, activate it here or contact us at 847-498-3422.

 

Have a happy, healthy day. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Supplements and Their Food Equivalents

Our philosophy has always been that dietary supplements should be used exactly as they were meant for: to set a solid nutrient foundation and fill in the gaps where diet does not do the job. While not a complete list, here are examples where it is inconceivable to eat the amount of food needed to match the levels supplements provide.

  • One 400 mg. tablet magnesium = 16 cups raw green beans
  • One 90 mg. softgel CoQ10 = 100 black currants
  • One 800 mcg. capsule folate = 97 asparagus spears
  • One 5 mg. capsule melatonin = 131,857 sour cherries
  • One 100 mg. capsule niacin = 275 white mushrooms
  • One 200 mcg. tablet selenium = 11.2 hard-boiled eggs
  • One 2400 mcg. vitamin A = 16 medium carrots
  • One 1000 mcg. tablet vitamin B12 = 79 salmon fillets
  • One 1000 mg. capsule vitamin C = 12 oranges
  • One 2500IU capsule vitamin D = 22 oysters
  • One 25 mg. tablet zinc = 2.5 king crab legs

Bonnie: So when you hear the pundits wax poetic about how you can get all your nutrients from diet alone, think about those 131,857 sour cherries you need to eat to help you sleep!

 

Disturbing New Developments With Antibiotic, Bone Drugs.
Fluoroquinolones
The FDA announced last week that fluoroquinolone antibiotics taken orally or by injection pose the risk for permanent peripheral neuropathy.

There are 6 FDA-approved fluoroquinolone drugs on the market: ciprofloxacin, gemifloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, norfloxacin, and ofloxacin.
 
The agency said it has continued to receive reports of this adverse event. A recent review of cases with the outcome of disability in the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System from January 1, 2003, and August 1, 2012, showed that the onset of peripheral neuropathy after the start of fluoroquinolone therapy was rapid, often within a few days. Some patients who had stopped taking the drug continued to experience nerve damage symptoms for more than a year.
 
Bonnie: Maybe the FDA should also warn diabetics as well: a new study from Clinical Infectious Diseases has shown that patients with diabetes who use oral fluoroquinolone antibiotics are at greater risk for severe dysglycemia than those using other antibiotics. It is truly scary how many horror stories I have heard from clients who haven taken fluoroquinolones. In every instance, the side effects were devastating.
 
Bisphosphonates
Using oral bisphosphonates is associated with an increased risk of Barrett's esophagus, especially among patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), according to a an American Journal of Gastroenterology study.

An earlier report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration disclosed several cases of esophageal adenocarcinoma in bisphosphonate users, some of whom also had a diagnosis of Barrett's esophagus. The report cautioned physicians to avoid prescribing oral bisphosphonates in patients with Barrett's esophagus.

Oral bisphosphonates were associated with a significant 2.33-fold increase in the risk of Barrett's. The association increased to 3.29-fold when limited to patients with GERD symptoms. Similarly, the risk was increased 2.71-fold among PPI users, but was not significantly increased in patients without PPI use.