NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
October 18, 2017
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that Kernza could be the face of regenerative agriculture? The Land Institute has been conducting trials for 40 years to cross-breed "deep root" traits of perennial prairie grass cousins into annual grains.

Kernza, an intermediate wheatgrass with a sweet and nutty taste, is a perennial grain and wild relative of annual wheat. It's a sustainable solution that binds the soil, retains moisture and sequesters carbon. It is much less glutenous and more like the grains our hunter gatherer ancestors used to harvest.

General Mills is scaling up cultivation for use in Cascadian Farms cereals. Stay tuned.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie
Medical Error and Polypharmacy Risk
Bonnie and Steve: Medical errors and polypharmacy risk are very important issues, so please feel free to pass along this information to your loved ones, friends, and coworkers.

Medical Errors
21 percent of American adults report having personally experienced a medical error, according to a national survey from the IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago performed this past summer. And when these errors occur, they have a lasting impact on the patient's physical health, emotional health, financial well-being, and/or family relationships.

Beyond personally experiencing errors, 31 percent of Americans report that someone else whose care they were closely involved with experienced an error.

The survey is notable for highlighting how medical harm impacts emotional health and family relationships.

The survey sponsors suggest that one of the most valuable ways to avoid medical error is to be involved in your care, and if you will not be able to make sound decisions during your medical issue, have an advocate in place who will act vigilantly on your behalf.

The enormity of this issue cannot be ignored and medical errors should never involve these many Americans.

While modern medicine has introduced so many ways to extend of our lives, we must be aware, informed, and have a plan in place for the potential harms that it increasingly bestows upon us, including the next issue, polypharmacy.

Polypharmacy Problem
Polypharmacy, the simultaneous use of multiple medications by a single patient for one or more conditions, has become a staggering problem, resulting in increased death and hospitalization.

In the last ten years, the percentage of Americans using at least one, two, or five prescription medications in the past month increased from 44% to 48%, 25% to 31%, and 6% to 11%.

Prescription-related medication problems result in an estimated 119,000 deaths annually. Those taking five or more medications have an 88% increased risk of experiencing an adverse drug event compared to those who were taking fewer medications. Eight or more prescription medications are used by 30% of the elderly population daily, with an average of 18 prescription medications taken per year.

If patients do not have at least one single provider who knows their complete medication regimen, the risk of polypharmacy increases greatly.

Polypharmacy contributes to increased healthcare costs for patients and the healthcare system.

Polypharmacy increases the risk of cognitive impairment, including delirium and dementia, as well as increased risk of falls. It also has been associated with functional decline, including a decreased ability to perform activities of daily living.

Benefits of Deprescribing
Deprescribing is a term that has been proposed by prescribers to help minimize polypharmacy. It is a decision-making process aimed at tapering and/or stopping medications. Pharmacists and health professionals such as ourselves that can have an objective view of the process can be instrumental in helping those deprescribe. 

And if you needed any more reason to use medication as a last resort, this week's Well Connect Member Special highlights major risk factors associated with some of our most commonly used medications, as well as recent issues with Chinese herbs, the importance of multivitamins, and new information on Parkinson's disease and infant reflux meds.

We will never stop alerting you to these issues because we are never sure if, when, and where else you will hear about them.
Med, Supp, Public Health Update
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Pure Genomics Genetic Wellness:
Cognition and Mental Health

Bonnie and Steve: 
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Have a happy, healthy day,

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