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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
October 2, 2013
Dear Valued Subscriber, 

 

Fall is the ideal time to cleanse. Allowing the digestive system to rest, regenerate, and repopulate prepares you for the rigors of winter. We have three smart and effective options for you to consider.

 

Spring Cleanse 3-Day Challenge

For those of you who successfully completed this cleanse in April, now would be a great time to complete it again. You can access Spring Cleanse here for free. Phytoganix, with its cleansing phytonutrients, is optional and on special this month.

 

Smart Detox 2-Week Action Plan

More intensive, long-lasting cleanse that has been used successfully at our office for years. You can purchase Smart Detox here (free for NCI Well Connect subscribers). Ultra Clear, to be used as a meal replacer, is optional and on special this month.

 

Smart Cleanse 2-Week Action Plan

Vegan alternative to Smart Detox can be purchased here.

 

Have a happy, healthy day. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Medication, Cell Phone Alert.

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Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Children who take even one dose before their first birthday are at 60% increased risk for developing asthma in 6 to 7 year-olds. In 13 and 14 year-olds, asthma was 40 percent more likely if they had taken acetaminophen within the previous 12 months. Young teenagers were 250% more at risk if they took it once a month. Acetaminophen may reduce glutathione, a potent antioxidant, in the lungs and blood, which results in damage to lung tissue.
 
ADHD Meds
The number of young adults who end up in the emergency room after taking Adderall, Ritalin or other such stimulants has quadrupled in recent years, according to national data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Misuse of these drugs has been linked to heart and blood vessel problems, as well as to drug abuse or dependence. When combined with alcohol, the stimulants can hide the effects of being drunk, which increases the risk of alcohol poisoning and alcohol-related injuries.
 
Blood Pressure Meds
Calcium channel blockers (for high blood pressure) are the most commonly prescribed class of medications in the United States. In the first-of-its-kind study, appearing in the August issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, use of calcium-channel blockers for 10 or more years was associated with higher risks of ductal breast cancer and lobular breast cancer. In contrast, use of diuretics, β-blockers, and angiotensin II antagonists were not associated with risk. 
 
Cell Phone Risk in Children
A study in a recent issue of Pediatric Nursing suggests that ten-year longitudinal studies that are not sponsored in any way by telecommunication services or manufacturers of cell phones need to be conducted on adults and children to learn definitively the relationship between RF, cell phone use, and primary brain tumor. 
 
The protocol should contain an ethically sensitive clause that if early results indicate a connection between RF and brain cancer, the subjects will be informed, and the study stopped to decrease risk to participants. The journal takes the stance that none of the studies showing cell phone safety cannot be accepted because they are all industry-funded. 
 
Dementia
Cognitive enhancers do not improve cognition in patients with mild cognitive impairment and, in fact, may do more harm than good, new research from Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests. Examining the safety and efficacy of cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine in mild cognitive impairment patients showed no significant impact on cognition and higher risk for side effects compared with placebo.
 
Depression
Short-term use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for just 7 days may pose a significant increased risk for upper gastrointestinal bleeding. SSRIs were the only antidepressants found to have increased risk of upper GI bleeding, and only those with high and intermediate serotonin transporter affinity were associated with an elevated risk, according to the American Journal of Psychiatry study.

Metformin
Metformin use in some patients with type 2 diabetes is associated with cognitive impairment that might be alleviated with vitamin B12 and calcium supplementation, a new study from Diabetes Care suggests. This isn't the first time metformin has been linked to cognitive problems stemming from vitamin B12 deficiency. Up to 30% of patients taking metformin may be deficient in B12, and this is thought to be due to an interaction between metformin and a receptor in the distal ileum, leading to some inhibition in the uptake of the vitamin. The researchers suggest that physicians closely watch patient's B-12, Ferritin, and calcium levels while on Metformin.


Statins
The risk of developing cloudy lenses in the eyes may be linked to the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, according to a new study from JAMA Oprthamology. While the researchers can't prove the drugs caused the eye condition, they found that people who took statins - such as Zocor and Lipitor - were about 27 percent more likely to develop cataracts, compared to people who didn't take the medication.

 

Synthroid  

Synthetic thyroid replacement linked to increase in lung cancers in females. A correlation between lung cancer and LT4 treatment and oxidative stress caused by LT4 supplementation (i.e. Synthroid) can be one of the causes. Although researchers in the Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology study cannot exclude that dysthyroidism needing LT4 supplementation might be the ground for lung cancer itself, measuring oxidative stress could be helpful in avoiding excessive use of the drug.