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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Forgetful lately? Maybe it's those antacids you take...


Good evening, my fragrant little apple blossoms~

With all the over-the-counter and prescription antacids we consume in America, it is no wonder many of us are becoming forgetful. Vitamin B-12, an important nutrient needed for memory functions of the brain, requires stomach acid to be properly absorbed into the body. Cut down on the acid and you inadvertently cut down on Vitamin B-12 absorption.

This is just one of many nutrient and medication conflicts and issues. Unfortunately, most of us don't have time to outline all the supplements and over-the-counter meds we take for our doctors, but even if we did? They are not pharmacists, whom doctors rely on to check contra-indications between drugs.

Notification of some very common conflicts is now being distributed via our prescription labels, but even that is not a foolproof system. For instance, people who take Lipitor (a statin for cholesterol reduction) should not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice, but that is fairly new information. If someone has been on Lipitor for 15 years, why would they read the label? Unfortunately, the grapefruit causes the drug to concentrate in the blood stream and may cause serious damage to the body. Without obvious symptoms, imagine how long it might take to diagnose the problem. I mean, no one other than my allergist has ever asked me what I eat. How about you?

There are lots of over-the-counter drugs that shouldn't be taken lightly. Those who take an aspirin or two a day should not take gingko biloba, as both thin the blood and the combination could thin it too much. Thyroid hormone replacement should be taken on an empty stomach and not with iron supplements, as they cancel out the thyroid hormone benefit.

Megavitamins are not the answer either. A few years ago the American Cancer Society began warning patients undergoing chemotherapy not to take megadoses of Vitamin C. Why? It actually protected the cancer cells!

On the subject of cancer treatment - and there are a lot of young people who also get cancer - please pass this tidbit on to your friends. Do not smoke marijuana while you are undergoing chemotheraphy or radiation as your immune system, in order to kill the cancer cells, is being heavily suppressed. The doctor will be happy to give you a prescripton for the 'pot pills' if you need them for nausea or loss of appetite.

Spores and dangerous chemicals are often found in street marijuana, either of which could cause an infection. With an impaired immune system, something that would have no effect on a normal person might end up being fatal for a sick person.

Don't mean to be Debbie Downer, but thought the information might be useful.

Clark County Diva

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