Want to Feel Better? Want to Live Longer?
You can hear advice on how to improve your health everywhere. But what can be relevant to you in particular?
What follows is general advice that should be relevant to the majority of human beings for very specific reasons. This general advice is not a guarantee that everything will always go right. The human body is a very complex biochemical factory and many factors (e.g. genes or environmental factors) will change how it functions.
The general advice that follows should ensure simply that "more goes right with time" and
"less goes wrong with time".
A person following this advice will hopefully be less sick, less often for less time with less injury and with less severity of illness.
Is Long term Weight Loss Possible?
What about Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)?
Wheat Allergy and Importance to Good Health
Herbal Supplements in Alternative Medicine
. Kinkajou: Shouldn’t this sort of advice be instantly obvious to the individual person?
DR Xxxxx : The answer is of course a resounding: No! It is literally impossible for an individual to often see that a particular course of health activity (diet, supplements or therapy), may make them 30% better off than they otherwise would be. As far as the individual is concerned, nothing has happened, and nothing would be expected to happen. The treatment did nothing, as they stayed as well as they always have. The real question may be, did the treatment stop them from becoming unwell or stop them from becoming as unwell as they otherwise may become.
From the perspective of the health professional that sees many people, certain trends become obvious. Normal people who take specific diets or supplements are better off with time. People who do not take specific diets or supplements are worse off with time. The difference is not obvious to the individual but is obvious in the differences in health status of takers/ non-takers. A doctor or health professional often begins to notice that doing some specific things (diets, supplements or therapies) may be effective to an extent in improving your health. I remember when a medical clinic closed nearby. Many of my colleagues commented that they had never really realized how well their own patients were, until having met patients from the new clinic, they realized how unwell the group of patients from the closed down clinic were. Not all doctors are the same.
Many medical studies often fail to measure these differences. Many of the health differences are intangibles that are difficult to measure such as feeling better, having more energy, feeling less aches and pains or being tired on awakening. Many medically trained doctors and health professionals regard these markers of wellness as too wishy-washy to be given credence. Back to Free Good Health Top
Often the health benefits of particular therapies may not appear to be related to the therapy. Frequently, the health differences are very long-term differences noticed over years: such as changes in memory, changes in blood pressure and mood state, even perhaps marital happiness. Many studies simply do not follow up health status of individual over many years. Also these symptoms or illness do not often appear to be relevant to an assessment of the benefits of a particular course of action. (Cost is of course a major factor in long term follow up. Why follow up intangibles when easier quicker more direct measurements may be taken?). Why spend time, effort or money following up medical illnesses that do not appear to be immediately relevant to the new therapy and likely resulting symptoms.
What Health Advice is relevant to the majority of People, taking account of their circumstances. From the Paill Spectrum model:
DR Xxxxx : Health Dogma
Much medicine is based on dogma learnt almost by apprenticeship from medical supervisors with very narrow based perspectives on health, (ie often specialists). New ideas on health percolate very slowly over decades into general acceptance in the medical fraternity. New ideas percolate least when they challenge the accepted order or view of events that doctors have been taught by more senior colleagues.
This means that a normal individual’s experience of events is often confronted by dogma. I am always surprised by patients who have done their own wheat free dietary trial and wheat rechallenge, noticed how much better they felt while on the diet, then stopped the diet because some health professional told them that they did not have to be on a Celiac Diet because they do not have Celiac Disease. Even though the patient knows that they feel better, in terms of their experience of many specific symptoms on a diet, they cease the diet because they have been told that they are well, in contradiction of their own experience.
I can remember being at a conference when a gastroenterologist was speaking on Celiac disease. He was speaking about a skin condition dermatitis herpetiformis (known to be associated with Celiac disease) and its treatment. Unfortunately he seemed oblivious to the fact that the particular medicine he was recommending had been deleted off the Australian pharmaceutical list a year previously. It was obvious that what he was speaking about, was based not on his own experience and knowledge, but what he had read up on the night before the speech, to impress the less knowledgeable. He was quoting textbook dogma as a substitute for experience. This forms a subtle level of dishonesty, and helps to entrench rather than challenge "medical dogma". Back to Free Good Health Top
There is a growing acceptance in the medical world that there is a group of people who do not have Celiac disease, but who do in fact respond favourably in terms of symptoms when put on a wheat free diet. There are many doctors who would not accept this statement.
Perhaps this tendency of doctors to cling to dogma may be why so many people seek health advice not from their doctor, but from their naturopath or their alternative health practitioner. Strangely, people who attend naturopaths or alternative health practitioners often find that the health advice from these people is more useful than the advice that they received form their doctor. I have heard it stated that doctors and prescription medicines are very good at improving symptoms, but that naturopaths and alternate medicine practitioners are better at improving health. In Australia, many medical personnel receive only rudimentary dietary training. I remember, one doctor who stated that he was uncomfortable prescribing a multivitamin (such as may be found in the average supermarket), to a patient. He was just too unfamiliar with concepts of diet and nutrition. Back to Free Good Health Top
. Kinkajou: So what diets are out there?
If you were to walk into the average health food shop, there are dozens of health foods or supplements that are promoted. Most of these are recommended by shop assistants whose expertise is based on the sales pitch they were taught for the “product of the day”. If they are very knowledgeable they may even have read the product “blurb” on the back of the bottle or packet. I get very impatient with many sales assistants when they try to sell me a product by reading the manufacturer’s statement to me from the back of the bottle.
Most doctors and medically trained people have an understanding of how many chemicals may work in the body, so can readily see when the assistant really has no idea what they are talking about. But, what chance has the average Joe or Jane, to see through a sales pitch when they are unfamiliar with biochemistry and the basic drug (pharmaceutical) actions of even common medicines or vitamins. Back to Free Good Health Top
In short, diets and supplements are a confusing medical issue where it is very hard for normal people to really know how useful or useless particular diets or supplements may be.
. Kinkajou: Doesn’t Modern Medicine Know all About Diets?
DR Xxxxx : Generally, the more theories there are about an issue the less that is really known for certain. Picking a good diet or picking a good supplement exposes the average normal non-medical human being to a plethora of opinions from a plethora of people. Many diets or supplements are recommended by the manufacturer in order to generate sales. Many diet gurus have their own agenda or book to promote, so an impartial opinion is often very difficult to obtain.
There are also facts that ordinary sensible people and doctors ignore because they don’t want to face the truth. There are dozens of weight loss diets and weight loss regimes out there. Many doctors tell patients that particular operations or procedures can only be done when the patient has lost weight. These things ignore the basic fact that long-term weight loss is essentially impossible.
A standard well-known weight fact is that only 5% of dieters can lose and maintain their weight loss at 5 years. I have seen recent reports in the medical media that state this 5% at 5 year weight loss statement is true even for people on TV shows such as “The Biggest Loser”. The average person who seeks to lose weight has less chance of losing weight than they have of recovering from a very malignant cancer. Yet doctors still recommend weight loss as a long-term activity, even though the success rates are abysmal.
This is not to say that short-term weight loss is impossible. The general experience of many dieters is that in the short term, weight loss is very achievable. In the long term though, metabolism wins, and in the long term the weight returns. People become just as fat as ever.
. Kinkajou: So who can lose weight?
DR Xxxxx : People who have bad dietary habits can easily lose and maintain weight loss. If you eat a chocolate bar daily or have a high fat intake every day, stopping this long-term bad dietary habit will result in long-term weight loss. People who have long term sedentary activity levels, will lose weight if they change their activity level and begin to exercise long-term as part of their lifestyle. Back to Free Good Health Top
It is worthwhile to your health to get rid of bad dietary habits. In the long term, it is worthwhile to your health to undertake more physical activity. However, in the long term metabolism wins. There are reasons why people gain weight. Unless the weight gain mechanisms are altered, the body will continue to gain weight. (See Obesity)
. Kinkajou: Are Vitamins Worthwhile?
DR Xxxxx :
I always recommend that every person regularly and long term take a good broad-spectrum multivitamin daily and long term.
This is important for a number of reasons:
Taking a regular multivitamin with a large range of ingredients should guarantee that the body is not deficient in any one vitamin that may be essential for good biochemical function. Everything should work because all the essential factors are present in the body to allow it to function normally.
Higher than average intakes of vitamin B12, folic acid and zinc improve the body’s immune function and will make specific body systems function at a maximal level. This is why the argument that taking a vitamin just generates expensive urine is incorrect. For the average human being, it is very difficult on the average Western or Eastern diet to naturally elevate Folic acid levels to a high level. The only practical way to achieve this for most people without totally redesigning their diet, is to simply pop a multivitamin pill once a day.
I explain the multivitamin issue to most people by saying that if the body has a problems and a vitamin deficiency, the problems becomes worse and is able to do more damage. If the body’s vitamin levels are adequate, the body’s natural defence systems are better able to repair the damage and to minimize any damage occurring.
A multivitamin should preferentially have :
Taking a multivitamin is one of the simplest and least toxic medications anyone will ever take to improve their health. Any benefits are very slow to appear. While some people will tell you that they feel better while taking a multivitamin, most health changes that do occur, happen so slowly that they are not noticed or remarked upon by the patient who is taking multivitamins as a supplement
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. Kinkajou : Are Minerals Worthwhile?
DR Xxxxx : I recommend that most people can safely take a zinc tablet daily
(one@22mg. elemental zinc) with food to improve their general health and immune function. Zinc can be absorbed in excess so I recommend that no one takes zinc long term without doing blood tests to monitor blood levels such as for example, a serum zinc level.
Higher zinc intakes can be used so long as they are taken with food and blood test monitoring is done to avoid excessive accumulation of zinc within the body.
In our society, low zinc levels are common. This is largely due to food processing. For example, much of the zinc in peas is found in the minor levels of dirt contamination of the surface of the peas. When peas are processed by EDTA type chemicals, the colour of the peas is improved, but the zinc content is remarkable reduced.
Zinc is also very difficult to absorb, much like iron. It is difficult to recommend to patients that they improve their zinc or iron levels by eating meats for example. It is simpler and more reliable to recommend that patients swallow a pill.
There are a number of methods of assaying body zinc levels.
Red Cell Zinc and White cell zinc levels are the result of active body transport systems and the levels are markedly above serum zinc levels. Zinc is an intracellular mineral and its effects on immune function are predominantly mediated by white cell function.
Serum zinc levels are simpler to collect and process. I am unable to make a recommendations on which of these tests may be most useful. I generally just use simple serum zinc. Back to Free Good Health Top
Zinc is an important immune stimulating and healing mineral. It is essential that you maintain good levels of zinc in your body to help your white blood cells to work better.
Why Me? The most common reason that people have low zinc levels is that they have a wheat allergy or intolerance. (Often called gluten allergy or intolerance). Zinc deficiencies can develop in people who do not have wheat allergy/ intolerance.
Why Not Just Take A Multivitamin?
There is insufficient zinc in a multivitamin or multimineral to replace low zinc levels.
I recommend that every person with a low zinc level needs to take zinc for a few months to build up his or her level.
DR Xxxxx : Multivitamins are important if you have wheat allergy.
Wheat allergy causes long term and difficult to treat vitamin and mineral absorption problems. It is essential that every patient who has a zinc deficiency as part of a wheat allergy, (even a mild allergy), must take a multivitamin and multimineral tablet long term and regularly.
DR Xxxxx : Zinc is normally present in foods such as:
Beef, Oatmeal, Dark Chicken, Fish, Beef Liver, Bean, Tuna, Mushroom, Yeast, and Eggs. I find it works more often to tell people to take a zinc tablet to fix their zinc than to eat different foods.
DR Xxxxx : Dosage
You should take a total daily dose of elemental zinc of: 22 mg
I recommend 22mg elemental zinc tablets: Take 1 Tablets, One Time a day.
Always take your zinc with food or before bed as zinc causes nausea if taken on an empty stomach for most people.
Check your zinc level in a blood test after taking zinc therapy (e.g. months.)
Do not take any zinc tablets in the 24 hours before your test.
22mg of the element zinc is usually combined with chemical packing. This chemical packing can take many forms such as: Amino acid chelate, Gluconate, Chloride, or Sulphate and others.
Therefore, 220 mg of zinc as amino acid chelate is actually zinc plus packing.
This contains 22mg of the element zinc, (also called Elemental Zinc).
If you take an inadequate level of zinc, my experience shows me that your blood level will not rise. The treatment will fail to help you. It will be obvious on your next blood test.
DR Xxxxx : Problems? If your zinc level is difficult to increase:
Finally, take iron and zinc tablets at different times as they interfere with each other’s absorption. Back to Free Good Health Top
. Kinkajou : What about Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)?
DR Xxxxx : EFAs suffer from marketing hype. Yes they are indeed fatty acids. No, they are not really essential. They do change the way that the body functions and these changes usually make a difference to people’s health, in the long term, often not in the short term.
Many people are just too impatient to see medications working to see effects from slow medicines like EFAs. EFAs, if they affect health, alter the body’s functions over a long period of time. EFAs are actually a food. So to make a difference in how the body works, food-like quantities of these substances need to be consumed. Unlike many pharmaceutical medications, you need large quantities to make a difference to the body’s functions not microscopic quantities.
I asked a leading researcher visiting Australia how EFAs make a difference to behavioural disturbances in children. She did not really have an answer. There is no official answer as to how these medications work. My answer is that these foods (EFAs) incorporate into cell membranes. (These are actually lipid bilayers). Since these membranes form a part of every cell in the body, there are probably of the order of several kilograms of lipids (fats) forming cell membranes in the body. This means that if EFAs are to make an impact on health, they need to form a significant portion of this mass of natural body lipid. In turn, this means that the body requires up to a kilogram of EFAs to be ingested / eaten so that a substantial portion of the cell membrane of every cell in the body is made up of EFAs.
It would be reasonable to suspect that EFAs by being built into cell membranes, change the fluidity characteristics of cell membranes. Because they have a distorted shape they do not pack as densely. The looser intermolecular bonding means that at given temperatures, cell membranes that have a substantial proportion of EFAs built into them are more fluid and more mobile. This is very important in white cell medicated immune processes. White cells needs to travel to where a problem or infection occurs, so if they are more flexible they are better able to exit blood vessels by squeezing between cells (a process called diapodesis) and are better able to travel to an infection site.
The research suggests that Omega 3 EFAs and Omega 6 EFAs serve a useful and beneficial role in altering the progression of childhood behavioural disorders. It would-be reasonable to suspect that many similar adult psychiatric disorders would benefit symptomatically from the same treatment.
It is accepted that modern diets lead most people to have very low levels of Omega-3 EFA and Omega 6 EFAs in their body. Research into the childhood behavioural disorders suggests that the proportion of Omega 3 to Omega 6 in the diet is important. One would expect that there would be an optimum ratio off omega 3 to omega 6 supplementation to maximize cell membrane fluidity characteristics.
Pharmaceutical companies who promote EFA products often have a ratio of Omega 3 / Omega 6 equal to about "Four to One".
Due to the method by which EFAs affect health, to enable them to have a positive influence on health, there needs to be an adequate intake for an adequate period of time in order to build up the body stores. Also more favourable cell membrane fluidity characteristics emerge in warmer weather.
For this reason I tell people that they usually need to swallow 4 @ Omega 3 capsules for every single Omega 6 capsule. An intake of 5-10 capsules per day in loading up the body stores with EFAs for several months is necessary. Also the effect of the EFAs emerges more clearly when the weather turns warmer.
To make EFA supplementation work for you, you really do need to take good intakes of these EFAs for long enough to build up the body reserves. Otherwise it is unlikely that any beneficial effect on health may be seen. Back to Free Good Health Top
. Kinkajou : Which Diet May Help Me feel Better?
DR Xxxxx : Wheat Allergy or gluten allergy is a very important factor in preventing many illness symptoms. It is also called gluten sensitivity or wheat intolerance. These terms are all used interchangeably by many people and also used interchangeably by many doctors. They do however, have a specific meaning.
In proper medical terms, “Allergy” implies that a hyper immune response occurs. Intolerance implies that some reaction may occur or some symptoms may arise but that they are minor or merely irritative in nature.
There are two main types of symptoms associated with wheat exposure in allergic patients.
The first is the proper or typical allergic response. People may get itchy rashes, skin welts or swelling and discomfort over their whole body. This type of allergy is rare, though there are a few people who may have genuine allergic symptoms with wheat or gluten. These patients need not necessarily have Celiac disease.
Then second type of allergy with wheat or gluten exposure includes patients with very minor or annoying symptoms such as:
This second group of patients is by far the most common. A number of celiac journals have identified this group of patients to include up to 1/3 of the general population. Many doctors do not accept that the condition even exists. Most IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) patients, are most likely to be affected with this level of allergy. By far the majority of these patients do not have Celiac Disease. Celiac disease forms the extreme end of this Spectrum of disease and represents the severely affected allergic patients only.
There is no need to undertake a wheat free or gluten free diet unless there may be an allergy present. The criteria I set is that a patient is likely to respond to a gluten or wheat free diet if their blood test is greater than 25% of the reference range as calibrated for patients with endoscopically proven Celiac Disease. I have found that Antigliaden IgA and Antigliaden IgG antibodies (> 25% of Reference Range) correlate better with symptomatic response than do medical gold standard tests such as anti tissue transglutaminase antibodies.
Simple wheat free or gluten free diets can make an immense difference to people in terms of wellness. I usually suggest that patients make up their own mind as to whether the diet is worthwhile, based on their symptomatic response to diet. If the diet is worthwhile, then it should be obvious to the patient that the diet is worthwhile.
There are some issues to consider before making this decision though. At one time when recommending these diets to people, I found that a number of very allergic people returned to tell me that the diet was a waste of time. At the same time a number of people with very minor levels of allergy were returning to see me and were telling me that the diet had really made an important difference to their lives. The inference to be drawn here is that they were all perhaps stuffing up in doing their diet, but the very allergic patients were not getting away with their minor dietary indiscretions, while the patients with very small allergies were indeed getting away with their dietary indiscretions.
To se if the diet really makes a difference, it is important to be very strict in adhering to the diet initially. The first decision that people need to make is whether the diet is worthwhile. To do this, a decision can best and most reliably made only if the diet is carefully adhered to. Back to Free Good Health Top
Once a patient has made the decision in their own mind that a diet is worthwhile, careful dieting is only important in the severely very allergic patients such as those with Celiac Disease. Other patients often find that they maintain a symptomatic improvement if they adhere to a diet to some extent, but that this dietary adherence need not be perfect. In summary, once a person has made a decision to adhere to as gluten free diet, they need to decide how much wheat intake they can get away with and still maintain their symptomatic improvement.
There are many difficulties faced by people in adhering to gluten free diets. Wheat or gluten is very “sticky” and so is often incorporated into many foods to help these foods to stick together. You can only be certain if wheat or gluten is present in a food if you read the label. For example, corn flour can be made from wheat; corn crackers or rice crackers may often use a little wheat flour to stick the cracker together a little better.
DR Xxxxx : Other Difficulties In Attempting Wheat Free Diets Include:
Rye and barley are very similar to wheat. They contain wheat like proteins but the proteins in these grains are not called gluten. The protein in rye or barley has a different name to gluten. Many patients who have wheat or gluten protein allergy (especially Celiac Disease Patients) will often also react to the proteins found in rye and barley. But because these proteins have different names to gluten, some packagers can label their foods wheat free, even though it may be important to some people to avoid these foods just as much as avoiding wheat.
Celiac patients are advised to avoid wheat and rye and barley. Oats are often also included on the avoid list. The main problem with oats is that the oat grains are often contaminated with wheat flour at the factory or may be contaminated by wheat stalks in the field. Oats are gluten free but this minor level of contamination may cause symptoms or problems in some patients.
. Kinkajou: What About Other Diets?
DR Xxxxx : The world is full of diets. Diets are generally designed to achieve specific goals in terms of people’s health. So, many diets may be relevant or useful depending on the particular clinical circumstances of the individuals.
For example, a cardiovascular diet is designed to lower heart disease death risk by modifying the known risk factors for heart disease such as cholesterol and blood fat levels. This diet is based on a disease model of heart disease whereby the end-points that we measure, namely incidence of heart attacks, strokes or death can be improved by the use of the “cardiovascular diet”. Where the model falls down, is that generally no one looks at what happens to other clinical events such as memory, mood status, feeling of wellness, tiredness or the presence of aches and pains. Medical thinking insists that “How can these minor factors be important when lives are at stake?” Yet, to many people these sorts of symptoms are very important. These are the sorts of symptoms that they live with every day. It is only the fear of having another heart attacks or stroke that makes a cardiovascular diet relevant to the average person’s life. Remember, that most people feel OK until something goes wrong and they actually have a heart attack or stroke.
There is another small “hole” in the simple model of cardiovascular dietary health. This has been mentioned above. Stating the rule again, a cardiovascular diet is designed to lower heart disease death risk by modifying the known risk factors for heart disease such as cholesterol and blood fat levels. The “hole” in the model is due to the fact that many experts on cardiovascular disease accept that we are generally unable to predict who will develop a heart attack. In short, doctors are unable to account for about half the risk factors that predict the development of cardiovascular event such as stroke, heart attack or death.
Experts say that Inflammation appears to be very important. Every year mention is made in medical media of the suggestion that blood tests for inflammatory markers may be important in predicting the occurrence of cardiovascular events. No one seems ever brave enough to say “why”. Another risk factor that seems to be related partially independently to cardiovascular risk is the presence of high uric acid levels in blood tests. Again, no one seems ever brave enough to say “why”.
Both factors feature prominently in the Paill Spectrum model of disease.
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DR Xxxxx : Low Carbohydrate Diets:
Low Carb diets are often used in weight loss. Many people find that they are capable of losing weight on this type of diet. They have often found that traditional medical dietary advice for weight loss such as low fat + high carbohydrate diets do not seem effective in assisting their weight loss.
The dangers of low carb diets lie in the fact that they are essentially high protein diets. Protein is an excellent food source. It will run the body’s metabolism well. Unfortunately, there are very few high protein, low fat foods. Most high protein foods come loaded with fat. E.g. Many meats or fish or chicken are very high in protein, but are unfortunately also obscenely high in fat. Eggs and perhaps some soy protein meat substitutes are the common exceptions. These foods (eggs and some soy derivative foods), can be both high in protein and low in fat.
Low Carb diets probably work by bypassing the metabolic effects of insulin resistance on carbohydrate metabolism. Insulin resistance is related to the body’s inability to store glucose. The body generates high levels of insulin in an attempt to keep body blood sugar levels down. Proteins can get converted to sugar and stored in the liver as glycogen, but the nature of this food type means that a trickle of amino acids from protein breakdown will stoke the body’s metabolic furnace, bypassing the need to use glucose as a fuel source. If there is little carbohydrate in the diet, insulin levels will tend to fall. This probably leads to a reduction in “hunger” or appetite resulting in weight loss.
Some variants of these diets that were popular a decade ago relied on the starvation of the TCA cycle (aka Krebs’s cycle) of metabolism. If the body is unable to burn its fat fuel due to lack of carbohydrate molecules used to capture fatty acids into the metabolism, the fatty acids are wasted and cannot be stored as fat. These diets used ketone testing as a method of checking that carbohydrate intake was reduced sufficiently to induce a ketotic state, sufficient to impair TCA cycle metabolism of fats.
Many people became scared by the need to do ketone testing of urine, so modern variants of this diet play down the need to monitor the extent of metabolic disturbance generated by the diet. If dieters ate an excessive carbohydrate intake coupled with an excessive fat intake, it becomes very easy to gain a lot of weight very quickly. So these diets can cause rapid weight gain in non-compliant patients. Back to Free Good Health Top
DR Xxxxx : Liver Cleansing Diet:
This is a very popular diet. I am not sure that there is really any metabolic basis for “cleaning” the liver out. However, I do not doubt that by changing how the liver functions, health changes can be brought about. In the few examples of this diet that I have looked at, there seems to be an element of "low wheat" diet and many of the symptomatic improvements in patients on this diet seem to be very similar to the symptom improvement noted on low wheat diets.
DR Xxxxx : Multiple Diets in patients with multiple illnesses or medical conditions:
When people have several problems such as heart disease, hypertension and wheat allergy, choosing an appropriate diet can be a nightmare. After all, what is left when the patient is advised to have a low fat, low cholesterol, low salt and no wheat diet? Generally, when patients hit this type of complex level, it is best to see a health professional such as a dietician, to enable some thought in generating an appropriate diet, with an appropriate range of interesting foodstuffs and likely to give adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals.
DR Xxxxx : Herbal Supplements such as in Alternate Medicine
There are a large number of herbal medications available from pharmacies or from alternative health practitioners. Many of the more common medications are actually associated with a fairly extensive knowledge base on the actions and complications of the principle chemical ingredients of these medicines. Internet accessible databases such as Pub-Med make a substantial amount of information available. Public libraries make even more information generally available.
There is a great amount of research into the effectiveness of many of these medications going on all the time. Unfortunately, in contrast to the prescription medicines world of doctors, there is far less available funding to conduct research or trials on Alternative Medicines. This research is also far more complicated in the alternative medicine world than in the prescription pharmaceutical world.
The basic issue is that many herbal medicines are actually an inventory of a number of chemical compounds, often closely related in their chemical structure and effects. Prescription pharmaceuticals contain usually one and at most two active ingredients. This makes research easier. An exact copy of a medication can be made for testing and the nature and profile of excipients can be controlled. (Excipients are the inactive foods or chemical that are mixed with the active chemical ingredient to make the medication able to be made into a pill. For example, if a medicine has 5mg of a particular chemical as its active ingredient, this amount of medication would probably fit on the sharp end of a pin. It would be much too small for a patient to pick up or swallow . So excipients are added to the active ingredient to make the medication “pill-sized).
DR Xxxxx : Paill Spectrum Herbal Medicine Suggestions:
Avoid medicines or compounds that have anti-inflammatory actions. Yes these medicines can make you feel better and less achy. But is the goal of treatment to feel better or to be better.
The topic is complex and deserves much research, but this is beyond the scope of this article.
I have seen people use medicines like Olive Leaf Extract (active ingredient Oleuropein), with good effect. Back to Free Good Health TopAll advice given on this site is consistent and relevant to the Paill Spectrum model of disease.
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