Saturday, September 29, 2018

Are Your Meds Causing Other Health Issues?

By: Carla Wysko, M.S., Clinical Nutrition Coach

The opioid epidemic is getting a great deal of attention due to the addictive side effects and detriment to the lives of millions of Americans, but did you know that there are many medications that are silent troublemakers as well?  All of these are needed to some extent in acute conditions, yet they are all too commonly overused in amount and length of time.  Are you aware of the potential harm that can result from these medications?

One dose of antibiotics can begin to win the fight against nasty infections, but they can also wipe out the hundreds of strains of friendly bacteria (probiotics) that we need to help us with digestion and protection of the intestinal lining where most of our immune system lies.  Without replacing the probiotics, we are left vulnerable to the next infection, including those of harmful bacteria and fungus (yeast).  This imbalance can cause a breakdown in our immune systems, food sensitivities, autoimmune flareups and digestive issues such as constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, bloating, etc.  Some antibiotics also cause tendinitis and tendon rupture, so do your research if you have been on an antibiotic and are experiencing severe joint pain.
Pain Relievers:
NSAIDs (non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen can damage the intestinal tract lining, leading to “leaky gut”, immune system damage and intestinal bleeding.  In a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers questioned whether any potential cardiovascular benefit from low-dose aspirin was offset by major bleeding events.  They found that there was a significant adverse effect to the aspirin group, as compared with the placebo group and of the first major bleeding events, 41.3% were gastrointestinal (of which 62.3% were in the upper gastrointestinal tract and 32.9% were in the lower gastrointestinal tract).1
Acid Blockers:
Without stomach acid the body cannot properly digest food and assimilate nutrients.  In acute conditions where there is acid reflux, ulcers or to a lesser extent, symptoms of heartburn, antacids and prescribed acid blockers can bring relief for healing.  What happens if the root cause isn’t cured and the acid blocker is used longer than it should? Studies show this can result in deficiencies of B12, calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin D and folic acid.2,3 You might be suffering from these deficiencies if you are experiencing symptoms such as anemia, fatigue, constipation, depression, memory loss, muscle pain, weakened immunity, erectile dysfunction, diarrhea, weight gain, brain fog and restless leg syndrome. The iHealth team can test you for these deficiencies through a simple blood test.
Learn More:
These are just a few drug categories that make up a long list medications that can have harmful side effects. If you’d like to learn more about how the iHealth integrative team can help with natural pain relief and healing, or have questions about your specific condition or disease, please join an upcoming Q & A Forum.  There is no cost to this opportunity to learn more about your health and how we can help you meet your goals.  Each week Carla will spend an hour answering your questions in a group setting to explain how you personally can benefit from this unique integrative health care option.
1.     New England Journal of Medicine. 2018. Effects of Aspirin for Primary Prevention in Persons with Diabetes Mellitus. (DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1804988). The ASCEND Study Collaborative Group.
2.     Ann Pharmacother. 2002 May;36(5):812-6. Vitamin B(12) deficiency associated with histamine(2)-receptor antagonists and a proton-pump inhibitor. Ruscin JM1, Page RL 2nd, Valuck RJ.
3.     J Lab Clin Med. 1988 Oct;112(4):458-63. Effect of antacid and H2 receptor antagonists on the intestinal absorption of folic acid. Russell RM1, Golner BB, Krasinski SD, Sadowski JA, Suter PM, Braun CL.

Carla Wysko, M.S.
Director of Clinical Operations, Certified Reflexologist, Nutrition Coach Professional Member of the Reflexology Association of America (R.A.A.)

Carla is a certified reflexologist and nutrition coach, with a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition, who has been helping clients heal themselves through nutrition coaching and natural therapies since 2011. Her specialties include Detoxification, Stress Management, Aromatherapy, Digestion, Weight Loss, Allergies, Glucose Control, Immune System Disorders, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Ms. Wysko has a passion for healthy living and her fundamental principle is that each client is an individual, in which root "causes" to conditions can be found, and whose issues should be addressed through an integrative team that focuses on body, mind and spirit. It is now her mission to direct the integrative team of Inspired Health of Michigan, Inc. to bring optimal health and disease prevention to those who seek it and be the catalyst for change in healthcare in Michigan. Over twenty years of leadership experience combined with her passion to improve healthcare in Michigan, makes her a driving force for iHealth of Michigan.