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Osteoporosis Drugs Can CAUSE Bone Fractures!

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold

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‎Bisphosphonates‬, ‪drugs that are indicated for Osteoporosis‬ can CAUSE thigh bone fractures. This is the latest news from a recent study showing a new trend that has developed resulting from the use of drugs like Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel, Aredia, Nerixia, Zometa, and known by generic names as well. These drugs are taken to INCREASE bone density.
Studies have found that bisphosphonates decrease fractures in the vertebrae by more than 50% and fractures elsewhere by 40%. But the drugs also cause a small risk of atypical femur fractures. These fractures typically occur with little or no force or trauma, and often are preceded by pain. The vast majority of atypical femur fractures are seen after an average of three years of bisphosphonate use. Treatment of atypical femur fractures should begin with the immediate cessation of bisphosphonates. Calcium and vitamin D supplementation should be maximized. “The current recommended dosing for calcium and vitamin D are under debate and may be too low for the majority of those affected,” the authors write.
Even worse, complete fractures are treated surgically with implanted titanium rods!! Symptomatic, incomplete fractures, indicated by thigh pain and X-rays, may also be treated surgically with titanium rods, in order to prevent complete fractures.
Let me pose THIS question to you… WHY NOT maximize your VITAMIN D levels between 70-90 ng/ml and optimize your calcium to PREVENT this from happening in the first place. Seems logical to me!!

 


Can Dementia and Alzheimer’s Be Reversed?

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold

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A very informative video was posted of an interview Dr. Mark Hyman did at the Cleveland Clinic.  This was such an incredible interview, I wanted to take notes and supply you with the “Cliff Notes” version of this interview, plus a few of my own thoughts sprinkled in.
‪Dementia‬ and ‪Alzheimers‬, could these conditions be REVERSED? How interesting is this concept? THIS is why I have studied ‪FunctionalMedicine‬ for 6 years and have left my “traditional” thinking that there is a medicine for everything. WHAT IF the medicine is the CAUSE of the condition? Dementia and Alzheimers could have several root causes. What should we consider?
1. Are you on a STATIN drug for cholesterol? These meds suppress cholesterol and block the ability of your body to making this critical hormone that is the precursor to ALL of your sex hormones like estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. Your BRAIN is 60% FAT, therefore, requires good quality fats to work more effectively. Many studies have shown STATIN drugs are directly linked to dementia.
2. Do you have Leaky Gut and Digestive Issues? A malfunctioning gut will deny your brain of critical nutrients, including Vitamin D, and other fat soluble vitamins like Vitamins A, E, and K, as well as water soluble vitamins like Vitamin B12 and all the B Complex Vitamins. All of these nutrients are needed for brain functioning.
3. Do you, or have you, taken a PPI drug like Nexium, Prilosec, Aciphex, etc? These meds stop the production of stomach acid causing a myriad of health issues from bad bacterial overgrowth to the inability to digest dietary proteins and extreme constipation causing you to reabsorb toxins from your food.
4. Have you been exposed to MOLD or mycotoxins? Mold poisoning (which I know firsthand since I had this and reversed it in myself) can cause many symptoms in your body, one major side effect is BRAIN FOG which can look like Dementia!
5. Do you have MERCURY AMALGAMS in your mouth? It has been found in several studies that mercury can leach into your system from amalgams that have been in your mouth for 20-30 years! NEVER let a dentist put these in your mouth… as they are still putting this very toxic heavy metal in fillings today because they are cheap!!!
6. Do you eat a lot of sugar? Dietary factors such as pre diabetes and diabetes can cause dementia, and the medications for diabetes are directly linked to dementia. Adopting a ketogenic diet and eliminating all sources of refined sugar are key to helping with control of erratic blood sugar levels and insulin and leptin resistance.
These are just a few of the top level discussions that are heard during this video. THIS is the approach I take when interviewing my clients in consultations. Epigenetic Hair Testing can help identify heavy metal toxicity, and even point to nutrient deficiencies and potential leaky gut issues. A thorough medication history and medication review by an Integrative Pharmacist is recommended to pinpoint YOUR root cause.

 

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WHO is an INTEGRATIVE PHARMACIST? Dr. Lori Defines This UNIQUE Practice

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold

Maybe you have seen this designation on the internet, or maybe you have seen an ad for a pharmacist offering their unique services.  What are the qualifications and what other practice areas do pharmacists need to become experts in to achieve the designation of “integrative”?  In this informative video, you will learn the definition, qualifications, practice settings, special skills, unique offerings, and advantages of acquiring additional expertise in functional medicine specialties like nutrition, yoga, Reiki, aromatherapy, meditation, etc.  Feel confident that the additional expertise is a movement forward in the advancement of better patient care and adds an additional level of medication safety that only pharmacists can offer.