Special Health Considerations
Special health considerations by
definition are individuals who have health issues and/or are taking
medication's that may have potential interaction complications with
vitamins and supplements. Because you have special health
considerations doesn't mean you shouldn't take supplements.
Though some supplements have a less than favorable interactions
with certain medications , in most cases supplements are a help -
not a hindrance. Eastern medicine has used and utilized herbs and remedies found in nature
and have done so successfully for over ten
thousand years. As we all know Western medicine, with its
love of pharmacology is in its infancy and the industry itself
spends more time alerting people to side effects and secondary
symptoms than it does creating anything that heals anyone. The
last time the pharmaceutical industry created anything that cured
anyone was Polio -in 1957 (though it didn't receive the
official stamp of approval until 1962). The pharmaceutical
industry discovered that there was no money in developing curative
pharmaceuticals. The money is in continued and prolonged use
dedicated to specific symptomalogical control. To that end the
industry - with much hoopla and fanfare, touts the achievements
being made from its respective Research
and Development facilities offering formulations that make great
strides in extending life (albeit often unpleasantly) - without
actually providing a restorative and healthful outcome..
I find myself in agreement with
an esteemed colleague Dr. Jim Howenstine, MD who has stated
......"the pharmaceutical industry has established the precedent
with the state boards of medical license that any therapies that do
not use pharmaceutical drugs are quackery which is dangerous to the
public and should be suppressed"................
Dr. Howenstine was, in this case,
making the statement while refuting some of the propaganda put forth
by pharmaceutical companies supporting the "benefits" of statin
drugs (which I intend to address in my "in the news" section found
on this LifeBalance.com website).
In a nutshell we be believe so
strongly in what we are offering our clients that we invite you to
print out the supplement recommendation page that was generated for
you and take it to your physician for approval.
medications both affect the bodies metabolic function - below are
outlined some of the more popular medications with subsequent
Patients with heart and blood vessel disease are often prescribed
blood-thinning medications called anticoagulants to prevent clots
from forming in the circulation and blocking or damaging an artery
or vein. Vitamin K helps the body form blood clots. The most
common blood-thinning medications, including Coumadin, act to block
Vitamin K, inhibiting the formation of blood clots. While very low
levels of vitamin K in the body can result in poor clot formation
and increased bleeding, very high doses of ingested or administered
vitamin K may act to counteract large doses of anticoagulants,
placing the patient at risk for clot formation. Similarly, high
levels of Vitamin C may interfere with anticoagulant inhibition of
the clotting pathway and lead to increased risk for clot formation.
High Blood Pressure
Many types of medications are used in the treatment of high blood
pressure and many interact with high levels of supplemented
vitamins. Emphasis in high... Antihypertensive medications which
help lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels may be affected
by increased levels of Vitamin B3, again in high doses (larger than
75 mg), niacin may dilate blood vessels and heighten the medication
effects, resulting in dangerously low blood pressure.
Digitalis-based drugs such as Digoxin and Diltiazem may be affected
by Vitamin D via alteration in blood calcium level and may induce
irregular heart beats known as arrhythmias.
Other medications which treat high blood pressure by decreasing the
amount of fluid in the body, called diuretics, may be affected by
vitamins. Thiazide diuretics act on the kidney to remove fluid but
retain minerals such as calcium. Excessive Vitamin D ingestion while
on diuretic therapy may result in increased calcium in the blood. As
in other Vitamin D-drug interactions, increased blood calcium may
cause abnormal heart beats called arrhythmias.
Many of the cancer-fighting drugs attack the cancer cells and
generate free radicals; antioxidant vitamins are thought to prevent
the formation of oxygen free radicals and therefore combat the ill
effects of the chemotherapy. There is no evidence available to
refute the benefits of taking vitamins and supplements during
chemotherapy and some of the more progressive medical treatment
facilities are utilizing a "broad spectrum" approach to treatment
including supplements, diet, and psychological support.
Yours in good health!
Dr. Conner O'Shea