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May 18, 2017

Stop Taking Ibuprofen if You’re Over 40! Say Doctors and FDA

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Stop Taking Ibuprofen if You’re Over 40! Say Doctors and FDA

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Ibuprofen is commonly prescribed for numerous symptoms such as back pain, toothache, headache, etc. Doctors recommend taking the pills regularly, and although the pain goes away for a certain period, it never goes away permanently.

You will wake up with the same back pain, or a headache, morning after morning. It’s a continuous cycle of pain and frustration. However, many people don’t know that long-term use of Ibuprofen can damage their health. These pills don’t cure the pain and are dangerous to the heart muscle so much that they can even cause death over an extended period of time. Sounds terrifying, but it’s true.

There are some real serious risks associated with an even casual use of the drug.

The most concerning is the potential risk for heart damage. In 2005, the FDA issued out an ibuprofen warning, claiming that it significantly increases the risk of heart attack or stroke and just last year, they strengthened this warning.

The FDA rarely does this.

After an extensive review of the drug, they issued the following statements:

  • “Even with short term use, one’s heart attack and stroke risk increase significantly”
  • “This risk increases the longer one continues to use ibuprofen”
  • “You do not need to have an existing heart condition to be at risk, although such a condition does increase your chances

“These risks make ibuprofen especially dangerous to individuals over 40 – the age at which one’s risk of heart disease begins to skyrocket”

You have to bear in mind that the FDA approves some pretty nasty medications, but even they are raising a red flag when it comes to this over the counter drug.

Healthy Alternative

Luckily, there is a safer and natural solution that prevents this terrifying possibility. The plant called turmeric, which originates from southern Asia, can heal both, hidden and pronounced pain. It is a major part of the Asian medicine and it has been used for thousands of years in this region.

The powder form of turmeric is rich in powerful polyphenols, while the spice form has more than 600 health benefits. Turmeric in powder form is available in most natural food and grocery stores. It has a rather spicy and earthy taste, and you can use it in different combinations.

A Simple Recipe That Will Relieve The Pains In Your Body

Mix the juice of one squeezed lemon, a cup of honey, and a tablespoon of turmeric powder. Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture well. In a cup of warm water or tea, add just one teaspoon of the prepared mixture.

Consume the drink 3 times a day, and you will quickly notice the positive results. Feel free to throw away your ibuprofen once and for good. To ensure the effectiveness of the prepared drink, include it in your daily intake.

Top chefs add turmeric in many recipes while health gurus add it in their fruit and veggie smoothies for an added flavor, and of course for its many benefits.

When you can, add Black Pepper to boost the bioavailability of the turmeric up to 2,000%!

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has published a study, according to which turmeric is excellent for the treatment of osteoarthritis. The study was conducted on 109 knee osteoarthritis patients and lasted for 6 weeks. During this period, part of the participants were given 800 mg of Ibuprofen, while the rest received 2,000 mg of turmeric.

The researchers evaluated their level of pain during some exercise like walking, climbing stairs, and bicycling. After the 6-week period, the participants who received turmeric showed better results, indicating that the natural alternative is not only safer than Ibuprofen but also more effective.

Therefore, the next time your doctor recommends Ibuprofen for your pain, go to the nearest grocery store and get turmeric for your cure-all drink

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FDA Pain Draft Promotes Alternative Medicine

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FDA pain draft promotes alternative medicine

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by John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of The Integrator Blog News and Reports

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released proposed changes Wednesday to its blueprint on educating health care providers about treating pain. The guidelines now recommends that doctors get information about chiropractic care and acupuncture that may help patients avoid prescription opioids.

When I originally received the e-mail with the news, the only comment from the sender of the email was a quote from a young Bob Dylan: “The times they are a changin’.”

Indeed, they are—sort of. Readers will have a chance to help hurry those changes in pain treatment along by helping shape the FDA draft.

The agency, long lambasted by the integrative health community for its revolving door of leadership with big pharmaceuticals, released its initial version of “FDA Education Blueprint for Health Care Providers Involved in the Management or Support of Patients with Pain.”  Under Section 2, part two, on how to create a treatment plan, the very first consideration urged by the FDA offers is, “Nonpharmacologic therapies– includes psychological, physical rehabilitative, surgical approaches; and complementary therapies.”

Pharma follows next, as it should in a therapeutic order that seeks to do the least harm. (See figure.)

A subsequent section of the document on non-pharmacological approaches also lists “complementary therapies.” They are again at the tail end of the same set of considerations, following psychiatric, rehabilitation, and surgery. This is a topsy-turvy therapeutic order, with apparently little philosophy of medicine shaping it.

This section does, however, get more specific in what it means by complementary therapies. The agency gives gives acupuncture and “chiropracty” as examples. Explicit reference, even using an archaic term for chiropractic, is good for those called out.

For reference, and to raise reasonable concern, the December 2016 CDC draft guidance on opioid prescribing, for instance, originally called for “many nonpharmacologic therapies, including physical therapy, weight loss for knee osteoarthritis, complementary and alternative therapies (e.g., manipulation, massage, and acupuncture).” The March 2016 final guidance mentioned neither the category nor the specific approaches.

The FDA’s quarter page segment on non-pharma is effectively damning with faint praise as this cameo is swamped by seven pages on drug management strategies. Complementary therapies do not make another appearance in these pages, unless one is hungry enough to answer to “etc”. In a section on “Patient Education” the closest mention is, “Health care practitioners should inform patients about pain management expectations and managing pain through different modalities (non-opioids, rest, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.) when appropriate.”

In a section at the end on Addiction Medicine, the agency recommends that practitioners know “the types of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments available.” No specifics are offered.

The FDA has not yet set up a docket to support comments and response. See their notice here.

Comments: There is a chance for activism here, since this was a draft. As noted, the inclusions here can be swept out of the final, as the CDC did. The FDA hasn’t yet set up the docket for responding.

The title of the STAT article clearly overplays the reality of this document. This is nowhere more evident than a recommendation buried in the many pages on opioids. Think of what you might consider if you imagine a “paradigm shift” in pain management. One would take that “non-pharma first” guidance and help practitioners and their patients in all ways possible to create the optimal use of self-care, integrative, and non-pharmacologic approaches in pain treatment to prevent the need for, and get off of, opioids.

Here, in counter position, is the FDA, referencing this concept:

“Paradigm shift in opioid prescribing – HCPs should be knowledgeable about information about safe opioid practices current federal and state regulations, and guidelines on opioid prescribing and the use of naloxone.”

Nothing of complementary and alternative products, practices and practitioners in this new paradigm. The community has its work cut out for it. Here are some directions for comments, when the FDA opens its docket for comments:

  • If they want to see non-pharma, they need to expand the non-pharmacologic and complementary health section from a half page to at least three or more and fill it with good content. There is plenty of good content to be used if its new paradigm is to significantly include non-pharma. The document’s time and space devoted to the topic, via content such as that recommended in the bullets below, is part of the message to practitioners.
  • Build out an area on patient education. Ask for help from experts in the integrative health and medicine community in doing so.
  • Explicitly note other practices such as are mentioned in the recent ACP guideline on back pain (http://annals.org/aim/article/2603228/noninvasive-treatments-acute-subacute-chronic-low-back-pain-clinical-practice). Among those they should explicitly mention are massage, self-care, mind-body, tai chi, yoga, use of integrative, naturopathic and functional medicine specialists.
  • Drive health care practitioners to the ACP guidelines and the Joint Commission’s pain standard.
  • Provide a section on strategies for gaining coverage of non-pharmacologic approaches. This is a very challenging area. Teach them to advocate with insurers for coverage. This is essential.
  • Include more integrative services in the seven pages on managing drugs to remind prescribers that they needn’t stay lost in the pharmaceutical woods, that non-pharma, integrative approaches can both limit need for the drugs but also assist in the exit strategy.
  • Talk about the importance of partnership with complementary practitioners that the National Pain Strategy has recommended. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-weeks/chronicle-of-health-creat_b_9548062.html)
  • Teach them that most patients and practitioners don’t think of “chiropracty” when thinking of what chiropractic doctors do, so why not try using the language of the realm. What is that about?

One last reminder. Recall from the CDC guidance on opioid prescribing that inclusion in a draft does not insure inclusion in the final. The language that excited the write at STAT could be blown away by a little political pea shooting, as CDC’s draft language was rumored to have been shot down. A strong respond from integrative health practitioners and organizations is in order.

 

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April 28, 2010

Experts Urge FDA to Lower Salt in American Diet

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should take steps to lower the amount of salt in the American diet over the next decade, an expert panel advised Tuesday.

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