Four health care initiatives that will enable health care reforms to succeed are:
1. Addressing the Vitamin D deficiency epidemic.
2. Proper advisory about medications which inhibit the GI absorption of vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
3. Proper advisory about calcium excess and magnesium deficiency.
4. Balanced Meals defined and elaborated and using the term Balanced Meals rather than the term “Diet” to manage weight, blood sugar levels, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.
Vitamin D deficiency is an epidemic. Since using sun block blocks out UVB rays (which enable vitamin D production) but does not block out UVA rays (which are cancer causing) cancer rates have increased. Everyone in this country needs to be tested for 25 (OH) Vitamin D level. Optimal Vitamin D supplementation is necessary for flu prevention, cancer prevention, high blood pressure prevention, diabetes prevention, osteoporosis prevention. Too bad in America we are not allowed to say anything prevents anything.
Medications which inhibit the absorption of nutrients, especially B vitamins such as folic acid and Vitamin B12 are acid blocking H2 receptor antagonists and proton pump inhibitors and the diabetes medication metformin. When these B vitamins are blocked or diminished because the stomach cannot absorb these without acid present there are risks like developing anemia, neuropathy, cardiovascular disease, and other problems like cancer, Alzeheimer’s, Parkinson’s.
The use of alternative dosage forms of nutrients such as topical patches or sublingual tablets in consumers wishing to use acid blockers, metformin or any medication that gastrointestinally inhibits nutrient absorption should be advised. All of those health risks are avoidable or can be minimized. Health care can be preventative, if consumers are informed about choices.
Pharmacy customers should be able to choose if they want a medication, if the benefits outeigh the risks. Customers and consumers should be able to choose to use an alternative dosage form of the nutrient that could be depleted by the medication. Transparency is necessary for health care to be conducted in this manner.
The FDA allows claims for calcium without a concurrent advisory that comsumption of calcium without adequate magnesium causes magnesium deficiency. Magnesium deficiency results in migraines, sinusitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ, asthma, high blood pressure, leg cramps, early labor, inability to swallow, sudden death and problems related to muscle tension and immobility.
Don’t drink orange juice or eat yogurt or any other product that is supplemented with calcium if you get migraines or if you have asthma. Calcium supplementation, even if it’s in food, without taking an equal amount of magnesium results in magnesium deficiency. Magnesium deficiency will present as an increase in asthma symptoms or a migraine or stubborn constipation.
All package inserts, medication labeling and pharmacy medication protocols do not adequately describe “diet .” Instead they recommend medication use, if diet doesn’t work. How does anyone know what the word “diet” means. Diet is very broad and undefined. Diet means different things to different people. We need Balanced Meals on a schedule in order to manage weight, blood sugar levels, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.
Rx: 3 balanced meals and 2 balanced snacks every day