Thursday, February 8, 2018

Disease Treatments: Prescription Drugs or Naturopathic Solutions with Natural Medicine (Series)--Depression

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Disease Treatments: Prescription Drugs or Naturopathic Solutions with Natural Medicine (Series)--Depression

 

Last week, CTV shared the story of William Jamieson, a 23-year-old who had been battling severe depression since age 16. Jamieson struggled under multiple unsuccessful treatments until coming across the party drug ketamine. In the medical field, ketamine has been used to treat pain, and doctors are starting to try it for depression; however, this off-label usage has not been approved, so Jamieson travels to New York every 6 weeks for ketamine infusions.

Other than a party drug, what is ketamine? Basically, it is an anaesthetic. It can produce hallucinogenic effects, as well as negative side effects such as confusion and clumsiness; increased heart rate and blood pressure; slurred speech and blurred vision; anxiety, panic and violence; and vomiting. Ketamine is also dangerous because it is often used in conjunction with other drugs; yet, this facet of drug use is poorly researched. Some people may successfully use individual substances for years, but die once those substances are combined.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is also a promising treatment for teen depression. In one two-year study of 212 adolescents, results showed that teens who had received CBT cost $5,000 less than the control group, which did not receive CBT.

There are also natural remedies which have been promising in studies. Kava might be one of the better-known remedies. In one double-blind, placebo-controlled study, thirty-seven adults with generalized anxiety disorder were studied for 4 weeks. Kava was found to be beneficial, particularly for cases of low anxiety. Scientists are also investigating Kava as a possible pain treatment, specifically for nociceptive pain. This type of pain originates when "nerve cells are stimulated by harm to the body, rather than when they are directly infected or injured." It has also been used to help chronic pain localized in different areas of the head.

In the past, there have been concerns about kava's potential toxicity to the liver, but studies have shown kava is safe, and as a result, it is gaining popularity again. In Canada, Life Choice was the first company to get a NPN license for Kava supplements. Other companies have followed, and while we are glad to see Kava becoming mainstream again, not all companies take the same safety precautions we do. This is why, last year, we produced a white paper outlining Kava's history, and the dangers associated with different quality grades. You can read it here.

Another supplement that has good history of treating anxiety is SAMe. Though it was late coming to the US, SAMe already had been used widely in Europe, and some US doctors, such as Richard P. Brown, M.D., associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, had been using it widely to treat patients. SAMe has had good success in treating depression--even in helping to treat treatment-resistant depression.

As Dr. Brown explains, SAMe is a natural byproduct of methionine in the body. It is most concentrated in the brain and liver, and heavily influences the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, all of which have a role in depression. It is also interesting to note that low levels of SAMe are found in those suffering from Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and Parkinson's disease.

BMC Psychiatry published a study in which 20 HIV positive individuals with depression were studied for 8 weeks. In as little as one week, SAMe had "rapid effects," which continued in decreasing depression over the course of the entire study.

Doctor's Choice SAMe is unique in that it is the only stabilized liquid form of SAMe in the world. This means that for those who cannot swallow capsules or pills, SAMe can still be used for treatment. Some people have even used it for their pets!

When it comes to comparing pharmaceutical drugs to natural medicine that is sourced from USP grade material, the evidence is hands down: natural medicine works better each and every time, not only treating the symptoms of depression without side effects, but also treating the core of the illness by providing the missing nutrients.
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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Disease Treatments: Prescription Drugs or Naturopathic Solutions with Natural Medicine

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Disease Treatments: Prescription Drugs or Naturopathic Solutions with Natural Medicine

 

Current dementia statistics estimate that 564,000 Canadians are currently living with dementia. That number is expected to reach 937,000 in 15 years. In the US, it is estimated that 5.5 million Americans are living with the disease. Globally, WHO estimates 47 million people currently live with dementia, and that this number will increase to 75 million by 2030.

The tragedy of dementia is compounded when patients wander away and cannot be found by their families. Just last week, 89-year-old Toronto resident and dementia patient James Pearson was reported missing by his family. He had been gone for over a week. Some people are now utilising GPS and similar technologies to keep track of relatives.

While some factors for dementia are out of our control, we may have more control through lifestyle than we realize. The Lancet recently identified 9 modifiable lifestyle factors that can have an effect on dementia risk. 
  • low levels of education
  • midlife hearing loss
  • physical inactivity
  • high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • type 2 diabetes
  • obesity
  • smoking
  • depression
  • social isolation
Some institutions are broadening their approach to dementia to include both western medicine and eastern philosophy. UCLA was using this approach in 2014, and of the 10 patients who were trying the new therapy approach, 9 saw improvement within 3 to 6 months.

Despite their best efforts, medical science has yet to come up with a proven treatment for dementia or Alzheimer's, yet they attempt to mitigate symptoms using Cholinesterase inhibitors. However, these are strictly symptomatic therapies and do not offer neuroprotection or an ability to slow the onset of the disease.

The most popular Cholinesterase inhibitors are donepezil (Aricept), rivastigmine (Exelon), and galantamine (Razadyne). These products work by boosting levels of a chemical messenger involved in memory and judgment. Here are the side effects of just one of these medications, donepezil:

More common:
  • Diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle cramps
  • nausea
  • trouble in sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
Less common:
  • Abnormal dreams
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • fainting
  • frequent urination
  • headache
  • joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • mental depression
  • pain
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • weight loss
Here is where natural medicine shines. Use Neurotransmitter Support for healing and increasing chemical messengers within the brain, and without side effects. A 2002 study from the University of Berkeley found that the combination of acetyl-l-carnitine and alpha lipoic acid improved the brain function in old rats so much that they started acting like young rats. This was the starting point for the Neurotransmitter Support formulation. After this, we added 19 more USP grade ingredients for a holistically viable treatment.

To read some amazing testimonials about this product, click here. You can also view actor Nick Mancuso's experience with the product here
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