New Year’s Health Resolutions

2019

The new year offers everyone another opportunity to make healthier choices for themselves and their loved ones.

The American Medical Association has offered 10 health recommendations to help patients “determine where they can make the most impactful, long-lasting improvements in their health.”

Avoid sugary drinks. Nothing hits the sweet spot like anhydrous dextrose. That is just one of a long list of sweeteners frequently added to drinks that make it easy to add unneeded calories to your diet. One 20-ounce sports drink has 122 calories of added sugars while a 12-ounce can of regular soda has 126 calories of added sugars. Instead, try drinking water, coffee, unsweetened tea or other calorie-free drinks. When you do drink beverages with sugar, go for milk or all-fruit juices that boost your dairy or fruit intake.

Know your risk for type 2 diabetes. One in three Americans has prediabetes, yet only one in 10 knows it. Prediabetes is a precursor to type 2 diabetes, with as many as 30 percent of patients with prediabetes progressing to diabetes within five years. Yet diabetes is not inevitable. Eating more healthfully, exercising regularly and losing between 5 and 7 percent of one’s body weight can prevent diabetes. Take a self-screening test now to determine your risk, talk to your physician and find out about widely available, evidence-based diabetes prevention programs that can help. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about prediabetes.

Move more. Every healthy adult between 18 and 65 years old needs at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity five days a week. These are activities in which you move your large muscles in a rhythmic manner for a sustained period. They include walking briskly, bicycling slowly or gardening. This kind of movement makes your heart beat more quickly and over time it makes your cardiovascular disease system healthier.

Another healthy alternative is to get at least 20 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity three days a week. This category includes jogging, running, swimming laps, singles’ tennis, dancing, cycling 10 mph or faster, jumping rope or uphill hiking.

Avoid processed food and added sodium. This is a category of unhealthy choices hidden right under our noses, in the form of many packaged foods such as meat, poultry, seafood, pasta, dressings, sauces, soups or gravies. You may, of course, consult the nutrition label to seek out lower-sodium options. A less confusing route is probably to opt for fresh, frozen or canned foods without any added sauces or seasonings. By seasoning your own food when you cook at home, you control how much sodium is used. And try out other herbs and spices to get the kick you want instead of shaking on more salt.

Know your blood pressure numbers. Visit LowerYourHBP.orgto find resources on understanding your numbers. Visit your physician and commit to a planto get your hypertension under control.

If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. If you are a woman, that means up to one drink a day, and two drinks daily for men, as defined by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans—which the AMA supports. And only adults of legal drinking age ought to drink alcohol. Keep in mind that not every drink equals “one drink,” depending on the alcohol content.

Talk with your doctor about tobacco use and quit. Your physician will help you drop the tobacco habit for good with evidence-based, Food and Drug Administration-approved cessation aids. Electronic cigarettes do not fall into that category. A U.S. surgeon general report notes that evidence for e-cigarettes as quit-smoking devices is lacking, adding that the “health impacts of frequent exposure to the toxicants in e-cigarette aerosol are not well understood, though several are known carcinogens.”

And while you’re at it, make your home and car smoke-free. Declaring this the policy of your abode and automobile can help eliminate your exposure—and the exposure of loved ones—to secondhand smoke. Giving friends, family and colleagues who are smokers one less place to light up may also encourage them to take the necessary step of quitting.

Manage stress. The good news on this front is that a good diet and daily exercise, as noted above, are key ingredients to maintaining and improving your mental health. So you are killing two birds with one stone by eating better and moving more. Another essential element on this front is to realize the power of saying “No.” It is never easy to do this, but taking better care of yourself will make you a better colleague and friend over the long run. Lastly, do not see it as a sign of weakness to ask for help from a friend or mental health professional when you need it. We are here for each other.

Safely store and properly dispose of all your prescription medications.If you are taking prescription opioids, follow your physician’s instructions and safely store those medicines. Among other things, medication safety in this area means that you should:

  • Organize and keep careful track of prescribed and over-the-counter medications. Keep stronger medicines separate from items more commonly found in medicine cabinets, keep medicines in the original bottle or container that it came in and never mix medications in the same bottle.
  • Keep medicines secure. Ensure that all lids close tightly, and treat medications like you would other valuables. Make sure they are concealed when guests or visitors are in your home. You may even consider installing a lock box in your medicine cabinet.

If you have any unused medication left over, you should properly dispose of it. Use this U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration search toolto locate nearby public drug-disposal locations.

Make sure your family is up-to-date on its immunizations. Work with your physician to ensure that you are all following the recommendationsof the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. And remember that it is not too late to get your flu shot. Here are six reasons patients give for avoiding flu vaccination—and how to counter them.

Sourced by:

Kevin B. O’Reilly

News Editor

American Medical Association

2018 Holiday Hours

We hope you are all having a wonderful season with family and friends. For your reference, please note our pharmacy’s upcoming hours of business during the holidays. Thank you!

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Compounding for Fertility

compounding for fertilityWhat is Fertility Compounding

In the U.S. alone, one in ten couples have fertility issues. Fertility treatments are highly specialized and must often be customized for each individual. Pharmaceutical compounding has made several major areas of progress for fertility treatments. Fertility medications created at The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills can treat a wide range of different fertility problems based on the cause. There are many factors that affect fertility even for healthy people. A fertility physician can find the specific causes of the fertility issue and create a customized treatment with our skilled pharmacists for each individual. We offer the benefit of being able to create a wide range of different routes of administration for fertility treatments such as oral capsules, topical gels, suppositories, injections, oral suspension, and other treatments as needed.

Factors That Affect Fertility

Here are a few factors that can affect fertility in both men and women:

  • AGE – Age is the strongest predictor of fertility. Fertility for Men starts to decline at age 35. It starts to decline for women after age 32, although there are many cases of women having children even after the age of 50. There is a higher chance of miscarriage and birth abnormalities for women after the age of 40.
  • STDs – Sexually transmitted diseases can affect fertility for both men and women. Diseases such as syphilis, HPV, gonorrhea, and others can cause fertility problems and by affecting the reproductive organs. Early and effective treatment of STDs can prevent fertility problems from arising.
  • WEIGHT – Weight has a significant influence on fertility, however, weight problems can be treated with the proper diet along with certain compounded medications. For both men and women, body fat levels can affect fertility. Excess body fat in both men and women can cause hormone production abnormalities. Body fat levels that are too low can shut down the reproductive system entirely.
  • HORMONE IMBALANCES – Hormonal imbalances can result from many different causes, for women they can affect the ovulation cycle, making them too long or too short, or stopping them altogether. Hormone imbalances are regularly treated at compounding pharmacies with customized treatments based on each individual’s hormone levels.
  • MEDICATIONS – Many medications can have fertility side effects that result in low libido or other fertility problems. Many of fertility side effects are temporary, and some of the medications that can affect fertility include antibiotics, anti-depressants, and painkillers. Compounded medications can also be created to reverse fertility problems caused by medications.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD EXPOSURE – There are several different types of environmental hazards that can lead to fertility issues such as radiation, microwave emissions, high temperatures, chemicals, prolonged exposure to stress, and several other factors can cause fertility problems.
  • DRUGS AND ALCOHOL – Several types of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol can cause a wide range of different fertility problems. Smoking can cause fertility problems for women. Even moderate alcohol consumption can cause fertility problems. Addictions to drugs and alcohol can be treated with compounded medications.

Compounding Fertility Treatments

Compounding fertility medications has proven to be successful in treating fertility issues. We can create customized fertility medications based on the individual needs of the patient and directions of fertility physicians. Contact The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills today to learn more!

How to Detox After Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

wildfire-smoke-air-face-maskFor much of the west coast, wildfire smoke inhalation is unavoidable. This was especially true in the Los Angeles County and Ventura County area, where the wind-fueled blazes still burns acres of land.

Detoxing after smoke exposure is essential to your long-term and short term health. Detox solutions can include:

  1. Drinking LOTS of Water
  2. Drinking Hot Liquids
  3. Using a Saline Nasal Spray
  4. Rinsing Your Sinuses with a Neti Pot
  5. Breathing in Steam with Thyme
  6. Receiving a Vitamin Rich IV Drip
  7. Loading Your Diet with Ginger
  8. Increasing Your Vitamin C Intake
  9. Upping Your Glutathione Levels

We have all been encouraged to stay indoors. Some heeded these warnings. Some individuals fled to less smoky environments. And, some folks attempted to cover their faces with cloths or mask. Unfortunately, if you were here when the fires began, you were most likely exposed.

The concern with the exposure isn’t so much getting a large fleck of ash in your eye. Yes, smoke exposure can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like irritated sinuses, eye irritation, and shortness of breath. However, the real concern is the fine particles.

Jane Greenhalgh explained in her recent NPR article, ‘Is All That Wildfire Smoke Damaging My Lungs?’ it’s the, “particulate matter that’s 2.5 microns or less in diameter — that are the biggest health hazard. They’re so small you can’t see them.

Here are nine tips to help you detox and protect your lung from long-term damage after wildfire smoke inhalation:

1. Water. Drink LOTS of Water

Drink water. Drink LOTS of water. This is not a new mantra. It’s not a revolutionary tip. You’ve probably heard it hundreds of times before. Unfortunately, the vast majority of individuals are dehydrated. This is particularly an issue when you’re trying to detox after the harmful effects of fire.

Wildfire smoke inhalation causes microscopic particles to get trapped in your lungs. They can get into your bloodstream. And, they can travel throughout your body contaminate other organs.

Water helps flush these particles from your system. Ten, 8-ounce glasses of water is a good target in general. If you’re detoxing, aim to increase this intake to 12 or 14 glasses.

2. Drink Hot Liquids

Cilia are a short eyelash-like filament that covers the tissue of cells. When operating correctly, they beat in unison, creating a current that can move particles throughout the body (via Encyclopedia Britannica).

When there is a decrease in air quality, it can cause the cilium (plural for cilia) to stop moving. Hot liquids can encourage the cilium to start moving again. This can promote the movement (and removal) of mucous and saliva, which often contains high levels of contaminants.

Bonus Tip: A good ‘hot liquid’ drink can be made by steeping Slippery Elm and Marshmallow Root in hot water. These two herbs support, moisten, and relax the fragile tissues in your mouth, throat, and lungs.

3. Use a Saline Nasal Spray

It’s easy for smoke exposure to cause irritated sinuses, irritation to the eyes, and shortness of breath. A saline nasal spray can help you moisten and soothe the inside of your nose. This can promote the expulsion of foreign matter and provide immediate relief.

4. Rinse Sinus with a Neti Pot

Think of a neti pot as a nasal spray on steroids. In short – a neti pot allows you to perform a thorough, natural nasal rinse. It helps you remove foreign substances. When you’re exposed to smoke, pollutants can easily get trapped in your nasal passage. If allowed to remain, they can easily travel to the lungs and cause additional issues.

Generally, a rinsing with a neti pot can reduce congestion and improve symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and dry nasal passages.

5. Breathe Steam with Thyme

Thyme has a wide variety of benefits, including:

  • Anti- Microbial
  • Anti-Viral
  • Anti-Fungal

Breathing a steam, rich with thyme, can help expel foreign substances, clear passageways, and reduce the irritation level of your sinuses. The simplest way to create thyme-filled steam is to add 1 – 2 TBS of thyme to a large bowl. Pour in boiling water. Lower your head so it’s inches from the hot water. Cover head and bowl with a large towel, trapping steam under the towel. Breathe deeply for 1 – 2 minutes. Repeat as needed.

6. Receive a Vitamin Rich IV Drip

IV drip therapy allows you to give your body a huge boost of the key vitamins and minerals it needs to function at its peak. Depending on your doctor, they can help you a specific cocktail to meet your individual needs.

7. Load Your Diet with Ginger

Ginger is another fabulous, natural detoxifier. Not only does it contain chemical compounds that help the lungs function, ginger improves blood circulation. Plus, ginger is downright delicious.

It’s great in stir-fries, dressings, and marinades. Ginger can also be sliced and steeped in hot water to make a ginger tea. You may want to add a little lemon juice and honey to temper the flavor, as it can be very intense.

8. Up Your Vitamin C

Another natural antioxidant is Vitamin C. During the late fall and early winter, satsumas and pomegranates offer an easy and delicious way to add more Vitamin C to your diet. You may also consider a daily vitamin supplement.

9. Up Your Glutathione Levels

Glutathione is another natural antioxidant. It supports the production of cellular energy and can help protect your DNA from oxidative damage (a common side effect of smoke exposure).

Get Help

Our pharmacists are prepared to help you detox and restore your health. Please contact The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills to learn more.

 

Sourced by: Tru Health Medicine

High Dose Biotin & Multiple Sclerosis

ms and compoundingWhat is Biotin?

Biotin goes by several other names: vitamin H, vitamin B7, and coenzyme R. Biotin is an essential molecule to biological processes which cannot be produced in the body. Like all vitamins, it must be ingested in the diet. Currently, high dose biotin at a dose of 300 mg every day is being clinically investigated for the improvement of symptoms in progressive forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). This dose is 10,000 times higher than the adequate daily intake recommendations. Current disease-modifying therapies are used only to delay progression of primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) and secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) or for active progressive disease. There is currently no disease-modifying therapy for patients with non-active progressive MS. Preliminary evidence has suggested biotin may be able to improve symptoms in PPMS and SPMS while being well tolerated. Still, these results are in their infancy and high dose biotin is not yet FDA approved for this indication.

How Dose Biotin Work?

Biotin is a cofactor for four essential enzymes in the human body which help the body build fatty acids from smaller molecular building blocks. Without biotin these enzymes cannot function. The destruction of the fatty myelin sheath surrounding nerves is thought to be the underlying pathology of MS. It is theorized that supplying large amounts of biotin helps these enzymes function to recreate the myelin sheath thereby increasing overall function for the patient.

The Role of the Compounding Pharmacy

Because high dose forms of biotin are not currently commercially available due to its investigational status, 300 mg biotin capsules must be compounded in a compounding pharmacy. Over the counter supplemental preparations come in 10 mg doses which would require the user to ingest 30 pills per day to follow a “high dose” regimen. The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills has the tools to provide a full daily dose in a single capsule. Additionally, we follow much stricter practices than companies that sell over the counter nutritional supplements ensuring that your product is USP (United States Pharmacopeia) grade, and is confirmed to be precisely what your doctor prescribed.

Contact The Compounding Pharmacy of Beverly Hills to discuss compounding options to help you improve your symptoms of multiple sclerosis.