Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Nutrition and Recovery: How Healthy Eating Can Help You Stay Sober

By Jenny Smiechowski 04/15/14
Eating healthy, research shows, can go a long way toward helping you on the road to addiction recovery.

Read and learn more here>>>

Drug Dependence and Abuse

Another article about drug abuse and dependence.

Prescription Drug Abuse Slideshow: Facts and Statistics>>>

Physical Dependence and Addiction

An Important Distinction
The following is the single most important concept to understand when learning about addiction and evidence-based treatments. If you learn nothing else but this you will be in better shape than most and aspects about modern addiction treatment that baffle many will be clear to you. All modern evidence-based treatments are based off of understanding this important distinction. - See definitions from the medical field>>>

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Probiotic Prevents ADHD and Autism

Right now in America more than 6 million children carry a diagnosis of ADHD. I think it is fair to say that autism has become an epidemic when you consider that, today, as many as 1 in 40 male births will ultimately be diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.

So aside from hoping that effective treatments will be developed, there’s no question that we have to wonder what may be causing these issues, and if that can be determined, what can be done to fix the problem. One thing that has been clearly supported in research is a relationship between what goes on in the gut and the development of neuropsychiatric disorders like these mentioned here. Bowel issues are common in ADHD and are seen almost universally in autistic children.

Certainly, front and center in research these days>>>

The Real RDA for Vitamin D Is 10 Times Higher Than Currently Recommended

May 10, 2015
 By Dr. Mercola
Without a doubt, one of the most important nutrients for optimal health is vitamin D. But questions still remain about just how much is needed. Dr. Robert Heaney M.D., is one of the premier vitamin D researchers in the world.

He's also the research director of GrassrootsHealth, headed by Carole Baggerly, which is compiling data from a number of population-based studies like the D*Action project, which many of my readers are participants in.

What is clear is that the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) should really be 10 to 15 times what the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends.

Trained as a clinical endocrinologist, Dr. Heaney has spent a large part of the last 50 years doing clinical research; most of it in the field of vitamin D, working on quantifying the vitamin D economy.

This includes defining how much vitamin D>>>

Neurologist Speaks Out About the Importance of Gut Health for Prevention and Treatment of “Incurable” Neurological Disorders

May 17, 2015
 By Dr. Mercola
The quality, quantity, and composition of the bacteria in your gut have enormous influence on your brain. Dr. David Perlmutter explores this phenomenon in great detail in his new book, Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain-for Life.

Dr. Perlmutter is a board-certified neurologist and a fellow of the American College of Nutrition (ACN). He also has a clinic in Naples, Florida, and he's been very active in publishing his findings in peer-reviewed medical journals.

His previous book, Grain Brain, topped the New York Times bestseller list for 54 weeks. In my view, Dr. Perlmutter is probably the leading natural medicine neurologist in the US.

Certainly, most neurologists fail>>>

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Suboxone Testimonials

Please use the comments section on this page to share your thoughts regarding Dr. Hothem's Suboxone program and how it has improved your life.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Holistic Approach to Health in Early Recovery: Diet and Nutrition

Become a fan Naturopathic Physician
 Posted: Updated: 08/27/2012 5:12 am EDT

When it comes to the health of a recovering addict/alcoholic, the approach of natural medicine can positively alter the course of treatment -- and definitively increase chances of getting and staying sober. In the first part of this series, I talked about withdrawal and insomnia, two of the most crucial problems that lead to relapse. I support my patients from several perspectives, encompassing mental, emotional, spiritual and physical. Detoxification, 12-step meetings, group and individual therapy, carefully prescribed medications, and family involvement are all integral to the success of a recovering addict in putting down his drink or drug of choice. But I've also found that the proper diet, along with targeted vitamin supplementation, can work miracles in the lives of early recovering addicts and alcoholics.

The link between sugar and alcoholism>>>

The Importance of Nutrition in Addiction Recovery

Healthy eating habits are important for everyone, but especially so for those who are recovering from an addiction. Many people who suffer from addictions and other mental health disorders have poor nutritional habits; SAMHSA reports that more than 42% of adults with mental illnesses are obese. Since poor nutrition can lead to other serious health problems down the road, it’s essential that a person going through addiction treatment is also educated about how to maintain a healthy diet.

Negative Effects of Addiction on Nutrition and Health

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Men Are New Target for Osteoporosis Treatment

Pilot program pushes routine testing for the bone-wasting disease, which strikes as many as one in four men.

Bone-health experts are making a new push to reduce rates of osteoporosis, with a particular focus on controlling the bone-wasting disease in men.

An important goal is to get greater numbers of men to be tested for osteoporosis when they come to a hospital or clinic with a fracture to the wrist, vertebrae or other bones that wasn’t from a major accident or trauma. Doctors call this a fragility fracture—one that results from a decrease in bone density.

Read more here>>> 

P.S.:  All or my male patients over age 50 have been tested for osteoporosis.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What drugs are opioids?

Examples of opioids are: Painkillers such as; morphine, methadone, Buprenorphine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone. Heroin is also an opioid and is illegal.

Opioid drugs sold under brand names include: OxyContin®, Percocet®, Palladone®(taken off the market 7/2005), Vicodin®, Percodan®, Tylox® and Demerol® among others.

Drugs that are not opioids are; Cocaine, methamphetamines, ecstasy, LSD, GHB, Ketamine, other club drugs, or steroids.

Read more here>>>

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Dr. Death Makes a Comeback

Jan. 22, 2015 6:52 p.m. ET

 ‘I guess Jack’s won,” a pal of mine said, alluding to Jack Kevorkian , whose views on physician-assisted suicide are lately back in vogue. With backing from liberal financier George Soros —a longtime supporter of “right to die” legislation—proponents are intent on expanding beyond Oregon, Vermont and Washington the roster of states where the practice is legal.

Read more here>>>

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Diet and Exercise Can Curb Effects of Parkinson’s Disease, and Promote Overall Immune System Health

January 16, 2015 
 By Dr. Mercola
 Parkinson's disease is a neurological disorder in which neurons in dopamine-producing cells within a region of your brain known as the substantia nigra, which is required for normal movement, begin to die.

Symptoms, which typically progress over time, include tremors, slow movement, rigid limbs, stooped posture, an inability to move, reduced facial expressions, and a shuffling gait.

The condition can also cause depression>>>

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Osteopathic Medicine's Holistic Approach Is More Important Than Ever

Who would have imagined just a few years ago that certain major corporations would be out of business, bankrupt, or just remnants of what they once were? Yet, this is my concern for the future of osteopathic medicine. Although our profession has undergone unprecedented growth, the growth alone will not guarantee future success. The main strengths of osteopathic medicine are our philosophy and training, which provide a more holistic and comprehensive approach to treating patients than does allopathic medicine. However, we currently seem to be swept up in a tide to emulate allopathic medicine, and we are eroding the principles that it truly takes to be the most well-rounded and educated physicians. 

A tremendous amount of information is>>>

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Self-help: Addicts buying Suboxone on street

Jona Ison, Gannett Ohio 7:21 a.m. EST December 13, 2014

All Chris Evers knew was he wanted to get clean.

By the time he embraced that thought, it was 2011, and the court already had sent Evers, a Chillicothe native who now lives in Wayne County, to treatment three times instead of prison.

"Old friends, old habits don't die so easily," he said.

Evers decided he wanted to try Suboxone, a drug used to aid treatment of opiate addiction, but couldn't afford it legally. So he began buying it illegally on the streets.

Please read on>>>

‘Father of Viagra’ gets knighthood

I find this hard to believe!    

The man who calls himself the “father of Viagra,” the drug used to treat erectile disfunction, joined the ranks of Brits knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Dr Simon Campbell received the knighthood “for services to Chemistry” in the annual New Year’s Honours, according to the official list of awards, placing him in the same elite company as Sir Elton John and Sir Richard Branson.

And many today are surely grateful>>>

ADA Issues New Standards of Medical Care for Diabetes

Changes include a new blood sugar standard for children and adolescents; a lower BMI screening threshold for Asian Americans; and new recommendations on statin use based on risk status...

Researchers reviewed the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes for 2015, focusing on revisions to clinical practice recommendations.

The researchers note that all individuals, including those with diabetes, should be encouraged to limit the amount of sedentary time by breaking up extended amounts of time (more than 90 minutes) spent sitting. The committee also recommends people with diabetes do resistance training at least twice a week, unless they can't for other medical reasons.

Premeal blood glucose targets were revised to reflect new data with a new target of 80–130 mg/dL.
With respect to cardiovascular disease and risk management, the recommended goal for diastolic blood pressure was changed from 80 to 90 mm Hg for most people with diabetes and hypertension.

much more here>>>

Is It Safe to Eat Moldy Bread or Cheese?

January 10, 2015
By Dr. Mercola
You take a block of cheese out of your refrigerator and notice fuzzy spots of white or green mold. Should you toss it or simply cut the mold off? What about mold that appears on other foods, like strawberries or bread?

The "rules" about when it's safe to eat moldy food or not vary depending on the type of food. Generally speaking, if the food is hard, such as a brick of cheddar cheese or a carrot, you can cut off the moldy section (plus about one inch around it) and use the rest.
and much more>>>

Artificial Sweeteners Threaten Your Health

 Dr. Perlmutter is one of my favorite alternative medicine authors and I highly recommend all of his publications.      mc

It seems self evident that consumption of sugar sweetened beverages would be associated with increased risk for type 2 diabetes (T2D). And in fact, this has been demonstrated in multiple studies. This is understandable when you consider what a powerful slug of fructose is delivered by each can or bottle of this stuff.

So it is that the term, “sugar free” is being exploited to death by soft drink manufacturers because of the mistaken public perception that choosing artificially sweetened drinks would be a healthier choice. It is a mistaken perception as now we’re seeing studies that have demonstrated that the risk for T2D is also dramatically increased in individuals who choose not to drink sugar sweetened beverages, but opt for those that contain artificial sweeteners.

read more here>>>