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Archive for January, 2014

Just How Prevalent are Food Allergies?

Published on January 20th, 2014

As a compounding pharmacy, we regularly prepare medications for our patients with the specific purpose of removing potentially harmful additives, including dyes, alcohols, sugars, and preservatives. In many cases, mass-produced medications contain ingredients that may cause food allergies in certain patients. For instance, gluten may be used as a bonding agent in some pills. While perfectly safe for most people, some people can have an adverse reaction to gluten, necessitating a custom medication produced by a compounding pharmacy. This leads many people to wonder just how common food allergies actually are.

According to the nonprofit Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), food allergies affect as many as 15 million Americans, including 1 in 13 children. Food allergies appear to be more prevalent today than in the past, although there is no clear consensus as to why that is. Nevertheless, the fact that such a high proportion of children are affected by this condition means that the use of common allergens in medications will continue to be a big concern. If you or your child is prescribed medication, it is important to ask whether it contains any common allergens, including gluten, soy, and casein.

Food allergies are triggered by a response from your immune system. Your immune system is designed to ward off harmful intruders that enter your body, such as bacteria and viruses. In people with food allergies, the immune system attacks an otherwise harmless food protein; this is what we call an allergic reaction. The presence of the food protein causes the body to release histamines and other chemicals, which can lead to skin rashes, nausea, nasal congestion, and anaphylaxis, among other things. Unfortunately, the only way to avoid these conditions is to avoid the offending food protein.

To learn more about custom medications without harmful allergens, please feel free to contact us any time.

Can Economic Circumstances Make You Sick?

Published on January 13th, 2014

You might have heard anecdotes about people developing ulcers or getting headaches because of long-term stress, especially when it comes to money. Perhaps you have even experienced diminished health due to financial stresses yourself. According to a report in The New York Times, a new study has found a correlation between tough economic times and an increase in people becoming physically ill.

Researchers – including the study’s senior author, Professor John W. Ayers of San Diego State University – looked at Google queries for health terms throughout the great recession and after. They found a noted increase in search traffic for health terms like abdominal pain, headaches, migraine, and hundreds of other terms. Searches for stomach ulcer symptoms jumped 228 percent, while headache symptom searches increased 193 percent.

It seems that people became sicker as the economy slumped, strengthening the connection between stress and sickness that so many of us already suspect. As the economy worsened, the number of people searching for symptoms related to things like headaches increased. However, the numbers remained high even after the economy began to recover in general, possibly owed to things like high unemployment which have persisted despite the general recovery.

There are a number of pain management methods that can be used for patients who find themselves dealing with chronic illnesses. Patients with ulcers, for instance, may benefit from pain medications that are administered in the form of patches or suppositories, which can be specially prepared by a compounding pharmacist. This is because certain medications can actually cause a stomach ulcer to worsen when taken orally.

Whatever your condition, proper pain management can be a crucial part of treatment. Stress management may also be sought by patients whose health is compromised by external factors like economic downturn. Treating the underlying causes of conditions like chronic headaches is usually the surest way to overcome them.

A New Tool for Healthy Weight Loss

Published on January 7th, 2014

We all know that maintaining a healthy diet and getting regular exercise are the keys to weight loss. So why do so many people turn to cosmetic surgery and other means to reduce body fat, when the answer seems so clear? The truth is, while diet and exercise are important to achieving weight loss and maintaining good overall health, genetics and other factors sometimes cause our bodies to store fat in unwanted areas. Fortunately, targeted weight loss is now available without the need for surgery. Thanks to lipotropic injections, people may be able to stimulate fat burning in those stubborn areas that just don’t respond to conventional weight-loss methods.

Lipotropic injections take a two-pronged approach to fat burning. First, lipotropic compounds stimulate your body’s fat metabolism to dissolve fat at the site of the injection. This means that common problem areas – including the belly, thighs, and buttocks – can be treated quickly and effectively. Second, these compounds can also stimulate fat removal in the liver. When fat is metabolized more quickly in the liver, this can lead to an overall decrease in body fat.

The common compounds found in lipotropic injections include inotisol, choline, and methionine. Each compound works differently, but together they can help you shed those last few unwanted pounds. Methionine is an amino acid. Its primary function in the body is to prevent the formation of fat deposits. Inotisol aids the body in cholesterol reduction and insulin regulation, both of which play a role in the storage of body fat. Choline works in the liver to help your body metabolize fat.

Our compounding pharmacy may be capable of producing a well-defined formula to help influence your weight loss. When used regularly, they can help you achieve the weight loss you’ve worked for and keep the weight off in the long term.

  • It is rare to find health professionals who are so willing to educate the patient on what they need to know.

    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA