The Latest on Harmful Drug-Supplement Interactions

At Doctors Health Press, we enthusiastically promote natural medicine. But, there are important health considerations when it comes to how drugs and supplements can interact, as they sometimes do so dangerously. A new study, which looked extensively at the subject, offers a clear and accurate picture of what drugs and supplements should never be combined. Continue reading

Zap Harmful Bacteria with This Juice

Some of the most powerful health supplements can often come from very ordinary products. And, recent research has shown that one of the best ways to fight harmful bacteria is simply to drink some lime juice. Limes, those deliciously tart citrus fruits, are often passed over at the grocery store in favor of lemons, but can be an important part of a healthy diet. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should stop eating lemons-they’re an excellent healing food that can help your liver get rid of toxins. But, limes are just as effective at protecting your health-particularly when it comes to combating harmful bacteria.

Lots of supplements fight bacteria, Continue reading

New Study Discovers Harmful “Age Spots” on the Brain

Here is some important health news out of the world- famous Mayo Clinic. Researchers say a common condition of the brain believed to be a harmless part of aging could really be a disease that changes an older adult’s brain function. Its name: “leukoaraiosis.”

This mouthful means that the brain has tiny spots that look like white dots Continue reading

Coriander-This Spice Could Help Slash Harmful Cholesterol

Coriander is an herb often used in Indian food. It is almost guaranteed to be included in any curry dish. Coriander is also used quite frequently in Thai cooking. It has a delicious taste that is quite distinct and unique. What an added bonus that this tasty herb is also very good for you! Researchers have determined that coriander could help lower blood glucose and LDL cholesterol levels.

A recent clinical trial set out to investigate the potential hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic activity of coriander seed. In the animal study, coriander extract was given to both obese rats with elevated blood glucose and cholesterol levels and normal rats. The researchers found that the coriander extract suppressed hyperglycemia in the obese rats and helped to lower LDL cholesterol levels. They concluded that coriander seed extract in obese rats normalized glycemia Continue reading

Study Implies Painkillers Inhibit the Effectiveness of Antidepressant

A new report put forth by researchers from The Rockefeller University (RU) in New York City suggests that combining selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Prozac and Zoloft, with popular over-the-counter painkillers like aspirin and ibuprofen, can effectively weaken or negate the alleged benefits of SSRIs on patients. However, based on numerous studies involving antidepressants, there really is no solid evidence that SSRIs do anything at all for many patients other than induce harmful side effects.

Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the RU study tested the effects of SSRIs on rats, both with and without the co-administration  Continue reading

UK Drug Expert Says LSD and Cannabis Less Harmful than Alcohol

LONDON – In what could come as a rude shock to many alcoholics and smokers, the British government’s drug adviser has said that drugs like Ecstasy, LSD and cannabis are less harmful than alcohol and cigarettes.

Criticizing former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith’s decision to rate cannabis as a Class B drug, David Nutt, the chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, accused him of “distorting and devaluing” scientific research.

Prof Nutt pointed out that smoking cannabis carried a “relatively small risk” of psychotic illness, and called for the use of a “harm” index to rate all drugs including alcohol and tobacco.

According to him, alcohol was fifth behind cocaine, heroin, barbiturates and methadone in causing harm, while tobacco was ninth, ahead of cannabis, LSD and Ecstasy.

He blasts the “artificial” separation of alcohol and tobacco from the illegal drugs.

“No one is suggesting that drugs are not harmful. The critical question is one of scale and degree,” the Times Online quoted him, as saying.

“We need a full and open discussion of the evidence and a mature debate about what the drug laws are for – and whether they are doing their job,” he said.

Prof Nutt added: “I think we have to accept young people like to experiment – with drugs and other potentially harmful activities – and what we should be doing in all of this is to protect them from harm at this stage of their lives.

“We therefore have to provide more accurate and credible information. If you think that scaring kids will stop them using, you are probably wrong.”

However, James Brokenshire, the Conservative home affairs spokesman, disagreed with Prof Nutt.

He said: “Giving simple labels of levels of harm risk gives a false impression of the dangers, Drugs like GBL [a ‘party’ drug] can be lethal if taken in combination with alcohol. “Rather than providing clearer evidence on the harms linked to illicit drugs, Professor Nutt is making an overtly political pitch and that isn’t helpful.”