DRUGS AND SUPPLEMENTS

I’ve Been Thinking

As some of you know, I have myself been health challenged of late. (Details here.)

Looking back over my illness has led me to be grateful that I had lived a Quantitative Medicine lifestyle long enough that I have not become completely disabled. My recovery continues apace.

Food vs Supplements

My office is near several other physicians. It is common for me to see one of their patients coming out with a little brown bag of nutritional goodies.

Whatever this says about their business model it raises a question I am often asked: Hey, Doc, which supplements should I be taking?

Cancer and Vitamins

Good Day to All!
 
This is [Dr. Mike’s] January’s Newsletter.
 
I am going to use this occasion to partially explain why I only reluctantly use or advise supplements.

Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Statins, and Peanuts

Ibuprofen and other NSAIDS, aspirin excepted, are associated with a significant increase in heart attacks. Aspirin, on the other hand, reduces heart attacks, but carries a bleeding risk that cancels the effect. Statins also reduce heart attacks somewhat, but have side effects and further have no overall benefit for most groups. The winner, therefore, is peanuts, which reduce heart attacks 30%, have no side effects, and are delicious.