Archive for May 2014

3 Apps to Simplify Your Life

These days there is an app for everything and that includes apps designed to help you take your medications on time! Do you forget to order refills until you are already on your last pill? Don’t worry, these apps have you covered!

1. Pill Reminder
5.27 pill reminderBrought to you by Drugs.com, the Pill Reminder is an incredibly flexible and easy-to-use application. It is not only a pill and refill reminder, but also a comprehensive personal medication record (PMR) app for your iPhone. Use this app to manage any combination of medications and vitamins/supplements.

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2. RxmindMe
5.27 rxmindmeRxmindMe is a reminder app for your medications, vitamins and supplements. It allows you to enter all your dosage information, set up reminders and keep track of when you take them.

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3. MediSafe
5.27 hp appThe Top Rated medication reminder, if you need to track your medications, this is the app for you! MediSafe is a beautiful, visual and easy-to-use pill reminder and medication management app. It will help you take your medicine on time and safely.

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Bioidentical Hormones: The Basics

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What are bioidentical hormones?

Hormones are chemical messengers for the cells. The term “bioidentical” is used to describe a compound that possesses an identical molecular structure to what the human body naturally produces.

Are they safe?

The distribution of false information has caused many people to question the safety and effectiveness of bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical hormones are a safe and effective solution for hormonal imbalance and/or decline in men and women, because they are naturally produced by the body and are essential to proper function.

What about birth control pills, Premarin or Provera?

These drugs are synthetic hormones which are devised in a lab to mimic bioidentical hormones, but have a host of dangerous side effects, including an increased risk of blood clots, stroke, heart disease and breast cancer.

5 Things You Need to Know About the New “Superbug”

5.5 hp superbugYou may have seen reports in the news this week about the new superbug. If you missed it, here are the 5 things you need to know:

1. What is the big deal? The Center for Disease Control released a report claiming that over two million people get sick and 23,000 people die each year of drug-resistant infections called superbugs.

2. How did this happen? The superbug came about because for the last several decades, doctors have been freely handing out prescriptions for antibiotics. In fact, the CDC estimates half of these prescriptions are completely unnecessary.

3. What if I am sick? Dr. Hotze suggests that, for an acute illness, such as strep throat or a sinus infection, the drug approach may be appropriate. However, few patients with chronic ailments ever really get well by taking drugs. Chronic illness and disease are not caused by deficiencies of prescription drugs.

4. What can I do to avoid the superbug? The CDC lists candida (yeast) as one of the serious threats. We know an abundance of candida in your body can cause a host of problems, so not only should we refuse unnecessary antibiotics, but we should limit the amount of yeast and sugar we consume.

5. Where do we go from here? Healthcare providers across the country need to come to the realization that there needs to be a major shift in the way we practice medicine. By following Dr. Hotze’s lead and helping patients get well naturally, we can lessen the impact of the superbug.