Dr. Donna Barsky, PharmD
Bioidentical hormone therapy has become common today as both women and men are realizing its many benefits. They sleep better, have more energy and lose weight.Restoring and balancing hormones also improves mood and libido, reduces the risk of diabetes and relieves PMS, hot flashes, depression and anxiety. It improves memory and helps get rid of brain fog.
After you have decided that you need hormones, now what? Where does one begin and make an informed decision for your health?
Bioidentical hormones have the exact molecular structure as hormones produced by your body, so when you restore them, your body knows what to do with them. Just as a key fits perfectly into the right keyhole, bioidentical hormones do the same in your cells. Research shows that hormonal decline is associated with loss of body function and increase in disease. Studies demonstrate that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can improve sleep, fatigue, mood, cognitive function, bone mass, sexual function, muscle strength and body composition, and decrease inflammation....more
Dr. Donna Barsky, Pharm.D.
Most cardiologists say heart disease cannot be reversed, but some heart issues are driven by alcoholism for years. It’s well documented alcoholism causes a type of malnutrition that affects the heart. Physicians have attributed cardiovascular disease to smoking, eating habits, weight problems, high-cholesterol, high blood pressure, and bad genetics. Even now, scientists are discovering that free radicals, Omega-6 fatty acids, high homocysteine levels, circulating immune complexes in the blood, and overall systemic inflammation play fundamental roles in the onset of heart disease.
Dean Ornish. MD describes patients waiting to undergo a heart transplant -- those with the worst possible damage -- who enrolled in his program while on the transplant list. Some of them improved so much, they no longer needed a transplant. “Our studies show that with significant lifestyle changes, blood...more
Dr. Donna Barsky, Pharm.D.
There are so many new findings on how important our nutritional foundation is in relation to our longevity and quality of life that it is very difficult to keep up with the current trends. If you haven’t noticed by now, when you go to your physician for a yearly checkup we are now seeing, for the first time, routine levels being drawn
for both vitamin D and vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 has many important functions in the body. It works with the B vitamin folate to make our body’s genetic material. It helps keep levels of the amino acid homocysteine in check, which may help decrease heart disease risk, and it is essential to the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen through the blood to the body’s tissues. However, many people are deficient in B12.
There are many reasons or causes of deficiency. Some individuals have digestive systems that do not adequately absorb the vitamin from the foods they eat. This problem can increase as we age as well. Other causes could be pernicious anemia, which is the absence of a protein in the stomach...more
Dr. Donna Barsky, Pharm.D.
Erythema is a skin condition characterized by redness or rash. There are many types of erythema, including photosensitivity, erythema multiforme, and erythema nodosum. Photosensitivity is caused by a reaction to sunlight and tends to occur when something, such as an infection or a medication, increases your sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation. Erythema multiforme is characterized by raised spots or other lesions on the skin. It is usually caused by a reaction to medications, infections (especially herpes simplex virus), or illness. Erythema nodosum is a form of erythema that is accompanied by tender lumps, usually on the legs below the knees, and may be caused by certain medications or diseases.
What Causes It?
In half of all cases of either erythema multiforme or erythema nodosum, the exact cause is not known. In other cases, a variety of causes may result in erythema.
· Infection, primarily from the herpes simplex virus (HSV).
Adrenal Fatigue is a stress-related condition that occurs when your adrenal glands, hypothalamus, and pituitary gland are functioning below their optimal level. Adrenal Fatigue is usually the result of long term physical or emotional stress, and can lead to symptoms like low energy levels and weakened immunity.
As you might expect, fatigue is one of the most common Adrenal Fatigue symptoms. However, it is far from the only one that you might experience.
What is Adrenal Fatigue and how can you recognize it? Adrenal Fatigue leads to lower levels of a number of hormones and neurotransmitters, changes that can affect every single part of your body. Every individual with Adrenal Fatigue tends to have a slightly different set of symptoms, although there are always common complaints.
You can split up Adrenal Fatigue symptoms into two sets. The most common symptoms are those that are experienced by most (if not all) Adrenal Fatigue sufferers. These include symptoms like fatigue and food cravings. Then there are the less common symptoms, which are only...more
Christina Reiter, CCN
1. PROBIOTIC: ProBioMax Daily DF (Xymogen) does not have to be refrigerated (vacuum-sealed in a nitrogen blister pack) and safe for daily use.
2. VITAMIN D: Vitamin D3 5000 (Douglas) least expensive and raises levels fast (for about $10).
3. FATTY ACID: For eyes: OmegaPure DHA (Xymogen); for regular: OmegaMonoPure 1300 EC (Xymogen) MonoPure 1300 is a one-a-day, emulsified to bypass liver for better absorption.
4. DIGESTIVE ENZYMES: Bromelain Plus CLA (Biotics) this is a great and very clean enzyme that people buy over and over again because it works.
5. COQ10: CoQzyme 30, 60 count (Biotics) 30mg is equivalent to 88mg due to it having been emulsified so it bypasses the liver.
6. MULTIVITAMIN: Mitocore (Orthomolecular) has all the bells and whistles without the price tag and is great for those who want a little extra kick. Great for fatigue!
7. CONSTIPATION: Sculpt N’ Cleanse (Health Direct)
Christina Reiter, CCN
A vegetable soup recipe that has proven helpful in restoring adrenal function during the active, chronic and recovery phases of viral and bacterial infections.
This high energy soup called “Taz” comes from Dolores S. Downey’s “Balancing Body Chemistry with Nutrition” seminars.
* 16 oz. green beans
* 1cup chopped celery
* 1 zucchini, sliced
* 1 medium onion, chopped
* 1 cup tomato juice
* 1 cup spring water
* 2 Tbsp. raw honey
* 1 tsp paprika
* 1 cup chicken broth
* pepper to taste
You can substitute honey for agave. Add 2 teaspoons of grated garlic as well or 0.5 teaspoons of dried garlic.
Combine ingredients and simmer for one hour until vegetables are tender.
Childhood Inner Ear Infections will frequently cause an increase in the total WBC (acute phase) or a decrease in the total WBC (chronic phase). Supplemental Support: Use the following supplemental program with or without prescribed support; IAG, 2-6 teaspoons full daily (increase in the acute phase), Bio-Immunozyme Forte, 1-3 tablets daily,...more
by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP
We have all heard about diabetes and how prevalent it is becoming in our country, especially Type 2. This condition, although commonly called "adult-onset diabetes", actually affects people of all ages, and is connected to a diet high in sugar, lack of exercise, and even some environmental factors. But just recently, researchers have revealed another type of diabetes similar to Type 2 that is linked to Alzheimer's disease. Scientists are now saying Alzheimer's and dementia may actually be a form of diabetes, known as Type 3 diabetes. This is a huge discovery!
What is Type 3 diabetes?
Diabetes occurs when the pancreas is unable to make adequate amounts of insulin, a hormone released to help cells absorb glucose (also known as blood sugar), providing us with energy. Diabetes is divided into categories, and each characterized by its own set of circumstances.
Type 1 diabetes usually develops in children or young adults and cannot be corrected with diet or a change in lifestyle. Type 1 is genetically predetermined, and...more
Dr. Donna Barsky
I attended a short “informative seminar” with a fairly new OB/GYN who had been out of medical school for about a year. The physician was to supply the latest information about hormone replacement therapy (HRT), but what I heard were the same stories that I heard 20 years ago about synthetic hormones.
Obviously, big pharmaceutical companies are still contributing greatly to our medical schools. What most physicians do not realize is that, in this country, a natural product cannot be patented and, therefore, pharmaceutical companies will not fund a study that includes natural products. Most of the studies done with natural products are in foreign countries and given scientific processes are the same. In four different studies, synthetic progestins and progesterone have a number of differences in their molecular and pharmacologic effects on breast tissue, as some of the procarcinogenic effects of synthetic progestins contrast with the anticarcinogenic properties of progesterone.
When discussing progesterone, it is important to understand the difference between natural...more
The Senior Years: How to Stay Fit and Social
At the senior stage of life, the pressures and day-to-day hustle and bustle of routines begin to slow down. As you approach your senior years, you no longer have to be at work everyday (unless it is by choice) and more than likely all of your kids are grown and busy living their own lives, raising their own families. Having a lack of activity or routine can lead to extreme loneliness or even depression, and certainly that’s not what your golden years are supposed to be about! Here are some fun ways to stay active and fit as you embrace the senior phase of your life!
Group Fitness Classes
Group aerobics classes not only aid in getting your heart rate up and your blood pumping —it’s also a great way to meet new friends! You may find a listing of available classes at your local gym that range from water aerobics to yoga.more
Caring for our Parents
More than 22 million American households provide some level of support to a family member aged 50 or older – a 300 percent increase over the preceding decade. The time-consuming tasks, tough decisions, and arrangements for which typical caregivers are responsible can strain and drain the most loving of families, both emotionally and financially. I urge you to consider that if you have not prepared yourself for the demands of such a task, begin strategizing now. It can be a time of confusion and frustration.
Frequently, there is uncertainty as family members attempt to come to some sort of consensus regarding the care of a loved one. This is difficult enough when a parent is relatively good physical health, but even more difficult when the parent is in critical health. When there is “unfinished business” for adult children (feelings of invalidation, sibling rivalry, jealously, guilt, resentment, etc.), it may be difficult to maintain the patience needed to properly tend to an elderly parent. This may be especially true when...more
Dr. Donna Barsky
How is Your Thyroid Health?
Thyroid Replacement Therapy from Texas Star Pharmacy
Thyroid dysfunction affects many people, but it can be easily treated with compounded thyroid replacement medications. A safety concern to consider when using these medications is the specific dosage strength required by each patient. Taking too little or too much may result in unwanted symptoms.
There are many commercially available thyroid medications on the market; however, not all patients will respond appropriately to conventional treatments due to:
- Limited dosage strengths
- Limited dosage forms
- Thyroid drug shortages
- Brand and generic non-equivalence
- Batch variability with desiccated thyroid
- Pharmacodynamic variability
- Inert ingredients sensitivity
Manufactured porcine thyroid only offers a 1:4 ratio, but HUMANS require rations up to 1:11. Every person is different & needs a different ratio. We can change your dosage as needed and can tell what...more
A Pharmacist’s Perspective on the Increasing Need for Functional Medicine
Throughout the decades of modern medicine, more and more medications have been developed to treat a large number of diseases and maladies. The more medications available, the harder it is to keep up with what medication is best for the patient. That is why most medical schools have developed a standard protocol for diagnosis. Unfortunately, these protocols do not always address the person as a whole or the underlying issue.
Therefore, if a patient is experiencing symptoms such as weight gain, insomnia or mood changes, that patient will be treated with medication X. They will then perhaps be given additional laboratory tests and be treated with yet another medication. This diagnosis has very little to do with what’s causing the issue, but everything to do with how to patch the problem and create a false sense of security. It rarely gets totally to the source of the problem. A new approach to diagnosing disease states and symptoms was greatly needed.
Our goal as functional...more
A new German study found that many adults were not as informed about heart health as they could be.
This survey found that overall awareness of heart failure had not improved in the past decade among those surveyed.
For this study, more than 3,000 adults were surveyed over three different years: 2007, 2012 and 2015. In 2007, 68 percent of the respondents knew heart failure was a weakness of the heart.
Three major symptoms of heart failure are shortness of breath, reduced ability to exercise and leg edema (swelling caused by excess fluid). Only 40 percent of survey respondents knew all three symptoms in 2007. Seventy-nine percent identified shortness of breath as a major symptom; 74 percent identified reduced exercise tolerance; and 52 percent named leg edema.
Only 25 percent of respondents knew heart failure can be as bad as malignant cancers, this study found.
These researchers found that those results did not improve over the years.
Although this survey is not necessarily reflective of adults' heart failure awareness in other countries, the...more
Many women who had a raised risk of breast and ovarian cancer were not being tested for a gene that signifies a much higher cancer risk, a new study found.
And, according to the researchers behind this study, that means many missed opportunities for breast and ovarian cancer prevention.
Although this study found that the number of women who were tested for BRCA genetic mutations after the mutations were discovered in the 1990s had increased, it also found that many women who could benefit from testing still weren't receiving it.
Current recommendations hold that women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer should be tested for the BRCA mutation, the study authors pointed out.
This study also noted that many women who did not fit the family history criteria for testing were being tested.
This study looked at insurance claims for more than 53,000 women in the United States between...more
If you've had your gallbladder removed, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that you shouldn't use a particular irritable bowel syndrome medication.
That's because an FDA review found that these patients face a raised risk of serious pancreatitis, which can result in hospitalization or death. In fact, from May of 2015 to February of 2017, the FDA received 120 reports of serious pancreatitis, including two deaths. Of the patients who reported whether they had a gallbladder, most had had it removed.
Spasms of a certain digestive system muscle in the small intestine may cause pancreatitis,...more