Tylenol PM and Alzheimer’s?

Age-related memory loss runs in my family. Growing up, I remember my Great Aunt Clair telling us kids about her son who lived on the moon and who regularly sent her pennies. Aunt Clair never married or had children, but was sweet and we loved her stories nonetheless. My maternal grandfather also suffered from dementia, and now my mom. So it’s reasonable to say that I’m interested in all things memory related.

I’m a big fan of staying healthy through lifestyle choices and eating well, and read anything I see about risk factors for Alzheimer’s. Until recently, there haven’t been many clues as to ways to reduce your risk of developing memory loss in later life–with one exception. Research in recent years has pointed to physical activity as a possible factor in reducing your chances of developing Alzheimer’s. Anecdotally, my dad was physically active until his death at age 87.  He was always as sharp as a tack–despite having Aunt Clair and her equally forgetful sisters upstream in his family tree.

Now however, research has given us another piece to the memory loss puzzle, and it seems to be residing right in your medicine cabinet. Research findings in JAMA Neurology this week have noted a link between many medications and Alzheimer’s. Most disturbing is that the medications are both commonly used and many can be found over the counter (without a prescription).

Avoiding medication with Chinese medicineIt seems that the biggest offender are drugs that have an anticholinergic affect. These drugs work by inhibiting the action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in your brain. Noted changes beyond decreased acetylcholine include a lower metabolic activity in the memory part of your brain as well as structural changes in the brain as noted on MRI examinations.

Here’s the kicker–common antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are anticholinergics. And in case you didn’t know, the PM ingredients in Tylenol PM or Advil PM, or any PM products and many over-the-counter sleep aids is Benadryl. But that’s not all. There is a long list of medications that have this anticholinergic effect, and many of them are regularly prescribed, or worse, found in the aisles of your drug store.

There’s more. Some antidepressants, such as Paxil have been related to memory loss. In addition, the class of antianxiety drugs called benzodiazepines are also on the memory loss black list. If you suffer from heartburn or indigestion, you may also be taking medications that affect your memory too, as the class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s), such as Prilosec, Prevised, and Nexium are also found to negatively affect memory.

I have to admit, after reading about these medications and their link to Alzheimer’s and memory loss, my first, selfish thought is to examine what I have been taking. Did that occasional Tylenol PM I took a couple of years ago set me up for forgetfulness when I’m 70? What about those two weeks every June when I take Loratadine for my allergies to Cottonwood trees? Have I doomed myself to telling the kids about pennies from the moon?

My second, and hopefully more rational thought is that many of the conditions for which people take antihistamines, benzodiazepines, and proton pump inhibitors can be treated with Chinese medicine. Here are a few examples:

-Antihistamines are generally taken most frequently for seasonal allergies. In Chinese medicine, most allergies are considered to be an energy weakness in which your body’s protective “shield” isn’t strong, allowing allergens to affect your health. Many people who suffer from allergies head them off by scheduling a handful of acupuncture treatments prior to their allergy season. In most cases, that’s enough to keep them fairly comfortable and sneeze-free during hay fever season.

-Beyond allergies, Benadryl is most commonly used as a sleep aid, because it makes you drowsy. Truth be told, I have been guilty of popping them for a few nights after a bout of sleeplessness several years ago, which is a very symptom-based way of handling the problem. The only permanent solution is to deal with the underlying cause, and in Chinese medicine, there are several reasons why you don’t sleep, from Liver stagnation to Yin depletion.

Good digestion is a key component to good health and clear thinking in Chinese medicine. If you’re talking proton pump inhibiting medications, it means that your digestion is funky. Whether it’s a Liver and Stomach disharmony or Stomach heat, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help improve your digestion dramatically, and in most cases eliminate your need to take these medications.

The bottom line is that while memory loss is a scary thing, it’s even more disturbing to think that the medications you’ve been taking may have contributed to or caused it. With this new information about the drug and Alzheimer’s link, it’s time to take a close look at what’s in your medicine cabinet.

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Age-related memory loss runs in my family. Growing up, I remember my Great Aunt Clair telling us kids about her son who lived on the moon and who regularly sent her pennies. Aunt Clair never married or had children, but was sweet and we loved her stories nonetheless. My maternal grandfather also suffered from dementia, and now my mom. So it’s reasonable to say that I’m interested in all things memory related.

I’m a big fan of staying healthy through lifestyle choices and eating well, and read anything I see about risk factors for Alzheimer’s. Until recently, there haven’t been many clues as to ways to reduce your risk of developing memory loss in later life–with one exception. Research in recent years has pointed to physical activity as a possible factor in reducing your chances of developing Alzheimer’s. Anecdotally, my dad was physically active until his death at age 87.  He was always as sharp as a tack–despite having Aunt Clair and her equally forgetful sisters upstream in his family tree.

Now however, research has given us another piece to the memory loss puzzle, and it seems to be residing right in your medicine cabinet. Research findings in JAMA Neurology this week have noted a link between many medications and Alzheimer’s. Most disturbing is that the medications are both commonly used and many can be found over the counter (without a prescription).

Avoiding medication with Chinese medicineIt seems that the biggest offender are drugs that have an anticholinergic affect. These drugs work by inhibiting the action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in your brain. Noted changes beyond decreased acetylcholine include a lower metabolic activity in the memory part of your brain as well as structural changes in the brain as noted on MRI examinations.

Here’s the kicker–common antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are anticholinergics. And in case you didn’t know, the PM ingredients in Tylenol PM or Advil PM, or any PM products and many over-the-counter sleep aids is Benadryl. But that’s not all. There is a long list of medications that have this anticholinergic effect, and many of them are regularly prescribed, or worse, found in the aisles of your drug store.

There’s more. Some antidepressants, such as Paxil have been related to memory loss. In addition, the class of antianxiety drugs called benzodiazepines are also on the memory loss black list. If you suffer from heartburn or indigestion, you may also be taking medications that affect your memory too, as the class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s), such as Prilosec, Prevised, and Nexium are also found to negatively affect memory.

I have to admit, after reading about these medications and their link to Alzheimer’s and memory loss, my first, selfish thought is to examine what I have been taking. Did that occasional Tylenol PM I took a couple of years ago set me up for forgetfulness when I’m 70? What about those two weeks every June when I take Loratadine for my allergies to Cottonwood trees? Have I doomed myself to telling the kids about pennies from the moon?

My second, and hopefully more rational thought is that many of the conditions for which people take antihistamines, benzodiazepines, and proton pump inhibitors can be treated with Chinese medicine. Here are a few examples:

-Antihistamines are generally taken most frequently for seasonal allergies. In Chinese medicine, most allergies are considered to be an energy weakness in which your body’s protective “shield” isn’t strong, allowing allergens to affect your health. Many people who suffer from allergies head them off by scheduling a handful of acupuncture treatments prior to their allergy season. In most cases, that’s enough to keep them fairly comfortable and sneeze-free during hay fever season.

-Beyond allergies, Benadryl is most commonly used as a sleep aid, because it makes you drowsy. Truth be told, I have been guilty of popping them for a few nights after a bout of sleeplessness several years ago, which is a very symptom-based way of handling the problem. The only permanent solution is to deal with the underlying cause, and in Chinese medicine, there are several reasons why you don’t sleep, from Liver stagnation to Yin depletion.

Good digestion is a key component to good health and clear thinking in Chinese medicine. If you’re talking proton pump inhibiting medications, it means that your digestion is funky. Whether it’s a Liver and Stomach disharmony or Stomach heat, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help improve your digestion dramatically, and in most cases eliminate your need to take these medications.

The bottom line is that while memory loss is a scary thing, it’s even more disturbing to think that the medications you’ve been taking may have contributed to or caused it. With this new information about the drug and Alzheimer’s link, it’s time to take a close look at what’s in your medicine cabinet.

Can Reiki Lead to Weight Loss?

The aim of Reiki is to balance the flow of energy inside the body and sometimes around it too, it is possible that Reiki can lead to loss of weight. It is a health practice which can be categorized as an alternative one, and in this system, the Reiki practitioner’s own energy is used as a stimulus for accentuating the natural healing process of the body of the patient. According to Reiki, there are a number of chakras or energy centers in a human body, and if one of the chakras are block for any reason, it can lead to problems.

can reiki lead to weight loss

Reiki and Weight Loss

There are a number of Chakras in a human body which are associated with different functions in the body. The main chakras which can be associated with weight loss are the Spleen Chakra, the Throat Chakra and the Solar Plexus Chakra. It is believed that the Chakra of Spleen, which is located inside your underbelly, also controls the social nature.

Thus, any imbalance there can lead to depression, and substance abuse, which can easily lead to weight gains, due to overeating or cravings for fatty foods. Moreover the solar plexus Chakra which is situated at the upper section of the belly is known to be associated with self confidence. It has been seen that people having some blockage in this chakra are generally prone to diabetes and digestive problems. At times weight gain could be related to hormonal imbalances which Reiki can change.

The benefit of Reiki is that it helps you to know about your body. Also it helps to form willpower, which is essential for weight loss. It also helps in lowering stress level, which may easily lead to eating disorder or over eating, in course leading to gaining weight. It also prevents the buildup of a stress hormone named cortisol, which affects weight.

Five Ways to Lose Weight Through Reiki

Here are 5 ways by which Reiki can help you lose some weight.

  • It is a good idea to Reiki the food you eat. This helps in leading to the emission of the healing energy inside the body, as the food is digested. It does not only lead to happiness, it also makes your body stronger.
  • Along with the food, use Reiki water and it might be helpful if you say “let this water clean my body off all the toxins”. A positive mindset always helps.
  • It is important to love your body. Let it bring some peace to the body and mind. This will help you free your elf from a negative body image and as a result it will be easier to lose weight.
  • Use affirmation for best result. In a piece of paper write that you are losing weight in the healthiest possible way and read it.
  • Use a yellow crystal on the solar plexus. This will increase the will power needed to lose weight.

These are the best possible ways, in which Reiki can lead to weight loss.

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The aim of Reiki is to balance the flow of energy inside the body and sometimes around it too, it is possible that Reiki can lead to loss of weight. It is a health practice which can be categorized as an alternative one, and in this system, the Reiki practitioner’s own energy is used as a stimulus for accentuating the natural healing process of the body of the patient. According to Reiki, there are a number of chakras or energy centers in a human body, and if one of the chakras are block for any reason, it can lead to problems.

can reiki lead to weight loss

Reiki and Weight Loss

There are a number of Chakras in a human body which are associated with different functions in the body. The main chakras which can be associated with weight loss are the Spleen Chakra, the Throat Chakra and the Solar Plexus Chakra. It is believed that the Chakra of Spleen, which is located inside your underbelly, also controls the social nature.

Thus, any imbalance there can lead to depression, and substance abuse, which can easily lead to weight gains, due to overeating or cravings for fatty foods. Moreover the solar plexus Chakra which is situated at the upper section of the belly is known to be associated with self confidence. It has been seen that people having some blockage in this chakra are generally prone to diabetes and digestive problems. At times weight gain could be related to hormonal imbalances which Reiki can change.

The benefit of Reiki is that it helps you to know about your body. Also it helps to form willpower, which is essential for weight loss. It also helps in lowering stress level, which may easily lead to eating disorder or over eating, in course leading to gaining weight. It also prevents the buildup of a stress hormone named cortisol, which affects weight.

Five Ways to Lose Weight Through Reiki

Here are 5 ways by which Reiki can help you lose some weight.

  • It is a good idea to Reiki the food you eat. This helps in leading to the emission of the healing energy inside the body, as the food is digested. It does not only lead to happiness, it also makes your body stronger.
  • Along with the food, use Reiki water and it might be helpful if you say “let this water clean my body off all the toxins”. A positive mindset always helps.
  • It is important to love your body. Let it bring some peace to the body and mind. This will help you free your elf from a negative body image and as a result it will be easier to lose weight.
  • Use affirmation for best result. In a piece of paper write that you are losing weight in the healthiest possible way and read it.
  • Use a yellow crystal on the solar plexus. This will increase the will power needed to lose weight.

These are the best possible ways, in which Reiki can lead to weight loss.

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Long Term Survival

Awareness has become a larger part of my practice than I expected and I fully embrace the magnitude of what it can, on occasion, involve.  Many times, I am reminded that despite having a strong commitment to evidence based practice, I can still be far from mainstream thought.  For example,  several years ago a public health nurse in Calgary was asked on the radio if there were any need to eat organic.  Her answer in summary was to the effect of, “in the last several years, I have only seen maybe one or two cases of acute toxicity from consuming pesticides or herbicides on fruits or vegetables.  So, there isn’t really a safety issue.”  My reply would have been, knowing how smoking causes cancer, how may times have you seen acute toxicity of cigarette smoking in the last several years?  So, is there a safety issue with smoking?

Then we now have John Schadan vice president of Sherritt Coal.  Recently one of Sherritt Coal’s tailing ponds broke and spilled heavy metals into the surrounding streams west of Edmonton and now the toxic waste is entering the Athabasca River.  To my surprise, the vice president tells the reporter that he wanted to prove a point to himself so drank water directly from the contaminated stream (Click to watch CBC Sherritt Coal Tailing Pond Spill Interview).  I’ll leave it to you to decide what point he just proved!

It is not just the world we are leaving for our children that matters but we need to empower our children with the survival skills to last for generations or the state of the world that we leave them will not matter.

Awareness has become a larger part of my practice than I expected and I fully embrace the magnitude of what it can, on occasion, involve.  Many times, I am reminded that despite having a strong commitment to evidence based practice, I can still be far from mainstream thought.  For example,  several years ago a public health nurse in Calgary was asked on the radio if there were any need to eat organic.  Her answer in summary was to the effect of, “in the last several years, I have only seen maybe one or two cases of acute toxicity from consuming pesticides or herbicides on fruits or vegetables.  So, there isn’t really a safety issue.”  My reply would have been, knowing how smoking causes cancer, how may times have you seen acute toxicity of cigarette smoking in the last several years?  So, is there a safety issue with smoking?

Then we now have John Schadan vice president of Sherritt Coal.  Recently one of Sherritt Coal’s tailing ponds broke and spilled heavy metals into the surrounding streams west of Edmonton and now the toxic waste is entering the Athabasca River.  To my surprise, the vice president tells the reporter that he wanted to prove a point to himself so drank water directly from the contaminated stream.  I’ll leave it to you to decide what point he just proved!

It is not just the world we are leaving for our children that matters but we need to empower our children with the survival skills to last for generations or the state of the world that we leave them will not matter.