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      Are We Taking That Medication Too Long?

      By Harold Katz, R.Ph.                              remain on the med for much longer. The FDA (Food and Drug   Dristan and generics)
                                                         Administration) has warned that very long overuse may increase      These OTC products work quickly to reduce nasal stuffiness.
         Frequently we read about                        the likelihood of bone fractures. Also increased is the possibility   They shrink swollen nasal tissue and suddenly we can breathe
      seniors taking many drugs, and                     of chronic kidney disease, dementia, and heart attacks. The   better. The directions for use read: Use for no more than three
      we do so because in our seniority                  current wisdom: Take as little as needed for the shortest period   days. Adults who continue using these meds often become
      (!), we acquire multiple medical                   to achieve the desired effect. Also, make changes only with the   dependent… the nasal tissues remain swollen until the spray is
      problems. Not too much has been                    doctor’s permission.                              used again. Dr. Benjamin Tweel, Professor of Otolaryngology
      written…or researched… on the                         SLEEP AIDS: (Sominex, Advil PM, Tylenol PM and   at Mt. Sinai School of medicine in New York points out that
      LENGTH OF TIME a senior                            generics)                                         even when applied to the nose tissue, a small amount of this
      should be taking a prescribed                         About 15% of seniors use a prescription or OTC sleep aid.   medication is absorbed. This could be a problem if used
      or OTC (Over  the  Counter)                        According to Dr. R. Dasgupta, assistant professor of clinical   continually and you have heart disease or an irregular heart
      medication. Ongoing studies have identified some meds whose   medicine at the University of Southern California, these drugs   rhythm. The current wisdom: First try OTC saline or a salt and
      long term use needs to be curtailed. Here are a few examples:  have a stronger effect on seniors than on younger people,   water rinse. If ineffective, try a nasal spray…preferably at night
         HEARTBURN DRUGS: Proton pump inhibitors (Prilosec,   making them more susceptible to side effects such as confusion   and only for three days. If stuffiness still persists, consider other
      Prevacid, Nexium, omeprazole, and other generics) These very   and memory problems. They increase the risk of falls and hip   causes: allergies, nasal polyps, or a sinus infection, and check
      popular drugs are used for heartburn, GERD (Gastro-Intestinal   fractures. Long term use has been linked to dementia. The current   in with your doctor.
      Reflex Syndrome), and other GI problems. Current package   wisdom: Use only a few days in succession. If need persists, see      The examples offered underscore the wisdom of reading
      literature limits their use to three months; however, many   a sleep specialist. Their strategies will always be beneficial.   labels carefully when we shop for OTC products. In the case of
      patients get such complete relief from their symptoms, that they      DECONGESTANT NASAL SPRAYS: (Afrin, Vicks Sinex,   prescription meds, the number of refills allowed by the prescriber
                                                                                                           frequently eliminates the concern of overuse. Nevertheless, a
                                                                                                           “brown bag” visit to the doctor’s office with all our current meds
                                                                                                           is an excellent double check for a busy physician to see what
                                                                                                           medicines we are taking, and what we might do without. The
                                                                                                           final wisdom: Take all your meds as directed, when directed, and
                                                                                                           eliminate the meds that are no longer beneficial. That’s a giant
                                                                                                           step toward better health..and that’s what its all about.

                                                                                                              Harold Katz R.Ph., Edgewater Estates 
                                                                                                           The Power

                                                                                                           Of Less Not More

                                                                                                           By Steve Handwerker

                                                                                                              On the surface this may
                                                                                                           seem like a strange concept.
                                                                                                           It is not strange however
                                                                                                           to those who consider the
                                                                                                           ecocentric and sustainable
                                                                                                           Way of living. The power
                                                                                                           of less is not just a way of
                                                                                                           thinking, it is also a way of
                                                                                                           feeling and ultimately being. It is a state of mind that ultimately
           BUYER?                                  Call Joe Young         SELLER?                          means contentment. How do we get there? It begins with
                                                                                                           simplifying our lives. It means to unclutter, reuse, recycle,
          THIS IS THE MARKET YOU                                          YOU NEED EXPOSURE &              and conserve so that thriving is not a materially contingent
                                                                                                           experience!! There was a tee shirt years ago that said: “LIVE
          HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!                                         AGGRESSIVE MARKETING!             SIMPLY SO OTHERS CAN SIMPLY, LIVE!” A very wise

         (561) 756-8508                                                 (561) 756-8508                     statement that embodies an essential value and commitment
                                                                                                           that relates to conservation of resources, on all levels, as well
         Hope everyone is doing okay during these challenging times. I am here to assist any way I can.    as a sustainable existence. It even extends to being conscious
                                                                                                           of not wasting food. This latter idea relates not just to not
                                                                                                           throwing food out or not buying food that is not healthy for
                                                                SOLD                                       you but also relates to taking a rational and healthy look at
                                                                                                           what you ingest.
                                                                                                              All these practices mentioned relate to one core idea: be
                                                                                                           aware, of yourself, your surroundings and environment and
                                                                                                           what your needs really are, an idea ranging from the spiritual to
                                                                                                           the emotional and physical. AWARENESS. This can be done
                                                                                                           by simply taking a look inside your thoughts and feelings and
                                                                                                           Questioning what is there and how shall you relate to it. The
                                                                                                           issues we posted above are a good start! Enjoy the journey!!

                                                                                                              Dr. Steven E. Handwerker is a Board Certified Licensed
                                                                                                           Psychologist in four states (NY, FL, SD, VT) still in practice
                7271 Via Palomar   $569,000              6670 Villa Sonrisa Dr. #224      $240,000         after 40 years counseling individuals, families and groups
                                                                                                           worldwide. He is a Supreme Court Family Mediator and
                                                                                                           is a member of the Professional and Scientific Board of the
                                                                                                           National Center for Crisis Management a part of Homeland
              CLOSED                                         PENDING                                       Security. He has lectured at the American Psychological
                                                                                                           Association International Conventions for over 20 years
                                                                                                           sharing his experience to students and colleagues across 150
                                                                                                           programs. Dr. Handwerker is committed to the protection of
                                                                                                           our environment and the conservation of the precious and
                                                                                                           limited resources of the ecosystems that comprise our living
                                                                                                           planet, our home. 

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