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Helpful Bacteria??? June 3, 2009

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Ok, I must be nuts right?  How can bacteria be helpful?  I hear all the news about bacterial resistance, super bugs, new antibiotics to kill them etc.  So how in the world could they be helpful?   You would be surprised.

According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, many more studies are being done on bacteria.  The thought being that more insight to how bacteria work, and even why there presence, helps alleviate infection.  How can bacteria do this?  I’ll show a few examples.

If you have taken antibiotics before, I am sure you were told one the side effects most people get is diarrhea  (ewwwww).  Well, the reason for this is simple.  The antibiotic is killing bacteria in the gut.  The problem, those are NOT the bacteria we are targeting.  So what happens is that the bacteria that were once kept in check just because something was there, can now grow.  The issue is, they were not supposed to.  So more of the stuff you dont need is present and creates a rather…unpleasant problem.

Example 2.  What the dirtiest place on the body?  NO, its what you think.  Its your mouth.  There are more colonies of bacteria in your mouth than anywhere else.  So, why dont you get infections galore every day?  Hmmm, that is why the studies are happening.

So that you know, bacteria have already helped us.  There are some therapies today that work because we use the “tools’ in the bacteria as a factory to produce helpful medicine or reactions in the body.  Funny, that is exactly how viruses work.  But thats another story.

According to the article, researchers are now checking on a way to use a variant of a bacteria called C. difficile.  As a pharmacist I can tell, the regular one is NASTY.  It is already in you but held in check, Take antibiotics for a while…you will see this bacteria in full effect.  It can be a dangerous bug to have uncontrolled.  So why the variant?  By altering the bacteria, it is hoped to combat and even destroy its cousins to avoid this NASTY effects.  HEY wait a minute…NO antibiotics!!!  Just use an existing bacteria to help….THATS CRAZY!!!  Isnt living in this age so interesting?

There is one other thing mentioned here.  Apparently there is some link to H. pylori and asthma.  H.Pylori just a few years ago was found to be the cause of stomach ulcers.  So for those that have had one, that is why the antiobiotcs were given.  This bug is HARD to kill.  Think of it, a bacteria that LIKES to live in ACID and NO AIR.  They would do well in NY. Well, there is some link though that shows it can help alleviate a person from developing asthma.  The research is to new so only time will tell.

Well, the whole point here was to show how medicine is shifitng its views to alternatives…helpful bacteria.  Nutraceuticals are in the picture as well.  As health care costs rise, we become more ill, these concepts will continue to grow in demand and popularity.

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Retirement an Issue, Ok just live longer!! May 26, 2009

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Here is a story that is very telling of todays economic mentality and just how fragile the financial picture is for most.  According to a Forbes article in the March 09 special issue, it was suggested that living longer could allow us to PUSH back the retirement age!  WHAT??!!  For some in these tough times, that has become a reality because most dont have a source of residual income or their nest egg was wiped out.  Here is where it gets interesting.  

There is actually science present that is being worked on to do it!!  No this is not Star Trek and you are not in the Twilight Zone.  It is known, and states in the article, that living past 100 is largely genetics.  The gene responsible for this is known as well…SIRT-1.  It apparently “removes intracellular junk” in your body.  (Hmmm, more on that soon).  The goal is to try and artificially create an SIRT-1 activator to use in humans to extend our lives!!  WOW. Now the reason for this again, is to delay retirement and hence not put such a strain on the system.  So is this really happening?  You bet it is!  The pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Smith Kline is now working on this after purchasing the company working on it for 720 million dollars.  

So lets look at this.  People increasingly dont have the money to survive retirement.  Social Security is clearly dead.  Does the answer TRULY lie in manipulating our genes to achieve financial security??  That is SCARY.  Well, for now, people are grasping onto the right concepts.  That is better education about food, vitamins, antioxidants, weight loss etc.  Hey I said I would get back to that “intracellular junk.”  Well, vitamins and foods rich in antioxidants can reduce that also.  The way I see it, gene or no genes, the one thing that must happen in the 70, 80 or 90 years you live is finding options for yourself that provide residual income.  The reality is, we may be able to live longer, but if we don’t make the choices, its just a longer time to look back at lost time or opportunity. Start taking better care of ourselves and finances, and make the MOST of the time NATURALLY given to us.

Who Am I May 26, 2009

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Hello to all!!  I am happy to be here.  As you can see this is my first post.  Just want to introduce myself.  My name is David Medina.  I am a full time, licensed, Pharmacist here in NY.  I have been practicing for 11 years now.  I have done the whole store thing.  I have done home IV therapy, nursing homes and now specialize in Hospice care.  In my 11 years, I have seen enough to know the medical system is tough here in the United States.  I see many who are ill.  Unfortunately, many stay ill for 1 or both of the following reasons: 1) They don’t have the money or coverage 2) They don’t posses the knowledge.  It is very hard as a person who wants to help others see people remain ill because their medications cost so much.  However, if we here in the United States could start increasing our knowledge of the body, perhaps we can lead happier and fuller lives.  That movement is well on its way already. 

Therein lies my purpose in being here.  I plan to devote this blog to matters of health and wellness, and money/business topics.  This medium is great for this.  As a pharmacist my biggest frustration, felt by many in fact, is that our system wants us to provide a high quality of care through information.  Yet the system has made it so difficult to stay in business, it has become more about volume than quality.  Now there may be exceptions, but this is largely the truth.  Therefore, I will now use the knowledge I have and am obtaining through my own efforts to help others on my own terms.  You will get to know me…if you choose of course.  It is my mission to bring value to the people that read this.  I hope to encourage dialogue and perhaps to start the wheels of change for some.  I am at YOUR servce.