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HealthTip of the Week…

Another Way of Looking At Drugs
According to Dr. Steve Hoffman, while drug therapy may be an approach to dealing with the symptoms of a health condition, the drug never gets to the cause of the problem and often just makes the patient more comfortable while their health continues deteriorating.  To address the cause of the malfunction in the body, one must look first to the master control system-the nervous system.

America's #7 Most Popular Drug
The #7 most popular prescribed drug in 2009 according to Forbes Magazine (May, 2010):
Lipitor (high cholesterol)-Over 51 million prescriptions.  The actual name for this popular drug is Atorvastatin.  As you can tell by the name, it is a "statin" used to block the body's production of cholesterol.
We present this information for you if you find that you MUST take medication.  Now you can be aware of the do's and don'ts:
So what do you need to know about this very popular drug?
Do keep up your CoQ10 levels at 30 - 100 mg per day may prevent this heart-healthy nutrient from being depleted by this drug and it may reduce potential side effects.  On the "don't" side, don't consume grapefruit or pomegranate or their juices as these healthy fruits may reduce the body's ability to use the drug.  (Seems foolish but it you are on this drug, you should know not to consume these fruits.)
You should not take Lipitor if you are allergic to atorvastatin, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you have liver disease.  Certain other drugs can increase your risk of serious muscle problems, and it is critical that your doctor knows if you are using any of them.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic Lipitor reaction:
Unexplained muscle pain or weakness, fever, unusual tiredness, dark colored urine, reduced urination, swelling, weight gain, nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellow skin or eyes).  This is not a complete list…

The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…
Here are 5 easy lifestyle approaches to lowering cholesterol naturally:  Alter your diet to reduce your intake of red meat (though Buffalo may be an exception to this rule), regular exercise focusing on cardio like brisk walking, and adding soluble fiber, green tea and plant sterols.
Of course, the best results can be obtained by including regular chiropractic care as part of your heart healthy lifestyle!

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