Medications

Fight C Diff Smell with Something Else Smelly

Although we are each one body, we are actually a whole eco-system. Within our bodies there Trillions (with a ‘T’) of microorganisms. Bacteria, parasites and yeast all live throughout our bodies and interact with each other. Put that thought into your head the next time you spot an attractive person and realize what makes them …

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Alzheimer Disease Genetics – Are you at Higher Risk?

APOE4. No that’s not the ‘Group Number’ on your insurance card. It does, however, have a lot to do with your health. Especially if you are approaching middle age or later in your life. Scientists are finding out what most people suspected for a long time. Alzheimer disease genetics plays a big role in determining …

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Should Seniors Use Antidepressants Even If They Don’t Have Depression?

Seems like a weird question. Although maybe not. I just came across this study from The British Journal of Psychiatry, October 2019. The study shows that for elderly people, the rates of antidepressants prescribed by doctors went from 7.4% from 1990-1993 to 29.2% in 2008-2011. This was especially true in care homes. Does that mean …

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Polypharmacy – How Many Drugs are Too Many for the Elderly?

I’m amazed sometimes when I look at the prescription list of some of our residents when they move in to one of our homes. It can be 18-20 drugs long. Or more! The medical term for this is Polypharmacy – the use of multiple drugs or more that are medically necessary. Now I’m no doctor. …

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9 Easy Ways to Maximize the Value of a Telemedicine Visit

During this pandemic, many doctors are switching over to a telemedicine visit.  That’s a fancy way of saying a video call between a doctor and a patient. Although there are many good clinics in Goodyear and Surprise, AZ, doctors want to be safe around elderly patients. Many doctor’s offices are closed or restricted from seeing patients …

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Our Staff works closely with doctors and nurses to minimize drug side effects

Drug Side Effects – How to Protect Your Elderly Parent

(Note: A lot of the information in this post about drug side effects comes from a book we highly recommend. Robert Derlet, MD and Joseph Cohen, MD wrote  BoomER: Emergency Room Survival Guide for Baby Boomers and Older Folks. BoomER helps families take charge of the health of their elderly relatives. They learn why they …

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Light and sound have helped with dementia treatment in mice

7 Encouraging Developments in Dementia Treatment

Although we’re still a long way from a cure for the various forms of Dementia, there are some encouraging signs. Dementia treatment has come a long way in recent years. And we need more and more new treatments. According to the World Health Organization, another 10 million people a day receive a dementia diagnosis. Currently …

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An Important “Drug-Induced” Nutrient Depletion Calculator

The residents in our assisted living homes take a lot of medications. It’s pretty typical for older people who have a variety of chronic conditions. We always think of these medications as substances that are supposed to help us. But the drug-induced nutrient depletion that can result may cause more problems than the medications solve. …

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Iowaska ceremony

11 Wildest Effects of Iowaska (and some cautions about what it can do)

Recently we had the son of one of our resident’s travel down to Ecuador and participate in an Iowaska Ceremony (also spelled Ayahuasca). He had quite an experience. So we thought we would write a post describing these ceremonies which are growing more and more popular. Some people have had great experiences and some have had very bad experiences. We will let you judge for yourself.

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