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10 pairs of drugs that can harm you. Do not take the following drugs together. Consult with your physician. 

bulletLanoxin or Quinidine with CalanSr
bulletInsulin with Inderal
bulletWarfarin (Coumadin) or Theophylline or Dilantin  with Tagamet
bulletProzac with Desyrel
bulletDemerol with Nardil
bulletMevacor with Lopid
bulletTegretol with Erythromycin

New study reports that long-term aspirin users (more than one  tablet a week for 10 years or more) have twice the risk for developing cataracts (posterior subcapsular type) especially in people younger than 65 years of age.

Flaxseeds are beneficial as a protector against colon cancer.

A new German study shows that Vitamin C (by opening blood vessels) allows more oxygen and nutrients to absorb into the organs. May be helpful for Congestive Heart Failure.

New studies report 120 mgs of Gingko Biloba help Alzheimer's patients increase thinking skills. Also, Alzheimer's disease is higher among peole who work near high electromagnetic fields, especially seamstresses. Studies indicate that workers exposed to high EMF levels have three to five times the normal risk of Alzheime's.

Potassium intake reduces Stroke: Foods rich in potassium (bananas, tomatoes, spinach & oranges) and related nutrients (such as magnesium, ad cereal fiber) may help reduce the risk of stroke up to 38% lower risk. It helps to be more active, eat more  fruits and vegetables, smoke less and consume less alchohol.

Breast Cancer & Tamoxifen? In a recent study, Tamoxifen reduced the risk of development & recurrence of breast cancer. However, the drug may increase the risk of uterine cancer and blood clots. Recommended for women with high risk of breast cancer. Several cases have been reported that patients on tamoxifen for treatment of breast cancer have developed painless, bilateral, progressive loss of visual acuity. The time of interval between initiation of treatment and vision loss varies but is generally 3 to 5 years.

Viagra (newly approved impotence drug) could affect those with eye problems. Some people have experienced temporary visual problems especially at higher doses including retinal & visual dysfunction such seeing a bluish color tinge and increased light sensitivity and affect the way we see for a number of hours. Recommendations: take the minimum amount necessary. Flash!!! Do not take viagra if you are taking nitroglycerin, may cause irreversable hypertension and death.

Calcium & Osteoporosis?  Calcium citrate is best. Less likely to cause stomach upset, well absorbed by the body. Calcium fortified orange juice is a good source. Taking calcium depletes the body of zinc so take additional zinc supplements (10mg). More women die each year from hip fractures related to osteoporosis than from breast cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer combined. Osteoporosis affects over 28 million Americans.

Hormonal Replacement Therapy (HRT)? In standard dosages, HRT (usually with progestin-to prevent uterine bleeding and decrease the risk of uterine cancer) can reduce menopausal symptoms, prevent and treat osteoporosis and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, it can cause breast tenderness and uterine bleeding and may increase risk of breast and uterine cancer. A new study suggests that a lower dosage may be sufficient. Other options include healthier lifestyle and more phytoestrogens (plant source estrogens), such as soy foods.

Walking and Longevity: Did you know that even mild exercise like walking can add years to your life. In a 12-year study of 700 retired men over 60, those who walked two miles a day reduced their risk of dying almost in half, compared with those who walked less than one mile. The more the men walked, the greater the benefit.

Vitamin E: New study shows that low doses of Vitamin E reduces the risk of prostate cancer by 32%. However, Vitamin E (like aspirin) may increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke. Currently, Vitamin E is widely recommended for protecting against heart disease and cataracts.

Cataract Surgery Update! New multifocal intraocular lens consisting of five concentric rings, correct nearsightedness and farsightedness at the same time they remove cataracts. Smaller incision and faster recovery.

Meds for the Needy: The following companies have prescription assistance programs that provide free meds to doctors willing to dispense them to needy patients: Alcon: 800-451-3937, Allergan: 800-347-4500, Burroughs/Wellcome: 800-722-9294, Merck: 800-994-2111, Pfizer: 800-646-4455, and Otsuka: 800-562-3974 ext 2234.