Suzy is a graduate of the University of Florida and have been a licensed pharmacist for nearly 20 years. People call her "America's Most ...
March 24, 2015
What makes one person depressed and another happy? Certain conditions are commonly associated with depression such as hypothyroidism, Crohn's disease or colitis, migraines, diabetes, chronic infections and cancer. Lifestyle factors such as drinking alcohol and smoking are correlated, and the biggest secret of all is drug mugging.
March 16, 2015
Did you get diagnosed with diabetes after starting a statin drug?
March 9, 2015
Here's a surprise: Brand-new research published in the February 2015 Journal of Medicinal Food suggests that coconut water helps improve diabetes. The catch is that the research was done with a rat study, not a human study. Nevertheless, many animal model studies extrapolate to humans, so don't dismiss the research.
March 2, 2015
Sometimes blind faith leads to a disaster. Sometimes to a miracle. Where will you end up? If you're one of the millions of people diagnosed with high cholesterol, you will more than likely be given a prescription "statin" pill. These work well to reduce cholesterol: lovastatin for Mevacor, atorvastatin for Lipitor, pravastatin for Pravachol, fluvastatin for Lescol, simvastatin for Zocor, pitavastatin for Livalo, and rosuvastatin for Crestor.
February 23, 2015
You don't get alarmed when you lose your keys, but what if you were constantly forgetting what you had been trying to say a few seconds before? Full-blown dementia and Alzheimer's disease are disabling and difficult on family members. Today, I am offering suggestions from my Functional Medicine standpoint, to help you protect your brain and regain memory molecules.
February 9, 2015
Many of you take bisphosphonate drugs for bone loss and you write to me with complaints. Lawyers handle cases now due to reports of reactions like osteonecrosis or femur fractures. It's a terrible irony.
January 31, 2015
We are all afraid of losing our minds and our memories. It's scary to forget what you were just saying or where you put your glasses. No one is clear about what causes memory loss or neurodegenerative brain disorders, but we know fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin E support brain health. Vitamin E is Superman for your brain.
January 27, 2015
Are you worried about painful cold sores? They are highly contagious. If you kiss someone with a cold sore, or drink from that person's cup, you could get it too.
January 20, 2015
Have you ever had a sore throat, been stung by a bee, or twisted your ankle? Do you have arthritis, back pain or headaches? Whenever you are in pain, your body makes compounds in response to the injury, which causes temporary redness, heat and swelling. Then naturally produced enzymes in your body eat up these inflammatory compounds, and you notice the swelling goes down, the pain is relieved, and the redness or stiffness recedes.
January 9, 2015
Thiamine or vitamin B1 functions in hundreds of biochemical reactions. Your brain cells die without it. We must get thiamine every day from our foods. Unfortunately, most foods have minute amounts unless you like organ meats and molasses.
January 3, 2015
I'm a foodie and would never want to give up traditional desserts and pasta, bagels and muffins. That said, if my blood sugar was elevated, I would be highly motivated to alter my diet and try natural remedies before prescription drugs or shots. In the United States, 29 million people have Type 2 diabetes, and one in three adults have pre-diabetes — blood sugar levels higher than "normal," but not quite high enough to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
January 2, 2015
I overheard a family talking at a table next to mine. The son, who looked about 35 years old, snapped, "Cut me some slack, I only smoke three cigarettes a day!" I debated about whether to intrude on their conversation, and eventually decided not to. Everything I wanted to tell him, I shall now tell you.
December 19, 2014
Dear Readers: Here are interesting new medications that hit the market in 2014. Happy holidays! Love, Suzy
December 15, 2014
According to the Christmas story, the wise men brought gifts of frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus. Today, perfumes, incense and candles often are infused with their wonderful aromas. Both frankincense and myrrh have medicinal properties, so holistic practitioners suggest them for patients as dietary supplements and essential oils for various ailments.
December 8, 2014
Let's talk curry today. Penang, red or green curry, it's all good with me! Curry powder is a blend of spices, including turmeric.
December 1, 2014
You're methylating right now! This means you're turning folate (vitamin B9) from your food into something called SAMe. The process is called methylation, and SAMe is your body's head honcho — the CEO, if you will.
November 24, 2014
Dear Readers: Low-dose naltrexone, or LDN, is the prescription medication that every doctor has heard of, but rarely prescribes. Regular naltrexone (not low dose) is used for heroin addicts, alcoholics and opiate withdrawal. The low-dose version of the same drug has applications for autoimmune conditions, chronic infections and pain syndromes. Consider it an affordable adjunct especially because Remicade, Imuran, prednisone and other immune drugs come with hefty side effects and hefty price tags.
November 17, 2014
Dear Readers: There are natural alternatives to antidepressants that you may want to consider. If you have severe depression, it's ideal to get information and/or track your progress. Here's how:
November 10, 2014
Dear Readers: I'm one of those cooks who combine whatever I find in the fridge or pantry without a plan. I'll throw spices and foods together like a mad scientist. Recently, I went to my first cooking class on the secrets of Indian cuisine at Sur La Table.
November 5, 2014
Dear Readers: Joint stiffness and pain are no laughing matter. About 52.5 million adults in the United States were told by their doctor that they have some form of arthritis, whether it is rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia.
October 21, 2014
Dear Readers: I cannot tell you how frequently people write to me saying they are tired and frustrated with ineffective medicine. I believe adrenal exhaustion is at the root of pretty much everyone's misery, and there isn't a drug that nurtures your precious adrenal glands. If you cry easily, have a short fuse, or people call you "cranky," then you might have insufficient adrenal function. We live in such a fast-paced world with too much stress, too many emails and too many perceived obligations — it's easy to burn your adrenals out.
October 16, 2014
Dear Readers: Vitamin D is good for more than preventing rickets. This time of year, it also helps with depression and immune function.
October 11, 2014
Dear Readers: Drinking from plastic water bottles or taking the pill can cause hypothyroidism by raising your body's levels of estrogen hormone. The same can be said about menopause drugs.