It's not unusual for people living with chronic pain to also be dealing with some depression and/or anxiety . But if you're taking an opioid like oxycodone for the pain and also taking an herbal supplement containing St. John's Wort, you may unknowingly be reducing the effectiveness of your pain medication. A small study in Finland found that when St. John's Wort and oxycodone were taken together, the plasma concentration of oxycodone decreased by 50 percent and its half-life (the time it takes for half the drug to be elimitated from the body) was shortened by 27 percent. The reason for the significant decrease in oxycodone's effectiveness may lie in the fact that St. John’s wort is a well-known to induce CYP450 liver enzymes, which play an important role in the metabolism of many opioids. Although oxycodone was the only opioid tested, it would be logical to think that other opioids which are metabolized through the CYP450 pathways might be similarly...
Traveling with a bloated belly that is backed-up by some restaurant food from the night before is never fun. Those flavor enhancers found at a recent convenience food stop can also ruin a trip. These sudden changes of diet that most of us experience while traveling can really tie the loops of bowels into knots. These knots can be prevented and undone with some simple strategies to keep things moving smoothly. Seeking out the best foods, substituting the junk with the healthy choices, and selecting wisely are all ways for to eat healthily while traveling.
I offer my recent food journal taken while I was traveling to Boston as an example. The first thing I did was to seek out the nearest Whole Foods Market . These resources are not hard to find and offer many healthy food choices. That is right; I went grocery shopping while traveling. Why not? My body is used to certain foods. Going grocery shopping at the destination is a great way to acquire healthy foods your body is use...
Saccharin, aspartame, sucralose. Which sugar substitute is best?
It used to be that we didn't have much choice. When we went to the supermarket, we could find various formulations of saccharin, and then aspartame and more recently, sucralose.
Stevia, which comes from a South American plant, has been used as a sweetener for years in other countries, including Japan, but couldn't be used in the United States except as a "supplement," sold along with vitamins instead of in the sugar aisle at the grocery store.
I've described all these sugars in more detail in my book The First Year Type 2 Diabetes, and I won't repeat that information. Instead I'll describe a few of the newer sweeteners.
Recently, there seems to be a flood of new products on the sugar shelves. This is partly because the FDA has finally approved some stevia products for use as sweeteners, and some of the "big boys" in the food manufacturing world have jumped on the stevia bandwagon.
Two big boys on the sugar shelf are prod...
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