Benzodiazepine Awareness with Geraldine Burns

I have known Geraldine Burns for over a decade, and have followed her work to bring awareness to the many problems people face who have been on benzodiazepine drugs.

Geraldine Burns has been a pioneer in the benzo community for over 20 years. She is the founder of the first support group of its kind on the Internet, is the host of a benzo podcast, and was a key player in the publication of the Ashton Manual.

I was honored to be a guest on her latest podcast .

Click here to listen to the interview, and to access past interviews by Geraldine on Benzodiazepine Awareness.

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Finally help to Improve Cognitive Performance, Focus, Recall, Mood and Working Memory

Neurologix™ is a non-stimulant nootropic supplement formulated with modern, clinically studied ingredients for enhanced cognitive performance.* Neurologix is designed to improve cognitive function, including sustained concentration, focus, and brain energy metabolism.* Formulated with Neumentix® spearmint extract, Cognizin® citicoline, saffron extract, and the active form of vitamin B6.

Neurologix is formulated to improve cognitive processes associated with working memory and concentration, and promote neurotransmitter levels such as acetylcholine in the brain.†* These benefits are suggested to occur through hypothesized mechanisms of action such as protecting brain tissue and neurons from oxidative stress.

The key ingredients in Neurologix have been featured in several human clinical trials demonstrating significant cognitive effects in individuals.

Neumentix® spearmint extract contains phenolic compounds, including rosemarinic acid, that improve sustained mental focus and cognitive performance and support working memory for individuals experiencing age-related decline.*

Cognizin® Citicoline helps support brain energy metabolism and fuel mental processes, enhancing frontal lobe bioenergetics and increasing a marker of ATP levels in the brain.* Human clinical studies demonstrate the ability of saffron extract to support a positive mood and stabilize mood fluctuations.*

†Memory improvement shown for those with age-related decline.*

Below is a recording of the interview. Please feel free to email me at gary@naturalcompounder.com or call 781-893-3870 x111 with any questions.

You can order online at shop.naturalcompounder.com

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Common Supplements Might Reduce COVID Severity

Here is a helpful article published in U.S. Pharmacist Journal, July 10th 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact me at drgaryk@drgaryk.com

PUBLISHED JULY 10, 2020U.S.PharmacistCOVID-19

Common Supplements Might Reduce COVID Severity

By staff

Over the past 6 months, pharmacists have been inundated with questions about the use of supplements, OTC medications, and prescription drugs in the battle against the SARS-Cov-2 virus that causes COVID-19. While the best evidence continues to support three behaviors as the most effective methods of reducing risk—maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet, wearing a mask, and washing hands frequently and thoroughly—some research indicates that certain supplements and common OTC medications could reduce the risk of infection or mitigate the seriousness of symptoms.

The Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and other healthcare organizations have incorporated a mix of readily available agents into their management protocol for COVID-19, while acknowledging that “there is very limited data (and none specific for COVID-19)” for the combinations.

For prophylaxis, the medical school recommends vitamin C (500 mg) and quercetin (250 mg-500 mg twice a day) with zinc (75 mg-100 mg per day), melatonin (0.3 mg-2 mg) each night, and vitamin D3 (1,000-4,000 IU per day). Famotidine (20 mg-40 mg per day) may be added to the mix. For patients with mild symptoms, EVMS recommends the same combination, with optional additions of ivermectin (150 ug-200 ug per kg as a single dose), and one low-dose or regular aspirin per day.

What’s the thinking behind recommending these supplements and medications?

Vitamin C is critical to the proper functioning of immune cells. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from the oxidative stress caused by free radicals, which are associated with a number of diseases. Vitamin C has been used for years to reduce the symptoms of colds, about one-quarter of which are caused by other coronaviruses, and a meta-analysis of studies that enrolled more than 11,000 patients showed that it also reduced the risk of contracting colds. Perhaps the most direct evidence for vitamin C’s use in COVID-19 is a study published this February demonstrating that it reduced symptoms in patients with sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome caused by other viruses.

Quercetin has shown preclinical benefit as an antiviral medication, and a Chinese study found that it bound with the spike protein in the novel coronavirus, reducing its ability to infect cells. Like vitamin C, it has antioxidant effects. On the downside, it has not shown significant stability or potency in in vitro experiments.

Zinc is essential for immune-cell development, and some studies have found that it reduces the risk of contracting respiratory infections. It may also reduce the number of days that someone has a cold or other respiratory tract infection. About 30% of American adults are deficient in the mineral, so taking a moderate dose of the supplement may be helpful anyway.

Melatonin is best known and most commonly used to boost sleep and reduce anxiety, both of which improve the immune system. It also blocks inflammasome activity, reducing inflammation in the lungs, and it reduces the risk of fibrosis, one of the most challenging complications for patients who have had COVID-19.

Evidence for vitamin D3 is mixed. On the one hand, several studies early in the pandemic found that countries with populations that had low levels of vitamin D on average were more likely to have serious outbreaks and higher mortality rates. Other observational studies found that individuals with vitamin D deficiency were more likely to be hospitalized in the U.S., but confounding factors could explain some of the difference as well.

In the U.S. studies, low levels of vitamin D were associated with patients who lived in nursing homes and with African American patients. Both groups also had other notable risk factors for COVID-19. “Vitamin D deficiency has also been implicated in asthma and other respiratory disorders,” according to Thomas Carpenter, MD, an endocrinologist at Yale Medicine, so it might be helpful. Excess vitamin D, however, might overstimulate the immune system, which could be damaging in COVID-19. In addition, too much vitamin D can be toxic to the heart and kidneys.

Famotidine is available OTC as Pepcid and as you’ve likely experienced, it has been in short supply in many parts of the country since an April news report stated that it reduced the risk of death or ventilator use in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. A subsequent case series published in June found that 10 people who managed the disease at home improved within a couple of days of taking famotidine. Results of a large clinical trial in hospitalized patients have not yet been published, and exactly why the drug would work remains unclear.

Aspirin reduces the symptoms of fever and aches associated with COVID-19. It may also reduce the risk of blot clots, which have emerged as a serious problem in COVID-19. Up to 70% of patients hospitalized with the novel coronavirus experience hypercoagulability, and about 25% of patients admitted to the ICU with the disease develop pulmonary embolisms. A growing number of reports indicate that stroke is a common—and sometimes presenting—symptom of COVID-19.

Consequently, many hospitals put all patients admitted with the disease on a blood thinner. That doesn’t mean that everyone who develops symptoms should take aspirin, however. Children and adolescents should avoid aspirin because of the risk of Reye’s syndrome, and patients with bleeding issues should not take it either.

The antiparasitic ivermectin requires a prescription.

Any patients who believe they have COVID-19 should be tested and consult with their primary care provider on the next steps for their care, if they test positive.

The content contained in this article is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Reliance on any information provided in this article is solely at your own risk.

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Exciting news from The National Center for Homeopathy

I am very excited about an interview I did with Lauri Grossman, the current president of The National Center for Homeopathy.

This organization and its members provide great educational webinars for both the professional homeopath and the general public, publish a quarterly magazine – Homeopathy Today in print and electronic version, and work tirelessly to make sure homeopathy is available for the average consumer in the United States.

They also host an annual convention, this year being a virtual conference.

National Center for Homeopathy Presents the 15th Annual JAHC2020 Global Virtual Summit
June 12-14, 2020
Pandemics and Pain

These are just of few of the benefits of membership. Listen to the interview to learn about the exciting new developments at The National Center for Homeopathy.

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Chronic Sleep Issues? Maybe you need to change your daily routine.

Helping stressed-out, busy professionals learn to sleep better.

Our lives have become more stressed recently. Many people feel they are anxious about the future, family, employment.

This can affect our sleep. Good sleep is very important to good health. When we sleep well, we recharge our adrenals, detox, and repair damage from injuries and daily wear and tear.

Knowing what condition your adrenals are in is very helpful, and the proper support nutritionally can help them calm down if to revved up or help them regenerate if they are burnt out.

But wait, there is more!

If our daily schedule, lifestyle is contributing to the high stress/anxiety, we need to learn tools to help us deal with these stressors or ways to remove them. Supplementation is very important, but addressing the why the adrenals/sleep was pushed out of balance is key to healing.

Kali Patrick discusses Sleep Coaching: what it is, what it can do, and how to find more information about is working with a Sleep Wellness Coach right for you.

Check out Kali’s website.

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Stressed, Burned Out from Self Quarantine, Social Distancing?

We are living though very unusual times, our lives have been turned up side down.

Help for stress and burnout
  • Worry about our loved ones
  • Self quarantine
  • Kids and spouses home 24/7
  • Social distancing
  • How to get food and essentials
  • Money worries
  • What will life be like next week, next month,  next year?
  • Vacations and celebrations cancelled

It is understandable why stress, anxiety, sleep issues and adrenal exhaustion are now a huge issue.

Here are a few short videos that help explain why our minds and bodies many times are not able to cope with the added stresses.  NuAdapt, TruAdapt and TruAdapt Plus are blends that are very effective in helping the body deal with stress, fight or flight, wired feelings and exhaustion due to being overly stressed.

NuAdapt is very helpful for that wired, anxious, stressed feeling.  Non drowsy, not habit forming formulation is very helpful to help put calm back into the mind and body.

Truadapt and Truadapt Plus are formulated to help with adrenal fatigue, burnout.  One is glandualar free, one has glandulars.

Call Gary at 781-893-3870 x111 or email me at drgaryk@drgaryk.com if you have any questions or for more information.

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Dr Gary is interviewed by Dr. Pelto, Central Massachusetts Podiatry located in Worcester, MA.

Dr Gary is interviewed by Dr. Pelto, Central Massachusetts Podiatry Podiatrists located in Worcester, MA. They discuss dealing with the Covid Pandemic and services offered by Johnson Compounding and Wellness. How a holistic consultation compares to a regular doctor visit, what is offered at the wellness center, and what is custom compounding.

Feel free to contact me by email at drgaryk@drgaryk.com if you have any questions or would like more information.

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Immune System Support and the Cytokine Storm

Dr Gary discusses helpful products to support the immune system and a quick review of supplements that many doctors and medical centers are using.

Feel free to call 781-893-3870 x111 with any questions or you can e-mail me at drgaryk@drgaryk.com

Click the image below to watch a short video.

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Spring/Summer Allergy Season is here

Many people are experiencing an itchy, sore throat, runny nose, decreased energy and are asking, is this Covid 19?

During this crazy time we are living through, we forget that spring is here and the pollen count is very high most days. Now is the time to choose some natural therapies to help you help your body deal with the pollen and your symptoms.

Presented in this short video are some very helpful products that do not make you drowsy and are helpful for the whole family.

They range from nutritionals, homeopathics to herbal products. At the end is a short video explaining why some people have common allergy symptoms, and why some people do not have any problem with pollen.

Feel free to e-mail me drgaryk@drgaryk.com or call 781-893-3870 x111 with any questions .

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Handwashing & other Coronavirus Health Tips

“Happy Birthday to You” should be the No. 1 song in the nation. The tune was once dubbed the most recognized song in the English language by Guinness World Records, and of course it’s often sung heartily at parties celebrating the births of countless people from coast to coast.

Now, people are hearing it more and more amid the coronavirus pandemic. That’s because health experts recommend it as great way to gauge how long to wash your hands, which is one of the most basic and essential ways to protect against infection.

Scrubbing should last at least 20 seconds, or about how long it takes to sing or hum “Happy Birthday” twice in a row, to rid your hands of any germs and pathogens.

It’s a fun, familiar song, but in all seriousness it’s worth remembering as a simple tool to ensure good hygiene in a time when clean hands can help ease an epidemic.

Learn more in our latest column in the MetroWest Daily News by clicking here

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