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Does your pet have healthy ears?

Most dogs and cats scratch their ears a lot, so how can you tell when it’s time to drag your pet to the animal clinic? Since Rufus and Clifford can’t tell you when they have an ear infection, here are some signs and symptoms to look out for:

• Shaking the head
• Redness
• Odor and/ or discharge from the ear
• Tender to touch
• Scabs and/ or hair loss around ear

Several factors may be triggering your pet’s discomfort. It is important to keep your pet’s ears clean to prevent complications from chronic inflammation such as hearing loss.

6 reasons why you pet might have inflammation in the ears:
• Parasites such as mites, fleas or ticks
• Objects in the ear
• Yeast infections
• Swimmer’s ear
• Hypothyroidism
• Allergies

Breeds at risk:
Water-loving dogs such as Labrador retrievers are more likely to get ear infections if they spend time in the lake or swimming pool. Hounds are at risk because their long ears trap moisture, while bulldogs are more likely to get a yeast infection because of their extra skin folds.

These common problems lead to inflammation of the outer ear (otitis externa) and may become infected, itchy, and painful. What pet owners might not know is that these conditions, if left untreated, could lead to loss of hearing!

Most Americans would do anything for their fur baby…. But when it comes to ear infections, administering drops up to three times a day can be challenging! We are now able to make a product that is administered once weekly by the veterinarian that works the same way other ear drops do without all of the hassle. Ask us about what we can do for your pet’s health today!

5 reasons to stop taking acid lowering medicaitons

Proton Pump Inhibitors

I am surprised by how many people take acid lowering medications every day.  Did you know that you need acid in your stomach?  It is there for a reason.  Read on to find out why I think you should consider weaning off your acid lowering medications.

Just so you know what medications that I am talking about, I thought I might share the full list.  If you are on one of these medications give me a call (901) 757-9434.  If your medication is not on the list give me a call and we can discuss your medication.

Medication Class:  Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI)

Prilosec or Omeprazole
Nexium or Esomeprazole
Prevacid or Lansoprazole
Dexilant or Dexlansoprazole
Protonix or Pantoprazole
Aciphex or Rabeprazole
Yosprala or Aspirin/Omeprazole
Vimovo or Naproxen/Esomeprazole
Zegrid or Sodium Bicarbonate/Omeprazole

Reason #1 to consider stopping your acid lowering medication

Taking one of these acid lowering medications may lead to dependency.

“The observation that more than 40 percent of healthy volunteers, who have never been bothered by heartburn, acid regurgitation or dyspepsia, develop such symptoms in the weeks after stopping one of these medicaitons is remarkable and has potentially important clinical and economic implications,” said Christina Reimer, MD, of Copenhagen University

So if you start taking these medications for a short period of time, your body may adapt to the lower acidity in the stomach. When you stop taking the medication the acidity causes irritation to the stomach that may lead to heartburn, acid regurgitation, or dyspepsia.

Reason #2 – Brittle Bones

Taking one of these medications may lead to nutrient deficiencies.  According to a study from the National Institutes of Health there is significant concern for deficiencies of Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc, Iron and Vitamin B12.  So the acid is required to absorb these essential nutrients.

Magnesium – if you have been around me very long you know what I think about Magneium Glycinate.  If not here is a link to Magnesium.  Click Here.

Calcium – Bones, Muscles and many other important functions require Calcium including the heart.

Zinc – This critical nutrient is so important for immune support.  Supporting the immune system can help you defend against cancer.

Iron – Structural support for the body.  Muscles, bones and many other uses.

Vitamin B12 – this nutrient is known to help with energy but did you know it can help with brain function and even nerve pain.

Reason #3 – Long term Diarrhea

Have you ever heard of C. Diff?  If you have not, just wait someone close to you is bound to have it soon.  This gastrointestinal infection causes diarrhea that you cannot get rid of.  There are actually several medications that can cause this, but these acid lowering medication are quickly rising to the top.  I am always curious as to how things work.

Did you know that the acid in your stomach is not only used for digesting food but also killing bacteria, viruses and fungi?  When you reduce the acid by taking one of these medications you take away the protection.  C. Diff is a bacteria that is normally found in the gastrointestinal tract.  When this bacteria is allowed to grow it can overtake the digestive system and the toxins that the bacteria releases cause diarrhea.  If you have been struggling with C. Diff give me a call (901) 757-9434.  I have a solution to your problem.

Reason #4 – Increased risk of heart attacks

Research has shown that proton pump inhibitor users were 16 percent to 21 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack than people with chronic acid reflux who were not taking the drugs.  The theory is that proton pump inhibitors can interfere with normal blood vessel function — a potential mechanism by which the drugs could affect heart attack risk.  We are not sure of the exact mechanism as of yet.

Reason #5 – Increased risk of pneumonia

One study showed a 30% increased risk for developing hospital-acquired pneumonia.  By reducing the acid load in the stomach, the drugs may promote the growth of different bacteria in the upper gastrointestinal and upper respiratory tract linked to pneumonia.

In conclusion  you can see the potential issues related to these medications, let’s do something about it.  I can walk you through the process.  It does take some time but we will get there.  Contact me (901) 757-9434.
Have you already started?  Comment below to give us some feedback as to how you are doing?

Time to get some Poison Ivy?

Every year I am determined to get out and do some yard work and every year I get a case of poison ivy.  If you are like me, I can get poison ivy just by looking at it.  Last year I had a pretty bad case. This year I am going to be ready for it.  Here are some facts that you might want to consider if you start itching.  By the way, I have several formulas to help you recover faster and minimize the itching.

Facts about Poison Ivy

How long does the rash last?

The typical rash can last anywhere from a week to 3 weeks, depending on how bad it is and how you treat it. Prescription medications can reduce the time to heal.

How long does the oil last?

The oil from poison ivy is extremely stable and will stay potent – essentially forever. You can get a rash from clothing or tools that have the oil from last summer, or even from many years back.

So if you don’t remove the oil by washing, using alcohol to dissolve it, or by just hosing off with a hard spray from a hose – assume it will stay forever.

Is it contagious?

Once you have the rash the oil has been absorbed and you probably can’t spread it to others or to other areas of your body. The big blisters filled with liquid it is mostly water.  If these rupture they do not make the rash worse by spreading.

Aren’t there 2 types of poison ivy?

Climbing variety (toxicodendron radicans) and the non climbing (toxicodendron rydbergii) poison ivy. Many people confuse poison ivy and poison oak are essentially the same when comparing the rash that is created.

If you have a bad case the typical treatment is a steroid dose pack and a topical steroid.  Let me know if you need a topical treatment that can provide you with better control of the itching and reduce the inflammation.  I often recommend adding Lidociane, Tranilast, Ketoprofen, Aloe, and many other items to improve the way the medication works.  So next time you start itching give me a call (901)757-9434.

5 Quick Tips for Migraines

Migraine Quick tips

 

I always recommend replacing what is deficient before starting medications, herbs or essential oils.  All of these can have a place in treating migraines, but I have found that replacing some key nutrients and minerals can reduce the number of migraines and how bad they hurt.  What I am talking about is prevention of migraines.


Tip #1

Sleep – There is nothing better for migraine sufferers than getting a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep.  Some individuals may require more sleep.  Contact me for help with getting better sleep.

Tip #2

Magnesium Glycinate (or any chelated magnesium).  This powerful mineral is used in over 300 different enzyme reactions in the human body.  According to the experts we are all deficient.  You may not see this deficiency in the blood, because only 2% of our magnesium is found in the blood.

Recommendation:  Magnesium Glycinate 100mg up to 400mg at bedtime.  

Tip #3

Riboflavin (Vitmain B2)

One 1998 study of 80 patients who suffer from migraine with aura or migraine without aura found that 400 mg of Riboflavin worked better at preventing migraines than an inactive placebo pill. After three months, patients in the Riboflavin group experienced fewer migraines and decreased severity of migraines than those in the placebo group.

 

Recommendation: Riboflavin 400mg take one capsule every morning.

Tip #4

Hormone Balance – Replace the missing hormones.  Progesterone is my favorite hormone for patients with migraines.  Even those patients that cannot take estrogen can benefit from this hormone therapy.  Call me to set up a time to discuss your hormone balance.

Tip #5

Stress relief

One of our most difficult problems to work with is stress.  Exercise is my favorite tool for stress along with prayer.  Letting go of those frustrations and problems that life throws at you can impact you migraines.


If you would like to order the Magnesium Glycinate or the Riboflavin you are welcome to stop by or order online (click here).

Hair loss and Hormones

Why is my hair falling out?

Many women are asking this question.  Often times the condition is called androgenic alopecia.  Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss.  Androgenic is referring to the breakdown of the androgen “testosterone” into dihydrotestosterone (DHT).  Research shows that this breakdown occurs at the hair follicle.  The reason for this breakdown is due to the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase.  I tell you all this not to put you to sleep with “medical talk” but to give you a target to shoot for.  That target is 5-alpha-reductase.  Here is a list of common symptoms that your 5-alpha-reductase is doing its job too well.

  • Hair loss on scalp
  • Hair growth on body and face
  • Oily skin
  • Acne
  • Oily hair
  • Excessive sweating
  • Sleep apnea
  • Aggression
  • High blood pressure

Could it be one of my medications?

Don’t forget about your medications.  As a pharmacist I have often been asked “is hair loss a side-effect of my medication?”  Yes, some medications can cause hair loss.  Here is a short list of common medications that can cause hair loss.

Anticoagulants – Warfarin (coumadin)
Gout Medications – Allopurinol
Beta-Blockers – Atenolol, Metoprolol, Propranolol
ACE inhibitors – Captopril, Lisinopril, Enalapril
Acne Medication – Accutane
Female Hormones – Birth Control Pills, and Premarin
Male Hormones – Testosterone and anabolic steroids
Antidepressants – Amitriptyline, Paroxetine, Sertraline, Fluoxetine and many more

This is a simple list of the most common medication-induced alopecia.  If your medication is not on the list it could still be affecting your hair loss.  Contact me with your list of medication and I can review them for you.

What can I do to keep my hair?

  1. Send me a list of your medications.
  2. Have your saliva levels tested.  I can help you with this.
  3. Supplement with Biotin 8mg, ProOmega (Omega 3’s) 2000 mg, and a multivitamin or B-complex.

We have recently started formulating a couple prescription medications to help you hang on to your hair.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/17YPZuKFGVUe5MjoblHflkl1uVG_1zvfb14qanJHnRys/pub

What products or treatments have helped you hang on to your hair?

Sore hands and feet from Chemotherapy

Hand-Foot Syndrome

I recently became aware of a condition caused by chemotherapy medications.  This condition is called Hand-Foot Syndrome (not hand, foot and mouth).  I cannot imagine having to deal with a constant irritation to the palms of the hands and bottoms of the feet.  The longer the patient is on chemotherapy and the higher the dose of the chemotherapy the more severe the symptoms.  Sometimes the oncologist has to stop therapy because the symptoms get so intolerable.  

The most common chemotherapy medications that can cause this syndrome are fluorouracil and doxorubicin.  There are many others on the list of chemotherapy that have the potential to cause this syndrome.  Let me know if you would like me to review the medication that you or your loved one is taking.

Mild symptoms include:  redness, swelling, tingling or burning, tenderness, tight skin, thick calluses and blisters on the palms and soles.

Severe symptoms include: cracked, flaking and peeling skin, blisters, ulcers, severe pain, and difficulty walking and using hands.

If you know someone that has this condition give me a call, we have answers that can help.  In the mean time here are a few things to do to manage the pain and discomfort.

Managing Hand-Foot Syndrome

  1. Limit exposure to hot water when bathing and washing dishes.
  2. Carefully pat skin dry after bathing.
  3.  Cool hands and feet with ice packs or cool running water.
  4. Avoid exposure to sources of heat.
  5. Avoid contact with laundry detergents or household cleaners.
  6. Avoid use of rubber or vinyl gloves.  If you must use them, wear white cotton gloves underneath them.
  7. Avoid using tools or household items that require pressing your hand against a hard surface like a garden tool or knife.
  8. Avoid applying friction to hands.
  9. Avoid walking barefoot.

Every day I have the privilege of working with patients and I enjoy learning about new issues that patients are struggling with.  If you have an issue that you are struggling with, I would appreciate the opportunity to find an answer for you.   Give me a call (901) 757-9434 or email jregel@regelpharmalab.com

Merry Christmas From Regel Pharmalab

The staff at Regel Pharmalab wishes you a Merry Christmas.  My favorite account of Jesus’ birth is from Luke 2:1-20.  I encourage you to take a minute and read it this Christmas.

Go to war on Hemorrhoids!

It is time to wage war on your hemorrhoids!

Hemorrhoids can be a thing of the past.  In a recent post I discussed was to care for hemorrhoids.  Click here to take you to the post.  Now it is time to got to war.  I am here to equip you for the battle.  One of my favorite products that I have seen over these last 20 or so years is the Rectal Rocket.   No, you don’t light this rocket and there is no explosion.  This rocket is inserted at bedtime and slowly melts.  While the rocket is melting the medications are released.  The medications reduce the size of the hemorrhoid and the pain.

Several clients have asked how we formulate the Regel Rectal Rocket so I decided to let you in on our “secret process”.  I hope you enjoy.

Now you know the secret formula.  We have had several comments on these over the years.  But most every patient that has used these has been successful at reducing the pain and size of the hemorrhoid.  One local OBGYN used these for her own hemorrhoid and now is symptom free.  Is it time for you to arm yourself with the Regel Rectal Rocket.

This is a prescription medication so we will need to contact your physician for authorization.  If you would like me to send your physician a recommendation for Regel Rectal Rockets give me a call (901) 757-9434 or e-mail jregel@regelpharmalab.com.

Hormone balance and infertility

Is it time to find answers to your infertility?Regel Silver Polished

I am close to several couples that have struggled with infertility.  Some never had a positive pregnancy test and others have had miscarriages.  This part of life is one that can change you and your relationship with your spouse.  We often have the opportunity to work with women that are low in progesterone and need a hormone balance.  I physician recently discussed his experience with infertility and how balancing his wife’s hormones made it possible to get pregnant.  Here is his story.

Physician Story

Pharmacist Story

One of my neat stories that I recently heard comes from a recent customer.  I was explaining to a women how to properly use her medication for her child’s wart.  She said that without a compound that we provided a few years ago she would not have a child with warts.  She explained that she had had multiple miscarriages and finally found out that she had low progesterone levels in the first trimester.  We formulated a progesterone suppository for her and she was able to maintain her pregnancy.

If you know someone that has poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or any other infertility issue we are a resource that understands your struggle.  Share this post with those that need this.

I need help with supplements!

Trying to find someone that knows what supplements you need?

“What supplements should I take now that I am taking ____ medication?”
“Can you help me choose the right supplement for my skin?”
“I started taking supplements and I am now up to 5 to 10 supplements.  Am I taking too much and is it okay to take all of these?”

These are some common questions that I hear at Regel Pharmalab.  Let me tell you how we handle this the “Regel” way.

Did you know?

We offer a free consultation service to help answer these questions.  Here is what you do.  Call our pharmacy (901) 757-9434 and set up an appointment.  At this appointment you will have the opportunity to ask your questions about supplements with myself or Anita Hester, RN.

My essentials

My essentials

Most of the time these appointments are 30 minutes and do not cost you anything.  At your appointment we would like to see a list of the medications, vitamins, minerals and other supplements that you currently take.   We will also ask you what problems you are having and what medical conditions you have.   From this information we formulate a supplement plan.  Our goal is to provide you with the necessary vitamins, mineral and nutrients your body needs to function at its best.

Optimal Nutrition

Our Nutrition plan is designed to optimize your metabolism and replace the nutrients that are lacking in your diet.  Did you know that some medications can deplete your body of necessary nutrients.  For example, cholesterol medications (statins) deplete the body of Co-Enzyme Q-10.  This nutrient is essential in providing each cell of the body with energy.  Without adequate amounts of this nutrient your metabolism slows and you feel tired and may have muscle aches and weakness.

It’s time to let us help you find your vitamin and nutrient balance.

Call (901) 757-9434 to set up a consultation.

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