Daily Archives: May 6, 2011

Alternative Medicine and Children – Part 4 – Herbs and Herbalism

So far in this series on alternative medicine and children, I have been concerned with the chemical aspects of herbal remedies. In this blog, I’d like to address herbalism, which is more like a religious approach to herbs and raises spiritual and pharmacological problems. Continue reading

The “Purple Pill” (PPIs) could cause serious long-term adverse effects

The Boston Globe reports, “The Food and Drug Administration’s advisory said patients who take” proton pump inhibitors” (PPIs) for a long time, generally more than one year, may end up with dangerously low magnesium levels.” PPIs include omeprazole (Prilosec), esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole, (Prevacid), pantoprazole (Protonix), rabeprazole (AcipHex), and dexlansoprazole (Dexilant). Over-the-counter (OTC) PPIs include Prilosec OTC (omeprazole), Zegerid OTC (omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate), and Prevacid 24HR (lansoprazole). Continue reading