My mom was telling me how ridiculous it is that our society expects you to be sick and frail as you get older. Then the prescriptions cause side effects, so you may live longer, but chronically ill.
80-year-old brought in today for a second opinion after the third hospitalizations for syncope- loss of consciousness. After a review of medical records, given that he has normal heart function, no significant coronary artery disease, no carotid disease, and a normal halter- I noted that his problems were caused by overmedication! Here’s what happened: His blood pressure was a little high so he was prescribed Norvasc, which caused swelling in his legs for which he was given a water pill, Lasix, which caused him to get dehydrated. When you get dehydrated, your heart-rate goes up to compensate for the necessary heart output. A beta-blocker, Bystolic, was given to block his fast heart rate. This caused him to pass out. Additionally, he was on metformin which in an 80-year-old with kidney impairment can cause life-threatening acidosis and circulatory collapse. Treatment? Stop all above unnecessary medications and drink 8 cups of water a day! Polypharmacy (too much medication and the wrong medications) is a leading cause of death in the elderly I’m the USS. Each time you give a medication to anyone- but particularly over 70, ask does the benefit of this medication far outway the risks? Then ask are you sure?
Did you know that science and medicine is alway changing too, get a laugh from what used to be prescribed and over the counter!
Have you ever wondered why our great-grandparents all had such fond memories of their youth?Well.. I’m surprised they remembered anything at all!
Forget Tums & Tylenol. Forget Aleve & Benadryl. Look at the stuff they had back then!
A bottle of Bayer’s ‘Heroin’. Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as a non-addictive substitute for morphine.
It was also used to treat children suffering with a strong cough.
Coca Wine, anyone?
Metcalf’s Coca Wine was one of a huge variety of wines with cocaine on the market. Everybody used to say that it would make you happy and it would also work as a medicinal treatment.
Mariani wine (1875) was the most famous Coca wine of it’s time. Pope Leo XIII used to carry one bottle with him all the times. He awarded Angelo Mariani (the producer) with a Vatican gold medal.
Produced by the Maltine Manufacturing Company of New York. It was suggested that you should take a full glass with or after every meal. Children should only take half a glass.
A paperweight promoting C.. F. Boehringer & Soehne ( Mannheim, Germany). They were proud of being the biggest producers in the world of products containing Quinine and Cocaine..
Opium for Asthma:
At 40% alcohol plus 3 grams of opium per tablet. It didn’t cure you, but you didn’t care!
Cocaine Tablets (1900).
All stage actors, singers, teachers and preachers had to have them for a maximum performance. Great to ‘smooth’ the voice.
Cocaine drops for toothache.
Very popular for children in 1885. Not only did they relieve the pain, they made the children very happy!
Opium for newborns.
I’m sure this would make them sleep well. (not only the Opium, but also the 46% alcohol)
It’s no wonder they were called, “The Good Old Days”.
From cradle to grave… everyone was STONED!
The information below is from Afshine Emrani, a Cardiologist, I do not understand it, Thank God, even my parent’s in their 70’s are free of medications; but for those of you that need it, maybe this will be useful information to take exactly what you need, with minimal side effects.
Please forgive me. What I’m about to tell you will confuse you. Your doctors don’t know this and will not discuss it with you. But, it’s important that you know. For each medication, each medical therapy, there is a magic number called #NNT: Number Needed to Treat. Statins are the most prescribed medications. Chances are if your cholesterol is high, your doctor will give you a Statin. So the question is how many patients need to take the Statin pill for 5 years to save a life?
The answer should be one. Nope! Based on multiple trials, about 150-300 patients need to be treated for those 5 years to prevent one death. What’s worse, Statins have a significant side effect (liver abnormalities, muscle pains) in some 7-15% of patients. So, let’s say 200 patient need to be treated to save a life, but 10% will have a major side effect. That means that you have 20 times fold risk of having a side effect taking the medication without having any benefits! OY! Now bring this up with your doctor next time you discuss a medication you take. Ask: “Doc, what’s the NNT for this medication?” and watch us go goooogly eyed. Any questions?
My mind is racing after reading this. Truth be told, I personally can’t stand taking prescription medication but respect that there is benefit in proper use at specific time. However if this doesn’t make people start focusing on prevention, healthy living, and holistic/natural remedies then I don’t know what would.