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The Art and Science of Compounding:
Where Are We Now? And How Did We Get Here?

Reviewed by Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP- Women's International Pharmacy

In the evolution of the practices of pharmacy and medicine, the preparation of "therapies" typi-cally predates even the naming of the therapy. In primitive societies, the healing arts were a combination of sorcerer, priest, and medicine man, someone who was armed with "materia mag-ica" rather than "materia medica."

Looking back at the intertwined histories of pharmacy and medicine may help build a framework for understanding some of the issues we are grappling with today.

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Book Review: Healing Fibroids: A Doctor's Guide to a Natural Cure by Allan Warshowsky, MD
Reviewed by Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP- Women's International Pharmacy

Healing Fibroids by Allan Warshowsky, MD

After reading Healing Fibroids: A Doctor's Guide to a Natural Cure, I was convinced that the book is mistitled because it offers so much more. Yes, Dr. Allan Warshowsky covers a significant amount of background and technical detail about fibroids that some may need. He also identifies the different kinds of fibroids, the presentation of symptoms, and the information required along with tests to obtain a diagnosis of fibroids, as well as the usual treatments. But Dr. Warshowsky also provides tangible guidance for dealing with fibroids that may be beneficial for dealing with many other health issues as well.

The presence of fibroids is the predominant reason for a hysterectomy, according to the July 2014 issue of Life Extension Magazine. Most women who experience regular heavy bleeding accompanied at times by severe cramping and pain are only too happy to "cut everything out" when their doctors present that option. This mentality explains why hysterectomy is the most common surgery in the US, with approximately 600,000 performed annually. Dr. Warshowsky's book presents alternatives to that way of thinking.

Dr. Warshowsky is a master at orchestrating individualized treatment programs to actually reverse fibroid problems, or at least to keep them under control until they naturally shrink at menopause when estrogen stimulation diminishes. He uses five basic elements: diet, supplements, herbs, exercise, and mind-body work. He has studied and adds modalities from other traditions, such as homeopathy, Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. He supports his patients' beliefs in other ethnic or cultural healing traditions. In fact, he closes his book with "... I support their individual needs and beliefs. This fosters a true partnership between us and helps them create a healing environment. The most important point about the whole program is to allow the complementary actions of the various healing systems to awaken your own inner healer."

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Book Review: Bioidentical Hormones 101 by Jeffrey Dach, MD
Reviewed by Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP- Women's International Pharmacy

Bioidentical Hormones 101 by Jeffrey Dach, MDDr. Jeffrey Dach is an active blogger and has gathered his information into a wonderful book called Bioidentical Hormones 101. Usually I cringe when I see an article or listen to a presentation with someone claiming to have the truth about bioidentical hormones. But if you are looking for someone who is really digging into the truth, you can find it here.

Dr. Dach negates the statement that "There isn't any research involving bioidentical hormones" by providing a long list of references to the contrary, along with plenty of documentation on his patient cases and his personal observations.

This book is for people who want to understand the concept of helping the body operate as it was meant to operate, or who want information to begin a dialogue with their practitioner, as well as for practitioners who need resources to confirm or validate their treatment plans. The groundwork is already done.

You may find that this book is not easy to read from cover to cover (although it is very readable), but you will want to add it to your reference shelf for when you want to get "just the facts" about bioidentical hormones and the industry around them.


September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
Low-Dose Naltrexone: A Novel Treatment Approach
Kathy Lynch, PharmD - Women's International Pharmacy

Pharmacist Corner

Naltrexone has been FDA-approved for the treatment of alcoholism since 1994. Nausea and vomiting are common side effects, and headache, dizziness, fatigue, and insomnia can occur as well. Patients with acute hepatitis, liver failure, or abnormal liver function tests should not use naltrexone.

Low-dose naltrexone (LDN) has fewer side effects and contraindications than regular strength naltrexone. Dr. Paolol Mannelli found that LDN is effective in decreasing alcohol use after narcotic withdrawal treatment. It also improved the effectiveness of the narcotic treatment program itself.

In a second study, Dr. Mannelli found that the use of LDN, in conjunction with narcotic withdrawal treatment, reduced tobacco consumption while improving treatment outcomes. Dr. Mannelli concluded that further studies should explore the use of LDN in the treatment of both alcohol and alcohol-narcotic dependency, as well as in smoking cessation trials involving individuals with and without substance abuse.

References 

"Problem Drinking and Low-Dose Naltrexone-Assisted Opioid Detoxification" by P. Mannelli, K. Peindl, A. A. Patkar, et al; J. Stud. Alcohol Drugs; 2011; 72:507-513.

"Smoking and Opioid Detoxification: Behavioral Changes and Response to Treatment" by P. Mannelli, L.T. Wu, K.S. Peindl, D.A. Gorelick; Nicotine Tob Res; 2013 Oct; 15(10):1705-13.


Sincerely,

 

Staff at Women's International Pharmacy

 www.womensinternational.com 

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In This Issue
The Art and Science of Compounding:
Where Are We Now? And How Did We Get Here?
Book Review: Healing Fibroids: A Doctor's Guide to a Natural Cure by Allan Warshowsky, MD
Book Review: Bioidentical Hormones 101 by Jeffrey Dach, MD
September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. Low-Dose Naltrexone: A Novel Treatment Approach

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