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Can orthomolecular medicine be fatal?

Can orthomolecular medicine be fatal?

Don't know fatal: Orthomolecular medicine is a practice of optimizing health through vitamins and supplements. Some of these are at megadoses that can be toxic. The general scientific consensus is that there is little benefit. For normal individuals a balanced diet is all that is necessary. Supplementation is a waste of money. ...Read more

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Can orthomolecular medicine help with schizophrenia?

Can orthomolecular medicine help with schizophrenia?

Yes: Functional medicine is similar to orthomed. Some people with schizophrenia have mutations with methylation (like mthfr gene mutation). These defects completely throw off balanced production and elimination of important neurochemicals. Supplementation with methylb12, activated folate (folic acid) (5mthf), b6... In the right person can produce dramatic results. Quest or labcorp can run mthfr for $110... ...Read more

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Can an md train to practice orthomolecular medicine?

Can an md train to practice orthomolecular medicine?

Yes: Yes, in fact most practitioners of orthomolecular medicine are md's (though do's & nd's also practice orthomolecular medicine). There are professional societies such as the american board of integrative holistic medicine, the american college for advancement in medicine & the orthomolecular health medicine society that offer excellent conferences and workshops related to orthomolecular medicine. ...Read more

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Can taking the drug Rohypnol be fatal?

Can taking the drug Rohypnol be fatal?

Anything can be: Taking an overdose of any drug — or even huge amounts of water — can be fatal. There are reports of fatal overdoses of rohypnol due to respiratory depression. However, more common hazards result from sedation: auto accidents, falls, criminal and sexual assaults, etc. This medication has very limited legitimate use in controlled settings, and is dangerous if used recreationally. ...Read more

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Drinking and mixing medicine ever fatal?

Drinking and mixing medicine ever fatal?

Yes: Yes, of course drinking and mixing medicine can be fatal. Think of celebrities like janis joplin, jimi hendrix, chris farley, whitney houston, amy winehouse, etc. ...Read more

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Which vitamins should I be careful with if I try orthomolecular medicine?

Which vitamins should I be careful with if I try orthomolecular medicine?

Depends...: The vitamins to be most cautious of are the fat soluble ones. The most important part of this approach is to work with a doctor who has knowledge and experience in this area. Ask what training they've had and how long they've been doing it. I prefer to do testing before prescribing anything. Having said that, there have been no deaths in the last 10 years from vitamins. ...Read more

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What should I discuss with my doctor if I want to start orthomolecular medicine?

What should I discuss with my doctor if I want to start orthomolecular medicine?

Knowledge?: It is important to work with a doctor who understands orthomolecular medicine. Many medical schools do not provide specific training in it. Many doctors have taken courses after medical school and have much knowledge in this area. ...Read more

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How likely is nmo to be fatal now days? Will medicines like copaxone (glatiramer) help?

How likely is nmo to be fatal now days? Will medicines like copaxone (glatiramer) help?

NMO: In the old days, we thought that nmo was a variant of ms. Now we realize that it is very different, although may present the same way. Because it is so rare, there will never be enough people in an fda trial to approve a drug therapy. I have had success with rituxan (rituximab). Two men in this country are the leading experts on the topic, dean wingerchuck at mayo clinic and ben greenberg at utsw. ...Read more

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Can the drug versed be fatal if you have sleep apnea?

Can the drug versed be fatal if you have sleep apnea?

Shouldn't be: Any drug can be fatal in rare situations, but versed can be used quite safely, even if you have sleep apnea. Be sure your surgeon and anesthesiologist know of your apnea condition so you can be properly, and safely managed. ...Read more

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Why is second episode of dengue fever fatal? Are there any medicines to avoid it?

Why is second episode of dengue fever fatal? Are there any medicines to avoid it?

Its complicated : Dhf in 2nd infs has suggested a role for heterologous antibodies in enhancing viral uptake and replication in certain cells. Also, levels of tnf, cd8 and il2 are higher indicating an activation of cross reactive memory cd4 and cd8 t lymphocytes in response to second infections. Dhf can have a mortality of 50% in 3rd world. Its only 1% in usa. Rx is supportive. Mosquito repellent preventive. ...Read more