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Oldies but goodies
Why Big Pharma’s “latest, greatest”
wonder drugs usually aren’t your best bet
Plus a dozen tried-and-true medications that are still the
best in class
At New Year’s, conventional predecessors. Even worse, a full 50 compounds, and we humans have
wisdom counsels “out with old, in percent of them are actually less safe.1 been taking advantage of them for as
with the new.” But when it comes I can think of at least a dozen drugs long as we’ve been around. In fact,
to choosing medicines, that advice for common medical conditions that the human body is even capable of
is often dead wrong. This year, in producing its own natural pain killers,
have simply never been improved
true Insiders’ Cures fashion, we’re as my late friend and colleague at NIH
upon. Most go back to the mid-20th
starting off with some counter-current and Georgetown University Candace
century. But some have been around
ideas. You know that I’m an avid Pert discovered. These substances—
since the early 1900s—and even the
proponent of disease prevention and enkephalins and endorphins—bind
1800s.
natural health. But for the times when with pain receptors to block pain in the
pharmaceutical drugs are necessary, And why should that be surprising? brain. Some drugs we take to control
I want you to be informed so you After all, the human body has not pain do essentially the same thing.
can make the safest, most effective changed over the last 200 years. So And the best, most effective pain-
choices. Which often are at odds with it makes sense that early medical controlling drugs are derived from
what the pharmaceutical industry is research yielded some of the best natural plant sources.
trying to sell you. drug treatments long ago. Most were The best example is the opium
As a matter of fact, despite what the based on nature anyway. And nature poppy, which produces morphine— 
  
 
    
pharmaceutical giants began to rule Continued on page 2...
have you believe, you are often better
off holding on to proven, safe, and the world.
effective drugs that have been around
In this issue:
The question is: Why haven’t most
since the early 20th and even 19th     Red palm oil is everywhere…
centuries. Not the new, blockbuster and that’s a problem ..................4
Until they do, here is a list of the
drugs. And the good news is that
excellent “oldie but goodie” drugs
most of the oldie but goodie “drugs” Don’t believe the hype:
that are still available. These tried 
     
place!
and true, proven medications have News stories about supplements
passed the period of post-marketing miss the mark ............................6
If you pay attention to the surveillance by the FDA (as I’ve often
research—and not just the glitzy recommended)—sometimes by a NFL gets into the
ads—the facts are clear. For instance, a century.
recent analysis from Harvard showed “Red (Bush) Zone” ......................7
that over the past three decades only Age-old pain remedies
10 percent of new drugs approved by The natural world is replete with Ask the insider ...........................8
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still the most effective pain killer ever Aspirin has faced its share of
Marc S. Micozzi, M.D., Ph.D., is a      
criticism (much of it misinformed, as
worldwide leader in nutritional and 1827 by Merck, which was a small I’ve mentioned many times before,
complementary/alternative medicine. chemist’s shop at the time. both here in Insiders’ Cures and in my
He has had a distinguished career as a
The reason morphine and its Daily Dispatch e-letter). But the truth
researcher and physician executive at
UIF/BUJPOBM*OTUJUVUFTPG)FBMUIBOE derivatives are so effective is that our is, it’s much safer than most other pain
8BMUFS3FFE/BUJPOBM.JMJUBSZ.FEJDBM brains and central nervous systems relievers. Especially acetaminophen,
Center in Washington, DC, and the have built-in receptors for the opiates which you should avoid at all costs.
$PMMFHFPG1IZTJDJBOTJO1IJMBEFMQIJB in these medications. It’s a match (In the November 18, 2013, Daily
1")FIBTQVCMJTIFEPWFSNFEJDBM
made in pain-relief heaven. Dispatch I told you about recent
BOEUSBEFCPPLT BOEGPVOEFEBOE research linking acetaminophen to
edited the first scientific journal, and Thus, morphine has since been autism, ADHD, and asthma. It’s also
UIFöSTUUFYUCPPL PODPNQMFNFOUBSZ formulated into drugs using every the leading cause of acute liver failure
alternative and nutritional medicine, possible method of delivery,
now going into a 5th edition (2014) and
in the US).
including oral tablets, rectal
continuously in print since 1995. History’s best blood sugar fix
suppositories, intravenous (including
self-administered drips for patient- Diabetes has become a modern-day
Dr. Micozzi’s Insiders’ Cures is published
monthly by OmniVista Health Media, L.L.C., controlled pain relief), and transdermal epidemic. And the pharmaceutical
819 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201 for patches. industry is doing its best to keep
$74 per year ($6.16 an issue). cashing in, with a whole slew of new
But, unfortunately, like many good
blood sugar drugs from which to
POSTMASTER: Send address changes things, opium also has a history of
to Insiders’ Cures, 819 N. Charles St., choose. But just because they’re new
abuse. And that’s where the focus has
Baltimore, MD 21201. doesn’t mean they’re “improved.” In
been for the past century. So outside of
fact, the new, expensive anti-diabetes
Author: Marc S. Micozzi, M.D., Ph.D. a hospital setting, you’re less likely to
Publisher: Katherine Wheeler drugs are proving to have a number of
get this gold-standard pain-reliever. At
Executive Editor: Amanda Angelini problems with safety (see the October
least, not without extensive scrutiny.
All material in this publication is
2013 issue of Insiders’ Cures for
The good news is, there are also more). Which is why the oldest blood
provided for information only and may
not be construed as medical advice or
many other effective natural pain sugar balancing options are still the
instruction. No action should be taken relievers. In fact, I’ve devoted an best choices.
based solely on the contents of this entire report to this topic—The
First and foremost, you have
publication; readers should consult Insider’s Ultimate Guide to PILL-
insulin. Of course, insulin is a natural
appropriate health professionals on any FREE Pain Cures. You can learn
matter relating to their health and well- substance made by the pancreas to
more about it or order a copy on my
being. The information provided in this drive glucose from the blood into the
website, drmicozzi.com.
publication is believed to be accurate  "  

and sound, based on the best judgment In the meantime, aspirin is yet in the mid-1800s, but it wasn’t until
available to the authors, but readers another “great grandfather” drug for the 1920s that it was isolated for
who fail to consult with appropriate pain. Originally derived from the bark therapeutic use. Canadian medical
health authorities assume the risk of any of the willow tree, aspirin also occurs student Charles Best, working under
injuries. The opinions expressed here do naturally in meadowsweet grass, a his professor, Frederick Banting,
not necessarily reflect the views of the
much more abundant and harvestable was awarded the Nobel Prize for this
publisher. The publisher is not responsible
source. Aspirin has been marketed ground-breaking discovery.
for errors or omissions.
as a drug since 1899 and is widely
For questions regarding your subscription, And then there’s the medication that
available over-the-counter. In addition
please call reader services at 443-353-4398 set off the modern era of oral “drug”
to being the old standby for headache,
(8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT Mon.-Fri.) agents to lower blood sugar. I’m
pain, and fever, modern research has
Copyright © 2013 OmniVista Health referring to Glucophage, now available
found it to be effective in low doses
Media, L.L.C., 819 N. Charles St., Baltimore, as the generic form metformin.
for cardiovascular diseases, including
MD 21201. Reproduction in whole or
     Like morphine and aspirin,
in part is prohibited without written
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remedy known as French lilac or sent to live in large institutional determined the chemical structure and
goat’s rue in Europe (in the US it treatment facilities. Because they fermentation process for tetracycline,    

 were so crowded, these places were which was then patented in 1955.
“noxious weed” by the USDA). also breeding grounds for chronic Within three years, it was the most 
   
#  infections such as tuberculosis (TB) prescribed broad-spectrum antibiotic
a drug in the 1920s but was initially and hepatitis. in the United States. Tetracyclines
overshadowed by the development of are used for urinary tract infections,
insulin as a treatment for diabetes. Metformin is the only chlamydia, anthrax, plague, and
Still in Europe, interest returned more. Minocycline and doxycycline
during the 1940s, and in 1957 it was drug that has been (originally tested for scrub typhus and  
   $
  now Lyme disease) are also used for
not become available in the United
conclusively shown the treatment of acne. Current research
    
States until 1995, two generations later to prevent these properties and their potential for
(largely due to FDA fumbling—which
persists to this day). deadly and disabling neuroprotection against Alzheimer’s
disease, stroke, Parkinson’s disease,
As I’ve said before, metformin is side effects of diabetes. and AIDS-related dementia.
a superior drug in terms of safety and
effectiveness. And it’s now taken by Of course part of the game today
is developing new antibiotics to
tens of millions of people worldwide. By 1945 doctors noted that patients overcome the bacterial resistance
Its main “side effects” are reducing the given isoniazid for mental illness were we’ve developed to old antibiotics
risk of other chronic diseases, such as   '*' 
that have been overused. During the
cancer, including the deadly pancreatic a major development as there was no antibiotic era of “miracle cures” for
cancer. Metformin does contribute cure for TB at that time, other than infections, magic bullets have turned
to depletion of Vitamin B12, so it is the Nature Cure (which nonetheless into  
+  
important to take a high-quality B was effective about half the time). But the growing problem of antibiotic
vitamin supplement—which is also isoniazid was able to treat the other resistance by only taking them
good advice in general. half. In fact it was so successful that when necessary. Don’t demand or
One of the big problems with it’s what we used, in combination take antibiotics for a viral infection.
diabetes is the damage to blood with other antibiotics, to treat TB Antibiotics are life-saving drugs that
vessels, which can eventually when I was in Southeast Asia in the should often be reserved for a life-
progress to blindness, dementia, heart 1970s. It is still used today in some threatening illness. Unfortunately, their
disease, kidney failure, and peripheral circumstances. overuse has lead to resistant strains
neuropathy. And while other diabetes Of course the other antibiotic that of truly life-threatening bacteria for
treatments lower blood sugar, they provided a “miracle cure” for infection which there is no cure.
do not prevent cardiovascular was penicillin. It was discovered The game-changer for coronary
complications. Metformin is the accidentally in 1928 when Alexander heart disease
only drug that has been conclusively Fleming noticed that colonies of Staph
shown to prevent these deadly and Coronary heart disease is a common
bacteria could not grow where mold
debilitating side effects of diabetes. form of heart disease caused by
spore contaminants had blown into
narrowing of the coronary arteries
Old-school antibiotics still do the them from an open window. Fleming
(they’re called coronary because they
job found that the bacteria-destroying
form a “crown” around the top of the
When the drug isoniazid  
mold was Penicillium notatum and the
heart, sending descending branches
synthesized in 1912, it was used to world eventually took note indeed.
to supply blood to the constantly
treat mental illness. It was only after it Penicillin is still the best drug beating heart muscle). When the heart
was in use for some time that doctors today for most people against many muscle doesn’t get enough blood and
eventually discovered it was also an infections (strep throat being one oxygen, it causes a crushing chest
antibiotic. common example) who do not develop pain. But since the brain is not used to
an allergy. perceiving pain coming from the heart,
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the pain is often “referred,” or felt, more simple chemical, nitric oxide. common—and exceptionally painful
as pain in the arm, neck, or jaw from Nitric oxide potently dilates blood disorder. And one of the oldest 
   '  vessels like the coronary arteries remedies is colchicine, a compound
called angina pectoris, from the Latin to provide more blood supply and found in the Autumn crocus. Its use
“pain in the chest.” oxygen to the heart muscle. dates back as far as 1500 BC and it
Nitroglycerin (NG) is a simple Nitric oxide is now being  
     
chemical compound used in mining studied for bone health (to improve     6;/ 
and excavation for its explosive bone formation and reduce <     
properties when detonated. It was bone resorption) and for healing America it was grown in colonial  
   
/  diabetic foot ulcers. It is also physic gardens of the 18th century.
Murrell realized it could treat being investigated for treatment Colchicine had been
angina pectoris. He published his of metastatic prostate cancer. This available generically after being
results in 1878. It became a standard just goes to show that research is “grandfathered” by the FDA.
symptomatic treatment for the   
    However, in 2009, FDA granted
growing problem of coronary heart old drugs. URL Pharma an exclusive license,
disease throughout the 20th century. Modern-day relief from Nature’s which increased the price of its
It wasn’t until 2002 that an enzyme oldest gout reliever “new” branded version from 10
was found to convert NG to an even Gout is an exceptionally cents to $5 per tablet. While other

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treatments have been developed for commonly used anticoagulant—began inhibitors) for treating depression.
gout, colchicine is still the best, most to emerge in the 1920s. Cattle that ate But more than 50 years ago, drugs
effective choice. And it’s also now moldy sweet clover hay were dying called MAOIs (monoamine oxidase
being researched as a treatment for of internal bleeding. In the coming inhibitors) were found to act on
cancer and cardiovascular disease. decades, that phenomenon led to serotonin, norepinephrine, and
(Which probably explains why Big the discovery of an anticoagulant dopamine to treat depression. Their
Pharma is interested in it again…) compound in the mold growing on the use dropped dramatically after
Centuries-old diuretics relentless promotion of newer SSRIs
and exaggerated concerns about food
Many plants have a diuretic effect. Of course, now we reactions with MAOIs.
Early diuretic drugs were all herbal
derivatives, some in use since the have an abundance of Of course, now we have an
1500s. They were initially key for abundance of studies showing serious
treating edema due to congestive
studies showing serious adverse effects with SSRIs. So now
heart failure. When the heart is not adverse effects with people are taking a second look at
pumping effectively, it cannot move MAOI drugs—with good reason.
blood into the circulation. As a result, SSRIs. So now people It’s also worth noting that a number  
 of natural products also have MAOI
lungs, causing “congestive heart are taking a second properties, including resveratrol,
failure.” That leads to a backup, with curcumin, gingko, and coffee. St.
look at MAOI drugs— John’s wort is well established as safe  
 
causing a condition known as edema. with good reason. and effective for mild-to-moderate
depression.
;     
kidneys to be excreted in the urine. What’s old is new again
But a more direct approach was hay. That compound, dicoumarol, was Some of the best “drugs” have
offered by digitalis from the purple approved for prevention and treatment been around for a long time as
foxglove plant. Used as a folk remedy of blood clots and embolism in the natural products. It turns out they
by a “wise woman” in 18th century 1950s. Now called warfarin, the drug       
Shropshire, England, the physician can still be found on medicine shelves the historic uses we already knew
William Withering brought it into throughout the world. about. Of course, since they can’t be
medical use. Warfarin sets itself apart from patented, Big Pharma has not had any
Digitalis acts by directly newer anticoagulants in a very real interest in continuing to make
strengthening the heart muscles, important way: It can be rapidly them available. That is, unless they
causing more effective heartbeats reversed to stop bleeding when   
 
and blood circulation. It became necessary unlike the newer drugs. FDA to license them again.
the standard treatment for congestive If you have problems with blood The bottom line is that newer isn’t
heart failure and is still one of the clots you need to consult with necessarily better when it comes to
most effective medications for it and be monitored by your doctor. drugs. If a medication has been around
to this day. Both blood clotting and bleeding for centuries and is still in use, it’s
Nature’s anticoagulants are dangerous conditions that can probably with good reason.
be rapidly fatal, which means it’s
As you can imagine, when So if circumstances call for it and
not something you should try to
blood backs up due to heart failure, you need to take medication, ask about
manage yourself. Also, be aware
ineffective heartbeats, or damaged the possibility of using older drugs.
that some common herbal remedies
veins, there is a tendency for the They’re effective, and their side effects
may contribute to bleeding when
pooled blood to clot. Anticoagulants and safety have already been well
taken with other drugs or just before
prevent this clotting from happening. surgery or medical procedures. established after many years of use.
That’s why they’re given in many Bonus: These “oldie but goodie” drugs
heart and circulatory conditions. Say no to new antidepressants also have the “oldie but goodie” low
The clues that led to the discovery We hear a lot these days about prices to go along with them. IC
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Don’t believe the hype:
News stories about supplements miss the mark
The mainstream media is at it again. details in the article, and I’ll let you be The American Botanical Council (a
These days they just can’t seem to the judge…    #
get anything right when it comes to I have followed closely since it was
Can DNA “fingerprinting” tests
dietary supplements. Just take a look founded 25 years ago—and on whose
cast doubt on supplement
at the recent article in The New York    " 
purity?
Times: “Herbal Supplements Are served) immediately responded to this
The supposedly groundbreaking whole debacle.
Often Not What They Seem.” And
     
neither are the media reports. They pointed out that DNA
before the eyes of millions of trusting
It’s just another case of half-cocked readers has just one problem: It’s barcoding technology cannot identify
reporters being set loose to investigate based on faulty science. The study        
topics they don’t actually understand. being reported used DNA “barcoding” processed. DNA barcoding can only
But like leading someone wearing analysis of 44 herbal products and detect actual plant material—not the
sunglasses into a dark room without chemical extracts. And of course, it
found that about 60 percent of them 
  >  is not the raw plant cells that provide
contained plant species “not listed” on
into something by accident. And in remedies, but the phytochemicals they
the label. In addition, the study found
this article, amid all the nonsense, the produce.
that 32 percent of the samples had
reporter eventually stumbled onto one “substituted” products. Failure to follow (nonexistent)
good point. rules
Sounds pretty damning, right?
">   " In this same fumbling New
need to point out the misconceptions Sure. But only if you don’t York Times article, a spokesperson
and inaccuracies I had to wade through   
;Q6  for the FDA said that supplement 
  ' is and what it can—and more companies are required to follow
particular article starts off putting the importantly, can’t—do. Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
wrong foot forward. It starts out by ;Q6   

 designed to prevent these “problems,”
employing the popular wastebasket         but that many companies have been
story line of “unproven” herbal 20 years ago, look at short genetic “ignoring” them.
supplements. markers in an organism’s DNA to What she failed to mention is that
If the reporter had bothered to do determine what species it belongs after Congress tasked the FDA with
the research, he would know that to. Further, even a single DNA establishing GMPs in 1993, they took a
there are thousands upon thousands strand from a single plant cell can be full 15 years to do it! So it wasn’t until 
 
    multiplied by the testing procedure 2008 that these GMPs even existed.
and dozens of medical textbooks millions of times to make it look like How can you ignore something that 
 

     something is there. isn’t even there? It’s reminds me of a
of the biological activities and health short poem by Ogden Nash:
But there’s a very important point
effects of many popular supplement that needs to be emphasized here: The The other day upon the stair
ingredients. I met a man who was not there
herbs sold in capsules or tinctures have
Perhaps all this “evidence” does not been processed, heated, and preserved He was not there again today
equate to the metaphysical certitude of to increase their effectiveness. I wish that man would go away
existential “proof,” but from the very Fat chance, when it comes to the
All those processes remove the  
       FDA.
original plant cells with the DNA,
misleading.
while still maintaining the herb’s Of course, good supplement
So should this really be the      '> 
manufacturers were already way 
   
> @  there is absolutely no reason to think ahead of the FDA. They created and
the entire supplement industry in that DNA could even be procured followed their own set of GMPs,
regards to purity?       X   which turned out to meet or exceed the
Let’s go over some of the other    Z FDA’s belated guidelines.

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Finally, a point I could agree with For all these reasons, when available. And, as a biomedical
After shaking my head at the formulating my supplements I have anthropologist, I also know what 
    learned to perform due diligence. I to look for among traditional 
 @    " personally go to manufacturing and ethnobotanical remedies—and how to
found myself nodding in agreement supplier facilities to perform personal recognize a good thing when I see it.
toward the end. on-site inspections and make sure Put that all together with a good dose
At the conclusion of the article, Dr. everything is being produced to of common sense and top it off with
David Baker of Stony Brook University  X 6 high standards and ethics, and you have
Medical Center describes the state of someone who developed laboratory supplements you can trust.
the supplement industry as the “Wild methods for testing biologicals for the How much of the supplements
West.” This characterization is actually NASA Sky Lab and Space Shuttle industry can say all of that?
one with which I agree—and in fact it’s projects, I know what to look for. In
fact, I helped develop some of the To learn more about how to
one I have used myself. recognize a high quality supplement,
analytical instruments and methods
While the main point of this New refer back to my Daily Dispatch
used today. These are the analytical
York Times article doesn’t hold water, from July 9, 2012 “Setting the (gold)
chemical methods that really are
it’s true that most of the supplement standard.” You can read it—and check
appropriate to assessing the quality, out the gold-standard formulas in my  
"[    '
purity and identity of supplements. Smart Science Nutritionals supplement
lack of science affects both the basis of
their formulations and their standards I don’t follow the latest marketing line—on my website, drmicozzi.com.
for quality control. Many have strong crazes. I always follow the latest And as always, remember to take
marketing teams that have learned science. And that starts with a basic anything that you see in the “lame-
how to mouth some of the right words understanding of human biology and stream” media with a grain of salt. If
and catch phrases. But that does not  "    you see something in the “news” that
mean their understanding or actions studies conducted in laboratories doesn’t make sense, please write me
are consistent with high standards, or worldwide, many outside the US, about it. And remember, it’s not in the
science. as well as clinical trials whenever DNA. IC

NFL gets into the “Red (Bush) Zone”
If you believe commercials and glucose metabolism and muscle “After using [it] for a few weeks,
product placements, professional performance. Which is why it’s such a I started having more energy and my
football teams are practically shame that they’ve had to keep it secret. endurance started getting stronger
swimming in sports drinks. But the Until now, that is. while working out.”
fact is many NFL players know better 
   
@ My friend Otis Smith—former And it’s not just his strength that’s
And that’s exactly what those radiator NFL All-Star cornerback and assistant improved. “My sleep pattern has gotten 
  ' >   coach for the New England Patriots, better where I’m not waking up in the
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Unfortunately, lucrative commercial
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ASK the INSIDER
Complementary care for
multiple myeloma
any drugs! Bruising is a frequent
side effect of drugs—but you can
rule out that cause. Bruising results
A. If you have high blood sugar
it is important to take active
steps to control your levels.
Q. My wife has been diagnosed
with multiple myeloma. I
didn’t see anything on your website
from damage to your small blood
vessels, which allows blood to leak
Unfortunately, the FDA still
issues outdated guidelines about
about this topic. If you have any out. The leaked blood forms a bruise. restricting Metformin. You have
information that would be helpful, If you have developed a problem had the common experience of a
we would be most appreciative. with your blood clotting, that could physician discontinuing this proven
contribute to bigger, more frequent blood sugar medication— probably
A. I’m sorry to hear about your
wife’s diagnosis. While I
have not written about multiple
bruises.
Since problems with blood
due to elevations in creatinine levels,
which is a sign of kidney function. 
      clotting may be a sign of a Since Metformin is the best drug
the general information about cancer potentially serious medical to use for keeping blood sugars
care useful. Multiple myeloma is condition, it’s important that you low, I suggest asking your doctor to
a cancer involving the blood cells. discuss your bruising with your check your kidney function again.
Ask your wife’s physician for primary care doctor. It also could If your creatinine levels are back to 
  
be that you are just bumping into normal, it may be safe to start taking
support her care with complementary Metformin again.
things more, which could be a sign
therapy. But when it comes to of an inner ear or central nervous Also it is very important to
cancer survival in general, research system problem. Either way, see supplement your diet with a B 
     your doctor. Discuss your use of vitamin complex if you are a
a healthy diet and lifestyle, as well supplements, as well as aspirin, diabetic and taking Metformin. (Stay
as several mind-body therapies that tuned for the December issue of
with your doctor, since certain
have been proven to reduce stress, Insider’s Cures to hear more about
supplements may have an effect on
improve quality of life, and extend my perspective on this).
blood clotting.
survival time. For more details on
For example, chamomile, horse In addition, there are several non-
these complementary approaches,
chestnut, and fenugreek may drug approaches to managing blood
refer back to my reports   

enhance the risk of bleeding in some sugar. First, avoid all processed
Cancer Answers and The One-Word
individuals. foods, beverages and sugars.
Battle Plan for Crushing Cancer,
But remember, fruits (containing
which are available for free on my Sidestepping Metformin’s   |  }

website, www.drmicozzi.com. “pitfalls” helps a great deal. Take a short walk
Banish bruises naturally

Q. If my arms touch any object
I get bruised, and the harder I
Q. You’ve written that the best
drug to use for type 2 diabetes
is Metformin. I couldn’t agree more.
after meals, especially after dinner.
This will help move sugar from
your blood and into your tissues.
hit something the bigger and darker I was doing well on it for many Recent research shows that South
the bruise. These bruises take many years, but my kidney doctor took me African red bush also helps maintain
weeks to fade. I’m 86 years old and off of it in January because it was healthy blood sugar levels. And it
in rather good health otherwise. I affecting my kidneys. I haven’t been also helps muscle tissues use blood
never use drugs, just supplements. on anything else since and now my sugar more effectively after meals.
Do you have any suggestions? blood sugars are rising. Do you have You can get the brand of red bush

A. First, congratulations on
being 86 years and not taking
any suggestions that I can bring to
the attention of my doctor?
that I helped develop, called Red
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