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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
May 22, 2013
Dear Valued Subscriber,


We hope you are having a great week!


Have a happy, healthy day. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Meds, Supps, Procedures Alert.


Important safety labeling changes, including Boxed Warnings, Contraindications, Warnings, Precautions, or Adverse Reactions apply to the following medications:


Actonel, Actonel w/Calcium, Actemra, Ambien, Ambien CR, Amrix, Atacand, Atacand HCT, Atelvia, Atripla, Binosto, Boniva, Coartem, Cogentin, Didronel, Dificid, Edluar, Emtriva, Flexeril, Fosamax, Fosamax Plus D, Incivek, Jalyn, Juxtapid, Nulojix, Pradaxa, Qualaquin, Rebif, Samsca, Seroquel, Seroquel XR, Simponi, Supprelin LA, Victozo, Viread


For details about the changes to these meds, go to this FDA link. We also encourage you to speak to your physician and pharmacist.


New generation birth control therapies are under fire. Read more here.
Public Health Announcements
If you were born during 1945-1965, talk to your doctor about getting tested for hepatitis C. Baby boomers are five times more likely than other adults to be infected. In fact, 75 percent of adults with hepatitis C were born during these years.

More than 15,000 Americans, most of them baby boomers, die each year from hepatitis C-related illness. 
Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer and reason for liver transplants. Other serious health problems related to hepatitis C include liver damage, cirrhosis, and liver failure.

The reason that baby boomers have the highest rates of hepatitis C is not completely understood. Most boomers may have become infected in the 1970s and 1980s when rates of hepatitis C were the highest. Many baby boomers could have gotten infected from tainted blood and blood products before testing of the blood supply began in 1992. Others may have become infected from injecting drugs, even if only once in the past.

People with hepatitis C often have no symptoms and can live for decades without feeling sick. Risk factors for hepatitis infection include: 
  • History of blood transfusions or other blood products (before July 1992)
  • Organ transplant before widespread testing for HIV and hepatitis (before July 1992)
  • Long-term dialysis treatment
  • Exposure to hepatitis C such as through a healthcare setting (healthcare needle sticks)
  • Infection with HIV, the AIDS virus
  • Children born to mothers who have hepatitis C
  • Any past use of injected illegal drugs
  • Having received a tattoo with needles that were not properly disinfected

The only way to know if you have hepatitis C is to get tested. There is a simple blood test to determine if a person has ever been infected with the hepatitis C virus. It is estimated that one-time testing of everyone born during 1945 through 1965 will prevent more than 120,000 deaths.



King Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Pfizer, has voluntarily recalled 84 lots of levothyroxine sodium tablets (Levoxyl) in the United States as a cautionary move, because it has determined that the current product may not meet the specification for potency throughout its shelf life.


This follows a voluntary recall of a newer formulation of the same product last month, when an unusual odor was found to be affecting 100- and 1000-tablet bottles. The company has said it may not be able to restart production of the newer formulation of the product until 2014.


Because of this, it reverted to using Levoxyl made with a previous formulation, and some batches of this product have been found to be exhibiting lower-than-expected results, which may mean potency is slightly below  the specification at or prior to expiry.


As a conservative measure, the company decided to recall all of the older-formulation product at the retail level; this newest recall was initiated on April 30, 2013 and has been done with the awareness of the FDA.


There are 2 formulations, and there are no plans to reintroduce the older formulation. With these recalls, Levoxyl is currently not available. They are working diligently to return Levoxyl to market and expect to do so in 2014.



Nutraceutical company XYMOGEN recalled its joint health supplement Artriphen™ due to undeclared allergens discovered within the product. Consumers are encouraged to return the product for a full refund.


Fight Junk Food With Fish Oil.
New data suggests fish oil could minimize the effects that junk food has on the brain. 
Researchers found that fish oils likely play a significant role in stalling refined sugars and saturated fats' ability to inhibit the brain's control on the body's intake of food. 
Body weight is influenced by many factors, and some of the most important of these are the nutrients we consume. Excessive intake of certain macronutrients, the refined sugars and saturated fats found in junk food, can lead to weight gain, disrupt metabolism and even affect mental processing. These changes can be seen in the brain's structure, including its ability to generate new nerve cells, potentially linking obesity to neurodegenerative diseases.
Fish oil restores normal function by interfering with the production of inflammatory molecules, suppressing triglycerides, and return nerve growth factors to normal.
Similar to the effects of calorie restrictive diets, including more oily fish or fish oil supplements are a positive step forward for those wanting to improve their general health. The research will be published in an upcoming issue of British Journal of Nutrition.