JULY IS HERBAL / PRESCRIPTION INTERACTION AWARENESS MONTH

TL JULY IS HERBAL  PRESCRIPTION INTERACTION AWARENESS MONTH

HAPPY PILLS

Most of us have had to fill out paperwork before having surgery.  They always want you to list your medications, including herbal supplements.  Have you ever wondered why?

Just as our prescription medication does a certain job, so the herbal supplements do a certain job.  I want to urge you to look through your medications, including the herbal supplements, and find out if there may be some interaction between them.

http://www.webmd.com/interaction-checker/

There are other sites that offer this service, but I trust WebMD.  If you are unable to find a drug or herbal supplement on here, please write down the name of it and contact your pharmacist about possible interactions.

While we should not discount the use of herbal supplements, I do think we should be aware of what they are capable of doing before just popping them because sister so-and-so has had great results with them.

Here are just a few drug interactions that I’m aware of.  In most cases, the herbal supplement basically does the same job as the prescription medication – so it’s like getting too much of a good thing – which is not always good.

  • An anticoagulant prescribed by the doctor should not be combined with Chamomile, Ginger or Ginseng.  Large amounts of cranberry juice or a cranberry supplement should not be taken.  Green tea has a blood-thinning quality and could cause problems.  Coenzyme Q10 and Feverfew also thin blood.
  • An anti-depressant prescribed by the doctor should not be combined with St. John’s Wort, Yohimbe, or Goldenseal.
  • An anti-seizure medication prescribed by the doctor should not be combined with Ginko Biloba or Evening Primrose Oil.
  • An oral contraceptive or hormone replacement therapy should not be combined with Saw Palmetto.
  • If you ingest much caffeine, Echinacea should not be used.  It slows  digestion of the caffeine, causing headaches.
  • Acetaminophen interacts with Black Cohosh.
  • Pain medications interact with Valerian.
  • Buprenorphine interacts with Kava.

Obviously, this is not a complete list.  Of course, if you have more concerns, talk to your pharmacist. 🙂

 

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EAT A CRANBERRY DAY

TL 11-23 EAT A CRANBERRY DAY

Today is EAT A CRANBERRY DAY!  I suggest you eat several or drink some diet cranberry juice (it’s yummy).  I fix this recipe with Brussels sprouts once in a while and it really is a good way to get healthy foods –  but the salad tastes so good.  I hope you’ll try it today.

Attention – COOKIES!!!  Now that I have your attention, take a look at this!

CRANBERRY DROP COOKIES

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter or margarine

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup Splenda brown sugar, firmly packed

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 Tablespoons milk

3/4 cup chopped cranberries

1 egg

1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel

 Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Grease two large cookie sheets.

Cream butter and Splenda in a large mixing bowl with a mixer at medium speed.

Beat in milk, egg, vanilla and orange peel.

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Gradually mix dry ingredients into the creamed mixture.

Carefully fold in cranberries by hand.  DO NOT use a mixer for this step.

Drop batter by rounded spoonfuls onto the cookie sheets.

Space cookies about 2″ apart.

Bake for 10-12 minutes.

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a batch of these cookies today?  Yum!  What are your favorite ways to eat or drink cranberries?  My mama always made her famous cranberry salad for our Thanksgiving dinner – and I can’t imagine turkey without the gravy, mashed potatoes and – you guessed it – cranberries!  Of course I don’t get mama’s salad anymore, but a side of cranberries for the turkey is a must in my opinion.

11-23 THE MERRY BERRY

I know it’s about Christmas…  lol!  I could not resist sharing it just a little early…  k???  If stores can have Christmas stuff out before Halloween then…  well – you know.

 Cranberries are nutritionally charged and offer a full range of health benefits.  Rich in phyto-nutrients (naturally derived plant compounds), cranberries  contain proanthocyanidin antioxidants, essential for overall wellness.  Most people are aware of the benefits of cranberry juice (of course I drink the diet Ocean Spray with Splenda).  It helps with urinary tract issues and helps keep diabetics well hydrated.

I have had SO many requests from diabetics for a sugar-free and low-carb cranberry relish – well good ol’ You Tube – it never lets me down!  Here are my favorites:

This one is really good – it is a more spicy relish:

So don’t criticize the humble cranberry today – eat or drink today to your heart’s content.  Make sure you have some cranberries to make that turkey taste even better for Thanksgiving dinner too.  😉