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  • Pollen Getting You? Get Over Those Allergies

    April 7, 2011

    Here in North Carolina the pine pollen is out with a vengeance. Sneezing, bloodshot eyes, itchy skin, and asthma symptoms are the most common complaints athletes present with. Ever wonder why you suffer certain allergy-related symptoms and some people don’t? Well, there are a couple reasons you may be more allergic than you need to be. It’s hard to entirely avoid the pollen, unless you live inside and in a bubble, but taking charge of your health can help tremendously. (more…)

  • Progesterone and Pregnancy – How Bad Do You Want It?

    March 14, 2011

    Recently, KV Pharmaceutical of suburban St.Louis won government approval to exclusively sell a pregnancy drug, known as Makena. Makena is a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone commonly given to women who are at risk of preterm births. The March of Dimes and many obstetricians initially supported the approval because they thought it would mean that the quality would be more consistent and it would be easier to get. Plus, the drug has only been about $10 to $20 per injection, so it comes relatively cheap. Starting this week, they’ll be surprise to see two more zeros attached to the price tag of each injection – the price of Makena shoots up to $1,500 a dose. KV Pharmaceutical is taking nice advantage of their exclusive ownership of the drug. (more…)

  • Lower Back Pain and Your Adrenal Glands – A Common Connection

    December 12, 2008

    Lower back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability and the leading contributor to missed work. It is second to headaches in the realm of neurological disorders. The lower back may be painful due to a bulging disc, an injured/pulled muscle, arthritis, or even a problem from elsewhere in the body – such as the foot or knee, referring pain to the lower back.  Just in the United States alone, low back pain suffers spend over 50 billion dollars a year diagnosing this pain via X-Ray, CT scans, MRIs, and other studies, and then treating this pain thru either natural methods such as chiropractic or acupuncture, or more extreme methods via painkillers, anti-inflammatory medications, and surgery. There are many reasons for low back pain, too many to discuss in just one article, but a very common and overlooked problem resulting in lower back pain is that of adrenal gland stress. (more…)