Ways To Boost Your Immune System

The idea of boosting your immunity is enticing, but the ability to do so has proved elusive for several reasons. The immune system is precisely that — a system, not a single entity. To function well, it requires balance and harmony. There is still much that researchers don’t know about the intricacies and interconnectedness of the immune response. For now, there are no scientifically proven direct links between lifestyle and enhanced immune function.

But that doesn’t mean the effects of lifestyle on the immune system aren’t intriguing and shouldn’t be studied. Researchers are exploring the effects of diet, exercise, age, psychological stress, and other factors on the immune response, both in animals and in humans. In the meantime, general healthy-living strategies are a good way to start giving your immune system the upper hand.

Lidocaine Cream

Synergy Health Services offers unique and customized formulations for patients with prescriptions for lidocaine. For orthopedic, pain management, or cardiac-related use, speak with our expert compounding pharmacists to understand all your options for customizing your Lidocaine prescription formula.

Exercise For Chronic Pain

For many years, the treatment choice for chronic pain included mostly recommendations for rest and inactivity. However, exercise may have specific benefits in reducing the severity of chronic pain, as well as more general benefits associated with improved overall physical and mental health, and physical functioning.

National Diabetes Month

Each November communities across the country observe National Diabetes Month to bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans. Diabetes has widespread effects, especially in the United States, with 11.3% of those 20 and older having type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM). And this percentage is growing. For every 4 people who have type 2 diabetes, about 1 is undiagnosed. Some of the factors that put a person at risk for diabetes include a family history of the disease, obesity, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Topical vs Oral Medications

When experiencing an aching knee or hand you may reach in the medicine cabinet and grab a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen. While this may help eliminate the pain temporarily, taking over-the-counter oral NSAIDs or prescribed oral opioids over a period could lead to serious adverse health problems. In fact, if used over an extended period, medications such as these have been linked to physical dependence, tolerance, nausea, constipation, vomiting, gastrointestinal distress, respiratory depression, and more.

Risks of NSAIDs

NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn) work by blocking enzymes that affect pain and swelling. NSAIDs are considered generally safe for short-term use. With long-term use, they can cause stomach ulcers and bleeding, liver and kidney damage, and increased risk of heart attacks.

Topical NSAIDs, available by prescription only, may pose less danger than oral ones because the drug stays close to the site of application, so levels in blood and more remote tissues remain low. “Studies of topical NSAIDs have shown minimal systemic side effects,” says Dr. Berkson. “In my opinion, topical NSAIDs may be safer in the long term than oral medications.”

Sleeping With Chronic Pain

Empty BedWhen suffering from chronic pain, a restful night’s sleep can oftentimes be hard to come by.  According to the Institute of Medicine Of The National Academies, 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, with 86% of those indicating they struggle with sleeping patterns due to this pain.  For these individuals, sleep disturbances often worsen pain which inevitably worsens their sleep patterns – a truly a vicious cycle.

Synergy Recognizes September As Pain Awareness Month

Pain Awareness PictureAccording to the U.S. Pain Foundation, 100 million Americans are affected by
chronic pain. Not only is chronic pain the number one reason someone goes to
the doctor, it’s also the leading cause of disability. Individuals who suffer from
this ailment are currently getting overlooked, ignored, or misunderstood,
especially in the wake of the current opioid crisis sweeping our country.

National Study Shows Increased Opioid Abuse

According to a new study, more than one out of three average Americans used a prescription opioid painkiller in 2015, despite growing
concerns that these medicines are promoting widespread addiction and overdose deaths.

Nearly 92 million U.S. adults, or about 38 percent of the population, took a prescribed opioid like OxyContin or Percocet in 2015,
according to results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
is a company that promotes honest responses by allowing participants to log answers into a computer under complete anonymity. 51,200 individuals completed the survey interview for the year 2015.

“The proportion of adults who receive these medications in any year seemed startling to me,” said study co-author Dr. Wilson Compton,
deputy director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse. “It’s an awful lot of people who take these, mostly for medical purposes, but within that a significant percentage end up misusing them,” he added. The survey defined prescription opioid misuse as people taking the painkillers without a prescription, taking larger doses than prescribed, or using the drugs to get high.

Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles Can Intensify Inflammatory Reaction

Food products, cosmetics, and some medicines are using an increased amount of Titanium dioxide nanoparticles that could increase inflammation of the digestive system, new research suggests.

Titanium dioxide has historically been considered harmless to the human body however, with increased usage as white pigment (additive E171) in items such as cake icing, marshmallows, toothpastes, and medicine, it has fallen under scrutiny and warned against with some  possible negative effects.

Dr. Gerhard Rogler and researchers from the University of Zurich in Switzerland have studied what happens when the digestive system absorbs nanoparticles of titanium dioxide. A new study published in the journal Gut that individuals with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and ulcerative colitis could be at harm due to the digestive system absorbing the nanoparticles of titanium dioxide.

Dr. Rogler concentrated the research on a protein complex inside cells: the NLRP3 inflammasome. This protein complex is part of the non-specific immune system, which detects danger signals and then triggers inflammation. His research team first studied the effect of

Benefits of Home Delivery

When it comes to finding and purchasing medical equipment, you can often find it burdensome due to a variety of issues. For example, 
elderly individuals that rely on supply reorders can often find it difficult to obtain products as they may be unable to drive or are at the
mercy of a caregiver’s schedule. Additionally, individuals located in more rural areas can also find trouble due to a lack of local stores who can provide the supplies they need. This can be especially concerning for individuals with diabetes that require the correct amount of
insulin and supplies each month.