Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Negative Effects of Ibuprofen

Wednesday, 19 Aug 2009 03:38 PM


Question: What are the negative effects on the body from long-term use (10 to 20 years) of ibuprofen, 800 mg per day, for lower back pain? I’m 81 years old. I was told that it removes a protective covering on the surface of the bones.





Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Good question. The adverse effects of the long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen are well known in medicine. These include an increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney failure, heart disease, diarrhea, hypertension, headaches, dizziness, and irritable bowel syndrome. Needless to say, these agents should be used for the shortest course possible.

The long-term use of anti-inflammatory drugs also is one of the most under-appreciated causes of renal failure. This is more common in the elderly. There are many natural anti-inflammatory agents that can effectively substitute for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as digestive enzymes. My experience has shown that, taken on an empty stomach, these agents are at least as effective as, and usually more effective than, anti-inflammatory medications. Two products, Excellzyme and Vitalzym X (available at my office and through www.centerforholisticmedicine.com), have proved to be very effective anti-inflammatory agents. For the best anti-inflammatory effects, enzymes should be taken on an empty stomach.











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