Suzy is a graduate of the University of Florida and have been a licensed pharmacist for nearly 20 years. People call her "America's Most ...

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Suzy Cohen

Suzy Cohen

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Dear Pharmacist: The link between H. pylori, probiotics and autoimmune disease

Dear Pharmacist: The link between H. pylori, probiotics and autoimmune disease

March 28, 2015

A lot of you suffer with disturbing problems such as diarrhea, constipation, gas, belching, bloating, nausea, reflux, esophagitis, stomach ulcers and fatigue related to anemia. These symptoms might be tied to Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), the ulcer bug.

  • Dear Pharmacist: Certain drugs may deplete the nutrients you need to be happy

    March 24, 2015

    What makes one person depressed and another happy? Certain conditions are commonly associated with depression such as hypothyroidism, Crohn's disease or colitis, migraines, diabetes, chronic infections and cancer. Lifestyle factors such as drinking alcohol and smoking are correlated, and the biggest secret of all is drug mugging.

  • Dear Pharmacist: Is there a link between statins, diabetes?

    March 16, 2015

    Did you get diagnosed with diabetes after starting a statin drug?

  • Dear Pharmacist: New research shows coconut water may help diabetics

    March 9, 2015

    Here's a surprise: Brand-new research published in the February 2015 Journal of Medicinal Food suggests that coconut water helps improve diabetes. The catch is that the research was done with a rat study, not a human study. Nevertheless, many animal model studies extrapolate to humans, so don't dismiss the research.

  • Suzy Cohen: Taking statins for cholesterol? Take note

    March 2, 2015

    Sometimes blind faith leads to a disaster. Sometimes to a miracle. Where will you end up? If you're one of the millions of people diagnosed with high cholesterol, you will more than likely be given a prescription "statin" pill. These work well to reduce cholesterol: lovastatin for Mevacor, atorvastatin for Lipitor, pravastatin for Pravachol, fluvastatin for Lescol, simvastatin for Zocor, pitavastatin for Livalo, and rosuvastatin for Crestor.

  • Suzy Cohen: How to improve your memory

    February 23, 2015

    You don't get alarmed when you lose your keys, but what if you were constantly forgetting what you had been trying to say a few seconds before? Full-blown dementia and Alzheimer's disease are disabling and difficult on family members. Today, I am offering suggestions from my Functional Medicine standpoint, to help you protect your brain and regain memory molecules.

  • Suzy Cohen: A natural route to bone health?

    February 9, 2015

    Many of you take bisphosphonate drugs for bone loss and you write to me with complaints. Lawyers handle cases now due to reports of reactions like osteonecrosis or femur fractures. It's a terrible irony.

  • Suzy Cohen: Natural vitamin E helps with memory, cholesterol

    January 31, 2015

    We are all afraid of losing our minds and our memories. It's scary to forget what you were just saying or where you put your glasses. No one is clear about what causes memory loss or neurodegenerative brain disorders, but we know fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin E support brain health. Vitamin E is Superman for your brain.

  • Suzy Cohen: Help for cold sores, herpes infections

    January 27, 2015

    Are you worried about painful cold sores? They are highly contagious. If you kiss someone with a cold sore, or drink from that person's cup, you could get it too.

  • Suzy Cohen: Reduce pain with nature's 'Pac-Man'

    January 20, 2015

    Have you ever had a sore throat, been stung by a bee, or twisted your ankle? Do you have arthritis, back pain or headaches? Whenever you are in pain, your body makes compounds in response to the injury, which causes temporary redness, heat and swelling. Then naturally produced enzymes in your body eat up these inflammatory compounds, and you notice the swelling goes down, the pain is relieved, and the redness or stiffness recedes.

  • Suzy Cohen: Alcohol, smoking can deplete thiamine level

    January 9, 2015

    Thiamine or vitamin B1 functions in hundreds of biochemical reactions. Your brain cells die without it. We must get thiamine every day from our foods. Unfortunately, most foods have minute amounts unless you like organ meats and molasses.

  • Suzy Cohen: Berberine may offer hope against diabetes, herpes and brain injuries

    January 3, 2015

    I'm a foodie and would never want to give up traditional desserts and pasta, bagels and muffins. That said, if my blood sugar was elevated, I would be highly motivated to alter my diet and try natural remedies before prescription drugs or shots. In the United States, 29 million people have Type 2 diabetes, and one in three adults have pre-diabetes — blood sugar levels higher than "normal," but not quite high enough to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

  • Suzy Cohen: Want to quit smoking? Look into dietary supplements

    January 2, 2015

    I overheard a family talking at a table next to mine. The son, who looked about 35 years old, snapped, "Cut me some slack, I only smoke three cigarettes a day!" I debated about whether to intrude on their conversation, and eventually decided not to. Everything I wanted to tell him, I shall now tell you.

  • Interesting meds approved in 2014

    December 19, 2014

    Dear Readers: Here are interesting new medications that hit the market in 2014. Happy holidays! Love, Suzy

  • Suzy Cohen: Three Kings' frankincense and myrrh are still wise gifts today

    December 15, 2014

    According to the Christmas story, the wise men brought gifts of frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus. Today, perfumes, incense and candles often are infused with their wonderful aromas. Both frankincense and myrrh have medicinal properties, so holistic practitioners suggest them for patients as dietary supplements and essential oils for various ailments.

  • Suzy Cohen: Supplementing with spices can be beneficial

    December 8, 2014

    Let's talk curry today. Penang, red or green curry, it's all good with me! Curry powder is a blend of spices, including turmeric.

  • Some meds can affect methylation

    December 1, 2014

    You're methylating right now! This means you're turning folate (vitamin B9) from your food into something called SAMe. The process is called methylation, and SAMe is your body's head honcho — the CEO, if you will.

  • LDN may help auto immune conditions

    November 24, 2014

    Dear Readers: Low-dose naltrexone, or LDN, is the prescription medication that every doctor has heard of, but rarely prescribes. Regular naltrexone (not low dose) is used for heroin addicts, alcoholics and opiate withdrawal. The low-dose version of the same drug has applications for autoimmune conditions, chronic infections and pain syndromes. Consider it an affordable adjunct especially because Remicade, Imuran, prednisone and other immune drugs come with hefty side effects and hefty price tags.

  • Healing depression takes time

    November 17, 2014

    Dear Readers: There are natural alternatives to antidepressants that you may want to consider. If you have severe depression, it's ideal to get information and/or track your progress. Here's how:

  • Delicious spices with added health benefits

    November 10, 2014

    Dear Readers: I'm one of those cooks who combine whatever I find in the fridge or pantry without a plan. I'll throw spices and foods together like a mad scientist. Recently, I went to my first cooking class on the secrets of Indian cuisine at Sur La Table.

  • Dealing with joint pain, stiffness

    November 5, 2014

    Dear Readers: Joint stiffness and pain are no laughing matter. About 52.5 million adults in the United States were told by their doctor that they have some form of arthritis, whether it is rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia.

  • Schizandra is my new favorite supplement

    October 21, 2014

    Dear Readers: I cannot tell you how frequently people write to me saying they are tired and frustrated with ineffective medicine. I believe adrenal exhaustion is at the root of pretty much everyone's misery, and there isn't a drug that nurtures your precious adrenal glands. If you cry easily, have a short fuse, or people call you "cranky," then you might have insufficient adrenal function. We live in such a fast-paced world with too much stress, too many emails and too many perceived obligations — it's easy to burn your adrenals out.

  • Get the full picture on vitamin D

    October 16, 2014

    Dear Readers: Vitamin D is good for more than preventing rickets. This time of year, it also helps with depression and immune function.

  • Suzy Cohen: How pills, plastic affect your health

    October 11, 2014

    Dear Readers: Drinking from plastic water bottles or taking the pill can cause hypothyroidism by raising your body's levels of estrogen hormone. The same can be said about menopause drugs.