Pregnancy, Vomiting (Hyperemesis Gravidarum), and Antihistamines- Don’t Take Them!

pregoYou are pregnant and you just can’t stop vomiting.  What should you do?  What shouldn’t you do?

Since I’m not an OB/GYN, I will say this:

Do call your OB/GYN or other healthcare provider to get advice. There are medications that can be used safely to stop your vomiting.

Do NOT take:

Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
Hydroxyzine (Visteril/Atarax)
Dimenhydrinate (Gravol)
Doxylamine (Unisom, Diclectin)
Pyridoxine (Bendectin)
Methyprednisolone (steroids)
Promethazine 

 

Avoid all antihistamines as it seems they are effective in less than 20% and over 50% of those that took them had adverse outcomes.  

Acupuncture, acupressure, and massage have been associated with positive outcomes.

 

 

Dr. Paul

 

Respect, Love, & World Hunger! A Candid Thought From Dr. Paul

Dr. Thomas discusses the importance of respecting your elders while reflecting back on his early life in Africa and how the culture has changed. He also sheds light on some simple things that we can do as individuals to make a difference on a global scale. The video turns lighthearted while maintaining its value when his son (the camera man) begins to provoke him with songs and questions. You will just have to watch to find out what that even means.

San Francisco Medicine

foodpoliticsThe San Francisco Medical Society’s journal “San Francisco Medicine” has a refreshingly honest and well done summary of some major topics in health:

Food Politics
Obesity
Agricultural Antibiotics
Food packaging
GMO – fantastic or frankenfoods
Childhood obesity
Soda tax
Energy drinks

The link below gives you full access to the entire journal.  Enjoy.

Read it here!

 

Dr. Paul

Measles Cases on the Rise in US- Do you Panic?

sad-eyesScience daily writes that prior to the MMR vaccine, hundreds of those infected would die. They point out that this illness was believed to had been eradicated in the USA in 2000, but is not on the rise according to the CDC. 

Dr Kimberlin of the University of Alabama, with AAP and ACIP ties, says “it’s heart breaking to watch something happen that is completely preventable”.  The CDC has reported 159 cases between January 1 and August 24th, 2013, with 82% being in unvaccinated persons and 9% in persons with unknown vaccination status. Ninety-nine (99) % were import-related, suggesting only one or two cases were acquired here in the USA, from a case acquired here, hardly an epidemic.  

We had our own scare here in Portland two months ago, when a visitor to town had the measles and was all over the metro area for three days.  In my knowledge no one was infected, as it has been well over a month since that scare and no new reports. I wonder if Dr Kimberlin is as heart broken about the cases of autism where the family is 100% certain that their normal 1-2 year old regressed into autism just after the MMR vaccine?  Of course he would quote the study that “proved no link” and quote the negative media that wrongly accused Dr Wakefield of wrong-doing for publishing an article that “suggested there might be a link between the MMR vaccine and autism”.  

I suggest that parents weigh the real risks of measles (1-2 cases out of over 300 million in the USA) compared to the risk of autism (now quoted at 1/50 to 1/88) and then make an educated decision that is not based on fear and misinformation.  Even counting every single case of measles in the US this year (remember almost all were imported) you have a measles rate here of one in 2 million people.

Science Daily Article

Measles Cases on the Rise in US

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