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This life-course approach, jects of different ages were likely to vary by health status, another contribution of epidemiology to aging research, and the trajectories of longitudinal trends might differ may identify whether the pathophysiology of disease reflecting patterns of lifelong contributing factors. For really does differ in old age or whether age-related instance, mean creatinine clearance declines with age changes merely obscure a consistent biologic pattern. However, at least part of this effect is secondary to the fact that renal function reflects lifelong Contributions of Epidemiology to health factors such as ambient blood pressure. Data from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging demonstrated Clinical Practice: Hypertension that there is little change in renal function among those Control in Old Age who have been stable normotensives, whereas among those with poorly controlled hypertension, the trajectory Epidemiology has also been important in the "medical- of decline in renal function was very steep. This reclassification from "normal" to "disease" creatinine clearance appears to markedly decline with has allowed formulation of methods of prevention or "normal" aging. Among these conditions is cognitive impair- issues were taken into account, many changes in function ment. Over time, the definition of acceptable cognitive with age were noted to be much smaller than suggested loss with age has become substantially narrower as by either the cross-sectional data or by methodologically researchers investigate patterns of cognitive function and poor longitudinal studies. As more "normal aging" becomes A second major issue with regard to risk assessment understood to represent pathology secondary to disease, follows from these studies. As the population ages, the health-related behaviors, or environmental factors that proportion of individuals with subclinical illness that change with age, efforts to delineate causal factors could affect the status of other health markers increases. For instance, studies of weight and mortal- recently as 30 years ago, it was still believed that devel- ity in old age have shown no risk, an increased risk with opment of systolic hypertension in old age was "natural" thinness, an increased risk with heavier weight, and a process stemming from atherosclerosis. Harris postulated as not only unlikely to benefit the patient but treated to alter the course of health outcomes associated potentially contributing to risk. Third, older persons could be systolic blood pressure tended to increase later in life and recruited successfully to participate in clinical trials; they that this increase might represent a distinct physiologic would comply with the treatments and provide analyz- process from diastolic hypertension. This realization established pressure tended to increase with age in most populations, the viability of clinical trials in old age; however, even studies from isolated populations such as lifetime resi- today there remain major barriers to the participation of dents of mental hospitals showed that blood pressure did older persons in clinical trials, primarily based on mis- not increase very much at all over the life span. Last, results from trials of conditions common in with age should be considered as an inevitable conse- old age could provide important information about the quence of aging. Studies of the outcomes of systolic biology of disease in old age and the causes of these con- hypertension demonstrated that this was not a benign ditions and, if not the reversibility of biologic effects, at condition, but rather, whether in combination with dias- least the prevention of secondary outcomes. For instance, recent data on cal trials were needed to demonstrate that there was population-based magnetic resonance imaging studies of a benefit to treatment in terms of reduction of risk of the brain have suggested that hypertension may make a cardiovascular complications. The first clinical trials for major contribution to risk of small silent brain infarctions hypertension did not really address the issue of treatment that may contribute to cognitive decline34 and that treat- of systolic hypertension; in fact, the clinical trials focused ment of hypertension can lower risk of congestive heart primarily on diastolic blood pressure, the most common failure. Several major clinical trials were undertaken to Perspective on Hip Fracture address the issue of hypertension in old age. The first was the European Isolated Systolic Hypertension Study, Epidemiology of aging has contributed a novel perspec- which enrolled 840 older persons in 11 countries through- tive on how to attack the problem of fracture risk in out Europe. Osteoporosis and associated risk of fracture tension in the Elderly Program (SHEP) was established, is a major health problem for both elderly men and enrolling 4736 persons in a complicated protocol that women. Risk of mortality in the 6 months postfracture diovascular morbidity in the elderly, and these results remain high, and odds of full recovery of function are low. These studies established important principles for In the course of these studies, a perspective on fracture research in aging. First, age-related changes that were so has emerged that gives weight to both the classical common as to seem "normal" can carry risk. Second, endocrinologic perspective of hormones determining medical conditions in the elderly could be successfully osteoporotic risk and the geriatric perspective, which 5. Epidemiology and Aging 49 suggests that factors associated with frailty and increased 45 ture. Other more specific estrogen agonists, such as risk of falling contribute to fracture risk as well. The raloxifene, have also been identified as useful to prevent benefit has been a comprehensive and integrated 46 osteoporotic bone loss.

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My answer to this is that it makes a world of difference how you introduce the subject to patients buy abilify 10mg low cost. You don’t bludgeon them with the information and make it sound as though they are emotionally defective purchase 15 mg abilify free shipping. You explain that they are not responsible as described above buy 20mg abilify with visa, and talk to them about their lives buy abilify 15mg overnight delivery, try to identify emotional factors that might have contributed to the cancer process, and then follow it up with concrete suggestions as 148 Healing Back Pain to how they can remedy and reverse the negative factors. I do not mean to suggest that there is a well worked out therapeutic process in existence based on such ideas. THE CURRENT STATE OF THE ART OF MIND-BODY MEDICINE Readers who are interested in an excellent review of where medicine is today vis-à-vis the mind-body connection should read The Healer Within by Steven Locke, M. Locke is in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and has done an excellent job with his writer-collaborator describing the history and contemporary efforts to understand how the mind influences the body. However, I have the impression that the authors focus too heavily on the immune system and imply that the future of this field depends upon what they call the “science of psychoneuroimmunology. TMS is an example of a mind-body disorder mediated through the autonomic nervous system; the immune system is not involved. I suspect the immune system does not participate in the interaction of emotions and the cardiovascular system. Once more, one is intrigued by the fact that the brain crosses boundaries in responding to its psychological needs. Thus patients with the same Mind and Body 149 psychological diagnosis (though differing in severity) may develop TMS, autonomically mediated; allergic rhinitis, immune system mediated; or psychogenic regional pain, direct action on the sensorimotor system. Extremely important work is being done in the brain biochemistry section of the National Institutes of Mental Health on the subject of brain-body interaction. One of the pioneers in this research is Candace Pert, once chief of that section, whose work is demonstrating communication between the brain and different parts and systems of the body. For those interested, an excellent review of this work appeared in the June 1989 issue of Smithsonian, written by Stephen S. The mind and body interact in numerous ways; the following part of the chapter reviews some of those more common interactions. MIND AND THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM The subjects of interest to us in the category mind and the cardiovascular system are hypertension, coronary artery disease, arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), cardiac palpitations and mitral valve prolapse. High blood pressure (hypertension), as everyone knows, is very common and a little scary because of its connection with heart trouble and stroke. Its association with emotions has been assumed by many, though never demonstrated in the laboratory. Neal Miller, a psychologist working at Rockefeller University, demonstrated that laboratory animals could be conditioned to lower their blood pressure, and modify, many other bodily processes too, clearly showing that the brain could be recruited to influence the body. Herbert Benson, a Harvard cardiologist, has described what 150 Healing Back Pain he calls the relaxation response and demonstrated that the blood pressure can be reduced by the application of this meditationlike process. A very important study appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association in the April 11, 1990, issue (Vol. Schnall and a team from the Cardiovascular and Hypertension Center, New York Hospital– Cornell Medical College, in collaboration with doctors from two other New York area medical schools, published a paper which established a clear relationship between psychological pressure at work (“job strain”) and high blood pressure. The study also established the fact that there was an increase in the size of the heart in these people, which is one of the undesirable effects of sustained hypertension. Experts have long suspected that psychological factors were implicated in high blood pressure. Schnall’s study is that it was so carefully designed and executed that it may convince some of the skeptics of the importance of the mind-body connection. Many people with TMS report a history of hypertension, suggesting that the same emotional states may bring on either of these. Just a few weeks ago a patient called and reported that her back pain was gone but that she had now developed hypertension— a clear example of equivalency.

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On the other hand order abilify 20 mg visa, most of the products on the market are not reimbursable via the usual insurance plans generic 15mg abilify mastercard. W hen they are reimbursed order abilify 15 mg fast delivery, the cost to the insurer (for example abilify 10 mg discount, for homeopathic capsules) is far lower than that of the new formulas originating from pharmaceutical research. It goes without saying that homeopathic starch or sugar granules do not entail high production costs and that, for the laborato- ries, these are only profitable if they are sold in large quantity. French homeopathic laboratories, by the way, are the top exporters in the world, in this sector. These economic arguments may partly explain the lack of enthusi- asm of the public administration for establishing more control over what can be seen as the equivalent of a series of booby traps for the gul- lible. They find a favorable echo among adherents of alternative medi- cines — and among those who make a living off them. Indeed, it is easy to underscore the difference between the "apparent" social cost of "natural" prescriptions and that of allopathic prescriptions. However, the calculation does not take account of the lost days of activity, and the cost of complications and even mortality related to the use of these supposed medications. And yet, we are being culturally brainwashed, with the aim of making us accept that patamedicine has a useful role to play. Today the designation "nontraditional medicine" seems to be re- tained only for the major diseases (cancer, AIDS). In this context, the concept of "non-traditionalism" implies abandoning "traditional" medi- cine in favor of patamedicine. The expression "nontraditional medi- cine" is gradually ceding ground to terms such as "less aggressive treat- ment" and "natural" and "alternative medicine", which create the illu- sion that it is not necessary to abandon "traditional" medicine and that there can be complementarity, even synergy, between medicine and patamedicine. The term "alternative" implies the possibility of choice on the part of the patient. The term "nontraditional" has a more politi- cal connotation, as an "antidote" to "traditional" medicine; it is a reflec- tion of our consumer society, offering a less expensive form of treat- ment that is supposedly of high quality and is, in theory, accessible to all (and therefore, to the less well-to-do). This political undertone is an extension of a line of thought that pervades books like those by Ivan 5 Illich , but this thinking was picked up by the pataphysicians and its original meaning has been distorted. The term "less aggressive" sug- gests the same symbolism as that of "natural", but with the added con- notation of pejorative judgment on traditional medicine, which is seen as "harsh" and "aggressive". Here we find a dichotomy that is encouraged by consumer protec- tion trends that impinge on the medical field, among others. Being a more knowledgeable consumer, in terms of medicine or patamedicine, means preferring medicine that is "risk free", "natural" (in the sense of "closer to nature"), "inexpensive" (with the insinuation that it is acces- 10 From Alternative Medicine to Patamedicine sible to everyone, including inhabitants of the Third and Fourth W orlds), as distinguished from a type of medicine that is "aggressive" (or based on chemistry or physics, products of a market economy), "artificial" (and thus polluting), and "expensive" (and thus reserved to the developed nations whose economies are devastating the planet). Some of the arguments used by the advocates of patamedicine are judicious and it is true that our W estern society at the down of the new millennium has not done a great job of managing the gains in medical achievement. The economic stakes often take precedence over the pa- tients’ interests; many invented formulas are put on the market without sufficient study; and finally, the pharmaceutical companies generally prefer marketing over scientific proof. Even so, must we reject all ra- tionality and place our health, and sometimes our lives, in the hands of the healers, alchemists, sibyls and soothsayers of the modern world? For the last 25 years, the psychology of the patient/consumer has been evolving, and at the same time his sense of belonging to a specific th social group has diminished. W hile the first half of the 20 century witnessed the establishment of the great social protection programs and gradually integrated the citizen into a health care system related to his economic station (individual plans, trade union plans, etc. The "social" security system gave way to "illness" insur- ance — and budgetary considerations took precedence over health re- quirements. The social fabric unraveled, leaving the citizen/patient to his own devices, pondering in relative isolation how best to "come to terms" with the system. So-called traditional medicine was suspect, because of its ambigu- ous relations with the pharmaceutical "producers", because of its elite 11 Healing or Stealing? Changing morals and the new constraints that weigh upon the individual led people to give themselves a new sense of freedom by opening up to the choice of non- traditional healthcare practices. Over the course of time, the two-way bond between patient and doctor was weakened, damaged by the third-party payment system (insurance), which ends up controlling the patient, the doctor and the care that is provided. The failure of contrac- tual and friendly policies has led to increasingly heavy-handed state intervention to the detriment of the doctor-patient partnership, which has split into two parties with sometimes antinomical interests. Ac- cess to the best care (often the most recent, sometimes the most expen- sive) does not necessarily agree with budgetary considerations. Faced with growing constraints, the patient tends to escape more and more often toward the arenas of medical freedom that the "non-traditional" practitioners represent, and this with the blessing of the public organi- zations and insurance companies who are, for the time being, dis- charged from the responsibility of paying for certain procedures.

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