"Benedryl and its’ cousins maybe bad mojo for long term users"

“Researchers … conducted a six-year observational study, evaluating 1,652 Indianapolis area African-Americans over the age of 70 who had normal cognitive function when the study began … ‘[Taking one anticholinergic significantly increased an individual’s risk of developing mild cognitive impairment and taking two of these drugs doubled this risk.'” Reported in Physorg.org.

Why were elderly people allowed to take part in this study?  It disappoints and angers me.

Over the counter (OTC) drugs like Benadryl (or Dimedrol in other countries), Dramamine, Excedrin PM, Nytol, Sominex, Tylenol PM, Midol PM and Advil PM and some Unisom products if used regularly can cause decreased brain function in those over 70 years of age.  Other anticholinergic prescription drugs, such as Paxil, Detrol, Demerol and Elavil are are made with the same antihistamine Diphenhydramine like their OTC cousins.

How do these drugs work?

These drugs, called anticholinergics, block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter. The body uses neurotransmitters to speed or slow the transmission of nerve signals throughout the brain and nervous system.

Despite Benedryl being one of the oldest antihistamines on the market it is more effective than even some of the latest prescription drugs. Consequently, it is frequently used when an allergic reaction requires fast, effective reversal of the often dangerous effects of a massive histamine release. Its active ingredient Diphenhydramine works by blocking the effect of histamine at H1 receptor sites. This results in effects such as the increase of vascular smooth muscle contraction, thus reducing the redness, hyperthermia and edema that occurs during an inflammatory reaction. In addition, by blocking the H1 receptor on peripheral nociceptors (pain receptors), diphenhydramine decreases their sensitization and thus reduces itching from an allergic reaction.

The effects of Diphenhydramine the active ingredient in many antihistamine compounds include:

  • Mouth/throat – dryness
  • Endocrine – change in appetite
  • Heart – increased heart rate (tachycardia or hypertension)
  • Liver – toxicity in very large doses
  • Brain/Memory/Nervous System –  profound drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss, hallucinations, dizziness, irritability, delirium, motor impairment (ataxia), restlessness, restless leg syndrome, clouded thinking, difficult mood changes, twitching may be delayed until the drowsiness begins to cease, confusion
  • Vision-visual disturbances, abnormal sensitivity to bright light (photophobia), pupil dilation,  blurred vision at nearpoint owing to lack of accommodation (cycloplegia),  redness, dryness and yellowing of eyes
  • Respiration– irregular breathing, decreased respiration
  • Skin – itchy skin, decreased body temperature (generally in the hands and/or feet), flushing
  • Bladder/Bowel function – urinary retention, constipation, nausea, vaginal dryness,
  • Sexual -erectile dysfunction, excitability, decreased libido
  • Atypical sensations – sense of heaviness, hearing imbalances


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When acid comes up from your stomach into your throat it may cause the burning. It often happens in response to an emotional crisis or after eating.

What happens physically?

At the top of your stomach is a muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which normally opens and closes properly to allow food to enter the stomach. It also prevents the acid in your stomach from backing up into your esophagus and helps keep food out of the lungs.

If acid leaks (refluxes) into the esophagus, it can cause

1. burning

2. iregurgitation into the lungs, causing a cough or wheezing.

3. a sore throat. If acid reaches the mouth, it can dissolve the enamel of the teeth.

Millions of people have the disease and suffer from the pain of heartburn every day.
How can this be handled?
1 Look for foods or food combinations that may be triggering the digestive upset.
Suggestion: Keep a food diary for two weeks and record all food and drink ingested and the time it was taken.
2. Are you getting too fast or not chewing your food to a pulp?
Suggestion: Time how long or the number of times you need to chew a bit of food to turn it to liquid in your mouth before swallowing it.
3. Eat small, frequent meals.
4. Are you eating to close to bedtime? Eat lightly.

If you are eating meats or complex proteins within 3 hours of retiring, your food will ferment (rot) in your stomach and cause indigestion and poor sleep.
5. Are you getting this burning at certain times of the day or night?
6. Are you staying up too late and not getting enough quality deep sleep to allow your digestive system to completely relax at night? From 11PM to 11 AM all your digestive organs actively try to balance their energy.
7. Have you checked the side effects of your medicines or supplements to see if they are in some way upsetting your system?
Discuss any medications you are taking with your doctor.

To decrease GERD naturally, doing the following may help:

  • Wear loose natural clothing that breathes. Constriction can cause discomfort to an all ready bloated digestive system
  • Maintain a healthy weight through proper food intake, exercise and deep breathing daily.
  • Do not lie down flat on your back after eating simply reclines on an angle.
  • When you go to sleep at night lie on an angle or on your left die if that is comfortable to ease stress on your esophageal tissues
  • Check with your homeopathic practitioner from constitutional remedies to help GERD -Sul., Puls.,Staph,Sil,Ars.,Bry to name a few.
  • The following is a list of other herbs and supplements that have been used for relief of digestive upset.
  • Avoid fried foods, red meat, coffee, hot peppers like cinnamon, chile, red meat, peppers, mustard, alcohol, citrus, plums and tobacco.
  • These foods and supplements and herbs can help heal the inflamed tissues (if the person is not sensitive to them.)

Moist watery foods like watery soups, gruel of oats, barley or rice,

honey, water, banana, avocado, tofu, soy milk, soured milk or yogurt,        goats milk products, spinach, cucumber, cabbage, potato, seaweed, chlorophyll rich foods
Herbs: slippery elm, marshmellow, red raspberry and flax tea,

chamomile tea if the person is not allergic to ragweed,

Aloe vera avoid if pregnant or have a history of kidney problems

Probiotics good digestive enzyme complex,

DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice unless you have high blood pressure,
garlic, tumeric,
DiGize from Young Living Essential Oils – Massage a drop or two topically on. stomach to soothe digestive problems
**Always seek medical advice if the burning persists.