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About Larry Frieders

Larry entered the health professions in the early 1970s and at that time when many health practitioners were concerned about a phenomena called “poly-pharmacy”, a situation where a person is simultaneously taking multiple drugs. The upper limit was around 5, at which point the potential for serious side effects were pronounced. Today, that concept is rarely mentioned and it is not uncommon for a person to be using 10, 15 or more drugs every day. That can’t be healthy.

CC vs ML: What’s the difference?

2016-11-14T20:42:52+00:00April 13th, 2015|Blog|

Ask Larry: Your Question: What is the difference between a "cc" and "ml"? Larry's Response: Well, it's a long, convoluted story that basically ends with, "that's the way it is", or "just because". Before comparing and contrasting cc and ml, also be aware that gm can be part of the mix (or "mix up" if [...]

Fremantle horsemeat?

2016-11-14T20:42:52+00:00April 8th, 2015|Blog|

Ask Larry: Your Question: Can you tell me if this is safe? Fremantle leaf extract, wild olive leaf extract, forming seed extract, horsemeat leaf extract - they are listed along with Gastonia cambogia for weight loss. Is this safe if you have high blood pressure? It is supposed to be stimulant free. Larry's Response: Fremantle [...]

Sore nipples aren’t trivial

2018-11-28T22:24:12+00:00March 9th, 2015|Blog|

We have been making a nipple ointment for nursing mothers for over a decade, and while it isn't preferable to expose newborns to drugs, it's important to consider the alternatives when picking which issue to be outraged about. The compounded Newman’s All Purpose Nipple Ointment contains minute amounts of Mupirocin (antibiotic), Betamethasone (anti-inflammatory steroid), and [...]

Thyroid lab tests & treating symptoms

2016-11-14T20:42:52+00:00February 23rd, 2015|Blog|

Ask Larry: Your question: Are there any thyroid lab tests that are inclusive and conclusive, or is treating the symptoms the best we can do? Larry's Response: I am not a fan of hormone testing; thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and even insulin. The numbers vary minute-by-minute and it is impossible to pick the correct moment [...]

Apple Cider Vinegar!

2016-11-14T20:42:52+00:00February 4th, 2015|Blog|

Reported Uses and Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar The scientific method has been of great service to all of us since well before Galileo in the 17th century. However, not every idea can be tested scientifically. Doing detailed studies costs money and it would be inappropriate to devote resources to testing a simple, inexpensive product [...]

Have you taken your Vitamin D today?

2016-11-14T20:42:52+00:00January 4th, 2015|Blog|

I’ve posted that Vitamin D3 offers numerous health advantages to the human body. It is a truly unique “vitamin” because its structure more closely resembles a steroid than a vitamin. No, not the kind of steroid that can get you kicked out of baseball (“roids”). Instead, it has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. These characteristics help us [...]

Prostate Cures?

2016-11-14T20:42:52+00:00December 23rd, 2014|Blog|

Antibiotics have long been standard of care for CNBP (Chronic Non-Bacterial Prostatitis)*. Relief is usually prompt, but the symptoms return, calling for another round of drugs. There are also the negative side effects of antibiotics to consider. Recent studies have been reported in the British Journals of Nutrition that suggest alternative approaches to the condition [...]

Cold Hands and Feet?

2015-08-24T16:16:44+00:00November 12th, 2014|Blog|

Following a (trap shooting) match on a chilly October afternoon, Jim and Jimmy shook hands. Jimmy commented that Jim’s hand was warm – despite the fact he didn’t wear gloves. Jim replied that he takes cayenne pepper (active hot ingredient is capsaicin) once or twice daily. I recalled that Cayenne pepper has a long history [...]

Good and Bad News About Dementia

2018-10-10T15:39:35+00:00November 10th, 2014|Blog|

The Bad News about Dementia. It is likely that 1 in 8 Americans over the age of 65 and half the people over 85 have some form of dementia. It is the sixth leading cause of death and is estimated to have cost the United States healthcare system roughly $200 billion dollars in 2012. The [...]

Here comes the sickness

2015-08-06T20:35:46+00:00October 27th, 2014|Blog|

It’s been a Beautiful Fall! Of course we don’t expect it to last. Some folks fear the cold – or that Polar Vortex hokum  - not just for the lower temperatures. Cold outside means we’ll all be spending more time indoors and often with other people. This is the season where we all get to [...]

Lisinopril for MS?

2016-11-14T20:42:52+00:00October 20th, 2014|Blog|

A doctor called recently and asked my opinion on using Lisinopril for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. What is Lisinopril? Lisinopril is an angiotensin converting enzyme commonly used to treat high blood pressure. It lowers blood pressure by reducing the production of angiotensin II, thereby relaxing arterial muscles. When relaxed, the arteries open more and [...]

Plantar Warts!

2016-11-14T20:42:52+00:00October 5th, 2014|Blog|

Warts are a common viral infection of the skin. Plantar warts grow on the sole of the foot. The virus that causes warts, HPV-1, infects only the superficial layer of skin, producing a thickened callus-like growth that can become quite tender. Plantar warts often go away on their own, without treatment - about 60% of [...]

Plantar Fasciitis Under Control

2016-11-14T20:42:52+00:00September 26th, 2014|Blog|

I watched an online video about how to relieve foot pain from plantar fasciitis by taping the foot and ankle. It seemed fairly easy and after trying it, I noticed it worked very well. The taping completely relieves the foot and ankle pain. The major drawbacks are; • Prolonged use of tape can damage the [...]

This doctor lied to an entire room of people

2016-11-14T20:42:52+00:00September 16th, 2014|Blog|

We used to make a preparation for people with multiple sclerosis. It was a simple mixture in a cream. It was applied once or twice daily and covered with a patch. Many people reported that it helped relieve their symptoms. The preparation was the brain child of a nurse with MS who helped spread the [...]

Androgel dose in compounded testosterone?

2016-11-14T20:42:52+00:00September 15th, 2014|Blog|

Ask Larry: Your Question: I have a patient using 4 pumps of Androgel 1.62 daily. What dose per gram would equal that in compounded form? 80mg from androgel seems like a lot. Larry's Response: The Androgel 1.62 is Testosterone USP 1.62%, which is 16.2 mg in each 1 mililiter (ml). The pump device delivers approximately [...]

Medical Marijuana and Painkillers

2016-11-14T20:42:52+00:00August 24th, 2014|Blog|

Someone over at CNN has made a claim in a recent headline "Medical marijuana laws may reduce painkiller overdoses". I feel this is the textbook definition of "pie-in-the-sky". Medical Marijuana - as an oxymoron* in its own right - might cover some of the Rx drugs that are being diverted today, but I have my [...]

Ebola, ebola ebola. Ebola? EBOLA!

2016-11-14T20:42:52+00:00August 5th, 2014|Blog|

Have you been paying attention to the news recently? Ebola has been front page news for a few weeks, yet few of us have even a light grasp on what it is, how it spreads, or how to treat it. Recently a victim of Ebola, Dr. Kent Brantly, was returned to the U.S. from Africa [...]

Google in Healthcare?

2016-11-14T20:42:52+00:00July 30th, 2014|Blog|

My son sent me over an article on Entrepreneur.com that mentioned Google's decision to enter into the medical field. I would be doing myself and my family a disservice if I did not comment on such a topic. Like the government, Google assumes that they can collect relatively accurate data about diseases and people. They [...]

What is an “integrative” pharmacy?

2016-11-14T20:42:52+00:00July 28th, 2014|Blog|

​I came across an article last week titled, Beware the “Integrative” Pharmacy. One quote started me thinking; "Imagine a retail pharmacy where some of the medicines on the shelves have been replaced with similar-looking packages that contain no active ingredients at all. There is no easy way to distinguish between the real and the fake." [...]