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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.

The Medical Marijuana Oxymoron

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

Oxymoron: a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect, as in "cruel kindness" or "to make haste slowly.". The Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect January 17, 1920 and was repealed by the Twenty-Third Amendment on December 5, 1933. During those 5,071 days of Prohibition, citizens found innumerable [...]

Cold Hands and Feet?

2015-08-24T16:16:44+00:00 November 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

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

My son sent me over an article on 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+00:00 July 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." [...]

What do you know about D-Ribose?

2016-11-14T20:42:52+00:00 June 18th, 2014|Blog|

D-Ribose is a simple, five-carbon sugar found naturally in our bodies. Unlike other sugars, D-Riboseis not consumed. Rather, it is preserved for the vital work of actually making the energy molecule (ATP) that powers our hearts, muscles, brains, and every other tissue in the body. A key molecule, adenosine triphosphate (ATP for short), is known [...]

Summer, Sun, Sunscreens, & Cancer

2016-11-14T20:42:52+00:00 June 1st, 2014|Blog|

SPF seems important, especially for those who are out in the sunshine. It stands for Sun Protection Factor and it is determined experimentally indoors by exposing people to artificial light that is supposed to mimic sunshine at noon. It is a measure of how well a product will protect a user from sunburn from UVB [...]

What is Vitamin B17?

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

Ask Larry: Your Question: A friend of mine went to Mexico and came back with a suitcase full of Vitamin B17. What the heck is Vitamin B17? Is it safe? What would someone use it for? Larry's Response: Vitamin B17 (aka, amygdalin or laetrile) isn't actually a vitamin. It is a partly man made (synthetic) [...]

Low T? No. LOW D

2015-08-07T16:28:35+00:00 May 18th, 2014|Blog|

A report published by JAMA* on May 1, 2014 shows that low vitamin D levels are linked with aggressive prostate cancer even after investigators accounted for diet, smoking habits, obesity, family medical history, and calcium intake. Vitamin D is officially referred to as a secosteroid, not a vitamin. It is synthesized in humans in the [...]

Skin care, with chemicals?

2016-11-14T20:42:52+00:00 May 12th, 2014|Blog|

On average, American women use 12 personal care products a day, and men average 6. Overall, an adult is likely to be exposed to 126 unique chemical ingredients in personal care products every day. So why aren't we more careful about what products we put on ourselves? We want our skin to look good and [...]

Decreasing MS symptoms

2017-03-15T19:12:16+00:00 May 5th, 2014|Blog|

Ask Larry: Your question: My mom has MS and I wanted to know if you have a regimine that you recommend to help decrease symptoms. She's had has it for years but only takes neurontin and it's getting worse. Right now she takes only Vitamin D. Larry's Response: MS is one of the immune conditions [...]

Shingles. The virus

2017-03-15T18:46:56+00:00 April 28th, 2014|Blog|

Shingles (Herpes zoster) is a viral disease characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters in a limited area on one side of the body, often in a stripe. The initial infection is the short-lived illness chickenpox, which generally occurs in children. Once an episode of chickenpox has resolved, the virus is not eliminated from [...]