The pharmacy takes care of your heart

Every year 17.5 million people in the world die prematurely from cardiovascular diseases, pathologies associated with our lifestyle and that could raise this figure to 23 million by not taking measures to address the problem; simple measures that start from a change in lifestyle habits because prevention is shown as the basic pillar to fight against risk factors such as tobacco consumption, unhealthy diets, obesity, physical inactivity or excessive consumption of alcohol.

Although associated with the older population, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the active population. In fact, the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality estimates that 23,000 people are unemployed for this reason. According to data from the last National Health Survey , more than 35 percent of Spanish workers have a high cardiovascular risk , with three or more risk factors. Of the respondents, only 10 percent of the active population had no risk factor and 54 percent had one or two.

In the control of these risk factors pharmacies play an important role. The 22,000 health facilities working at street level in Spain provide a key capillarity to deal with the prevention of heart disease. In this regard, we must remember a study conducted by the General Council of Official Associations of Pharmacists, ensuring that pharmaceutical care in patients with heart failure reduces hospitalizations by 29 percent.

The professional performance of pharmacists can be carried out from different areas, always starting from the educational intervention and reinforcing the messages that allow to control the different risk factors. In this first step it is necessary to deepen in the recommendations on changes of style of life destined to foment healthy habits that contemplate the abandonment of the tabaquismo, the control of the arterial hypertension and the cholesterol. Not forgetting the practice of moderate physical exercise for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week and maintain a proper diet consisting of consuming 50 percent of fruits and vegetables, 25 percent carbohydrates and 25 percent protein.

Another point of action would be pharmaceutical counseling, more specifically the correct use of cardiovascular medication , monitoring adherence and identifying the most frequent possible adverse effects. We must not forget that the lack of adherence to treatments is a prevalent problem, with very significant clinical and economic consequences, being mostly preventable.

Are paracetamol and ibuprofen infertile?

More and more couples are unintentionally childless. In addition to older age and environmental toxins, experts have recently been responsible for paracetamol and ibuprofen. When taken during pregnancy, they damage the germ cells of the unborn child.


In July 2018, the magazine “Bild der Wissenschaft” published a detailed report on the reasons for the growing number of unintentionally childless couples in Germany. According to a current estimate of the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs this is every eighth to fifth pair. The author Susanne Donner has questioned various experts – reproductive medicine, endocrinologists and chemists – about the causes. First and foremost is still the higher age of women when they decide to have a child or found the right partner or have reached the desired occupational situation.

From the middle of the forties it is very difficult for a woman to get offspring without the help of reproductive medicine. This is because the eggs are already attached to the embryo and age with the woman. At the same time, the genetic defects in the oocytes are becoming more frequent. (To minimize damage to oocytes, older women who want to have children are advised to take Resveratrol and coenzyme Q10.)

In men, the sperm are constantly being regenerated during life. But in the past 50 years, the sperm count and quality has drastically deteriorated. Recent data from the Lincoln University College show that sperm counts in Europe have dropped 32.5 percent during this period; in Africa even by 76.2 percent. It is no coincidence that the World Health Organization 2010 downgraded the limits for a spermiogram after which a man is very likely to be unfruitful.

Chemicals and painkillers under suspicion

This draws attention to other factors. So far, only chemicals with a hormone-like effect were suspected: certain disinfectants and cleaning agents, hair dyes, UV filters in sunscreen creams or plasticizers in plastic bottles (bisphenol A). The WHO has listed a total of 800 such infertile chemicals. But their concentration of these chemicals in the body is usually comparatively low. However, when you take one of the over-the-counter painkillers acetaminophen and ibuprofen by comparison, the active ingredient in the body gets a much higher concentration – and that, according to recent findings, during pregnancy, carries the risk of losing fertility in the fetus.

The endocrinologist Rod Mitchell from the University of Edinburgh apparently warned experts in 2015 about the effects of acetaminophen on the unborn child. He had transplanted testicular tissue from aborted male fetuses into mice and treated them with analgesic for one week. As a result, the amount of testosterone in the grafted tissue had decreased drastically. Shortly thereafter, his French colleague Severine Mazaud-Guittot from the research institute Inserme in Rennes made similar experiments on the effect of ibuprofen on the ova of aborted female fetuses. In comparison to the control group, the number of oocytes was halved after one week of treatment with ibuprofen. A look at the medical database Pubmeb shows that the two researchers are now continuing their investigations together and the suspicion is confirmed.

Unfortunately, these findings come too late for couples with unfulfilled desire for a baby, as they should have heeded by their parents. However, if the wish to have a baby has been fulfilled (yet), expectant mothers should refrain from paracetamol and ibuprofen in the first trimester of pregnancy so as not to impair the fertility of their own offspring.

What you should consider to maintain or improve the quality of your germ cells:

  • Avoid drinks from PET bottles because of the hormone-like action of the plasticizers
  • Avoid foods contaminated with hormones
  • Avoid alcohol, nicotine and other drugs
  • Use gloves when cleaning and handling chemicals (including hair dyes)
  • Avoid lubricants, hair restorers and, if possible, medicines
  • avoid radiation by frequent X-rays, for safety’s sake do not keep your laptop on your lap and keep your phone in your pocket
  • Men should also avoid tight trousers and heated seats in the car

However, from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, it is only one side of the coin to avoid pollutants and detrimental factors. The TCM works primarily with herbal formulas to improve the quality of the germ cells. In combination with reproductive medicine, this improves the chances of getting healthy offspring.

Cervarix HPV vaccine against papillomavirus

In the Belgian newspaper Le Soir , one could read last June that the French Community would imitate the Flemish Community by including, also, the vaccination against cancer of the cervix in the program of school vaccinations, from the beginning of the next school year .

The Minister of Health in the French Community interviewed, Mrs. Fadila Laanan, then explained in Le Soir that vaccination would be free and that “parents will choose in conscience “.

However, the former Minister of Health in the French Community, Catherine Fonck, had refused to include this controversial vaccination in the context of school medicine and, interviewed in Le Soir on December 8, 2008, she stated in particular: ” It is not necessary not to impose the vaccine, which will happen if it is included as such in school medicine . “

All this demonstrates the crucial nature of the quality of information provided to girls and parents concerned by this future ” awareness campaign ” otherwise many people will feel obliged, in practice, to resort to a non-medical procedure. essential that they could regret after the fact.

It is therefore for the sake of freedom and democracy, once again, that the independent citizens’ collective ” Initiative Citoyenne ” sent a letter of specific questions to the Belgian Ministers Fadila on August 8th by registered mail and by registered mail. Laanan (Health in the French Community) & Marie-Dominique Simonet (Compulsory Education) to which we hope these will respond as soon as possible.

Something that should not be difficult, however, if these Ministers are surrounded by competent and responsible scientists …


Essentials to better understand psoriasis

Although it affects a small part of the population (2 to 3%), psoriasis is currently one of the most common diseases. It is a disorder that is manifested by chronic inflammation of the skin. The areas of friction, such as elbows and knees, are the most affected. However, red patches covered with scales (whitish skin fragments that come off) can also form and spread to all parts of the body. Psoriasis is very well treated. But even before talking about treatment, it is important for the patient to understand what is happening to him in order to better treat him.

A particular disease of the skin

Professionals, even those who have specialized in skin diseases, havenot yet been able to detect the exact cause of psoriasis. However, the experts confirmed that the problem results from a dysfunction in the immune system. And that it can be treated externally through the application of specialized products (such as over-the-counter care).

The disorder is caused by an external or internal factor that stimulates the production of white blood cells without the body really needs it. This results in skin inflammation accompanied by unexpected cell regeneration that does not meet the normal expected duration.

Indeed, if the elimination of dead cells is normally 30 days, it is limited to 3 or 4 days for individuals with psoriasis. The disease manifests itself in different ways depending on the area of ​​the body affected. Plaque psoriasis is the most common case (80%).

However, sometimes the condition worsens or reaches other areas of the body. Thus, psoriasis in gout is like small lesions appearing everywhere except the area of ​​the face.

Erythroderma means that the problem has become widespread. It is practically the most serious form of the disease. Finally, there is the type of psoriasis visible only on the scalp and can extend to the top of the forehead in the most difficult cases.

Good practices that help better treat psoriasis

In order to relieve the disease easily, it is important to identify triggering and aggravating factors. Stress, intolerance to certain drugs, temperature or other, all risks must be ruled out. It would also be best to reduce or even avoid smoking and drinking.

Medicines Sold Only by Pharmacists

In a previous article, we saw that online pharmacies could only sell drugs that did not require a prescription . We briefly mentioned the fact that, in addition, these over-the-counter medications can only be sold online by pharmacists. It is therefore on this last point that we return in this article. Especially since initially, the first proposal of law authorized a wider panel of resellers.

When pharmacists put pressure

We understand perfectly well that the sale of drugs is regulated. This avoids excesses, counterfeiting, trafficking, or access to drugs that can be dangerous or used as drugs. Besides, it is quite normal that anyone can not sell drugs online and that only some dealers can do so. This was originally planned in the ordinance of December 19, 2012. It allowed the sale of non-prescription drugs under certain conditions. Several potential resellers were allowed, such as supermarket chains or certain persons meeting specific criteria.

However, pharmacists, through the National Association of Pharmacists, did not find this sufficient and responded quickly. The goal is that only pharmacists have the right to sell drugs online. They finally won the case and in the order of 1 January 2013 it is clear that the online sale of medicines without prescription can be done only by pharmacists.

Of course, it is understandable that pharmacists feeling threatened by the development of online sales of drugs want to be the only authorized resellers. However, we are talking about non-prescription drugs that can be purchased at any pharmacy without anyone checking if they are needed. Perhaps it would have been better to redefine over-the-counter drugs than to totally prohibit the sale of certain products that are classified as non-prescription drugs and that do not represent a real danger. It’s a bit the same process that prevents retail chains from selling non-prescription drugs in their stores.